To the Editor

April 22, 2014

By Contributor

Post office

Poor service, long lines really need improvement

On April 14, I entered the Issaquah Post Office at 9:26 a.m. and placed myself at the end of a long line of people. I noticed there was only one clerk working. I finally reached that clerk at 10:05 a.m., the same time the second clerk showed up, finally.

I wonder why the second clerk was not placed into service earlier. There are many cameras in the place that show the numerous people desiring U.S.P.S. service.

The U.S.P.S. has a monopoly on the letter business and just recently raised the cost of mailing a letter, so Issaquah Postmaster, why the poor service at the Issaquah Post Office?

If the Issaquah Postmaster does not intend to improve the service, how about providing some benches to accommodate the people who are waiting in line?

Ken Sessler

Issaquah

Public transportation

System needs significant improvement, realistic fares

I seem to recall that there was a lot of noise a while back regarding payment (subsidies) from public funds to some ferry workers for their transportation costs to and from work.

I have never worked for the ferry system but find it hypocritical that now many of the same politicians, news outlets, etc., that loudly expressed their disapproval and indignation are now advocating subsidies from public funds, over 50 percent for bus, and over 75 percent for light rail, for those who use public transportation to also get to and from work.

Maybe more realistic fares are in order or some significant improvement in operational costs by Metro and Sound Transit.

Ronald Olson

Issaquah

 

Dog bites

Taking good care of canine companions makes them less likely to bite

National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 18-24. It’s simple to protect ourselves and our loved ones from dog bites, by taking good care of our canine companions and taking action to help dogs that aren’t as fortunate.

Having our dogs spayed or neutered reduces aggression and territoriality that can lead to biting — that’s why unaltered dogs are three times more likely to bite. Keeping our dogs indoors and treating them as members of the family will also reduce their likelihood of biting.

Dogs who are forced to live on chains are nearly three times more likely to attack, because they have no way of escaping perceived threats and they are often unsocialized. If there are chained dogs in our neighborhoods, we can be their advocates (and make our communities safer) by politely encouraging their guardians to let them live indoors.

It’s also important to never leave animals and children unattended together. Both can be unpredictable, and even the most docile dog may bite if a child pulls the animal’s tail or startles a sleeping dog. And if we witness or suspect that animals are being abused in our communities, reporting it immediately is crucial. Dogfighters and people using dogs as “guard dogs” often beat, starve and taunt dogs, which can make them aggressive — and more prone to biting.

To learn more, go to www.PETA.org.

Lindsay Pollard-Post

The PETA Foundation

 

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