Off the Press

October 11, 2011

By Kathleen R. Merrill

Some things in life just don’t make sense

Kathleen Merrill Press managing editor

In the words of “60 Minutes” writer Andy Rooney, “some things just don’t make sense.” So, in honor of him following his recent departure from the Sunday-evening news program, I’d like to pick up for the moment his curmudgeon mantle and mention some things that don’t make sense to me.

What is with the state beginning to even further track cold medicine purchases? I get that police don’t want us to mix up batches of meth at home in our kitchens or bathrooms. But keeping track of when I have a cold or how often my allergies act up seems like a waste of someone’s time and of taxpayers’ money. I have to show my driver’s license to make a purchase and I then get put into a database, and what will happen if the pollen is too heavy in any given season? Police will come bust down my door? Good grief.

When we get notices of students graduating from college, we often get ones that say a student got a general studies degree. What on earth does that mean? You can now study studying? What kind of job do you get with that degree? And did you need to go to college for it? What are the required courses? What are the electives?

And how does the message “no dogs at Salmon Days” get missed by people every single year? It’s in our newspaper, our official program, in chamber of commerce emails, on websites and communicated in at least a dozen other different ways.

I didn’t get 20 feet into the boundaries of Salmon Days early Saturday morning before I saw the first dog of the dozens I would see that day and I thought, “Don’t people pay attention? Do they just not care about their pets? Do they think their pets enjoy the event?”

(And that was the two-day event, not the parade, where pets were a legitimate part of the festivities.)

I saw several dogs that seemed distressed while I was there and I thought about how panicked my own German shepherd would be if I was uncaring enough of her feelings to drag her to such an event. I am proud of her; she’s a gorgeous dog. But dragging her through crowds of thousands of pushing and shouting people and crying babies is not something I would do. And I don’t know why other people do.

I witnessed a couple of dogs that got into an “argument” with each other that Saturday morning. And I heard there was a bigger dogfight at the fish hatchery. Heck, I was about to bite people myself by the time I left the festival!

Finally, I want to know what federal officials are thinking in not protecting our kokanee salmon. Do they figure we’re already working to remedy them being extinct, so we’re on our own? That they don’t want to spend money on the problem?

It’s disgusting the amount of money this country throws away on all kinds of programs and things that don’t seem to matter much in the grand scheme of things, but the feds will let these fish disappear from the planet for good and that’s OK?

Now that just doesn’t make sense to me.

Kathleen R. Merrill: 392-6434, ext. 227, or Comment at

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One Response to “Off the Press”

  1. Delores Johnson on October 12th, 2011 11:52 am

    I just read your column and I couldn’t agree more regarding dogs at Salmon Days. After attending Salmon Days, I had thought about writing to the Issaquah Press, but I decided that the people who took their dogs must not get the Press or any of the other publications that requested pet owners not to bring their pets to Salmon Days. My husband and I have a lovable Labrador Retriever, and we have had many other pets so we do like animals. Like you, we would never subject them or the crowds of people to them for safety and humane reasons.
    Thank you for addressing this issue.

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