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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS A4 WEDNESDAY~ SEPTEMBER 9, 2009 A V 4* PRESS EDITORIAL y now you've probably read about the city's initial proposal to ban the use of polystyrene -- better known as Styrofoam -- food containers in Is- saquah. This could include everything l om take- out food containers to the little tray that holds tonight's steak. The idea was first proposed by the City Council's Sustain- ability Committee. The city of Issaquah has long been re- garded as being a leader in resource conservation and recy- cling, and we're ready to see more. If the proposed ban is implemented Jan. 1, businesses would be required to use recyclable or compostable food containers. While some business owners are concerned about being forced to change to a more expensive container, they are not all opposed. Matt Bott, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, has surveyed businesses and heard back from about 20 so far. While we like the idea of reducing plastic trash, we caution the city to take it slow. The economy is tough enough on businesses that are operating on reduced sales and reduced staff -- all while worrying about a possible flu epidemic. We hope the city will create baby steps that get us to the poly- styrene ban, but maybe not until Jan. 1, 2011. Meanwhile, the Sustainability Committee should also be looking at those darn plastic bags and what can be done about them -- without getting into a bag tax! For a step in the right direction, they should mandate attendance of busi- ness owners and staff at a workshop that discusses ways to cut down on the use of the bags. Is there some reason soda pop in a 2-liter plastic bottle needs to be wrapped in plastic a second time? OFF THE PRESS t was mid-June 1987 when my sports editor suggested I drive up to Bellingham and take a look at a 17- year-old baseball phenom. My primary sports beat then was the Seattle Mariners, and with the club out of town and our paper not having a travel budget, this was an opportune time to see the club's No. 1 draft pick. So, I headed up to Joe Martin Stadium to see Ken Griffey Jr. One of the first rules of the base- ball draft is a team never wants to strike out on the No. 1 pick. The Mariners, in this case, had hit a home run. After watching Griffey hit, run and throw in pregame workouts, I knew I had never seen such a talented 17-year-old baseball player before. And that's not to say I hadn't covered super talent in the past. I had already seen minded me of the first time I saw famed ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov do incredible airborne movements. There were things that only Griffey and BOB TAYLOR Baryshnikov Press Sports Editor could do. No mortals could match their talents. And watch- ing Griffey's picturesque swing, you knew when the ball was go- ing into the seats for a home run. For most of his first 11 years with the Mariners, Griffey resided in the Issaquah area. Later, when I was a substitute teacher in the Issaquah School District, I would have students future Major League stars like who knew where Griffey lived. Darryl Strawberry, Eric Davis Often during our nonclass con- and Interlake High School gradu- versations, after they learned I ate John Olerud. The latter was had been a sports writer, stu- the best high school hitter I've dents wanted to know my opin- ever covered in this state, ion of Griffey. It never wavered. I But everything Griffey did, he always told the students he was did with grace. The game just the best player I had ever seen. seemed to come easy to him. I was sorry to see him traded Later that summer, the Mariners to Cincinnati in 2000, but I un- brought Griffey in to visit the 1o- derstood the reasons. He wanted cal media and work out, just to to go home and give his family a show off his skills. I remember chance to watch him play. interviewing Seattle hitting coach I was pleased when the Bob Tolan, who noted that Grif- Mariners signed Griffey last fey had the perfect swing. March, although I realized that It didn't take long for Griffey to injuries and age had diminished reach the majors. At 19, he was his once:prolific skills. Although the Mariners' starting center he hasn t hit well this season, fielder, playing on the same team Griffey has been a major contrib- with his dad Ken Sr., and des- utor for the Mariners, providing tined for a great career, needed leadership on a young For several years, he was the club. best player in the game. Watch- ing him scale outfield walls to make sensational catches re- See GR|FF I, Page A5 RAPID RESPONSE "11 Rapid Response went to the dogs, so to speak, this week to find out how people are feeling about where dogs should and shouldn't be allowed in Issaquah. What do you think about the city having a dog park? There already is one in Issaquah Highlands and with 20,000 acres of open space surround- ing us it's not like we need a dedicated park for dogs. Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah dies to be able to go to enjoy the beauty of the I don't think it is a good idea to ban a dog outdoors around Issaquah with their buddies, from any park -- they need to exercise just like Nancy Ward, Issaquah people. Keep them under appropriate control and clean up after them. Good idea, but utilize some of our "passive Hank Thomas, Issaquah parks" or open space for this use. The city owns a lot of passive park and open space land If the dog waste or behavior (largely the re- - if the public really knew about it all, they sponsibility of the owner) has degraded the would demand that more of it get used. Some quality of the experience in the park, it is a of it is on the Issaquah Creek and would be a good thing. good swimming option for dog owners that Mark Bowers, Issaquah want a swimming hole for their dogs. King County (Marymoor) does this on the slough and Apparently, there were a number of dogs yes, the dogs get along fine with the fish. Do that abused the "privilege" of using the park. I not take an active park out of use for dogs. We I think we should have a place for dogs to do not have enough active parks. run free. On other streets, they should be on Matthew Balkman, Issaquah leash. Barbara Extract, Issaquah Yes, "downtown" Issaquah definitely needs an off-leash dog park! If I had a dog, I would probably want one. Carol Baumann, Issaquah Geoff Carson Dog owners should have some place to go where their pets will not bother others who do not appreciate their presence. This will also keep the dog pod on dog owners' shoes only. Max Pillie, Sammamish It's a no-brainer for a city that has so many dog owners. It would not only give dogs a safe, LJ~ I think a dog park is a good compromise idea between those who would let dogs run loose What do you think about dogs being and those who would have them always on a banned from Timborlake Park? feel sorry for the dogs that are raised in the confines of a city. Dogs need to be on a farm, where they are free to roam at their will. leash. The real issues are control of aggressive dogs and cleanup after all dogs. Hank Thomas, Issaquah Not if it costs more. There are tons of trails and wooded areas for dog owners to take their pets. Perhaps apportioning current areas as dog friendly would be helpful. Mark Bowers, Issaquah Ken Sessler, Issaquah City parks are there to offer respite and a natural setting for humans to enjoy. Dog own- ers assume that everyone loves dogs and espe- cially theirs. There are those of us who do not like pets, dogs or otherwise, for whatever rea- fun place to romp, but it would build commu- sons. I resent that I am supposed to accommo- nity among dog owners across the city. date folks who feel the rules don't apply to Lynn Juniel, Issaquah them. I have personally seen dogs take a poop on the pitching mound of Memorial Field and owners get upset when I pointed out to them. that no dogs are allowed and for that particular reason! I will walk on the Pickering Trail and dogs are off-leash and come up to me and sniff my crotch and invade my personal space! Signs clearly are posted "no dogs off leash" and yet It's necessary, unfortunately, when owners when I point that out to the dog owner, he gets Why is that? fail to control their dogs properly. This is a all indignant and huffY!icheleM huge problem up on the Tradition Lake Forkner, Issaquah Plateau, too. Despite clear siguage over 50 per- cent of the people refuse to obey the rule to keep their dogs on leashes. Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah Poor public policy to make decisions without possibility of public input. Un-elected staff should not be making policy. Fred Nystrom, Issaquah ! That would be OK if those dogs that used it, It's a real shame. If people kept their dogs their owners would pay for the upkeep. There on leash, they wouldn't have bothered the Too radical by the Parks Department. Dog are a number of Issaquah taxpayers who may residents there and we could still walk not believe that with the dire straights of the through with dogs. Isn t that a simple spin- See RAPID RES[ INSF, Page A5 city's finances, a dog park is really the best way tion? Dogs allowed, but serious penalty for to use the cities funds, dogs off leash. Ken Sessler, Issaquah Barbara Extract, Issaquah We already have a dog park in the Issaquah I see Timberlake Park as a nice stroll Highlands. A dog park down in the valley through the woods down to the take. If I had a lhe Issaquah Press welcomes letters to the I would be nice, but where? Maybe we should do dog, I would take it for a walk in Timberlake editor onany subject, although we reserve the I another bond for citizens to fund a special dog Park, on a leash, with a pooper scooper. The ~, potential libel and/or I park, or maybe just dog owners should fund city should enforce leash laws, not ban dogs. p~rs addressing local news I that. David Bangs, Issaquah will receive priority. I tt_ers to.3. 50 words and type I Michele Forkner, Issaquah If it is the feeling of the majority of the neigh- 'erred. eL tt-ers must I Issaquah really, really needs a good off leash bors, then it's OK. If it s a city decision based b aytime phone number to I dog,park! (Not a mud hole, but shade and one on a few random incidents, shame on them. verify authorship. - " I that s interesting to dogs and people.) GeoffCarson, Issaquahlowing week's paper. I Deadline forletters is noon Friday for the fol- I Connie Marsh, Issaquah The dog owners who had let their pets run I I would applaud the city either setting up ad- free and out of control have spoiled it for all Addmtm: P.O. Box 1328 I ditional dog parks or relaxing the no-dog policy dog owners. It's that simple. Issaquah, WA 98027 [ some. The city has encouraged large amounts , Max Pillie, Sammamish Fax: 391-1541 I of compact dwellings, such as apartment houses and condo ums, but refuses to pro- Grrrr....woof woof....grrrrr," -.all: vide places for people with four-legged bud- Paul Stewart, Issaquah Advertising. Jgreen@isspress.com Newsroom; [sspress@lsspress.com PUBLISHER DEBORAH 8ERTO OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR THE PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY SINCE 1900 45 FRONT ST. S.' RO. 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