Off The Press: Send in your kudos for new Press feature

July 22, 2014

By Kathleen R. Merrill

Sometimes, people do really good or smart things. And sometimes, they do really bad or stupid things.

And I’ve always felt it is a newspaper’s job to share not only bad news, but good news as well.

With that in mind, The Issaquah Press is kicking off a new feature on its Opinion page — Picnic or Poo Poo.

Kathleen R. Merrill Press managing editor

Kathleen R. Merrill
Press managing editor

This is where you come in: Send us your kudos and your shame-on-yous about people and things in the community. (Keep ‘em clean. This is a family newspaper.) Make them short; let’s say no more than 75 words. Make them funny or serious.

Someone do a good deed? Tell us and well “give” them a picnic. See someone do something wrong (like those people who don’t pick up after their dogs), tell us about it and we’ll give them a Poo Poo.

For instance, here is a huge picnic to the woman who found my cellphone this week and immediately turned it in. As I raced back retracing my steps, I was in a panic thinking about all I might have lost — photos of my mom (who died in October), text messages from friends, photos, email addresses. The worst was phone numbers. Does anyone have anyone’s number memorized these days? I would be able to call my father, but that’s about it.

Your picnic or Poo Poo doesn’t have to be something that happened to you. It could be something you saw or heard.

Example, here’s a huge Poo Poo to the guy leaning up against one door of the library the other day, smoking away. Everyone who came in or out, or returned a book in the machines outside or who left their cars in the temporary parking zone in front, had to put up with that. (Besides, the law says 25 feet away from the door, Rude Dude.)

Here’s a big picnic to the International Association of Fire Fighters who launched a new social media campaign this week — #JUSTIFYIT — to try to get people to stop texting and driving. More than 1,000 people are injured every day due to texting while driving, and distracted drivers cause 3,000 deaths per year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

How important can that text be anyway? When someone who is texting and driving gets hurt or dies in a crash, or hurts or kills someone else, I wish public officials would publish that last text. Is what you’re wearing Friday night to the club, what you’re having for dinner or what movie you’re going to see worth dying for?

So, get on your computer or phone and send those items in. Email them to, or send them to us through social media through Facebook or through Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you!

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