Letters to the Editor


Officer finds lost best friend

I would like to thank Mercer Island Police Officer Brian Noel for some help he recently provided me with, for a relatively small but anxious matter. My family was out of town, so I had left our dog door open while I was at work. We have an invisible electric fence, but I had forgotten to attach the shock collar to the dog and she was nowhere to be found when I got home. After checking with the neighbors and driving around the neighborhood calling her name with no luck, I called the police department to see if anyone had found a lost dog. They hadn’t, but I gave them my information just in case. About a half hour later, Officer Noel called me to say he had found our dog. Through some expert detective work, he had learned that she had found some new friends at a beach club near our home, and thinking she was lost, one of them had taken her home. Those who love their pets will understand the relief I felt and the gratitude for Officer Noel’s help.

Ked Westgate

Island manners

My truck broke down on Friday, July 17. It was 3:30 p.m. on the last day of the I-90 closure. It was 95 degrees outside and traffic was horrendous.

I had two choices: Stall right at the top of the Island Crest off ramp and hold everyone up, or coast and try to make the first driveway. I chose the latter. I made it just to the exit driveway (which is approximately the width of three automobiles) for the condo/apts at 81st Avenue S.E. I promptly called for help.

As I was on my phone, a resident with his teenage son was leaving. He held his hands up in disgust. As he pulled up next to me, I feverishly apologized and told him my truck broke down and wouldn’t run. Instead of offering assistance, or making sure I was able to get help, this poor excuse for a human being rudely informed me that I was in a private driveway and to read the sign.

To that individual, I say this; we wonder why our youth is so disrespectful. What kind of example were you just setting for your young teenage son? By the way, thank you for your concern, I so appreciate it.

This is one in many incidents which I encounter on a daily basis as I try to make my way through the streets of the Island.

To you I also say, Thank you for your lovely manners.

A long time Island employee

Kathi Sliger

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