Northwest NEWS

December 24, 2001

Editorial

Woodinville Skate Park

My family is excited about the addition of a skatepark to Woodinville. In fact, one of my sons has attended meetings that the city has put on. For me to take time to write this means I feel really strongly about the issue I am about to raise with you.
   In the article on the skatepark, a picture of a child was included that talked about his being a visitor to the area looking for a safe, fun place to skate. I was disappointed to see two things. One, the fact that we did not publish a picture of one of our own residents was a missed opportunity not the end of the world, for sure, but none the less, a disappointment.
   The second concern is a grave one. The fact that the child did not have a helmet on is inexcusable. We need to provide role models in all forms of communication with our children. They need to know that wearing a helmet is the "norm". This is a missed opportunity of the gravest kind. We have seen in the past year in the Woodinville Weekly a story about a child who did not have on a helmet that I used with my children to reinforce why wearing a helmet is life saving. I could not use that picture to reinforce the importance of helmets.
   Thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts. I believe this is a critical oversight that we should tell readers about.
   Sherry Stoll, Woodinville
   Ed. Note: The Weekly apologizes for running the picture of a skate boarder without a helmet and agrees that the wearing of helmets should most definitely be considered mandatory. The skater on the front page, is however, the son of an area resident.