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Page 2 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, February 2, 1983 Opinion Editorial High school fence badly handled all around The issue of the fence around Issa- quah High's football field has finally been settled -- perhaps. After nearly two years of debate, the school board decided last week to let it be cut down and moved from the inside lane of the track to the outside. What we find incredible is that it had to take so long, involve so much school board time, so many pages of reports, and in the end, create such bad feelings between the community, the board and the school district administration. None of this would have happened, we feel, if all three parties hadn't done such a botched job of handling this fence issue. We're not sure how the fence got to be installed where it did in the first place. Larry Galloway, the district operations director and man respon- sible for putting it in, insists no one ever called him about the bad location before it was installed. In any case, it was put very close to the inside lane of the track and once it was installed, the complaints never stopped. Runners could injure themselves if they stumbled on the inside lanes, said the protestors. Nothing must have galled Galloway more than having to seriously consider cutting down a brand new fence paid for with bond money. BUt he did meet with those concerned and between them, they drew up a plan to move it. Galloway presented that plan to the school board in August, 1981. Because it was rejected by the board, people on the committee began to mutter about how Galloway must not have presented it very well. They didn't know for sure because none of them were at that meeting. That was a mistake. Terry Kirkpatrick, track coach for Issaquah High and the Issaquah Gliders and a member qf the committee, ex- plained that committee members voted' not to go to the board meeting because "we felt the board had been harried enough. Our recommendations were in the plan and we felt it would be best to back off and let Galloway present it." We can't fault Galloway for his pre- sentation of that plan. He was profes- sional and unbiased. What was lacking in the presentation was someone to argue for it when the board began to ask questions, Galloway did not, nor could he be expected to. Just one com- mittee member might have made a difference in the board decision that night and the issue could have been re- solved long ago. Board members were also at fault for not cutting right away to the real heart of the matter, which was: do we agree the fence is a hazard? If so, let's get rid of it -- quickly. Two board members, Karen Taylor Sherman and Jerry Lee, wanted to approve the committee's plan. The other three got off on peripheral issues that have complicated and dragged this matter out far longer than it should have been. Gary Raid was worried that a fence on the outside of the track would keep casual joggers away from the communi- ty facility. Everyone seemed to think the gate would have to be locked to keep motorcycles off the football field. Not a single person mentioned using a simple "cow gate," a maze-like device commonly used on trails to let people in and keep vehicles out. Bill McGlashan and Tom McLaughlin were concerned about the impact of the fence on other sports fields. This was certainly a legiti- mate concern, but the final board direc- tion was a vaguely-worded vote to reject moving the fence until there was some thought given to long-term use of all the fields. McLaughlin said last week that he never had any doubts about moving the fence -- that he thought the study of all fields was needed "so we don't put the fence someplace stupid." That is what should hay6 been said a year and a half ago. It might have taken a month at the most to gather interested parties, show them the proposal to move the fence and see if they had any problems with it. Instead, the community and the administration has spent countless hours looking at problems that have nothing to do with the central issue of the fence -- poor drainage on the fields, not enough bleachers for baseball, line markers that kill grass on the football field -- it's unbelievable. Ella Moore of the track group came down hdt'or GIowy" a'['t b"oard meetinglast week, accusinfiini of be- ing vindictive about the trek program because his fence was under attack. She was not totally off base. It's our feeling that Galloway knows his business and can be a creative and effective admin- istrator when it suits him. We have to agree though, that he can be extremely touchy to deal with. He seems to take personally any criticism about school facilities and goes on the defensive im- mediately. In the fence issue, he seemed to be trying to draw out the whole process as long as possible in hopes the critics would all get tired and go away. If he had only decided in the beginning that the fence was wrong and vowed to get rid of it, he would have had those run- ners off his back a lot sooner. u i i i ul Public meetings Design Commission, Wednesday, February 2, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. Developers of Skipper's Restaurant, planned for Front Street, will present a re- vised plan. Gilman Square shopping center developers will present preliminary plans. Public Celebrations Commission, Wednesday, February 2, 5:45 p.m., City Hall conference room. City Council, Monday, February 7, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. The council will discuss a fee schedule for fire department services, the police station's preliminary budget, the library's final budget, an or- dinance adopting 1983 construction codes I II and the planning commission's recom- mendation on a rezone of the Lanaville pro- perty at the corner of S.W. Newport Way and lssaquah-Renton Road. There will be a / public hearing at 9:30 p.m. on the Woods Divisions 3 and 4, planned for east of 12th Ave. N.W. Planning Commission, Wednesday, February 9, 8 p.m., Community Hall, The Skipper's Restaurant revised plan, including traffic and parking changes, will be pres- ented to the commission. School Board, Wednesday, February 9, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. A public hearing on the closing of May Valley Elementary will be held. 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 Blincoe, display advertising; WIIma Coleman, classifieds; Marllyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Wlnslow, bookkeep- per; Roxalne Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con. trlbuting writer, darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. ,,,,,srp,,, Display Advertising...' ............ Mot3day, 3 p.m. "*a( Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m.  Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. ga.m.-5 p.m. 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 OIvtslon of Murray Pubhshln Company ii iiii ii ii i iii iii ii Letters You are still the best To the Issaquah High School varsity wrestlers: On January 27 Mercer Island snapped your winning streak of 89 wins -- the first dual meet loss for Issaquah'High School wrestlers since 1974. As a spectator I witnessed the disbelief, the tears, the lowered heads when the final match was over and the score was Mercer Island 32, Issaquah 28. Only you as a team know the true depths of your feelings that night. As a parent of a JV wrestler, I am very proud to be asso- ciated with IHS wrestling. Only those involved with the sport know of the sacrifices you make -- the constant dieting at a time in your life when your stomach is a bottomless pit, the worry that you won't "make weight," the exhaustion and pain from the strenuous physical conditioning, the nagging mother who is concerned because you don't eat enough, the pressure when you go into the "snake pit" and it's up to you and you alone! Wrestling demands more physically and men- tally from an athlete than any other sport. I am glad that you care so deeply for your sport and the tradition which is so much a part of lssy wrestling. However, it would sadden me very much if any of you think any less of yourself or feel you have failed because of the outcome of one dual meet. You are a credit to your families, school and com- munity but most of all to yourselves because of your dedi- cation, sacrifice and your desire to be the best. The Kingco, Regional and State Tournaments will be held within the next three weeks. Each of you -- Chris, Shawn, Edward, Paul, Blake, Jeff, Rich, Scan, Barry, Kevin, Paul, Rob and Dale -- go with your heads held high. You are Issa- quah's Kingco Champions and we are proud of all of you! Oretta Perrotti Thanks for the write-up Thanks so much for the fine pictures and write-up of the Girl Scouts disabilities workshop. It was fun, educational, and a service to the girls. We do a lot in this organization and so much is not acknowledged. Also -- we're enjoying the Press again! It's newsy and upbeat. Thanks, Sally Montgomery Dear developers: get lost! lssaquahingtonsI After reading the front page of the December 29 Press, I felt a deep rage and responsibility to write a few words about the "developments of the 83's." The Meadows: Issaquah does not need you. 1 hope the next "sump" to occur in the USA is north of Gilman Boulevard, south of 1-90 and east of SR 900. Town and Country: Maybe the "sump" could continue in a southeasterly direction until it hits Newport Way. Issaquah does not need another Safeway. Hopefully the Sato Corpor- ation will be required to transport the current Safeway build- ing to the new location. Front Street does not need a "white elephant" the size of an airplane hangar. Gilman Village: I have enjoyed patronizing you for the last five years. If expansion is necessary for your survival I ap- plaud and welcome it. I only hope that in the expansion pro- cess you are not lost and lose the warmth and friendliness I have come to associate with you. The thought of a fast food outlet does not please me, but maybe they'll offer Issaquah something better than food.., a few public restrooms! Heritage Square: What can you really offer Issaquah that it does not already have and is about to get.., more traffic on Gilman?????? Gilman Station: How cute! Sixteen shops and two cabooses. I applaud your originality. Maybe you will provide free babysitting services to your patrons too. Newport Way Industrial: More tacky boxes for Issaquah![ Cascade Business Park was an improvement over the original Rowley Center buildings, but not by much. An appropriate description term for buildings like those of Rowley and Cascade is "cardboard jungle." I hope you put an end to the "jungle" and establish something without a lot of asphalt and boxes. The Woods: I croak at what you will contribute to the already heavily-traveled Newport Way and SR-900 inter- section especially in the early morning hours and between 3:30 and 6 p.m. I've got it!!! A toll booth at the intersection. Since we cannot request that the developer(s) help pay for traffic signalization around the city for problems of congestion they will bring in, it is the only probable solution. Pickering Farms: Speculation!!!! That is all it was. Some- times you win and sometimes you lose. After being presented with the information on the conditions of your investment contract by Mr. Richard Welsh at the city council meeting on January 17, I think Issaquah could use the open space more than any development you could provide unless you leave it as it is. Therefore, I hope the City Council goes with the revised Comprehensive Plan and sticks a feather in your pocket. Waterworks Park: Just what Issaquah has always needed -- a "real live" artificial attraction. I hope one of the require- ments the environmental coordinator places on you is that you are required to draw 'water for your general use (60- 70,000, replacing 1,000/day), excepting drink and personal use needs, from Lake Sammamish. Using that water would keep Issaquah from wasting its valuable non-renewable water on a project that will be partially responsible for water not be- ing filtered back into the ground for lssaquah's future use. Geraldine Carey I am not a crook I did not swipe those 87 pens from the lssaquah Press. I in- nocently put them in my pocket and took them home -- one day at a time for many months. The pens collected at the top of my dresser and were returned only after my wife Jackie .... ., . . harped about finding them mlxe d m with n]y socks and under- shorts. Also, you forgot to mention what I said about my after-the- fact feelings about lssaquah. Like, how much I miss everyone (you too, Anita) and how honored I feel to have played a part in recording town history. Hi, Herb. Sincerely, Dave Jepsen Seattle Send us celebrations idea,, During 1982, the Issaquah Celebrations Co t Va endeavored to bring interesting and fun family even Ul,, community. This coming year we would like to ask.l,.., help and ideas for Issaquah celebrations. Last year we celebrated three different events: thef I'%' nual Spring Fling which featured the gong show, ju' ,j kite flying contest, bicycle poker run, music enters[ u horse shoes, and the Issaquah Garden Club. The[, .lKno Fourth of July with music by the Rural Delivery, ouq. ,- jail, horse shoes, a kid and pet parade, pie eating contf o cookoff, pony rides, hot air balloon rides, dunk t " " ig r bash, face painting, music competition, beard grow t ,t test, booths and the moon walk, and our Christr( bration with Santa arriving in a stagecoach, h0 :ut decorations for our town tree, music by the Issaquah tic and rides for the family, tg We are a commission of members appointed by thl ca and we do need three or four more interested peopli or nt US. : "" te :i We would appreciate your comments regarding ou bn including what you would like to see added, change r  cluded. All comments or applications should be sent to T n d: brations Commission, 445 S.W. Forest Dr., Issaquah Jim I ' :t L i Chairman, Celebrations Cor  aq D. V Graduation efforts appreciat A 't fl. n To the Issaquah Class of 1983 and relatives of sal Class of 1983 Graduation Party Committee gives yOb )i thank you for your time and efforts over the last six  t helping us raise monies to help defray the cost of your I h s tion party. Through your efforts, before Christmas in[sto l., gifts at the Bun Marche, last weekend in helping to takC[thl r tory at the Bun Marche stores, and this week in teleph0|chc ' ing for Group W Cable, the Grad Party Comr]a. [c[3 considorably closer to our goal of raising the funds to] gi total cost of this party. With your continued aid, our g ec be realized. Truly, '83 will rule for a long time; keeP[b. E good work. [ b Thank you. O Betty Hickam, Rowan and Barbara[c. co.o00 ' b ,,, my Letters policy ithis The. lssaquah ......... Press welcomes .letters to,   cditar!:a.. - ;I subjects of keal interest. . Letters should be typedand submitted nq than 5 p.m. Friday for publication the Wednesday. No letter will be published unless signed by at least one individual, even if the ! presents the view of a group. Letters should not be longer than 500 words. Press reserves the right to edit for spelling, length and libel. A ferry on the blink could mean money in the bank But back to the point: name recognition. Issaquah merchants should band together and prepare to hold huge sales on a moment's notice every time the Issaquah makes the news. After the Bremerton crash, KING-TV actually came to town and stood on the corner of Front and Sunset to talk about the ferry and the town. And we weren't ready. Think of the free advertising potential if the lumber companies had a big "shiver me timbers" sale every time the ferry smashed a pier to smithereens. Every business in town could create "dock-crashing specials." Taverns could host a "drowti your sorrows" happy hour. It would be folksy and cute and the big city media would eat it up. Jaded city dwellers would flock to town the way they de- scend on Cougar for the D.B. Cooper anniversary. There is also an untapped potential for T-shirts. For example, Issaquah swim team members could wear ones with Orca Aquatics insignia and the caption "Ferry lssaquah auxiliary power source." There are already a host of cute sayings about the ferry, like "Izzy come, Izzy go," and the old one about the last of the Issaquah-class ferries Rodi Shemeta Ludlum There was a renewed chorus of groans and eyeball-rolling around town when the ferry Issaquah rammed the Bremer- ton dock a few weeks ago. It was the fifth such "hard landing" the craft had made since it was launched in 1980. Here we go again with the lssaquah jokes, everyone was saying. One prominent citizen even called us to suggest we come out with an editorial urging the state to rehame the ferry the "Bellevue." If you ask me, it's time this town stopped cringing every time the Issaquah crashes a dock. Issaquah (the city) is really missing the boat when it comes to Issaquah (the ferry). We should revel in the foibles of the ferry. Rename it? A thousand times no! For a town that wants to promote itself for tourism, a ferry on the blink can mean money in the bank. Let's look at the facts. Because of our ferry, Issaquah has ten times the name recognition of unheralded little towns like Fall City and Maple Valley. The Seattle Times writes about the ferry's every balk and burp. A decent dock crashing makes page one in all the dailies, runs all day on radio and starts the evening news on local TV. You'd spend a million dollars to buy that kind of publicity. And consider this: the press is so enamoured with the malfunctions, breakdowns and assorted disasters of the lssaquah that the ills of any other ferry are practically ignored. A few years ago, the Times quoted a department of transportation official saying -- almost defensively -- that gee whiz, lots of our other ferries have problems too. Remember when the Klickitat grounded in the San Juan Islands? When the Klahowya collided with a grain ship in the fog? When the Hyak nearly rammed Pier 52 and the Yakima burned out all its drive motors? Does the press make a big deal about those? No! "I guess it's the Issaquah that gets all the attention," he sighed. Better yet, even when Issaquah's sister ferries have accidents, they don't get called by their real names, They're referred to as "one of the lssaquah-class ferries." One of lssaquah's twins is supposed to have a similar history of balky behavior and accidents, but have you ever heard of the Cathlamet? No! The ferry Iseaqua.h: long may it flounder In the waters of Puget'Sound. being built with a glass bottom -- so you can see the five. Or this one: "Why is Issaquah so fuel-efficient?" i "Because it's always in dry dock." Or this: "Why do they need six Issaquah-class "So they can run one and use the other five for parts." Ferry humor was even used a a recent roast for Governor Spellman, where he was labeled "an Issa( class governor." The governor, in turn, told about tlt of the state department of transportation, who owns a dog named Issaquah. "The dog always comes when it's called," said the governor, "but it's busted three doors already." So why is everybody laughing except Issaquah? At very least, there ought to be a pier-crashing ceremonY' Lake Sammamish during Salmon Days. And at least year, the whole town ought to turn out for a bash on the ferry -- decked out in black tie and life preservers.