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A4 WEDNESDAY9 AUGUST 12, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS OPINION PRESS EDITORIAL 1,200 local students need school supplies The first day of school is only three weeks away. It's a time of excitement for students as they look forward to meeting new teachers, seeing old friends, getting a new pair of sneakers and filling their backpacks with new pencils and crayons. But it isn't that easy for many Issaquah district children. More than 1,200 of them will qualify for free or reduced lunches this year -- because their parents just can't afford to pay. A new backpack with new school supplies might be out of the question. Each year, teachers scramble to make sure all children have the requisite school supplies, many reaching into their own pockets to ensure scissors, paper and markers are available for all who need them. There are a number of organizations that collect donations of school supplies. Some collections are at local stores, but donors should beware of who is doing the collecting and where the donations go. Our interest is in our local students. We have an opportunity to make sure the first lesson of the year is not about the haves and the have-nots. You can help students whose parents may not have the re- sources by starting with a membership to the PTSA at your school, and/or a donation to school scholarship programs that help pay for everything from school field trips to athletic fees. Ask at your school how best to help. Or, purchase some of those school supplies. The Issaquah Food Bank, 179 First Ave. S.C., has the backpacks ready to go, but still needs to fill them with supplies. Or drop off do- nations during the XXX Rootbeer Drive-in car shows the next three Sundays. If it's more convenient, The Issaquah Press will collect and transport school supplies to the food bank. Bring weekdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. to 45 Front St. S. OFF THE PRESS For a good bite to eat, local dining can't be beat Ihad one of those moments during a conversation the other day with my wife that made me pause and go, hmmm. We wanted to go out to dinner, preferably somewhere we hadn't tried before, when she made the seemingly innocent comment, "Where haven't we eaten yet in town? We've tried it all." That made us realize in our decade of li~ng in the Quah, we have indeed, at one point or other, literally eaten everywhere. I further realized that that's actu- ally a good thing. When you've got the growing megatropolis just down the road that is Bellevue and the Emerald City with its myriad dining selec- tions, you can seriously ask your- self, "Why bother?" Why bother heading out of town for a meal when there is so much to choose from right here in Issaquah? Name the cuisine and it's here. For the vegetarians among us meat eaters, while many restau- rants have a menu item or three, there's Specifically Pabla Veggie Cuisine that'll make you wonder how they did that without meat. On the opposite end of the scale, there are plenty of estab- lishments that offer a damn fine steak. I have traveled these fruited plains and tried many a well-crafted hunk of beef. But how many communities can claim to have the best steak in the known universe, which is found at Jak's? As a pizza aficionado, some- times when I feel like enjoying a little bit of everything, I head to Round Table's lunch buffet. Or when I feel like having the most pos- sible, I love the ginor- mous rounds at the Flying Pie. Just tick off your favorite cuisine, Is- saquah's got DAVID it: HAYES Thai?Press Reporter Check -- Noodle Boat. Korean barbecue? Check -- Sa Rang Chap. Indian? Check -- Bangalore. Afghani? Check -- Bamiyan. Mediterranean? Check- eogacha. Greek? Check -- Tantalus. And on and on the list could go. We've also got more Asian, Mexican and Italian restaurants than you could shake a stick at. If you follow our restaurant reviews, you simply cannot go wrong at eating at any of the places we tried for you first. But looking back on that list, it seems not enough of you did take our recommendations to heart. There is a growing num- ber of restaurants on our re- viewed list that are no longer with us: ~ Tiger Mountain Grill -- Closed. BJ's Pan Asian -- No longer here. Iris Grill- Out of business. Sweet Addition -- Gone, but not forgotten. World Pies -- Replaced by the See DINING, Page A5 :: Vo r: County executive race Candidate Fred Jarrett is well attuned to Eastside needs, priorities I applaud your endorsement of Fred Jarrett for King County executive. Fred's background sets him apart as a smart, accountable executive, skilled financial problem-solver -- and more. Fred's years at The Boeing Co. taught him to manage costs and get the best from others in a complex environment. His years in the state House and Senate made him a consensus- builder, where he has worked creatively from both sides of the aisle to help achieve worthy goals. I supported him when he was a Republi- can; I supported him as a Democrat. He is an out-front leader, but does the homework neces- sary to get details right. In this race, Fred's record blends executive strengths and a bigger political reality with community-level leadership -- as he has also been an effective Eastside suburban mayor and councilman. Eastside suburban voters, long underrepre- sented in county executive decisions, should especially welcome a candidate so well-at- tuned to Eastside needs and priorities. Fred will bring sound financial management. His progressive leadership will serve all of King County well, but he will also bring to the exec- utive role a deeper understanding of suburban concerns. I say, "Hurray! Welcome! It's time!" Dr. Janet Barry San~ Timberlake Park This has truly been a place for dogs and their owners for years I've lived in the Lake Sammamish area most of my life. I've been taking my dogs to Timber- lake Park for years, almost every other day. Rarely do I see people come here without dogs. It s truly a place for pets and pet owners. , I have never seen a dogfight or an aggressive dog out of control. There are several very large people parks close by for families with children that are far more appropriate for children. I would have never taken my children to Tim- berlake Park. It s not a safe park for families or children, and not because dogs go there. To the contrary, the dogs have been keeping it safe for those of us who walk our dogs there. The biggest problem this Timberlake Park has had is theft and vandalism of the cars that park in the parking lot. I have seen over a dozen cars broken into and their windows smashed in. I've called the police to report these, and this cer- tainl~ hasn't taken priority over the years that I've ~)een going; no new ordinances have been posted to prevent thefts and vandalism. Had my dogs been in the parking lot when these vandals wanted to smash in a window, I can assure you it wouldn't have happened. Timberlake Park is on a bus line with a stop right out front and I have seen people of ques- TO THE EDITOR tionable character roaming through the park, to which I am most grateful to have large dogs to walk with while there. Older children from the surrounding neighborhood use the forest trails there as target practice with guns, and I have worried about my dogs getting shot on more than one occasion. I can guarantee that the number of people-related crimes in this park far outnumber dog complaints. We are casually told on the spur of the mo- ment that our pets are no longer allowed. I'll continue to go to these parks, as I pay for them and their upkeep. I also pay the salaries of the Parks Department officials that are enforcing laws, without asking the taxpayers for approval. CherylAl ls~TUek Banning dogs has resulted in people looking to go outside community I am very disappointed that the city of Is- saquah chose to close Timberlake Park to dogs. I walk there almost every morning with my dog. Since the change, there are fewer people using the park. As this was the only park dogs were al- lowed in, it seems like people that have issues with dogs could find another place to go. It is a real shame to have to get in our cars and drive to Mercer Island or Redmond for a dog park with water. It seems counter-progressive to our city's efforts to "go green." Although I was upset when the rules changed at all parks in Issaquah, I could understand that where there is play equipment it makes sense. I think that a city that wants to be friendly to walkers needs to be friendly to dogs and dog owners. Kab~ Clark Resident sees nothing but disobedient dogs abusing the location The handful of times I've been to Timberlake Park have been unpleasant. I am a South Lake Sammamish resident who enjoys the beautiful forest and beach at the park. I've taken my children this summer for swimming, sand play, bird-watching and jogging. Each time, the parkhas been crowded with disobedient dogs and owners. Our blankets are trampled by wet dogs. During each visit, we've been approached by a wet dog that shakes wa- ter all over us. I was shocked when two moms who were holding fairly young babies were ap- proached by large dogs and shaken on. What is even more appalling is every time I've seen this happen, the owners act as if nothing has hap- pened. Another time, my sister and I had to cover a pile of fresh dog poop alongside the beach where children play. Recently, another resident rolled her ankle while being chased by a small dog. It seemed when you all published your article, you had many comments in favor of dog owners. A mother took her two children last week af- ter the NO DOGS ALLOWED sign was put up and while she was helping her 4-year-old, her 3-month-old was lying on a blanket. She turned around and saw a dog had trampled on top of the baby. Unfortunately, the dog owner didn't even realize the dog had done this. What if the dog broke the baby's rib or punc- tured his eye? Who would be liable? My son was approached by a dog much taller than him last week after the sign was posted. Some chil- dren are not comfortable with dogs. If a child gets scared, no dog owner can safely say their dog will not attack or bite. It seems most cities have a no-dogs-allowed or dog on-leash rule. Dogs are wonderful. However, they aren't always predictable. Why do we have to give Timberlake Park to the dogs? Are two dog parks with swimming areas not enough? It's important for us to hear from visitors who had unpleasant experiences at the park. Please try to state points from both sides. Sal Fares South Lake Sammamish Animal crue What's happened since teen was caught abusing a pet turtle? Two weeks ago or so, we read about the bone-chilling cruelty of a teenager (old enough to know better!) who hammered a nail into a turtle's shell and tried to crush it, before an ob- servant adult nearby stopped him. I am curious about the follow-up to this story, but also concerned about this kind of so- ciopathic behavior. I do hope the child's par- ents are not brushing the incident off lightly, but are taking it seriously and getting profes- sional help. Ray Lewis LETTERS WELCOME The Issaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor on any subject, although we reserve the right to edit for space, potential libel and/or political relevance. Letters addressing local news will receive priority. Please limit letters to 350 words and type them, if possible. 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