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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, January 19, 1983 Opinion Editorial Letters Council should stick to comp plan definitions The city's new comprehensive plan is about to become law, but not without a final burst of fireworks over what is still the most controversial property inside city limits. The Pickering Farm land, its airfield, horse barn, racetrack, and open fields sprawling along the nor- thern side of Interstate 90 are stealing the show. If the plan's definitions for "established" and "development" districts are taken literally, it is clear the 32-acre lssaquah Skyport property should be assigned to the established district and the remaining 100 acres allowed to develop. In the plan, an "established district" by definition "is intended to continue the type of development existing within the property at the time of designa- tion." The plan assigns that category to the Metro Park and Ride Lot, property surrounding the city's two largest motels and residential areas in town. While the Skyport has almost no build- ings on the property, it is, none-the-less very established. The airport has been in operation for 43 years. The plan further offers options for changing the designation, should the use become obsolete. Thus, if Metro buses no longer travel to lssaquah, the park and ride will no longer be an established use and will probably be redesignated. If the time comes when the Skyport has lost its importance in Issaquah, or becomes obsolete because of surround- ing development, it too should be, and probably would be, changed. The adjacent property however, 100 acres surrounding the old Picketing barn, is not being used right now in a way that could justify being called established. Two dozen horses housed in a barn can hardly be considered a farm worth preserving for the sake of a history of farm life in Issaquah. While the open space is enjoyed by many, use of the property simply does not fit into the plan's definition for an established district. Even though the planning commis- sion disagrees, we think the plan's in- tent is not to stretch the definition of established to include marginal uses of undeveloped land inside city limits. Lobbying from property owners con- vinced the council last March to recom- mend both properties be joined in a development district. That is politics, not planning. If the city adopts the plan, but distorts the plan's definitions to fit developer's pressure, they are not using the document as it is written. It would be a blind application of the compre- hensive plan right at its christening, a bad way to set the course for the future. ON SOa00 CITY 00COUNClL Public meetings iiii Design Commission, Wednesday, January 19, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. The Waterworks Park planners will present an expanded version of their project to the commission. Also on the agenda are plans for the jail parking, a request for a shoreline permit for duplexes on Dogwood and land- scaping plans for the Northeast Commercial Development planned for Gilman Boulevard. Planning Commission, Wednesday, January 26, 8 p.m., Community Hall. The city's park comprehensive plan will be voted on. School Board, Wednesday, January 26, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. A final i! decision on Shamen's plans to sell reserved parking spaces at Issaquah High is schedul- ed. The board is also scheduled to discuss improvements in the track and field at Issa- quah High and the future of May Valley Elementary school. Special City Council Public Hearing, Monday, January 31, 7 p.m., Issaquah High School Cafeteria. The entire public hearing will be devoted to the city's new comprehensive plan. Speakers may sign up to talk as late as 7:30 p.m. Utilities Committee Meeting, RESCHED- ULED to January 24, 7:30 p.m., city hall conference room. The meeting was original- ly scheduled for January 31. On raising Cain Regarding your tribute to Jepsen: "Well let's say to the man who raised "Cain" (in capital letter). Don't forget that "Cain killed Abel his brother." If you're digging up dirt, why not give your sympathy to all the people he hurt with his gossip, hearsay and lies? Or are you wanting to open up a can of worms? A. Page Pickering article biased The January 12 front page article on the Plaffning Commis- sion's recommendation to change the Pickering Farm land use designation back to an "Established District" was very pro- bably one of the most subtle methods of editorially justifying (and thereby again tacitly supporting) the position of those who want to stop any and all development north of 1-90. Nearly a third of the story was allotted to the fact that the ma- jority of letters supported changing the designation to an established district. Why didn't you mention that there was little reason to ex- pect the recent letters would be of any other thought? Why didn't you tell them that there would very likely be few recent letters urging it be designated as development district since it has been so identified since about March of last year. Why didn't you mention that the recent influx of letters and vocal opposition to developing the Picketing Farm property are the results of an organized effort by the same individuals who have been vocal in the past. There was no reason for those of us who support organized, well-planned development for the Pickering area to again write, call or proclaim support for a plan which had not substantially been changed for nearly ten months. We also knew by the Planning Commission's past position on the mat- ter that it would do very little good to continue attending their meetings on the subject. As one member so adroitly put it" Those who don't want development on the Picketing farm are just plain folks; those who doare special interest. If a member of the Press would have been there on January 5, maybe we'd have read that.., then again, maybe not. Maybe the Press can change its policy for a couple of weeks and try reporting enough of the stories so we'll know there really isanother side to some of the issues or, at least, a reason why something appears to be fairly (or unfairly) one-sided. Sincerely, Robert L. Hastings My kind of paper I would like to express my pleasure with The lssaquah Press. As a 1980 graduate of Issaquah High School and form- er resident, I am always interested in what is hppening in Is- saquah. After graduating from Issaquah High School, I en- listed in The United States Marine Corps and .n found mY- self wondering if Issaquah was claanging. : Would Issaquah ever get it's first traffic light? Did IHS beat Sammamish in football? And, of course, did the candi- dates I voted for win? Shortly after enlisting in The Marine Corps, my parents took out a subscription to The Issaquah Press for me. Now I find myself anxiously awaiting the arrival of "our" newspaper. I say our newspaper because it is lssa- quah's newspaper. ' Once again I would like to express my thanks for a job well done. Sincerely, Douglas L. Nothwang Okinawa, Japan Meeting follow-up School board, January 12: the board transferred $64,000 from the general fund to the transportation vehicle fund to meet debt obligations (no one spoke at the public hearing)... Bill McGlashan was elected board president, Karen Taylor Sherman, I vice-president and Mary Scott, legislative representative . architects for the Sunny Hills expansion and remodel reported the project was on schedule.., the engineering firm of Sitts and Hill of Tacoma will reroof lssaquah High this summer. THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Published every Wednesday since 1900 45 Front St. S. (Box HH), Issaquah, King Co., WA 98027 Phone (206) 392-6434 $10 per year. $17.50 for two years in King County; $10.75 per year outside King County; $5.00 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Rodl Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Rhoda Donkln, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan Blinooe, display advertising; Wllrna Coleman, classifieds; Marllyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Winslow, bookkeep- per; Roxalne Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con- tributing writer, darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising... ". ........... Morday, 3 p.m. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. Office Hours ............... Mon.-Frl. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 'SOcIATtO" OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- quah Post Office underAct of March 2, 1897. A Division of Murray Publishing Company A veiled threat? "Interesting," as the little German general on "Laugh-In" used to say, "Verrry Intresting!" The Issaquah Environmental Council "applauds" the recommendation of the planning commission to ignore the work of the city council and the planning department and redesignate Parcel 5 (Pickering Farm and the airport) and Parcel 3 (area west of the Tennis club) as development districts. "Interesting" that it represents a "compromise between maximum commercial development interests and the totally conservative growth proponents" when, in fact, it will allow absolutely no growth other than the type already there. At this time that's a farm, an airport (parcel 5), a couple of houses, a slug of unkempt trees and an overgrown pasture (parcel 3). But most, most, most "interesting" that even though the EIS has "some major shortcomings in content, bias, and legal compliance with SEPA" everything would be mostly all right Mr. Mayor and members of the city council if you'd be so kind as to go along with the planning commission's (and, of course, the Issaquah Environmental Council's) idea of what is good and great and (again, of course) "intelligent sensitive land use planning ." And, if you don't? There's always Mr. Goe's reference to legal shortcomings. In other words, if you vote their way things will be OK; if you don't you could end up in court. Your perception of what is best really has nothing to do with it!! A threat by any other veil, methinks, is still a threat. Ver- rrry Interesting. Sincerely, David R. Mortenson Development supporters have been silent Well, we're finally back to square one. "What should be done with the Pickering Farm property?" A lot has been said and a lot has been written about "special interests," keeping the rural "flavor" of Issaquah, "greedy developers" and sav- ing the airport. We've heard from supporters and opponents of both sides and, other than a couple of articles in the Bellevue paper and the Seattle Times, we've had to rely on the Issaquah Press for the bulk of our information. From reading your article on the front page of last week's paper, I'm pretty much led to believe that a majority of peo- ple support the thought that nothing should be allowed to develop on the Pickering property. I don't believe that for a moment. 1 do believe (and remember) that the Press wants it to be a park and wants the skyport to stay where it is. 1 do believe (and remember) that the Managing Editor, Mrs. Ber- to, wanted the property to be a park with soccer fields for her kids to use during the regional park issue. I do believe the Press is having a tough time being objective in its covering an issue it's spent most of its time subjectively stirring. Many, many of.us support quality development on the north side. We haven't been particularly vocal on the zoning designation because it's been a development district since at least August and, until I read the paper, I wasn't aware this was still a substantial issue. Of course, I'm still not sure of the facts behind it. It's time for the Press to "report the facts, the whole facts and nothing but the facts." If you can't, maybe you should get into another business and stop trying to lead the communi- ty down what you think is the best path for them through journalistic orchestration. Sincerely, Donna Nelson ) J gr L Tell them how you feel Many people in the Issaquah School District do not that the State of Washington is fully funding basic educat Over the past few months, several hundred citizens aJ parents have been contacted to place an advertisement in lssaquah Press. The ad will be an open letter to ] Washington State Legislators from the 41st and 47th distri The letter will appear in the January 26th issue. | Two very minor changes were made to the text that was culated on forms used to record the names of contribut01 , These changes follow: l) From "We do not feel tr you..." to "We do not feel that the state legislatt up is..."; 2) Add the word "will" to the third sentence. Tll I leg changes were made to more appropriately address the lettet M,. current legislators, w The ad will contain a sentence with a blank space so t m anyone reading the letter can sign their name and send it to ed legislator of their choice. 1 to( I want to encourage everyone to cut out the ad and mai!I an to the legislator of your choice. I understand that if you to elude your address, you will probably receive a response. "f{ is a grass roots action that needs your support. Tell y0 PU friends about it.  lin Sincerl I Charlie L. TarpRil wl wl Hiker's plans 'for the birds' t wise Harvey Manning, president of the Issaquah Alps Trail CI howls partisan politics by the County Council because t f h Newcastle Community plan allows some residential constrUl lion on the 2,000-plus acres of private property that his cl ex has trespassed for the past decade.  " He charges "the King County Council has made Cou fh Mountain a political matter" and "the Republicans gl away the candy store." re Two months ago 60% of the voters declined to ass( al themselves $400 per capita to purchase his $12 milli sc "Cougar Mountain Regional Wilderness Park." Unreport in this recent Pro/Parks campaign were the facts that (A) 1( ec than 2 miles away there exists a 600 acre public park on Squ ni Mountain (B) his group has also been using over 13,500 acl sc of state-owned wilderness on Tiger Mountain only seven mi SI away, (C) many thousands of acres of public forests are l cessible within King County in the Cascade Range, (D) o h( 50/0 of King County lands are in permanent open space wilderness. " (E) If the County Council is not restrained by a legal P( peal, we will be spending $150 million for more open sp created by the deceptive, so-called Farmland Preservat s Program. Contrary to the unchallenged claims by county( ficiais, there has been no documentable loss of farmland o the past decade; 84% of the designated lands are owned I subsidized dairymen in undevelopable floodplains, pub I purchase of development rights of fallow farmlands will pt vide no incentive to make truck farming financially pt fitable .... I, d (F) Reacting to the lobbying.of. Mr. .Mannlng..and ' nature-loving friends, our Congressional delegation (Bjly, 9536) will spend $27 million to take more Cascade wildern. off the tax rolls, $11 million for more Olympic Forest acqui ' tion and $4 million to confiscate private property for t m audubon refuge on Protection Island. This unti squandering is for the birds -- not the needy!! ] We will never reverse this recession until everyone dema! that government spending be put into perspective with basic needs of the majority who need tax relief and an incq tive to create productive employment. The Republi# should not have to take the blame for ignorance and apathY, Pete Bern Future shock: could R2-D2 teach the three R's ? expect in a teacher. It seems an extraordinarily literate machine, with the regal bearing, impeccable manners and perfect diction of an English butler. Yet it's not aloof and uncaring  far from it. C-3 is always fretting. Its favorite phrase is, "Oh, deah," because someone or something it serves is usually in trouble and needs to be bailed out. C-3 is unswervingly loyal and will always come through for you, but better expect a good stern lecture once the danger is over. R-2, on the other hand, could fulfill the repetitive drone functions teachers must perform. It also bridges the increasingly wide gap between machines and the rest of us. While C-3 can snap at the malingering kid to shape up, R-2 can beep-beep at the errant video tape recorder with equal conviction. R-2 can converse with the static-y intercom system and heal the faulty central heating. If nothing is broken, R-2 could wheel up and down the aisles, scraping gum off the floor and intercepting notes and spitballs. It'll also Water the plants, feed the hamsters "R2, would you mind awfully doing playground duty today?" Rodi Shemeta Ludlum A few weeks ago, the school board took some time out from its regular round of duties and dedicated two hours of a special session to talk about the future. The board tried to imagine what schools might be like in the next 20 years. They speculated on what children would need to know to get by in the 21st century, how they should be taught and what future schools could be like. At one point, Tom McLaughlin slapped the table and said, "Well, I'll tell ya what I think's gonna happen, guys. I find that whatever the science fiction author can conceive of will eventually come to pass." There's no reason to think the school will Be immune from the kind of technology that is reshaping' the rest of the nation, he argued. "I think someday, the teacher's name is gonna be R2- D2t" There was a moment of silence as others in the room digested the idea of the "Star Wars" robot teaching classes. It wasn't seriously discussed, especially after the super- intendent leaped out of his chair and raved, "This is crazy! There's not gonna be any robots in the classroom! I wanna be around people I can see and feel in 3-DT" He went over and gave McLaughlin and his secretary a good shake to show he meant business. If Cliff Johnson really thought about it though, he might just welcome a fleet of robot teachers -- with open arms. I'm sure the only reason the thought repulses him now is Jhat he thinks of robots as either blinking boXeS or Star rek's "androids," who look perfectly human except for their blank expressions and monotone voices. But let's think about it. R2-D2 in the classroom. How bad could it be? In the first place, you couldn't just get R2 to come in and teach -- you'd have to have C-3PO to complete the set. C-3PO has many of the qualities we all and cut out snowflakes for the bulletin board. For the school district administration, a C-3 teacher would be a dream come true. When the powers that be want to introduce new curriculum, there would be no need for costly and time-consuming teacher training. They'd jusl plug in new chips and send the C-3s back to the classroot' There would be none of that annoying resistance to new ideas, none of those pesky stick-in-the-mud teachers who mutter darkly about innovation and vow to each as they always have. With C-3s in the classroom, there would at last be a consistent program from school to school. It wouldn't matter a shred whether your kid went to Clark or Briar- wood or Sunny Hills. Attendance area changes could be made without a whimper from the public. Best of all, every kid would be equal with C-3s in charg! Pig-tailed little girls who bring daffodils in the spring wo # be treated no differently than bloody-nosed little bays wll0 track in mud in the spring. No kid could accuse a robot d picking on them, and everyone would be called on with equal frequency, no matter how low they sank in their chairs. Keeping track of students would be a breeze with a stafl of robots that could all secretly communicate with each other. For example, if Student X asks to be dismissed fr0 class because "I left my notebook in my truck," the C-3 would automatically send out a message to all the other C 3s: "Student X approaching parking lot. Please monitor.' C-3s all up and down the halls would make sure Studs# X was headed on the right course. If he strayed to a C, secluded nook for a rendezvous with Student Y, a spare tJ would be dispatched immediately to shoo them both bacgl to class, i Some people might worry about the lack of individualiffl between teachers, but the kids will certainly find differenC between their robots. I can hear one kid say to another during recess, "It's great when it's foggy out like this Unit 5 forgets to collect homework." "Oh yeah?" the other kid would say. "You know, unit 10 talks like a chipmunk every time its batteries get charged." By the 21st century, C-3s won't have to be covered in gold foil or have a perpetually startled face. Why, they might even make a whole series from a special mold. It would have a kind of rumpled charm and a big grin. It . would be known as the CJ series, modeled after the forra school superintendent who, in his retirement years, sold de first robot to the Issaquah School District. I I