Our Voice: Thumbs up to Western Hockey League's new Iron Man -- Justin Feser

March 11, 2013 

Tri-City Americans captain Justin Feser recently set a Western Hockey League record for consecutive games on March 1, surpassing a 311-game stand established 21 years ago.

He's not done yet. Feser played his 317th consecutive game Saturday, adding to an already impressive record. He'll no doubt tack on a few more before the season ends.

It takes a lot more than a good work ethic to take the Iron Man title in the WHL. Players age out of the junior league after five years, so you have to arrive at 16 ready to play with the big boys. Sit out many games as a too-green rookie, and the title already is out of reach.

Even more challenging -- the Iron Man title can't be obtained without playing with injuries and pain. This is hockey, and players who lace up every night are going to get hurt.

Of all the league records, Rick Doerksen, the WHL's vice president of hockey, said the Iron Man is the most impressive.

"To be honest, it is very special," Doerksen told Herald sports reporter Annie Fowler. "A record of that nature, a record I thought would never be broken, and he still has games to play. It's an impressive mark. I'm not sure this one will be broken."

The Americans are on the road, but they play their final game of the regular season Saturday at home against Spokane. It's a chance to be part of WHL history.

No dumb questions?

We know better than to take too seriously the Olympian's lighthearted question-and-answer session with Washington First Lady Trudi Inslee.

The headline, "Governor's wife plans pea patch at mansion," sets the tone for what is primarily a personality profile.

But we couldn't help but cringe and give a thumbs down to this question posed to the state's first lady: "Do you make him sleep on the sofa when he's been to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation?"

Her answer: "No. I've been there, but I haven't been to the cooling tanks. We weren't 'downwinders,' but we did live in Yakima.

Cooling tanks is an odd term but her point is clear -- a visit to Hanford is nothing to be afraid of.

Most longtime Tri-Citians have been asked some form of the question, "Do you glow in the dark?" and we tend to laugh it off.

But there are enough misperceptions about Hanford and all things nuclear. Journalists ought to be careful about perpetuating them, even in jest.

Key signature missing

Thumbs down to Roger Lenk, leader of Citizens for Lifestyle Preservation, for starting two new petition drives that appear more vindictive than helpful.

One would reduce city limits to remove from Pasco's boundaries the portion of the so-called doughnut hole in west Pasco that was annexed by the city Jan. 1.

The annexation also shrunk the size of the doughnut hole surrounded by city limits. As a result, the remaining pocket of unincorporated county land was too small to form its own city under state statute.

That served Pasco's purposes, but thwarted the dream of forming a new city that Lenk and some of his neighbors hoped to pursue.

A second petition would change the format of Pasco's city government from one run by an elected city council and a city manager employed by the council to one with an elected city council and an elected mayor overseeing day-to-day operations.

It's hard to view the petition as anything but a barb aimed directly at longtime Pasco City Manager Gary Crutchfield.

Lenk told the Herald that about 100 signatures had been gathered in the first few days of knocking on doors. One signature that won't help advance the cause -- Lenk's.

Only Pasco residents are eligible. Lenk's so-far successful efforts to keep Pasco from annexing his property means he can't be counted on the petitions.

In other words, he's hoping to fundamentally change the operations of a city he isn't part of and is fighting tooth and nail to make sure he never is a resident.

It's beyond us why anyone eligible to sign the petition would participate in this attempt by a few disgruntled county residents to lash out at the city.

Tri-City Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service