November 7, 2012
Cougar comments were dismissive
I am writing in reference to Sebastian Moraga’s Oct. 11 article “Cougar has North Bend man worried.”
The dismissive and callous comments by state fish and wildlife representative Chris Moszeter will create more harm than good for Riverbend residents. His downplaying the cougar attack on one resident’s 15-year-old pet showed an unbelievable lack of compassion. For most of us, our pets are family members.
His statement, “You’re more likely to be killed by a vending machine,” was even more unbelievable. For one thing, vending machines are not wild creatures who stalk their prey.
He seems to think this event was an isolated event, when in fact we’ve had numerous cases of pets gone missing, and evidence of both cougars and bears searching for food. Moszeter’s comment that the cat is “snacking on dogs” might be amusing to him but horrific to pet owners. Wouldn’t it have been more helpful to actually address residents’ concerns and to provide helpful information on how to protect our children and pets? And, there are many young children in Riverbend who weigh less than the 75-pound dog!
By being blatantly dismissive and not providing helpful information, Moszeter’s attitude can only add fuel and fear to the fire. Why is there no plan to host a community meeting to empower and enlighten rather than patronize residents?
If Moszeter represents the position of the fish and wildlife department, residents need to organize at the grassroots level and seek helpful counsel. And finally, Moszeter’s attitude and words are only one small shred of what’s truly plaguing our community and our world — we just don’t seem to care about each other anymore.
Bus cuts — why us?
We are writing in regard to the cuts in the Snoqualmie Valley Transportation budget, which have resulted in the termination of shuttle service to Two Rivers School. Since the termination took effect Sept. 24, our school has experienced a dramatic drop in attendance because students continue to lack any means of transportation.
One of the students, who lives way out on the outskirts of Fall City, rarely makes it to school now. Another is usually late getting to school, and has to wait two hours after school every day for her ride. We fear that many students missing school who expect to graduate soon will fail their classes and as a result fail to graduate on schedule.
We need the shuttle to get to school, so we can receive our education like students at other schools in the district. Without the shuttle, Two Rivers School as we know it is in danger. As an alternative school, Two Rivers has flexible scheduling, and the SVT shuttle provided rides that fit our needs and the needs of the school. The shuttle cannot be easily replaced.
We understand that the cut in funding must result in the cutting back of SVT service. But, we question how and why Two Rivers School was singled out for termination. What other possibilities were considered? Weren’t there routes besides MT54 that could be trimmed, or across-the-board reductions in service that would keep us from the chopping block?
In short — why us?
Olivia Barragan, ?Mason Blalock,? Patrick Brown,? Dylan Cook,? Jordin Forgey,? Cortney Harris,? Darian Michaud,? Taylor Mosier, ?Alexis VanWolvalaere
Two Rivers School students