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A4 WEDNESDAY) SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS OPINION PRESS EDITORIAL Give dog owners another chance t's time for both Issaquah Parks Department officials and dog owners to quit barking about the new ban on dogs at Timberlake Park. Compromise is the name of the doggone game. We hope the parks department decision makers will ac- knowledge that they could have handled the implementation of the dog ban better than they did. And we hope that dog owners can put aside their own responsible pet ownership to acknowledge that not all dog owners are created equal. That said, something has to change. Among all the yelping, we've heard the occasional voice of reason. Put the dog owners on a short leash and give them another chance. First, set limited hours for dogs to share the woodsy park. This will allow a time when people can bring themselves or their children to Timberlake while sharing it only with the birds and squirrels who live there. Dog owners will have to adhere to the rules: Walk their dogs on a leash, keep them out of the lake (at least during salmon spawning season), clean up the dog poop and their own litter. And leave puppy home during people-only hours. Timberlake Park, like other city parks, is for people fn'st. But there might be wagging room for Bowser if everyone plays nice. OFF THE PRESS Your community paper covers news others miss L et me tell you, more and more these days, I'm re- minded of why I enjoy working at a weekly newspaper, more than likely than at almost any daily. Let me give one really impor- taut reason -- no ideological slant. Take almost any topic go- ing on in America right now, and the major dailies, instead of re- porting straight up what hap- pened, have to skew the outcome down ideological lines. For example, unless you watch Fox News or follow the bloggers (more on them later), you would- n't have learned about the sea of humanity that descended upon Washington, D.C., Sept. 12. In- stead of learning about the anger boiling up over out of control lgovernment spending and argess, thanks to NBC, we learned from ex-president Jimmy Carter it was merely a large crowd of racists. If a crowd of more than 200,000 gathered here on the streets of Issaquah, you can be assured The Issaquah Press would cover the event fairly with as many voices as possible. Oh wait, we do accomplish that every year. It's called the Salmon Days Festival. I like to think we have the most comprehensive look athe city's ode to the an- nual migration of the salmon. From in-depth features to the guide to get you to and around the festival to some of the best photos of the event by our award-winning photographer Greg Farrar, we've got it covered from every angle. In another example, thanks to the national media, the public was well aware of the shooting death of abortion doctor George Tiller. But how many of you have heard of James eouillon? This pro-life protestor didn't get as much play when he was shot dead. It was a national tragedy and a horrible sign of the times when Tiller was shot, but a blip on the radar when eouillon was gunned down. Both men were equally reviled by the opposite side of the abortion ar- gument. But it seems only one was wor- thy of days of coverage by the national media. While no one of that importance DAVID has been HAYES slain in Is- Press Reporter saquah, read- ing our online content, you would have learned before any of our competition of the local doc- tor who had her medical license to practice revoked due to drug abuse. City reporter Warren Kagarise is so on top of the pulse of Is- saquah, that before the third or fourth beat, the event is up on our Web site or, m our newest feature, on Twitter. A growing number of you are following his tweets. The rest should log on and see what all the hoopla is about in 140 words or less. The last example I have, is rather nutty. Specifically, about ACORN, the Association of Com- munity Organizations for Reform Now. An organization that started with altruistic goals of getting the poor, minority com- munities involved and registered in local politics, has grown into a massive, behemoth riddled with corruption. Did the national me- dial expose this corruption? No. While 13 states now have the or- anization under investigation r voter registration fraud, it took two college grads, one still not old enough yet to drink, to expose ACORN's dark underbelly through undercover videos. Are we really to believe Charles Gibson didn't hear of this massively breaking story for five whole days while he was sailing in Maine? Again, Fox viewers knew of the developing story long before anyone in the See NEWS COVERAGE, Page A5 l00iracle On Mon00l00ke 0 Dog ban Simple solution is to assign specific times for dogs, humans to use the park It seems there is a solution to the dog versus human use of Timberlake Park. Why not assign a.m. and p.m. hours to dog walking and leave the hours from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. to families? Almost all the families don't go to the park early or stay late, yet that is when most of the dog walking is done'. Also, make sure there are pet waste, stations with bags in the park and keep them Stocked. This will encourage the picking up of pet waste by owners. I do believe that public pressure will resolve the pet waste problem and if dogs are on a leash, it will keep any human/animal contact contained. Eden Waggener Samh 9/11 Student's insight into emotional human condition belies his years as a writer I just finished reading the Hall Monitor sec- tion in The Issaquah Press of Sept. 16 and the insight, feelings and suggestions for personal relationships have seldom been expressed more eloquently by anyone than in the article by this high school student, Alex Faulkner. His insight and understanding of human rela- tions and his ability to express them in with the written word far exceed his youth. I applaud him TO THE EDITOR for his thoughtfulness and ability to communi- cate, and would further suggest that this young man has a remarkable future ahead of him. BobWindom Blotter headlines A new reader also prefers shofl, to-the- point headlines, minus the cuteness Three. Tour at the most, is the length of time I ;een receiving and reading The Issaquah Press. It is great having the local news at our fin- gertips and I know I will have it follow me if I become a snowbird. Good job, but I agree with reader Scott Se- mans' remarks about the "cuteness" of the po- lice report. I, too, would just like to get to the nitty gritty of what is happening in these departments. The writer is clever and most probably could write a fun column. Mae Harper Section is useless with cutesy headlines Scott Semans took the words out of my mouth. I agree that the police section is useless due to the cutesy headlines. It's impossible to tell if a particular type of crime -- for example, car theft -- is on the rise, because the items are not categorized. Instead, we're supposed to learn about local crime trends from uninformative (and unfunny) head- lines, such as ,Dally bread" and "Sounds good." In addition to the uselessness of the section, the attempts at humor are insensitive, if not offensive. It's astonishing that you even make jokes out of physical injuries, including a title of 'Road rash for a bike rider who required treatment from Fire & Rescue. I seriously doubt that the bike rider thought her injury was funny. Those who suffer from thefts and other crimes aren't laughing, either. Didn't anyone teach you not to make fun of others' misfortunes? Matthew J. BaT Humorous headlines reminds reader how safe it actually is in I00quah We respectfully disagree with Scott Semans' letter of Sept. 15. When The Issaquah Press arrives each week, my family grabs for the last section to read aloud the most amusing snippets. We re not making light of people whose cars have been broken into -- rather, we enjoy the relatively minor nature of crime in Issaquah: "Man leaves camera on top of car and drives off. Loss estimated at $230/To us, the humor- ous headlines add to the realization that com- pared to most places, it's pretty safe here. So, we'd ask everyone to lighten up just a bit, and keep the goofy heads coming. Gordon Brandt RAPID RESPONSE What's one creative way to make sure more people have access to health care? Enforce our citizenship laws. The taxpayers are supplying health care to illegal aliens. This means they are not citizens of this country and should not be treated with the privileges that citizens are; they should not be given access to health care. Use the money to deport them. Matthew Balkman, Issaquah w, Make sure that all corporations and individu- als pay taxes, with no exceptions except for in- comes under $15,000 per year. Jim Harris, Issaquah To make sure more people have access to health care, start with tort reform to reduce ex- cessive lawsuits against doctors, who then pass on the penalties to us consumers. Allow med- ical savings accounts and provide coverage to U.S. citizens in most cases; stop the fraudof coverage to undocumented visitors, since we can't likewise expect other nations to offer us free coverage either. This is reasonable. John Sheridan, Issaquah Move to Sweden. Seriously, nobody should have to lose their home because they get sick. Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah What are your feelings about the number of unopposed races in city elections? Competition is better, but everyone's lives are so busy these days that it's hard to add on the burden of public service. Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah There is really no reason for the city to pair some City Council candidates against each other while others run unopposed. It would be more civil, fair and effective to list them all to- gether on the ballot and award the available seats to those receiving the most votes. David Bangs, Issaquah As long as we elect candidates because we like them and not because of what they stand for in terms of good government, we should not be surprised when nobody wants to waste money on running against a popular incum- bent. Hank Thomas, Issaquah LEITERS WELCOME The Issaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor on any subject, although we reserve the fight 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. E-mail is preferred. Letters must be signed and have a daytime phone number to verify authorship. 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