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A4 VITEI)NESI)AY, JANlYARY 21, 2004 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS OPINION PRESS EDITORIAL Council should extend health benefds to mayor l ssaquah is very lucky that there are already four cur- rent City Council members interested in running for mayor in 2005. There may certainly be others out there who would like to be the city's top politico. An adjustment in salary approved by the council two years ago surely helps make that possible. Recognizing the increased time demand for anyone serving as mayor, the council increased the salary from $15,600 to $48,000 per year. The change allows those who are not re- tired, unemployed or workaholics to take on the city leader- ship. We need professionals who are willing to put their ca- reers on hold while they serve the city, but without giving up the roof over their head. Now the City Council needs to go back to the drawing board and add one more incentive to attract the best possi- ble candidates for mayor and broaden the candidate pool. Health insurance is an important benefit for anyone seek- ing employment today, but currently the mayor does not qualify for that benefit. Because the mayor is considered an elected official in the same category as the council, and not a full-time regular em- ployee, he or she is not eligible for health benefits. Whether the City Council wants to agree that the mayoral position is a full-time job, the council has the authority to ex- tend this benefit to the mayor. This is the year to make the adjustment, long before any of the council members decide to seek election to the position of mayor in 2005. OFF THE PRESS Hardy was one of the boys, not a girl's description ntil recently, I had wrongly assumed that, just as Darwin had predicted in the 1800s, a certain segment of the male species had died out -- one extinct. It has to do with a eformed filter in the brain that almost assures these males will eventually -- if not immediately -- sever any ties with members of the opposite sex, mercifiy guar- anteeing that their abnormal strain of chromosomes will not spread to future generations. But not only do these missing links still exist, it turns out that I have been friends with one since kindergarten. Here s how the affliction mani- fested itself this weekend. While several of us were work- ing our way through a pizza, the guy turns and says, "Here's a question for the women. Loaded pause. "If I were to call you 'hardy,' would that be a bad idea? Collective feminine gasp. A bad idea? Was ii a bad idea for Christina Aguilera to go from blond to black? Was it a bad idea for parents of young boys to let Michael Jackson baby-sit? And men, was it a bad idea for Chris Webber to call that infa- mous timeout in the 1993 NCAA championship game? YES, yes, yes and yes, bad idea. "Hard," equals "robust" equals fat" equals dating sui- cide. Of course, my friend's question was not hypothetical. "Hardy" was the adjective he had chosen to describe his fiance, in the presence of said fiance -- who was later able to laugh it off while signaling to bring on an- other slice of pepperoni. See, before this reasonable woman had been able to pull the ring off her finger, friend i a httle backpedaling. Turns out he had meant to imply that his fiance is not easily swayed. My sugges- SARA tion? Try "res- BADIqR olute," "deter- Press eer mined," "de- cided," "firm," "unflagging," un- wavering" ... anything, ANY- THING but a word that can be negatively misconstrued in terms of a female's physique. As my boyfriend put it, "Even I know not to saj that. At least not in front of her. I'm so proud. But despite women's best ef- forts, these Cro-Magnon throw- backs exist everywhere, even in The Issaquah Press office. Recently a second Sarah was hired, creating infinite confusion in general conversation and when people call for one of us. So last week, when a male co- worker called out, "Sara(h)!" and we both answered, he countered with, "No, I was talking to the big Sarah." The BIG Sarah? I can assure you that the only way the other Sarah can be considered big is in the sense that she is relatively tall. And at's only because I, along with the rest of the female news staff, barely hit the 5-foot mark. Luckily, the BIG Sarah has a sense of humor. But to avoid any future neuro- sis on her part, I have taken to calling her Sally, It's catching on. Men, how is it possible that you have not figured this out yet? Do you like being lonely? = ,! I.U,,,!,,, , .... i , II, see NAMES, page A5 TO THE EDITOR Like searching for weapons of mass destruc- tion, there will be no end to the rat hole we're going down with this road. What's left? A discussion during some public meeting, hear citizens make speeches to the abyss before them, watch and listen to the Chamber of Commerce and other outside inter- ests tell the council that businesses are con- stituents too (even though they may not live . here) and possibly a King County. council mem- ber make a speech.., and then it's over. Start saying your goodbyes now, just like we're doing with our formerly pristine aquifer water, unblemished hillsides and small (soon to be enlarged by annexation ar- eas and more) town charm. Any questions? Perhaps some of those prospective mayoral candidates could enlighten the rest of us as to what's next. see OUR LETTERS POLICY The Issaquah Press welcomes letters to editor on any subject, although we right to edit for space, potential libel political relevance. Letters will receive priority. Please limit letters to 350 words and them, if possible. E-mail is preferred. must be signed and have a daytim bet to verify authorship. Deadline for letters is noon Friday lowing week's paper. Address: PO Box 1328 Issawuah, WA 98027 Fax: 425-391-1541 I-mail: isspress @fsspress. corn THE ISSAQUAH PRESS PUBI,1SHED EVERY 'EI)NESI)AY SINCE 19OO 45 FRONT STREET S. ' PO BOX 1328 . tSSAQUAH, KING COUNTY, WA 98027 $24 PER YEAR / $40 TWO YEARS / $16 PER YEAR F0R SENIORS ADD $12 0ISIDE KING COUNTY / $15 OLrI'SIDE STATE ALL DEPARTMENTS CAN BE REACHED AT 425-392-6434 fax: 425-391-1541 e-mail: isspress@lsspress.om web site: www.isspress,com DERORAtt BERT() ........ P[ BLISItER ERIN ABEL ...... ADVERTISING MGR PAGAN CROY ......... AD ERTISIN(I PAM THORSEN ........ ,M)VERTIS[NG BRANDIE [MAR ....... ADVERTISING DAWN SPRING ...... CLASSIFIED MGR. STACY GOODMAN ........... EDITOR SAE-, BADER ............ REPORTER CHRISTINE ERMEY ........ REPORTER DAVID HAYES ........... REPORTER La.RRY JOHNSON ........ REPORTER BOB TAYLOR ........ SPORTS EDITOR GREG F, Ea, R ....... PHOTOGRAPHER DA\\;ID tIARR1S .... PRODL CTION MGR DONA MOKIN ...... ART DESIC, N DIR PETE RiDIE ............ CIRC. MGR. EILEEN ERICKSON ...... ACCOt NTING ANNE WEINERT ...... FRO";T OFFtCE CHRIS WEBER ...... NEWS ,SIST,&NT DEBOR.J] BADER ..... PROOERE_M)ER OFFICIAL NE'ffSPAPER FOR THE CIT/ OF PeriodicaL, poslage paid al 'h( lssaquah Pos: Offic and addilional mailing .Ect udr  l f March 2, 1897. } ISIS 27o-720 PoJJnler: Lease to Compassion House Mayor's letters amount to half-truths A statement can be true yet also unhelpful and misleading. The same can be said for a November letter I received from Mayor Ava Frisinger, in which she claimed that the city did not lease to Mountain Creek Christian Fellow- ship (MCCF). Mark Miller, who runs MCCE ex- plained in a letter to the editor (Jan. 14) that Compassion House (which he founded) is legally independent of MCCF and that the cit)" leases to Compassion House, not to MCCF. So it appears Frisinger provided true information in her letter. But it was also unhelpful and mis- leading. In August, I asked the city, "How much does the city charge MCCF per year for its lease of Compassion House?" and "How long has the city leased city property to MCCF?  On the mayor's behalf, a city employee answered "$1" and "since June l, 1999: respectively. The city never indicated that the premise of my ques- tions (i.e., that MCCF had the lease) was incor- rect. Thus, any reasonable person would con- clude that the city" leases to MCCF. Such a conclusion would also be based on re- peated statements in The Issaquah Press. For example, an Aug. 27 article said Compassion House was "operated by MCCF, which already leases one city-owned home.  I don't "know if Miller asked The Press to issue a correction at that time. Regardless, I assume The Press won't mention MCCFin relation to Compassion House in the future. Having obtained details about the lease, I sent another letter expressing my concerns about it. Frisinger responded in November: "The city does not lease to MCCE" That's all she wrote, other than typical formalities. One substantive sentence. Apparently, Frisinger thought it would be amusing to provide only half the truth. She could easily have written a second sentence that clarified what she must have or should have known: that the city leased to Compassion House, not to its technically separate twin MCCF. I sent a letter in early December asking her to explain the discrepancy betveen her re- sponse and the first city letter. She never re- sponded. Frisinger's one-sentence response and subse- quent failure to clarify is unprofessional and, frankly, immature. Matt0000 Southeast bypass Say goodbye to local charm The bypass has already been achieved! It will be built after the city council approves it this year. There can be no other forgone conclu- stuns about this road. No matter how many cost over runs, extensfons, or additional re- quests for money, our crossroads council will vote for the bypass no matter what it costs. I do not understand why people are "ashamed" to declare their party preference when they vote in the primaD' to select their party's hst of candidates. Unles4hey are dis- honest and would vote for the weakest candi- date in the other part),, which has been done via the previous unconstitutional open prima D, process. Those that say they vote for the candi- date and not the party can do that in the gen- eral election. Under the Constitutional party, preferential primaD' to select a parties list of candidates, those that do not support a given part)" (a) with funds, (b) working for the parties candidate(s), (c) bumper stickers, (d) yard signs, etc. will sit on the sidelines during the primary process, but will get to vote in the general election. Why should those that do not support any party, se: lect the list of candidates associated with a party they cannot stand up and declare their preference! I lived in New Orleans during the '60s and '70s. Since the Republicans never had a chance, I registered as a Democrat so that l could vote in the primary for the most desir- e able democrat in the primary. The democrat that won the primaLv was essentially the win- ner, when the general election was com: pleted. The so called Cajun primary came about since I left in the late '70s and tends to en- sure that the Democrats are still in control when the top two candidates are for the most part democrats. The other parties are thus shut out of any chance to get into the general election and makes for very little competition for those in power. The powerful do not care for the party-preference primaries because they are not in control of the part)' faithful votes. Rqunh process One party gets left out lraq war Media fails to present balanced Curiously we don't hear the about what is taking place in Ira( there is and v. continue to be vidual strife and to be certain there many American byes lost. To quote young soldier I recently met, those not lost -- our soldiers gave their lives mote freedom. Freedom is not free. Our presidential candidates hating citizens are not accurately 5th New senator Looking forward to new role As I make the transition from House of Representatives to the would like to thank everyone in the munit)" for the continued overwhelming support they've shoaa me during in the Legislature. I look forward my efforts in Olympia to make sure our voice is always heard and considered sues like job creation, education portation are discussed. Health care continues to be a top me. I will focus this year on sues affecting our elderly and di., ted improving access to insurance for small business and addressing the crease in malpractice premiums that is doctors out of Washington. Our communities in East Kin some of the most beautiful and vibrant state of Washington. I feel blessed new voice for all of you in the state urge you to contact my office in Ol ever have comments or questions Legislature.