To The Editor

September 22, 2009

By Contributor

Dog ban

Simple solution is to assign specific times for dogs, humans to use the parkIt 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 Waggoner



Student’s insight into emotional human condition belies his years as a writer

I just finished reading the Hall Monitor section 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 relations and his ability to express them in with the written word far exceed his youth. I applaud him for his thoughtfulness and ability to communicate, and would further suggest that this young man has a remarkable future ahead of him.

Bob Windom


Blotter headlines

A new reader also prefers short, to-the-point headlines, minus the cuteness

Three months, four at the most, is the length of time I have been receiving and reading The Issaquah Press.

It is great having the local news at our fingertips and I know I will have it follow me if I become a snowbird.

Good job, but I agree with reader Scott Semans’ remarks about the “cuteness” of the police 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) headlines, such as “Daily 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. Barry


Humorous headlines reminds reader how safe it actually is in Issaquah

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 humorous headlines add to the realization that compared 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


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