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A4 WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 5, 009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS OPINION PRESS EDITORIAL =1= Start with the Comp Plan to have your ideas heard f you have any interest at all in helping to shape the future of the city of Issaquah, now is your chance -- with only a short time commitment. Each year the city's Comprehensive Plan comes up for a mandated review. Issaquah has never taken the mandate lightly -- the Comp Plan review is always interesting, relevant and pretty thorough. This year, the emphasis seems to be "green." Both the city parks plan and climate change policies are at the top of the list. The parks update is expected to focus on open space, in- cluding new acreage for Sammamish Cove open space. The new Comp Plan amendment for climate change calls for an action plan and policy development regarding land use, transportation and now the use of alternative energy sources for homeowners -- such as solar panels and wind turbines. Last year, the City Council adopted sustainability strategies. Now, the Comp Plan will be updated to reflect that commitment. Many of the other Comp Plan changes are just housekeep- ing, but they are critical to complete the communication be- tween departments and between the city and its citizens. The Comp Plan is the guiding testament to the city's intent. For example, transportation concurrency rules changed this past fall, and the Comp Plan will reflect those changes. The council also decided in 2008 not to pursue the Southeast Bypass and references to it will be removed from the Olde Town Subarea Plan and the six-year Transportation Im- provement Plan. The city's Comp Plan is not light reading, but it is interest- ing. Everything from human services to utilities to popula- tion projections is covered. Anyone seeking a glimpse into the future of Issaquah will fred it a treasure trove. But don't stop there! Take that newfound knowledge and communicate with the City Council or Planning Department. Your ideas might just be incorporated into the city's blue- print for tomorrow. OFF THE PRESS LJlJ Only a pianist this good could make me giddy ver seen a grown man giddy? Usually, it's not a pretty sight. Well, luckily, no one was around to see my at- tack of giddiness Saturday. I am a lapsed novice pianist, having taken 10 years of lessons growing up, but have only dab- bled since. So, I was ecstatic to interview one of my favorite artists, David Lanz. And it was the interview that almost wasn't. We received word late Friday we should do a preview story about his scheduled appearance at Bake's Place, a jazz bar and restaurant in Providence Point of growing notoriety. Unfortunately, owners Craig and Laura Baker were out of town on vacation to at- tend a wedding in Mexico. Calling them would have been bad form. So, I called David's booking agent, Carol Tingstad. If her name sounds familiar, it's be- cause she's married to half of the Grammy-award winning duo of Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rum- bel. They performed at Bake's in December and loved the intimate setting. So, Carol recommended to Lanz he consider a gig there. I gave her my cell phone num- ber in the hopes if Lanz became available over the weekend, he could call me. So, could a five-time Grammy nominated artist fit me into his busy schedule? Still wearing my PJs, sitting at my computer play- ing Bejeweled Twist, my phone did indeed ring with an unknown number with a 360 area code. It could only be Lanz. He sounded bright and cheery at 11 a.m. I was only hoping to sound profes- sional, not like a star- struck first- year piano student. I've had his piano DAVID books in the HAYES bench for years Press Reporter and I own many of his albums, from his full or- chestral arrangements to his most exquisite solo compilations. And he asks me right off if this is a good time to talk. "For someone of your stature, I'm available anytime," I told him, eliciting a chuckle. Of course, meanwhile I was scrambling to fmd a pen and pa- per, mouthing to my wife, who's cooking in thekitchen, pointin,g to the phone, It's David Lanz! Luckily, she found some printer paper in a drawer. Being from Bellingham, Lanz usually tries to fit local perform- ances into his busy national tour- ing schedule. He was supposed to perform at Seattle's Benaroya Hall in December. But the heavy snowfall cancelled the show. "Many of the same people who were going to that show are appar- ently coming to the Bake's per- formance," he said. "So, it looks like this will be a good makeup gig." See GIDDY, Page A5 TO THE EDITOR Education funding Support sexual education bill to help keep young people well informd We are living in a time where our limited funding needs to be put to the best use pos- sible. Education is always a wise invest- ment. By investing in a comprehensive and med- ically accurate sexual education program; young people will have the opportunity to guar, antee they have the tools to inalce more healthy  decisions about our future. Comprehensive and medically accurate sex education offers information about both absti- nence and contraception, and by having infor- marion about both, young adults have informa- tion enabling them to make healthy, well-in- formed decisions. This program will also help prevent un- planned pregnancies and the spread of sexu- ally transmied diseases. Additionally, these lessons aren t just important now; they help for our entire lives. Ask your legislator to support the Proven Programs Act (House Bill 1612/Senate Bill 5629) so Washington uses our limited re- sources wisely and invests in programs that work. PJ LyUe Opinionated? The Press wants you.; Join our e-mail group -- Rapid Response. You give us your name and e-mail address. We send you questions regarding the news. You tell us what you think. What could be easier? We'll e-mail you a variety of questions. Answer one or all of them! Respond by the deadline in the e-mail and we'll get your thoughts into the newspaper. We'll edit for clarity, space and potential libel, then select a variety of responses and run them on a space-available basis. Send your name and e-mail address to editor@isspress.com. Put Rapid Response in the subject line. SHARE YOUR VIEWS Citizens can make a difference by contacting their elected representatives. Federal President Barack Obama (D), The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washing- ton, D.C. 20500; 202-456-1414; presidentCvhitehouse.gov U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D), 717 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20510; 202-224-3441; http://cantwell.senate.gov/; 915 Second Ave., Suite 512, Seattle, WA 98174; 206-220-6400 U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D), 173 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510; 202-224-2621; http://murray.senate.gov/; Jackson Federal Building, Room 2988, 915 Second Ave., Seattle, WA 98174; 206-553-5545 U.S. aep. Dave aeiehert (R-8th Dist.), 1223 Longworth House Office Building, Wash- ington, D.C. 20515; 202-225-7761; 2737 78th Ave. S.E., Suite 202, Mercer Island, WA 98040; 206-275-3438; www.house.gov/reichert State - Governor Gov. Chris Gregoire (D), Office of the Gov- ernor, P.O. Box 40002, Olympia, WA 98504- 0002; 360-90.2-4111; www.governor.wa.gov State - 5th District Sen. Cheryl Pflug (It), 201 Irving R. New- house Building, P.O. Box 40405, Olympia, WA 98504-0405, 360-786-7608; 413-5333; pflug.ch@leg.wa.gov Rep. Glenn Anderson (B), 417 JLOB, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia WA 98504-0600; 360- 786-7876; 222-7092; anderson.gl@leg.wa.gov Bep. Jay Rodne (R), 441 JLOB, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600; 360-786- 7852; rodne.ja@leg.wa.gov Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 800-562-6000. State - 41st District Sen. Fred Jarrett (R), 409 Legislative Building, P.O. Box 40441, Olympia, WA 98504-00441; 360-786-77641; Jarrett.fr@leg.wa.gov Rep. Marcie Maxwell(D), 324 John L. O'Brien Building, P.O. Box 4600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600; 360-786-7894; Maxwell.ma@leg.wa.gov ,Rep. Judy Clibborn (D), 435 John L. O Brien Building, P.O. Box 40600, Olympia, WA 98504-0600; 360-786-7926; dibborn.ju@leg.wa.gov Toll-free Legislative Hotline: 800-562-6000 King County Executive Ron Sims (D), Co- lumbia Center, 701 Fifth Ave., Ste. 3210, Seat- fie, WA 98104; 206-296-4040; or exec.sims@metrokc.gov King County Councilman Kathy Lambert (R), District 3. Kin County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Room 1200, Seattle, WA 98104; 206-296-1003; 800-325-6165; kathy.lam- bert@kingcounty.gov King County Councilman Reagan Dunn (R), District 9. King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Room 1200, Seattle, WA 98104; 206-296-1009; 800-325-6165; reagan.dunn@metrokc.gov Mayor Ava Frisinger, 837-3020; mayor@ci.issaquah.wa.us Council President Maureen McCarry, 313- 9313; maureenm@ci.issaquah.wa.us Council Deputy President Fred Buffer, 392-5775; fredb@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilwoman Eileen Barber, 392-1467; efleenb@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman John Rittenhouse, 557-9216; johur@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman David Kappler, 392- 3571; davidk@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman Joshua Schaer, 643-0665; joshuas@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman John Traeger, 392-9316; johnt@ci.issaquah.wa.us Write to the mayor and City Council at the City of Issaquah, P.O. Box 1307, Issaquah, WA 98027. Call 837-3000. Issaquah School Board President Brian Deagle, 785-86232; dea- gleb@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Jan Woldseth, 641-9941 or wold- se)@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Connie Fletcher, 226-1379 or fletcherc3@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Chad Magendanz, 391-3318 or magendanzc@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Suzanne Weaver, 313-2494 or weavers@issaquah.wednet.edu LETTERS WELCOME The Issaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor on any subject, although we reserve the right to edit for space, potential libel and/or political relevance. Letters addressing local news will receive priority. Please limit letters to 350 words and type them, if possible. E-mail is preferred. Letters must be signed and have a daytime phone number to vedfy authorship. Deadline for letters is noon Friday for the fol- lowing week's paper. Address: p.o. Box 1328 Issaquah, WA 98027 Fax: 391-1541 E-mall: Isspress@lsspress.com THE ISSAQUAH PRESS PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY SINCE 19OO 45 FRONT ST. S. " RO. 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