Rapid Response

September 15, 2009

By Contributor

What do you think about the city having a dog park?

Currently, I have no dog but I think a dog-only park is a waste of resources.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

I think it is long overdue! The ideal location for this and future generations of dog lovers to enjoy it is a fenced-in section of west Lake Sammamish State Park, where people and their dogs can congregate, monitor and get exercise together. I also envision a small roped-off section in the water where families can watch their dogs cool off in warmer months. A nominal $25 – $50 yearly fee or donation could be used to self-sustain this area and proceeds could be shared with the city, park and dog club organization similar to Marymoor Dog Park’s Save Our Dog Area.

John Sheridan, Issaquah

What do you think about dogs being banned from Timberlake Park?

I think a reasonable compromise would be to allow dogs on leashes only and encourage all dog owners to pick up after their dog, while respecting neighbors who live along the park. It should be considered more of a local dog-friendly park, rather than a regional dog park, since parking is very limited anyway.

John Sheridan, Issaquah

What’s one creative way to make sure more people have access to health care?

Creative? How about Congress perhaps working together for once for the good of the country? The current system is broken and unsustainable, yet our leaders seem incapable of addressing this responsibly.

Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah

If “We the People” would stop thinking as “Me the People.”

Geoff Carson, Issaquah

The current insurance industry practices include all the things people fear from the reform initiatives now under way. Real and aggressive competition is the only way to force a change in these practices so that we can all afford some level of coverage (read that access to health care). Only some form of a “public option” will truly bring competition to the health insurance industry. I would even make insurance companies “not-for-profit” companies.

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

Explaining to seniors that Medicare is their friend — too many do not sign up for the benefit they are entitled to. We need to understand health care is not a right. There are many ways we can improve the system. Entitlement is not the answer.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

It would appear that if people were dying in the street, due to the lack of health care, the press has missed reporting these cases. Every hospital emergency room is available to anyone, even those who are not legally in this country. So, I question the “lack of health care” concept.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

Let people seek the health care services they feel they need without having to get a referral from their primary physician. This should include the allowance of naturopathic, chiropractic as well as other nontraditional medical choices, if desired.

Nancy Ward, Issaquah

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