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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, February 16, 1983 Opinion Editorial Letters Post Office has a commendable new attitude The U.S. Post Office has finally come around. At last we are customers, not just annoyances to be dealt with. We've noticed a change in Issaquah as well as other post offices. It isn't just the new regime at the Issaquah P.O., it's a new way of thinking at the federal level. It started a few years ago when the post office was hurting and indepen- dent door-to-door delivei'y services were springing up. But it's been only the past year or so that customers have begun to be appreciated instead of handled with a curt nod and "it's not our fault" at- titudes. The new way of thinking is service oriented. Customers are now getting ad- vice on the least expensive way to mail packages. Questions about the com- plexities of mailing permits are answered patiently. We used to have to tackle the legalese by ourselves. Only a few years ago, this newspaper considered using its own carriers to deliver the paper, We weren't just look- ing at cutting costs. We wanted to im- prove the service. Now we're glad we waited. We want our papers to reach customers as quickly and as efficiently as possible. For now, that's going to be through the post office. by Barry McWilltams Follow the Pickering's advice Almost two years ago, Mr. Winlock Pickering made one of the most thought-provoking speeches I've heard concerning the future use of the Picketing Farm at a joint meeting of the Planning Commission and the lssaquah City Council. Among other things, he said, "Our family has been here a long time and we have mixed emotions about that property; what should be done with it and how it should be developed... Each of us has our own prejudices in what we would like to see and those prejudices are, perhaps on occasion, very biased and selfish. As the Pickering family we share some of that." He went on to say, "... we recognize progress and under- stand the economics that goes with any property.., there is an economic base which has to be considered; and there's tax- ation... I wonder how many of us would be willing to pay the taxes to support that area as open space... I, frankly, would not... I probably feel stronger about that land than many of you.., but to think that you can dedicate 125 acres to remain exactly as it is, in my opinion, is unreasonable." Two weeks ago at the public hearing, both Drury Pickering and Robert Pickering gave talks which, in their own ways were as moving and as revealing as Winlock Pickering's. Since that time Robert Pickering has w'ritten to the editor twice to support quality development for all the property -- farm and airfield, alike. And even though I understand the Press did a real hatchet job in editing his last week's letter, Robert Picker- ing's account of the history of the farm has given all of us a much better understanding of what that property means to the Pickering family. ilill ii .j i ., IL Itl  . ii. II. Public meetings i,, p, |, ', iij. Tiger Mountain State Forest Advisory Committee, Wednesday, February 16, 7:30 p.m. Issaquah Senior Center. Maps of soils, water, timber, unique vegetation and wildlife habitats will be presented. Design Commission, Wednesday, February 16, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. Plans for Gilman Square, the expanded Hi- Lo Shopping Center, will be presented. An eight-unit condominium project planned for 165st Ave. N.W. will also be discussed. Owners of the Texaco Station on Front Street will present plans for complete remodeling. Plans are expected to include a car wash and mini mart. L]ty t..ouncil, Tuesday, Peoruary 22, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. The council will discuss a new ordinance for prohibiting dogs from public parks and instituting a new "poop scoop" law. The city's park comprehensive plan will be discussed and a review of the city council's goals for 1983, the result of a council retreat in January, will be presented. The council is aLso ex- pected to make appointments to the new Development and Planning Policy Commis- sions. School Board, Wednesday, February 23, 7 p.m., Administration Service Center. The board is scheduled to decide whether or not south end ninth graders should be sent to Liberty High next fall instead of 1984. i i i O i Meeting f Ilow-up School Board, February 9, Issaquah Junior High will get a new boiler and Maywood Junior High will get a new washer and dryer... Retired math teacher Louis Orth was rehired to cover two math classes at Issaquah Junior High, following a leave of absence by Mike Fisher... Elizabeth Ann Graham of lssaquah Junior High was given a leave of absence for the rest of the year to recover from a back injury.., lssa- quah High business teacher Vern Lindquist will teach in the Re-Entry Program, re- placing Daniel Turner, who resigned... Retired Issaquah High teacher Liz Henson was rehired part time to 'act as stage manager for the rest of the school year. The high school is working on a production of "Oliver!" I I I III IIII 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 BIIncoe, display advertlelng; Wllma Coleman, classifieds; Marllyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Wlnslow, bookkeep- per; Roxalne Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con. tributlng writer, darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising ...- ............ Monday, 3 p.m. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. Office Hours .......... . .... Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. "PSSOClATO #' 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 O*wszon of M,rray Pubhshm B Company I have seen a copy of Robert's most recent letter -- before the Issaquah Press decided to omit parts it felt were not im- portant enough to include because those parts would have taken the letter over the 500 word limit (and, therefore, made it too long). I believe it's important that the community know of his thoughts. So, in the 500 words allotted to this letter, I'd like to share Robert's closing thoughts with the community; thoughts the Press felt were not important enough to include: "Like all the Pickering family, 1 have a very deep feeling in my chest about the farm and that beautiful old barn. It could continue to be a source of pride for us and the city if it's developed right. We hope it will be something my great grand- father, William; my grandfather, William, Jr.; my dad, Royal; my kids and my grandchildren's grandchildren will all be proud of; something that will continue the heritage of the Pickering family and contribute to this area for a long, long time to come. It can't do that any longer as open space and an airfield." I believe the Pickering family has spoken and I believe that the city should listen to their thoughts. Sincerely, Scott Bolls The green plain is a draw lssaquah is unquestionably fated to become the near-city hiking and horseriding center of Puget Sound City, con- venient in time and Metro Service to residents of four coun- ties. It als will be a major hub of bicycling. To focus on the hiking, the growth to date has taken place with the very minimum of amenities, and the trails do not serve every need. When the trails become "formal" and have signed trailheads and markers along the way, they will appeal to a much broader spectrum of the public. For all the wealth of trails, there is a severe shortage of those suitable for the very young hiker and the senior hiker, folks who want well- groomed paths. We have suggested that a number of places in lssaquah are suitable for improvement. For example, the old service road of the Waterworks, leading past the reservoir and the springs, could with rather small investments in labor and funds become a perfect "Class 1" path. The Big Tree Trail in the Issaquah Watershed is ideally suited to a future trail for the sightless, with a self-guiding tour that has Braille reader- boards. Though much of the local planning for the future follows the traditional route of maximizing commercial property of the denser sort, a number of citizens -- and friends of Issa- quah from throughout the region -- are stressing the potential of an Alternative Future that is built around Issaquah's unique assets of the Green Hills, the Clean Streams, and the Great Green Plain. As hikers-horseriders, we are closely appreciative of the first two. However, it is the third -- the Green Plain -- that and West Tiger, we see the blue plane (well, often gray) of Lake Sammamish meeting the green plan of the delta. In the Alternative Future this setting, preserved, would be treasured by the thousands of people coming tp walk the trails and ride the horses and bicycles  and to drive to such view- points as Pop Pop Point for a picnic, or to launch a hang- glider. However, the setting -- if preserved as it now is -- has other possibilities. In my opinion there will be a time, and not too distant,.when a moving stairway might well be profitable, giving access to the elderly and handicapped (or just plain lazy) to the marvelous vista points close above Issaquah, and do so without intruding on the quiet of the trails. A restaurant served by such an access, located on the western tip of the Grand Ridge thrust, looking straight down on the Pickering Farm and Lake Sammamish, could well become a widely- famous attraction. The immediate cash flow to land investors may be less with the Alternative Future, but in the long run I suspect Issaquah will come out better by stressing what it has that nobody else has -- the hills, the creeks, the green plain. A great many folks around Puget Sound City have a fond spot in their hearts for lssaquah. This doesn't mean they'll all try to move here. They'll realize living space is finite. It'll be the place they come for R&R from the gray scenes of their home neighborhoods. I don't know how much money is to be earned selling ice cream cones, renting bicycles, making hamburgers, and the sort, but on any fine day there's a lot of business being done in Bothell and Redmond, on the Sammamish River Trail. Issaquah would be very wise to go very, very slow about throwing away its inheritance for a quick cash flow. Don't think Tukwila. Think Zermatt. (Which also is in the Alps.) Sincerely, Harvey Manning Issaquah Alps Trails Club Plans don't protect businesses I don't know a whole lot about the legalities of land use and the procedures which go along with attempting to finalize a comprehensive plan. I do agree, though, with Mr. Marten- son's letter to the paper last week which suggests that a lot of people are confused about what is going to happen if the city council approves the Issaquah city plan for 1-90 with the Pickering Farm land designated as a development district. I've talked to some individuals who are in the planning circles and each of them told me that Mr. Mortenson was cor- rect when he said that the city council is not approving a development plan for any of the property at this\\;time... they are not deciding if the airport should go or stay.., they are only deciding what type of development should go where and under what conditions. They also tell me that like Mr. Mortenson said, if they can't zone McDonald's property to protect it they sure had better not zone the airport property to protect Mr. Emrich's business. It seems that regardless how much someone might want something that's someone elses, that is a question which should not be argued dui'ing a comprehensive plan review. It should Be part Of th'tegtimony considered'during an actual development proposal, and that's not what is going on, yet. Yours very truly, Beverly Rowe North Bend Water park will tie up traffic Attention all you South Cove, Greenwood Point and East Lake Sammamish dwellers! You better grow seasonal wings so you can fly above all the traffic on peak summer days that will be at your doorstep or between you and your destination, be it the State Park, the grocery stores in Issaquah, or you place of work and play that result from the addition of a waterworks park. Just west of the state park entrance the waterworks park developers plan to begin a center left turn lane going east that feeds into the state park. Beyond the state park it is still a center lane, but traffic leaving the park eastbound will cross between westbound traffic to enter the center lane hopefully to feed smoothly into the regular eastbound lane. As you near the waterworks park entrance you come to a crosswalk that Sound confusing??? Try driving it on a hot As I see it, traffic cannot flow smoothly as a result of poor planning and lack of being numbers of autos and people the area will draw as the combined attractions. Once this operation is authorities suggest the area be monitored "for at year" before any improvements be made. The people tions qualified to make educational judgements traffic will increase by a mere 5 to 7 percent. don't! If you have any concerns or questions let them be I now.., investigate.., communicate and do it developers do not need to have public hearings, the city council or the planning commission. An declared necessary, the most important issue being congestion between 1-90 and the state park. are trying to mitigate some of the problems declared icant" to "non-significant." Two such areas are (which I described above) and maintenance. They be pacified with one ineffectual center lane that does to solve the traffic problems in the area and to top it want the City of Issaquah and the state park to the cost of the upgrading, repair and widening of the They are willing to cough up 10 percent of the cost improvements necessary for them How do you like that Issaquahingtons?? Are we ing to pay our share of 90 percent from our meager] works fund for nothing?!! If you care about park, 56th Street, Issaquah and your needs.., stand u fight/I!! Write!//and if nothing else sign my to Carol Happier, Environmental Coordinator for the Issaquah. Geraldine iOnc P.S. A correction needs to be made in my letter th rod Issaquah Press printed in the February 2 edition. In nch' about the "developments of the 83s" one of my arht comment was changed from Gilman Square (currentl)ch LO) to Gilman Village. My commentary wasto[' read: It_ e.. "Gilman Square: I have enjoyed patronizing you f last five years. If expansion is necessary for your survival plaud and welcome it. I only hope that in the expansiot cess you are not lost and lose the warmth and friendlil have come to associate with you. The thought of a fast outlet does not please me, but maybe they'll offer Iss . t something better than food.., a few pubhc restrooms[ i We dug the coverage ' Thank you for putting our picture of the archaeologid in the Issaquah Press. Our whole class enjoyed it. Well you liked taking our pictures. We are also grateful for lii i you spend time with us and watching our dig. SinCe Kristin Stillwell Jeff Clapsaddle Laura Saxe Debbie N. Gregg Slosson Greg Atkin Samantha Beal Tim Hanrahan Jessica Bolt Peter Fletcher Jack Peterson Holly Jordan Kari Bowman Matt Wickstrom Cindy Head Kyrsten Altig Laura Waalen Carla Bagge Jaimi Stomberg Jean N. Hurst Mr,,SSd 6th Grade Charlotte Krd Margaret Frur Mike MadzoY. Tami Rogers Gretchen Kittlc Willem Van HI Vincent Roth: Jim Bicknell Heather PennC Toby Paterso Letters policy The lssaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor  subjects of local interest. Letters should be typed and submitted no lati than 5 p.m. Friday for publication the followit Wednesday. No letter will be published unless it signed by at least one individual, even if the letter r goes from the state park to the waterworks park. After this, presents the viev of a group. : ad the center lane becomes a left turn land for both west and Letters should not be longer than 500 words. T i hay, provides the special complement. From our perspectives on eastbound traffic. For the westbound it ]s a left turn lane for Press reserves the right to edit for spelling, grammgt;ar the brink of the Tradition Plateau, from the lookou t points people wanting to enter the waterworks ark and for those )- on the west edge of Grand Ridge, and from Pop Pop Point eastbound the goal may be the soccer fields, length andlibel. . Nobody has Guilty Secrets any more , , a respectable civil engineer, will probably start packing had barely advanced by the time I had theflu in third :II romances in her briefcase for a lunchtime fix. grade. Since I only watched it when I was sick, by high | I It's getting harder and harder to have a Guilty Secret school I came to think of it fondly as "As the Stomacl ! these daYwShat, s h Turns." By college, however, I was so addicted I watd I Look appened to the private passion of millions even when I was healthy. . for pod old chocolate Little kids weren't su DAJ. g ' " pposed to eat It was quite the rage to watch soaps in college. The ]i I,IJl it because it would rot their teeth. (M and M s conveniently student union was packed during ' All My Children." I m,= -- hid the chocolate so it would melt in their mouth, not in nobody watched World Turns. While the other soaps g0t :memma their hand, where Morn could see it.) Teenagers couldn't racier, World Turns was spinning in its own private orbiI eat it because their skin would erupt. As for adults, well, Itstillhad organ music. Chris was in his law office furrowi L dl Va,er,e Harper said it best in an old episode of "Rhoda": hisbrow. Nancy was in the kitchen kneading dough and u um "I shouldn't eat this -- I should just apply it directly to my drinking coffee. Paw was in the cellar (where he'd beeP Back in college I had a roommate who consumed romance novels the way the rest of us snack on salted pea- nuts. Blithely ignoring my hoots and jeers, she could pop through "Death's Tender Kiss" and "Stab of Desire" in the time it took me to underline one chapter of symbolism in Virginia Woolf. It's not that she was a bubblehead. She could recite the plots of every great novel ever written and remember the names of all the characters in Dickens. But she was simply addicted to trash novels. "They're just ... relaxing," she'd say lamely as she skulked in with yet another armload of pulp. It was her Guilty Secret. Educated young women did not indulge in such frivolity. Well, eight years later, 1 can almost hear my old friend shoutmg gleefully, "Nerts to you, Shemeta!' She s got her February issue of Ms. magazine opened to the article called "The Sex Life of the Romance Novel." The Ms. authors suggest that formula romances not only give tiarried women a blissful escape, but may even lelp improve their sex lives. So much for that Guilty Secret. My former roommate, now hips." It's all changed now. We watch sepia-toned TV children in smocks and knickers munching Hershey bars while Morn in her calico smiles approvingly. It's just an old fashioned treat, you know. And it is made with milk. As for teenagers, recent studies have shown some get zits and some don't -- no matter what they eat. But adults have really taken over the world of chocolate. No more guilty raids on the kids' Halloween candy. No more chipping away at those yummy solid bunny ears. Adults now have their own elegantly-appointed chocolate boutiques. Instead of having to pick chocolate off an other- wise loathesome marshmallow Santa, adults can sink their teeth into delicate creams scented with Grand Marinier. Chocophiles can argue the finer points of Swiss versus Ger- man chocolate. Charities can host tasting parties. And another Guilty Secret melts in your mouth. What really burns me is that my one and only Guilty Secret has now fizzled away. Mine was an unnatural obsession for what was once a venerable, creaking old soap opera -- "As the World Turns." In first grade, 1 watched it when I stayed home from school with measles. The story the past 20 years)making toys for the grandkids. Lisa playing the field, zeroing in on yet another new husbard| or maybe an old one. It was numbingly predictable and out of touch with the times I would rather have confes'l I to watching Lawrence Welk than World Turns. Then, gradually, it began to change. Out went the | | quavering organ, in came a whole orchestra. Old charaet | went into their studies and cellars and never came out again. Sons and daughters given up for adoption in inf, found their way to Oakdale in droves. The town got a tl and even sweet little Dee went there. ::| I missed the show for a few years, but when I came bp|' I realized the stupifying World Turns of my youth was forever. Now it's all young, hip kids slugging it out in t!l world of work. Who needs it? I get that every day. I even keep up with the plot by watching semi-annuall got to read the weeks' summary in the Times every to figure out what I just saw. Is there anything left to be ashamed to confess? The future looks pretty bleak to me. My only hope is that Whitman will once again advertis e his records on late TV. I want to order one real bad. ;i