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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, March 9, 1983 Opinion Editorial Letters Banning dogs is the best Schools should not be in daycare business solution to a yucl<y problem Springtime means the arrival of many new things, like flowers and birds, and fresh clumps of dog poop on city parks. As predictable as the foliage and sweet smells of spring are those nasty ac- cumulations of dog droppings which seem to multiply as the weather warms. Our precious green spaces are quickly becoming mottled in brown, and pretty soon the City Council plans to do something about it. We have a sugges- tion that goes right along with a pro- posal from the city parks department: ban dogs from city parks. It's the only way to solve the problem. If there is staunch disagreement here, let's look at the alternatives. The in- famous "poop scoop" law is one, the requirement that dog owners equip themselves with a bag and shovel each time dog and master proceed onto city property. The law doesn't work and it certainly isn't hard to figure out why. For one thing, most people don't like taking scoop paraphernalia on a walk. Most won't do it. Besides, who's going to en- force the law? Imagine a police officer chasing after some dog walker, deman- ding he claim that pile of two yards behind him. "That belongs to your dog!" screams Officer Moon. "I know, I saw him do it!" SPEEDING |1111 i | Public meetings Tiger Mountain State Forest Advisory Committee, Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m. lssaquah Senior Center. Timber on the mountain will be discussed and seven dif- ferent user groups will detail their activities on the mountain. School Board, Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. A final decision will be made on the transfer of Tiger Mountain, Mirrormont and Cedar Grove ninth graders to Liberty next fall. City Council, Monday, March 14, 6 p.m., City Hall Conference Room and 8:30 p.m., Community Hall. Council members will dis- cuss their collective opinion on Issaquah's most desirable image for the future. The dis- cussion stems from a council retreat in January where council goals were outlined. Of course the dog owner instantly denies the charge, asserting his miniature poodle only poops discreetly beneath appropriate bushes. Naturally the policeman persists, charges .the dog owner and leaves the scene with a three- inch dog bit in his achilles tendon. Another option is a dog park. We sympathize with dog owners who want their animals to frolic freely and don't have the backyards to permit it. There is no substitute for letting the creatures run free. A dog park would allow this, without the pretense that people were also in- vited to picnic in the same playfields. There would simply be no question that dogs had first priority. People would just have to watch out for whatever they left behind. There could be endless pooping and no one could bitch about it. That park would of course be a little donation from the city. Dog owners could sign up with the city's park department on a yearly basis for the right to let Rover play there. Fees would help offset the cost of maintenance, the salary of a professional city-aid poop scooper. Until such a piece of property is donated, dogs should be kept away from our picnic tables and favorite sun- bathing spots. I I Library Board, Tuesday, March 15, Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, Front Street. No agenda planned. Development Commission, Wednesday, March 16, Community Hall. Plans for Gilman Station, a development at the corner of Gilman Blvd. and Front Street, will be presented. Waterworks Park planners will request a short plat. Planning Commission Special Public Hearing, Wednesday, March 23, 8 p.m., Community Hall. The commission's recom- mendation for revising the proposed city comprehensive plan will be open to public comment. Copies of the revision will be available for public review at City Hall from Friday, March 11. 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; Rodi Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Rhoda Donkln, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan Bllncoe, display advertising; WIIma Coleman, classifieds; Marllyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle WInslow, bookkeep- per; Roxalne Reynolds, Norms Starks,.contributlng writers; Fred Marler, con- tributing writer, darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. ,tvsPAP-# Display Advertising ..." ............ Monday, 3 p.m. # Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. : _ Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. g a.m..5 p.m. If OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. 4dOClATIO" We, the combined owners and operators of the Issaquah- area daycares and preschools would like to formally express our objection to the lssaquah School District going into the daycare and preschool business. Our main objection is that the Issaquah School District would be going into business. We support the idea of empty classroom spaces being used for daycare and preschool ser- vices, but we feel that empty classroom space should be rented to private persons at fair market value. The primary task of the Issaquah School District, as we see it, is to provide quality public school programs for the children from kindergarten through twelfth grade -- there is always room for growth in that area. We have great respect for the serious obligations the school district must meet. The diversification of the school district into daycare and pre- school will cause energy to be taken away from the primary task. We also have questions as to the legality of our public school buildings being used in this manner by the school district. Since public schools may not discriminate in any manner, if the school district charges for services provided in public school buildings, the school district would be discrimi- nating against the people that could not afford the services -- that is against the law. How much will the daycare and preschool business cost the taxpayers? Who will be paying for the additional wear and tear to the buildings? Who will be responsible for the bus ser- vice, janitorial service, art materials, audio-visual equipment, kitchen staff, P.E. equipment, advertising, insurance, and all the other expenses necessary to provide preschool and daycare programs? Since the school district claims that the programs would be eventually self-supporting, wouldn't it be the tax- payers supporting the program until that time. There are many quality preschool programs with qualified, trained personnel already available in the Issaquah area with space available for additional students. The Issaquah School District's programs would divide the children further creating many half-full programs. Is it to anyone's advantage to saturate Issaquah with preschool programs? We feel that the Issaquah School District already has a very important job to do for the community -- providing public education. We do not feel it is to the Issaquah community's advantage to have the school district stretch themselves fur- ther into the preschool and daycare business. Respectfully, B.V. Steussy Bobble Toker Kelly Brewer Karen Beyerman Anne Johnson Peter Rittler Nancy Rivetts The ownef/ole/al;0rs of the lssaquah- area daygares and preschools Column was biased To Norma Starks: Members of the media (especially television and now, unhappily, you) continue to dwell on negative dental exper- iences they may have had in the past. Dentistry in the 1980s has changed dramatically (from even your childhood) but your recent column "Dental Health Screaming" only con- tinues the old cliches and myths. There should be nothing traumatic about a child's visit to the dentist for a cleaning and fluoride treatment or the screen- ing done in schools. 1 suggest you carefully examine your biases concerning dental treatment and try not to pass them to your daughter or anyone else. And if your visits to the dentist are traumatic and if you have not established rapport with your dentist, maybe it's time you ask "a dentist in town to be (your) dentist." Not many of us are prone to crying even with the most difficult of patients. Sincerely, Jeffrey L. Parrish, D.D.S. He's golden too The rIssaquah Junior High PTSA regrets that due to another commitment, Doug Tanner was unable to attend the February 24 Golden Acorn awards, and was omitted from the list of honored voluriteers. With his wife, Dianne (who also received a Golden Acorn), Doug has devoted countless hours to ensure that the Junior High Ski Swap is an annual success. He has patiently hauled load after load of ski clothing and equipment, answered a million questions from ski enthusiasts and earned the gratitude of students, faculty and parents at Issaquah Junior High. Congratulations and thanks, Doug Tanner. Oline Gruening, President IJH PTSA Thanks for your concern Our most heartfelt thanks and deepest appreciation and gratitude to all who came and gave of themselves in our great- est hour of need, and loss of our precious daughter; Kimberly. To give you all more comfort, the Lord has given our family three revelations that Kim has been taken to heaven for eternity. In Christian love to all, Dr.Jim, Vera, Aaron, and Lindsay Fitzpatrick Pickering Farm can't be shut away It is my understanding that I can still offer comments re- garding the issues discussed at the hearing on the' 1-90 Subarea Comprehensive Plan. I  had registered myself to speak, but left at 10:30 p.m. when I heard it suggested that the hearing may be continued to a later date. My comments for the hearing were intended to deal with the need for employment opportunities in our city as it relates to the Pickering Farm issue and as compared to the contribu- tions made to the city by operations now in place at the Sky- port. Firstly, I have no private or public quarrel with the primary operations at the airport. It is understandable that Mr. Emrich and Mr. Woodward have activities established that they would like to continue. My concerns are whether the rejection of a development zone locks out opportunities that others in our community are in need of now and could well be expected to be in need of in the four to five years it would take for a development to be completed. It will tome as no surprise to you when I say I am a believer in the work ethic. Doing something worthwhile, being needed and rewarded in a constructive enterprise is, I believe, one of the most self-enhancing activities an individual can involve himself in. This establishment of self-worth is vital to the in- dividual in himself and that individual in our community. This belief is a major stimulant to my wife and I in our efforts to create a workshop for the handicapped in Issaquah. My vision of what Pickering Farm can be, if allowed to develop, would provide for significant employment op- portunities and corresponding good, strong citizens in our community. There are, no doubt, some opportunities for employment in current airport operationsl but not on a scale to satisfy today's needs, to say nothing of four to five years from now. Available statistics conservatively indicate better than 200 individuals in our community are now unemployed. These individuals are not, nbr have they ever been, prominent in hearings before the City Council on issues such as Pickering Farms. We must, therefore, as a community, take extra steps to ensure we do not ignore their needs. The decision of the council then, in my opinion, turns on the number of needs satisfied in our city; but more important- II I ly, the value of the need satisfied. I would not doubt that many find the recreational of gliders and skydiving to be satisfying. however, is heavily outweighed on my scales when to opportunities leading to employment and self worth. do not shut out these opportunities on Pickering Farm nying it a chance to develop into an entity that can sati basic needs of our community. Very truly H.G. A Diwslon of Mun'ay Publishing Company Support appreciated The Ai Garner family wishes to thank our many neighbors, and relatives for the kindness an, to us during the recent illness and passing of our dear and husband. We especially thank Rev. Wendt for his st and guidance during this difficult time. Such kindness thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. Jo Jud, Troy Middle schools need sports In a recent letter published in the Press, submitted b} and Mrs. Rowan Hinds, suggestions were made planning for middle schools. The Hinds ted they against "overemphasis and costs involved with contests at this level of competition." The costs of the interscholastic teams are now partially sidized by student body funds, as well as by a "user $25 charged to each team member. Being the parents of i students who are heavily involved in interscholastic the Issaquah school system, I feel it would be a real abolish them in the new middle schools. A(hletic skills nurtured and developed at an early age through hard dedication, and good coaching. It is time people realize that we must not cater to "masses" at the expense of the individuals in our system. we next want to abolish the "gifted program" or the program so that everybody gets equal treatment? There must continue to be emphasis put on activities in the schools, for those willing to work hard to participate and succeed on a high level. Those who care to participate don't have to, but we must allow the opportunity. David I'll do my part Starting on April first, my white van, with "Waste want not" in brown lettering will be on Front hour on the hour, to transport city pets (whatever) to on the mountain. There they can "do their thing" in my l ly wooded forest -- Posted: "Humans tresspass at risk." I will charge $1 per pet, per trip. Joan T. Letters policy The lssaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor off subjects of local interest. Letters should be typed and submitted no later than 5 p.m. Friday for publication the following Wednesday. No letter will be published unless it is signed by at least one individual, even if the letter re" presents the view of a group. Letters should not be longer than 500 words. The Press reserves the right to edit for spelling, grammar, length and libel. Free spirits don't care if their lives are out of control climbed the marble steps of success and lives happily ever after. It wouldn't bother me so much if management types stayed sealed in their air-conditioned offices, dictating memos to each other. Instead, their philosophy has leaked out of the reflecting skyscrapers and permeated our every- day lives. We no longer run for exercise. We race against ourselves for personal best times. We decide how many times we want our heart to beat after so many minutes of aerobics. We do not simply vow to lose weight -- we set a specific numerical goal and chart the progress as carefully as a profit/loss statement. We sock away money for retirement, even if it's 80 years away. We're told we can juggle complex lives if we plan, plan, plan! Set aside one night a week with the spouse, schediale "quality time" with the kids, make an appointment with yourself to relax. Rodi Shemeta Ludlum There was a time when only a very conservative few actually studied things like accounting, finance and management. In high school I didn't have the remotest idea what the Future Business Leaders of America were doing after school in Mrs. Nakamura's room. Now I knoW. They were plotting to overthrow life as I know it. ' People in business, you see, have a certain way of looking at life. They set specific goals for themselves and then they sit down and figure out step-by-step how they will reach those goals. The key is logical, orderly planning. They decide what sort of image they want to portraY and suit up in the appropriate uniform. They study the finite number of years, months, weeks and days they have to complete the campaign and plan their time so no naoment is wasted. And thus, after X number of days, weeks, months and years, our goal-setter has quietly and unerringly All of this is fine for management types, but what about the free spirits among us? We're the ones who are filled with horror at the thought of planning a day beyond break- fast. Why miss out on life's rich pageant by filling a date- book with Things To Do? Managers have written lots of books generally titled Getting Control of Your Life. Free spirits skim those books and then use them to swat flies. We'd rather not be in control of our lives, thank you. While the managers sit in the dugout plotting strategy, we're out there at bat, ready to take a swing at whatever comes our way. It wouldn't be any fun if we knew where the ball was going to go. While the manager's skills lie in planning, the free spirit develops creative ways of coping. Managers write a list of what they need to make banana bread, purchase the ingre- 0 dients and bake the loaf. Free spirits write the list, lose: route to Safeway and then decide to make spinach instead. They arrive home to find they're short one egg. They call on neighbors to borrow one and come back later with an egg, a new recipe for kiwi tarts and a jar homemade strawberry jam. When managers buy a car, they study Consumer for statistics on reliability, test drive at least 47 autos six-month period, sock away a percentag e of their for the down payment and finally, after working out , realistic monthly financing, purchase a navy blue VolvO. Free spirits never have time to shop around for a car. Usually, they've only got the weekend to replace the car they totaled Friday night. They ride a Metro bus to the closest car dealer, fall in love with a little red MG, the blue smoke billowing out the tailpipe arid decide to a night job to help meet the payments. Managers always carry little emergency sewing kits them to deal with lose buttons, broken zippers and hems. Free spirits can repair any article of clothing with paper clip and duct tape. Managers plan weekly menus keep their larders stocked. Free spirits (when they're hora for dinner) can carve mold off the cheese with minimal waste and whip up a perfectly decent meal using material at hand: a half bag of pinto beans, a can of frozen and two packs of Saltines. Managers have complete sets of measuring spoons arid crescent wrenches. Free spirits gauge quantites by eye watch, fascinated, to see if their culinary effort will fall. They learn to tighten nuts with wire cutters. Managers should be wary of trying to tidy and the nation's free spirits. Without us, they'd be out