Daily News editorial

Leash law

A growling, aggressive dog naturally strikes fear in people. If you spend any time at Lake Sacajawea, you will likely have a bad run-in with a dog at some point. This makes us wonder, is it time for a leash law?

We spoke to a Longview resident recently whose dachshund was attacked and nearly killed by a large aggressive dog at Lake Sacajawea — a truly horrible story.

Also this week, we heard the story of two large dogs running freely around the lake circling a family in the middle of a picnic. The family was terrified as the dogs circled around them barking, fortunately the owner showed up and got the dogs under control.

Stories like this are not new, nor are they unique.

Lake Sacajawea is a special place meant for all citizens to enjoy. Unfortunately, too many dogs have bad owners and this ruins the park for some.

Maybe it’s time to give a leash law serious consideration.

Gives share your thoughts with us, write a letter to the editor of 175 words or less and email it to frontdoor@tdn.com or mail to P.O. Box 189, Longview, WA 98632.

Paying more in taxes

A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows the average “consumer unit” paid more in taxes than they spent for food and clothing combined in 2016. While some people might call this paying a “fair share,” others think it’s just another example of government spending far too much.

The report focuses on the average income, taxes paid and spending for a U.S. consumer unit. A consumer unit is generally defined as a family living under one roof, regardless of the number of people.

The data shows in 2016 the average gross income (income before taxes) of an American family totaled $74,644.

The consumer unit paid an average of $10,489 in personal taxes in 2016. This includes $8,367 in federal income taxes, $2,046 in state and local income taxes, and $75 in other taxes. For those in states like Washington, we paid no state income tax but did pay sales tax on purchases.

Looking at expenditures, U.S. consumer units spent more money on taxes than on clothing and food combined. The Bureau of Labor Statistics report for 2016 says consumer units spent $1,803 on apparel and services and $7,203 on food, which adds up to $9,006.

This means folks spent, on average, about $1,483 more on taxes than clothing and food.

Shelter moratorium

A vote on homeless shelter siting was expected at a Longview City Council meeting this week, but instead another short-term moratorium was passed. We think the new ideas and information deserve consideration and extending moratorium was the right thing to do.

The issue of where homeless shelters should be allowed, what sort of good neighbor agreements are needed and whether no-barrier shelters area OK is worth further discussion.

Not everyone at the council meeting agreed with extending the moratorium. One attendee commented, “What kind of reputation do you want for Longview? A city that continues to have meetings and extending the moratorium and people die?”

We find these types of comments incendiary and not needed. Our community has numerous entities to help people in need open right now, like the Community House on Broadway, Salvation Army, Saint Vincent de Paul and CAP, helping people every day.

Taking time to get the zoning plan for shelters done right will help avoid issues like the ones Kelso had with Love Overwhelming.

Additionally, some of the proposed amendments to the existing plan make sense. Mandating people be clean and sober, requiring a special permit if a shelter wants to convert to another type of operation and creating no-shelter buffers around daycares.

We would rather see the council do a great job on this issue and get it right, because their decision doesn’t just affect those in need, it affects the entire community.

TDN Prep+ Football Guide

Several years ago, a group of TDN staffers met to discuss how to make prep football coverage better. Our yearly football preview section was printed on newsprint and was pretty good, but we wanted better.

In Wednesday’s edition of TDN, subscribers received this year’s glossy, full color Preps+ 2017 Prep Football Guide and it looks fantastic. The cover has a great photo of Woodland’s Tyler Flanagan, the TDN team organized a scouting combine event to learn more about key players and much more.

A great job by the TDN team.

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