To The Editor

October 8, 2008

By Contributor

Pets on campus – Policy, while draconian, does have merit

Your editorial, “No-animal policy is out of line,” not only reeks of racism, but also misses the point. The recent decision of school district officials to prohibit all animals from Issaquah schools, while draconian, has some merit in protecting the public, most importantly, the school children. I trust they based their decision on something other than “allergies” to “fur or feather.” There are more significant hazards than the rare serious allergic reaction; bites and parasites from several of the animals mentioned are much more likely (and more likely to be serious). This has largely been interpreted as a “no dog” rule.

It’s a sad day when children can’t experience animals in the classroom, and a blanket policy that includes both dogs and caterpillars seems odd at best. I am a dog owner and a responsible one. While most dog owners are, there are some who, out of arrogance or ignorance, think that their pooches “would never bite anyone.” This is simply not true.

Every dog has the potential to bite, and when it’s a child at eye level, those bites can be severe: avulsed facial parts — lips, noses, ears (to which I can attest professionally). Often, the victim is a member of the pet’s family. Dog bites are the second most common reason for children visiting emergency rooms.

If this is the reason for the pet ban, then it has merit. Allergic reactions or the notion that animals — particularly dogs — are simply dirty, and that somehow just being around them is unsanitary, should not have been the basis for such a ruling. (Dogs, however, should never be allowed in stores.)

There is the concern of stepping in their droppings, of course, a messy proposition at best and enough of a reason in my book for banning them from the school yard entirely. Sadly, this is the result, again, of irresponsible owners who haven’t learned or don’t care that their beloved pets pose various risks to others and must be controlled. And so, a blanket rule, largely due to the few who choose to ignore common sense, affects all.

Sandy Rock


Politics – Civility has disappeared along with the yard signs

I was asked recently if I would like to respond to questions, as to how difficult it was to compete against a negative campaign. Of course, that would have been a lead in.

However, I would like to address the mysterious disappearance of many, many Republican posters and yard signs. Where there were once several Republican signs amid opponent’s signs, only a few days later, only the opponent signs remained. Guess this can’t be a lawnmower situation!

Now I have to ask, “Where have all the good Democrats gone?” Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy must be turning over in their graves. Their party has been stolen by extreme left liberalists and anarchists.

I rest my case.

Milicent Savage


City employees or those without good character responsible for disappearances

Well, here we are in election mode again and folks just can’t help but get a bit emotional about the whole business. Invariably, it always involves allegations of campaign signs being destroyed, stolen or knocked down. Cries of thievery and suppression of free speech abound, and in some cases it is true.

It will be easy to determine who is removing the signs. Signs planted on city-maintained property probably are removed by those who have to mow and maintain the green spaces — good for them — there is probably no animus on their part.

For the remaining signs, you may simply decide to see who the majority of remaining signs represent and reach the logical conclusion that side has supporters who are removing the opposition’s signs. If you’ve had your car with a campaign sticker recently scratched or damaged (as I have) you can likely make the connection there, too.

It really comes down to character at these times. Among those I know with similar views — and most on the other side, too — I would bet a great deal they are not involved in such hijinx. For the others (and you know who you are), I’m glad you are on the other side — you don’t meet our standards.

Mark L. Bowers


Julius Boehm Pool – Facility should be open Sundays to meet increasing public demand

The city was recently named as one of the best places in the country to retire, and our swimming pool was mentioned as one of the many recreational opportunities. Our community’s love of swimming is quite evident. But in a letter to the editor, Barbara Shelton correctly pointed out that “our pool space is maxed out.”

As a result of the overcrowding and age of the pool, the city officials are considering adding a new pool and/or renovating the existing pool.

What I don’t understand is why, given all the crowding, our one pool is closed on Sundays. Many of us have schedules that prohibit us from using the pool during the week, but we’re free on Saturdays and Sundays. Yet, the city shuts down the pool for half of the entire weekend. This makes no sense. If the pool were open on Sundays, we would all have more flexibility and there would be less crowding.

It’s time for the city to respond to the needs of its customers and open the pool on Sundays.

Matthew J. Barry


Tiger Mountain – Thanks to the city for protecting local treasure from development

I’d like to express my appreciation for the great piece of work Mayor Ava Frisinger and the City Council are doing to protect Tiger Mountain from development. I thank them for their efforts and creativity.

The project is complex and not yet complete, and I do hope the parcel which Port Blakely leaves undeveloped will be left in its pristine state (rather than a flat park of grass). In any case, it is an enormous encouragement to know our city officials care this much about preserving such a critical piece of land and are working hard on it.

Barbara Extract


Salmon Days – Longtime ice cream booth bids farewell at final festival

After 26 years of delicious memories, our family decided to retire our Boehm’s Deluxe Ice Cream bar booth at Salmon Days. Each one of us is especially grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in the festival.

When we first introduced the bar at the festival, we never dreamed it would become a family tradition. Our booth location at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way soon became a festival landmark and a traditional reunion spot. Each one of us will miss our annual connection with dear friends, neighbors, classmates and loyal festival attendees.

So, with appreciation to The Issaquah Salmon Days Festival and staff, and to Boehm’s Candies of Issaquah, all three generations of the Suther family bid a fond farewell.

Suzanne Suther


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