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Page 2 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, January 26, 1983 Opinion Editorial Reserved parking at high school a bad idea This week the school board is suppos- ed to decide whether or not to allow Shamen, a boy's service club, to sell re- served parking spaces at lssaquah High. As proposed, seniors could get exclusive rights to park in one of 116 spots in the main lot if they pay $5 per semester. The money raised would be used to pay for graduation and school improve- ments. In return, Shamen would main- tain and patrol the parking lot. We feel the plan has many faults and should not be approved by the board. Our main concern is that this is yet another in a series of fees for services that should be free in a public school. It's not that $5 is excessive --it's rock bottom when compared to the real world -- it's the very idea of "selling" public property. Sharon Arwine, a local parent, makes an excellent point in a letter to the board about this issue. "Many organizations need to raise money and are willing to do some service in return. The board must either favor Shamen by allowing them the only opportunity of this kind, or must also allow Keshani, drill team, band, wrestling, swimming and gymnastic teams all the same opportunity. They may wish to sell preferential locker placement, reserved seating at assemblies, seats at football games, reserved tables in the lunch room -- the possibilities are unlimited." Legally, says the county prosecuting attorney, the plan is O.K. as long as the money raised benefits the entire student body and is not used for charities or scholarships. In fact, Shamen has said three-quarters of the money will be used to help pay graduation expenses. How does this benefit the whole school? We also object to the notion that seniors should have special privileges at the high school. This is the rationale for allowing only seniors the option of buy- ing reserved parking. If it's going to be allowed at all, it should be allowed for all students who drive. Regulating the parking spaces will probably end up being more of a head- ache than Shamen realizes. Club mem- bers may dutifully paint lines and post signs, but there's no reason to think a driver without a permit won't cruise into a reserved parking spot when no one is looking. Moving a car is not a simple task. "We don't expect to have many stu- dents illegally park in the reserved area," writes the club in a letter to the board. "If they do, they will jeopardize the chances of the plan being passed next year." This threat carries little weight for the student who will not be in school next year. ( IF THE SCHOOLS REALLY WANT TO INCREASE REVENUES, THEY OUGHTA STICK PARKING METERS ON THE POTHOLES... i i i i i Public meetings i Planning Commisgion, Wednesday, January 26, 8 p,m., Community Hall. The commission will vote on the updated city park comprehensive plan. Discussion at the meeting could involve how the park plan ties into the proposed city comprehensive plan. School Board, Wednesday, January 26, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. The board will decide whether or not a boy's club can charge for reserved parking at Issa- quah High; hear plans to improve Issaquah High's playing fields; hear a recom- mendation to close May Valley Elementary and a recommendation to send next year's stead of Issaquah High. Tiger Mountain State Forest Advisory Committee, Wednesday, January 26, 7:30 p.m., Issaquah Senior Center. Bob Brooks, Jr. will speak on four-wheel activity on Tiger Mountain. City Council Special Public Hearirig; Monday, January 31, 7 p.m., Issaquah High School cafeteria. Public comment on the city's new comprehensive plan for land along Interstate 90 will be heard by the council. No decision is planned for that Letters Airport is only 10 years old With all the discussion about the "tradition" of the airfield and the "very established" nature of its operation, I thought the people of Issaquah might like to know what the real history of that property is. Like my father, I was born on the farm and I've lived and worked on the farm for my whole life. Contrary to what everybody's been saying in the paper and at public meetings, the airfield as we know it today doesn't go back very far. In fact, it wasn't until about five or six years ago that it became a "center" for skydivers. There were sky- divers before that, but it was a pretty small group by today's standards. The gliders and Ultralites are fairly recent. The Issaquah Press wasn't correct when it stated in its editorial that "the airport has been in operation for 43 years." The property has had one thing or another going on since about 1940, but it hasn't always been an airport or an airport activity. It's been a naval training field, a bottle club and dance hall, a tavern and dance hall and a training base for pilots using the old G.1. Bill. It was even used for a while as a grounds for racing motorcycles. For several periods in between the different uses and for a while before Linn Emrich took it over in about 1961 or 1962, it just sat there as a pasture. In fact, until the Navy took it over to train naval cadets, it had been part of our dairy farm. Even through all the various uses it had, we continued to run about a hundred head of dairy cows every day, spring and summer. Then, when the highway came through and the health department required we upgrade our buildings and the taxes kept increasing, we could no longer continue as a dairy opera- tion. And, when the horses started boarding about ten years ago, we stopped farming operations altogether. If we'd have been able to continue our farming, it would never have be- come an airport. After World War II, when the G.I. Bill began to pay for veterans to learn to fly, Ab Davies and AI Lockwood leased the field and began giving flight lessons. They built some hangars, the parachute loft and the metal hangar that's there today. They closed down operations when the G.I. Bill pro- gram stopped. There were other uses, as 1 mentioned earlier. The bottle club was in what is now the parachute loft and the tavern was a pretty popular one. It was finally clsoed down when there were so many wrecks of people trying to cross old Highway 10 after leaving the tavern. After being closed down for quite a while, Mr. Emrich came to us with his proposal for a sports center which would be used for a few parachutists and recreational flyers. It was never intended to be an airport as such. It wasn't for several years after that that parachuting really got started, and in about 1976 Jamey Woodward's operation got the skydiving on the map. The gliders started about ten years ago and the Ultralites only a couple of years ago. So you can see that what's happening over at the airfield to- day and what people are calling "tradition" is really only a few years old.., less than ten. To call it "very established" as the lssaquah Press did this week is stretching it some and 1 agree with their editorial that "the plan's intent is not to stretch the definition of established." As I've shown, their statement that the "airport has been in operation for 43 years" is not true. I hope this will clear the air for the city council and all the people who have asked me about the airfield. It's had a lot of uses over the past 120 years and I believe it's time we moved on to change the use again. I believe the farm and the airfield could better contribute to the good of the city if quality, well controlled development can occur. That lill only happen if the council changes the zoning to a "development district." I support that change. Sincerely, Robert Pickering Issaquah needs jobs I believe it's time someone asked a couple of questions con- cerning the value of the Picketing property to the city in its current state. There's isn't much to look at except a barn which is probably being held up by the hay inside it; a race track of questionable value and condition; a pasture, a pond, some trees,a turf landing strip, some old hangars and a block building. That's about it. Other than something nice to look at, what does it offer the city? In truth, not very much. The taxes coming from it can't be very much so the city doesn't get much revenue benefit. There are no businesses except the airport which includes the parachuting business, the gliders and the Ultralites, so there can't be much revenue benefit there. So whai is there? We've been told a lot of tourists come to the area as a result of the skydiving activity. But if you go over to the airport on a nice day you will notice most of the spectators bring their own lunch, drinks and so forth and sit around the field watching. Just watching. After they watch for a while they get in their cars and go home and spend their money where they live. If you ask the Gilman Village shop owners, most of them will tell you that there is practically no business from the peo- ple who come to Issaquah to watch parachuters. The parachuters themselves are too busy jumping to have money to spend except maybe afterward at Vips or the Area station or the Holiday Inn. Even the Holiday Inn doesn't get a lot of activity from them and it's right next door. There aren't many jobs available at the airport either. Most of the businesses there are one or two people operations. So, other than maybe five or six jobs there's nothing to offer there either. So why all the flap over what looks pretty but offers very little else to the community? There are a lot of people looking for work now. Develop- ment on the Pickering site would go far in providing a shot in the arm for the economy of Issaquah and the surrounding area. 1 think that is the direction the council should take. I like parachuting but we need jobs and enough revenues for the ci- ty to function for all its people. Kevin King Stick to commission decision As former Co-Chairpersons of the lssaquah Environmental Council we would like to thank the people of lssaquah for participating in the discussions about the Picketing Farms decision. We would like to encourage them to continue in this ongoing decision and to express their ideas to the city council and the public at large. The Planning Commission's recom- mendations to keep the farm as it is was a good one, based on a long, careful evaluation of the facts. Thank you, James Oakley Jim Jordan Close the airport To the editor, city council and mayor: why do you listen to special interest groups and think they represent everybody else? I do not fly in small planes or gliders. I do not jump out of planes. I'm not a posey-sniffing environmentalist. I'm not a greedy developer or greedy airport operator. What/say is what/say! I, unlike all those other groups do not speak for all the people in the world. And, they don't speak for met It seems to me that the Pickering Farm will be properly developed if the city monitors it. That can be done with the new standards everyone says are so good. The airport does very little for the City of Issaquah. Only the rich can useit and most of those people come from other cities. The idea of keeping the airport and allowing develop- ment right next to it or across the highway seems very short- sighted. The first time there is another accident and there is a loss of property or even a loss of life people will say it should have been closed down because it is getting too congested. Do it now and save the city future hardships. Sincerely, Anne Zukerman I'm staying There is a serious misrepresentation being circulated con- cerning the term of my lease on the Skyport. I would like your readers to know the facts regarding it. The lease is for five years with subsequent one-year renewal options to be exercised a year at a time by me until the land is ready to be developed. The five-year period ends on March 14, 1983 and I have exercised the first one-year renewal by notification to my landlord by certified mail last December. The owners do not have the option to terminate the lease until the land is ready to be developed. The lease has already withstood the King County Superior Court test in a three-day trial and was ruled on by Judge Robert Elston to be fully valid. Also, your readers need to know that Roger Girard is not my landlord, and his threats to terminate my lease have no substance in fact. Linn Emrich, Manager The Skyport Airfield City should buy Pickering Fc Because polities is the art of the "do-able," many of 1 cerely hope that you and the council will relax your mined effort to develop the entire 1-90 Corridor. considerable heat, the public has expressed its idea of developing the Pickering Farm, airport, and parts of the rest of the corridor. Overturning the Commission's unanimous recommendation will result in years of controversy through the courts. Hov might the problem be resolved? I suggest the city itself purchase the Pickering Farm funds derived from a bond sale. Because there are so: ways to utilize the property with its current character ed, a design competition could determine its uses. It pear that the airpor t property should be purchased operators, once the current owners were resigned to a J price commensurate with its established use. In each city should make it clear through ordinance that the use and character must be preserved so the battle won't to be refought in another decade, even if the property sold. Other sensitive areas in the valley should be the city by the developers of adjoining property. zoning of their properties represents a lot of money owners. They can well afford to deed the critical parts city. R.J. Airport benefits only a few In the final moments of deliberation of the Issaquah prehensive Plan I think you should consider the points and comments relative to the Pickering Farm field property designations: Tax Base -- If the Pickering Arm and the Sk, designated as an "established district" there will be no change in the revenues generated from taxes which vitally needed to keep a city from dying. With develo that ground a solid tax base will guarantee services amenities for the city. Tourism -- There is no doubt that the parachute draws many hundreds of people to the area each figures, however, have been grossly overstated. For field people to say that more people come here than go Michelle Winery in Woodinville is misleading. However, of placing a winery at the old farm suite would tract a tourist element which would also spend money area. Safety -- In the past two or three years there has alarming increase in the number of accidents at the Jumpers are landing in the streets, on the highway, in the L ty wires and the trees. Drivers cause dangerous they slow or stop to watch. Development all around port makes it increasingly more dangerous to the jumpers the community. At best it should be relocated to a less'( gested area. Property Rights -- It is true that the owners of the knew they were taking a risk when they bought the However, the airport operator also knew that he'd relocate when the owners wanted to develop the land. he's fighting tooth and nail to keep from having to responsibility to the lease he signed. Master Plan Development -- They key to the plan planning staff prepared it is the definitions of the are the controlling elements. The Press has chosen to phasize the word "established" rather than the words define "established." That's like manipulating make your point. The key to an "established district" the plan says, "to continue the type of development within the property." There is no development there. Press's own admission, "The skyport has on the property." How can you (by definition of the "continue the type of development existing" if there is All the "established" district does over there is owners from doing anything. That constitutes a taking land. Special Interests -- Of course the owners are a special terest group. They own the property. But what about parachutists and the airport operator? They are not special interest group they are a very small elitist group would have you believe they are jumping for the good community. Come on, newt William A. 10th graders living in Cedar Grove, Tiger evening. Speakers may sign up until 7:30 Mountain and Mirrormont to Liberty in-,, , ,, ,, p.m., , Those weird, 'middle aged' kids are completely normal Meeting follow-up .... not the place to introduce children to whole new vistas of day, you don't ask and that's the day the principal ran learning, he said. Students at this age are mainly preoccu- with the secretary. And the kid says, 'You never listen.' iiiii iii Design Commission, January 19. The commissioners reviewed new plans for the Waterworks Park planned for north of Interstate-90. The plans included higher dirt mounds surrounding the slide area, which hide all but two slides... The commission approved landscaping and lighting plans for Northeast Commercial Development, planned for the intersection of Front Street and Gilman Boulevard . City Council January 17. The council agreed to take over administering govern- ment funds to the Issaquah Senior Center from the King County agency which has dis- tributed the $20,000 in the past. The move will save seniors from $200 to $300 a month in administrative costs previously paid to the county for the service. I II I III I I I I II II III I I 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 Donkin, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan BIIncoe, display advertising; Wilma Coleman, claa|)lfleds; Marllyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Wlnslow, bookkeep- per;, Roxalne Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con- tributing writer, dhrkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising... ". ........... Mooday, 3 p.m. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 'FssOoAr t0 *" OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. A Otv)sion of Mu,,'tey Publahmg Company Rodi Shemeta Ludlum u i |ul i i i He drew a picture of utter horror and the audience loved it. He was talking about kids -- that very special group of kids between 10 and 14 he called "pre-adolescents." He called them a lot of other things too. Rude. Sulky. Rebellious. Violent. Confused. He said they exhibit every known mental disorder. So why were 150 parents laughing? Because Dr. AI Arth is a very funny man. At his talk on middle schools last Thursday, he scored one direct hit after another on the frazzled nerves of the parents gathered at Issaquah Valley. Many just seemed reassured that as diffi- cult as their :hildren were, they didn't sound much worse than the kids Dr. Arth was talking about. Relief makes us laugh, too. Arth, a professor from the University of Wyoming, noted that it has been only recently -- in the last 15 years or so that there has been widespread growth of separate schools for the "kids in the middle," kids undergoing the most violent upheaval of growth since birth. Junior highs or middle schools demand a special kind of teacher, he said -- "50 percent human, 50 percent academic." Middle school is pied with learning about themselves. They are confused about their sexual roles, said Arth, and will try out different behavior to see what feels right. Girls act like tomboys and in some cases become nearly indistinguishable from boys. "In some of our studies, we were never sure if we were looking at boys or girls -- even when we walked around the front," he confessed. The kids are very critical of themselves -- they're either too short or too tall, too fat or too skinny. The girls want to look like Barbie, the boys like Ken. The boys are out- growing their clothes almost weekly and "the girl who used to be great in math now sits in the back of the class snap- ping her training bra." Arth says life so far for these kids has been like watching a black and white TV. And now, suddenly, everything is in living color. They become very emotional and ultrasensitive. A child staring wistfully out the window may explain, "A bird flew off and disappeared and I think it got eaten..." This is a time when kids test the rule of the house and experiment with the rules of society. "It's not my job to take out the garbage,', says the kid. "Oh, fine, then," says the parent sarcastically. "We'll just leave it there." "Bad move," says Arth. Experimenting with the rules means there is more shop- lifting among the pre-adolescent than any other age group, more use of drugs and alcohol and more runaways. The runaways say, almost universally, that "nobody eared about me," even when they actually left caring homes. The hard part, says Arth, is to listen even when they're not talking. "You may ask day after day, week after week, 'What happened in school today?' and get no reply. And then one Hyperactivity is another characteristic of the child: "They're in a constant state of movement until want the grass cut." They suddenly demand privacy. Without warning, will go up on the bedroom door: "Mom, do not enter snakes at large." This is also a time when negotiations " , , sa' t , " g sharp of live in a path this wide," holding his hands a foot apart: It's an age where the child will take responsibility for act, but not the consequences, he said. "Sure, I put the goldfish in the toilet, but I didn't flush it." This is a stage of growth when the father pretty mucla drops out, says Arth. While the time of birth to nine old has been a time of "showing how," the middle are a time of "rewarding for." "All correct behavior must be acknowledged," says "Thank you for coming for breakfast. Thank you for wearing both shoes. Thank you for eating on the By the time the child is 15 or so, the father reappears, asking the mother, "Is he done yet? Is it over now?" The most meaningful thing a parent can do during years is make the child feel he belongs to the family, no matter what. "The child is asking, 'Will you tolerate me even l'm weird? Even though I'm so weird I scare myself?' must constantly tell yourself -- and your child -- 'You normal. You are normal.' " At the end of the evening, this question came from parent: "You are talking about my seven-year-old. Am I trouble?" Dr. Arth let out a long laugh. "Very possibly," he "Very possibly." I IIII I I III