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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, March 16, 1983 Opinion Editorial Senior battle is more than a food fight Once again, Issaquah finds itself em- broiled in a battle of wills. This time it's not developer vs. environmentalist, so we aren't going to hear bitter words ex- changed at public hearings. This is a private battle, fought between members of the rapidly growing community of senior citizens. Sadly, it is between the most public spirited of the seniors -- those who are spending their retirement years in ser- vice to others. On one side are members of the Issaquah Valley Seniors, many of whom help run lssaquah's new food bank. On the other is Marion Rebney, who has delivered free food to shut-in seniors for years. Though Rebney has always given away her excess food to the Valley Seniors, the group now feels she should turn it over to the new food bank so anyone who needs it may have it. Rebney says her agreement with Safeway stipulates that only seniors receive the food. In talking to the two parties, it's clear there's more involved than the basic issue of who gets free food in Issaquah. There is a great deal of personal animosity between Rebney and the seniors, some of which goes back years. Hurt feelings and minor annoyances have escalated to the point where the police have had to become involved in the disputes. It's sad to think that those who have so much to offer the com- munity have to settle their differences that way. Unless the dispute is settled, we fear the two sides are going to hurt those they most want to serve -- the hungry people of Issaquah. by Barry McWilliams Publicmeetings, The Department of Natural Resources will meet with residents of the south slope of Squak Mountain to discuss plans to log 50 acres in that area. The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Issa- quah Senior Center, located behind the lssa- quah Fire Station. School Board Executive Session, Wednes- day, March 16. The board will be presented with the top 15 applicants for the superin- tendent's job. The 52 applicants were screened by a committee from the Washing- ton State School Director's Association. Development Commission, Wednesday, March 16, Community Hall, 7:30 p.m. plans for Gilman Station, a development at I I u I/I ......... the corner of Gilman Blvd. and Front Street, will be presented. Waterworks Park planners will request a short plat for that project north of Interstate 90 behind Vip's Restaurant. City Council, Monday, March 21, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. The council will discuss the possibility of banning dogs from city parks, and whether to change City Council meeting nights from Monday to Thursday nights. Also on the agenda is the revised budget for the police station remodeling project, the proposal to donate the old city library building to the food bank and paying for tree pruning near Lake Tradition with city funds. Meeting follow-up I I Planning Commission, March 2. The commission reviewed traffic and popula- tions studies city staff added to the propos- ed comprehensive plan for the Interstate 90 area. New maps outlining the Pickering Farm and Chase Annexation area as either development or established districts were also reviewed. The maps are available for review at city hall. City Council, March 7. The council voted to use the city's power o( eminent domain to acquire roughly four acres of land along Wildwood Boulevard. A strip of the wood- ed area between the street and Issaquah Creek is needed by the city to develop a stabilizing bank along the road. School Board, March 9. The Sunny Hills PTA donated three computers to the third I I III grade, supplies to the library and a variety of games and equipment to the kinder- garten, first and second grades... The May Valley PTO donated a series of library books, a coffee-making system and blinds for the library windows... Jana Vallely donated a subscription to "Penny Power" to Apollo... The board authorized the dis- trict to call for bids on the Sunny Hills remodeling project as soon as King County finishes reviewing the plans... The fencing projects at Briarwood, Clark, lssaquah Valley, Sunny Hills, Sunset, Issaquah Junior High, Maywood Junior High, Pine Lake Junior High and Issaquah High have been completed. The projects were funded by the March, 1982 bond... Thomas Halverson was hired to coach boys' tennis at Issaquah High. II 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 Donkin, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan BIIncoe, display advertising; WIIma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Wlnslow, bookkeep- per; Roxaine Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con- tdbutlng 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. 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 Diwsion of Murray Publcshing Company Letters Business should think safety first I believe many people will benefit from the following if ac- tion is taken by the City of Issaquah. I have read of suggested improvements for Issaquah merchants to obtain more business. I understand the suggested improvements are to cost $20,000. In my opinion it is a waste of money:Regardless of the improvements, 80 percent of the people who have transportation are going to shopping malls where prices on merchandise of all kinds are less. parking facilities are also available at all times. I believe this $20,000 or a portion of it should be donated to the city for providing safety for its residents, especially the senior citizens. An example: crossing streets at Front and Sunset where a traffic light is needed or an officer to direct traffic. Another place where a death is probably going to oc- cur before anything is done is the crossing at Sunset and Mountain Park Boulevard. This crossing is used by residents of Hutchinson House, all elderly, some with faulty vision and some deaf and when they cross it is a gamble if they get across or if Flintoft is going to send his van to pick them up. There are white lines drawn across the road where pedestrians cross, but lines are faded and motorists, most of them, do not slow down or ignore them. If traffic lights cannot be installed here due to cost, if police were on duty there from 6-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m., enough arrests would be made for speeding or failure to slow down or stop to allow a judge at court to impose enough fines to pay for the traffic lights and police in one month's time, 1 suspect. If not, at least enough could be collected to have one caution yellow light over the intersection. Maybe the merchants and other organizations would donate the cost of the one light. I have also heard by rumor the builder of the new apart- ments or condos on Mountain Park Boulevard obtained his building permit with the understanding he would pay for the installation of traffic lights at this intersection. Certainly when his buildings have tenants, hundreds more are going to use this crossing. Where are the lights he was to have install- ed? No doubt there have been efforts made by people other than me to date who have gotten no results. Mrs. Troutman, director of the Issaquah seniors, has consulted with Chief of Police and others but she too has not got what is desired by the people she represents. If the seniors had safety in using the streets of downtown Issaquah, I expect more patronage of lssaquah merchants would be made, but now they have to depend on relatives or friends to transport them to shopping malls. Yours truly , J. Moore Enough is enough As I walked out of my fourth period class at Issaquah High, I saw something I couldn't believe. In our courtyard amidst 20 or 30 people, I saw the rear end of an automobile. As I got closer I realized what I was looking at. It was the car that three Newport teenagers died in two months ago. I was shocked that this twisted piece of metal was in our courtyard. I asked myself, "Why is it here?", but the only sign of it said, "please do not touch." When 1 looked in the window I saw it, the underlying meaning -- a few beer bottles were lying on the floor. Now don't get me wrong, I'm against drinking and driving. But here was that subject being thrown in our face again. I thought this time it was the worst. We've had assemblies on drinking lately, which weren't bad, but this time one of our administrators went too far. Scare tactics may be a good way to prove a point, but I think scare tactics should be left out of our education. Everyone I talked to had a negative attitude toward that car being in our school. A better approach might have been to put it somewhere where everybody didn't have to see it. Mike Skeffington 4 When will you learn to spel? Melody Halstrom's piece on Stella Alexander was excellent, but, alas, like the standard Issy Press staff, she has been in- fected with the abhorrent affliction which constrains local scriveners to spell "marshal" with two 'Ts." There are only two known cures for this: know'how to spell it or use the dictionary. Consultation with editors and copy readers who don't know any better will not help. Thanks, Dick Landis Bill gives homosexuals the 'upper hand' The Dorian Society has just squeezed a bill out of commit- tee in Olympia that would condone and legitimize homosexual activity by making it illegal to discriminate whatsoever "on the basis of sexual orientation." On the surface, of course, just about everybody is against discrimination. Unfair discrimination, that is. I asked my wife last night if she really understood what was going on here, and it was soon apparent she didn't. Let us hope it doesn't take so long to make my point now as it has with her, or the bill may well be passed into law before an appropriate response can "get out of committee," as the bill has already managed to do. Indeed, if this bill becomes law, watch out! We could easily see a wave of emotionalism that would set us back fifty years, so far as dealing intelligently with an element of society that has inevitably characterized disintegration from biblical times to the present. Personally, I hope to see us avoid regression, though I am probably as intolerant toward any legitimization as any you'll find. Every time I see the issue come up, I have to shudder. In California, homosexual presence has been moderately tolerated for years. This because it has become an everyday fact of life through the efforts of some rather influential groups formed there, not the least of which this thorn in our side now: the Dorian Society. I lived in Hollywood years ago through a misguided quest for overnight stardom and found myself planted square in the middle of the greatest "hotbed" of homosexual activity you'd hope to find (or flee, perhaps). In the house where I lived, I was the only one silly enough to stay straight, which gives some idea of the mentality in that situation. They must have thrown everything short of rape in my direction there. At the time I left, I'm sure even the latter was under consideration, because I wouldn't give in. That's how homosexuals act toward the unconverted when they have the upper hand. The bill in Olympia would give them just that: the upper hand. Homosexuals seem to suffer from an indomitable com- pulsion to-prove.they are right and natural in. vhat has, in fact, been a choice initially. The fact someone living among Senior food leo them as 1 did shows an unconquerable will threat to their premise of predetermination, which is hogwash, I can say for sure. The only thing I ever l would contain this compulsion in the least was fear. was so to be feared as the potential reprisals from all "straight world" without, should they be go viate their condition outside the immediate circle. I might add, that, so long as it was thus kept in but the so-called "macho fanatics" really cared a rip( or the other. And they were legally protected fronl croachments of the latter, though laws are no enforcement, and such laws only won sympathy at tain sections of the larger cities. In all such face-offs, agree that the sickness is likely shared equally at both, the argument, but full-scale legitimization as posed will only aggravate the condition because don't want it. That's always a powder-keg. My personal method in dealing with homosexuals years has been to be open in acknowledging the positively resisting any enticement to convert that quently surface, once they know you accept them they are. It should be pointed out that such is the posure we may anticipate for children and adults alikO! are involved through associations at school and places, for, should this law go into effect, parents concerned citizens would be stripped of restraint, short of lawless threats and intimidation. Will our blind allegiance to "pluralistic last, bring us to this!?! And yet, I'd really like good sense and thought come to the issue this too. I wonder if that's possible? Allan V, Kids deserved the coverage This is to thank you for the wrestling coverage The stories and pictures meant a lot to a lot of amount of work the kids do surely deserves recognition. I think your paper does an excellent recognition to all the people who put effort into tivities. Response was overwhelmin We were overwhelmed when we found out money had been donated to the Issaquah Fire unit in memory of Ai Garner. To those th thank personally, we do so now and sincerely thoughtfulness. J0 Karen Judy Continued from Page ! tribution to everyone, includ- year to prove ourselves. " Seniors should not be "I won't go back ing seniors. Myers said she wanted to separated out like that." Senior Center. I don Rebney staunchly refused, respond in writing to the The senior board's vote in any more vicious actS. "I purposely signed up (at same question asked her by February put an end to any Safeway) for free food for the Press last week, but at free food from the center. In But, she adds, she seniors because I didn't want deadline, no written response a letter to the Press, Herbert know what she will it to go to the food bank. was received, said "all food donations her surplus now They have scads of food Rebney was following the made to the Issaquah'VaUey the whole i there." instructions of Safeway, but Seniors will be distributed ening her Troutman wrote to Cherie it was a further case of intoi- through the Food Bank Safeway. "I'm so Myers, Public Relations erable discrimination, says rather than the Senior they'll cut me off," Manager at Safeway about Troutman. Center." ted. "It wouldbe delivery to the food bank. "My first commitment is ' "We don't ne Troutman said Myers did not and always has been for the When police offer Keith food," says like the idea. According to seniors," says Troutman. Moon answered the call to even throu$ Troutman, "Cherie wanted "But not to the extent that the center March 4, Rebney strongly the cona proof of two refrigerators at young people in our cam- defiantly refused to stop dis- should be equally the food bank, she wanted to munity have to scrounge, pensing her food. But now one food bank check our books and we had while anyone over 60 can get she says she's through for the whole feud to to be in operation for one fed seven days a week. fighting, immediate death. There's really nothing new about the news business Rodi Shemeta Ludlum I get a sinking feeling sometimes when I leaf through back issues of the Press. For there among the photos of town luminaries (when they were skinnier and had more hair) are stories and photos l swear we just did last month. Or last week. Or yesterday. For two years now, I've been writing about the school district's financial problems. This week we'll have a photo of hundreds of balloons being sent to the upper stratosphere bearing messages to legislators to give more money to the schools. The legislature has got to find a con- sistent way to fund public education, say the schools, even if it means (gasp!) "tax reform." Imagine my surprise when 1 saw the exact same story in our issue of April 23, 1975. There was Margaret Davis, then president of the Issaquah Education Association, say- ing that teachers were planning a three-day recess to "lobby the legislature for changing funding methods for schools. '' Gosh, I thought I broke that story. Here's another deja vu headline, from MaY 28, 1975. "May Valley, junior high sports top district chopping block list.'; Poor old May Valley, of course, will close its doors again this summer. Last year, there were no JV sports in any school. Any back issue in the last decade or so is sure to have news of the two big community plans, Newcastle and East Sammamish, with headlines starting with "Groups criticize. .", "Community irate about..." For more page 1 trauma, you can pick a development, any develop- ment and insert the name after "Neighbors protest..." Then there are the annuals; no year is complete without the Girl Scout/Camp Fire cookie/candy sale, Golden Acorn awards, Miss Issaquah pageant, county fair, school levy election, district spelling bee, Salmon Days parade... Nothing much is new in police and fire news. There are the usual rounds of break-ins and burglaries, chimney fires and leaky gas lines. A really decent raging fire rarely bursts forth during working hours, but floods stick around long enough to be recorded for posterity. Every Press photographer has found the same spot to photograph Issa- quah Creek as it overflows at Sycamore. I suppose it's not sensible to get depressed about seeing Issaquah's past life flash before my eyes, but editors like to think they're doing somethipg new. Reading old issues is a little like watching time lapse photos of the sun going up, going down, going up, going down like a yo-yo/But nobody grows weary of sunrise and sunset when there's a lovely day in between. And obviously, nobody gets sick of the Girl Scout cookie sale when they've been deprived of shortbread for a whole year. After months and months of howling wind and driv- ing rain, I can't imagine anyone looking out the window and grumbling, "Aw nuts, not spring blossoms again." With newspaper stories, I can only assume that enough time has gone by so that headlines from the past vague memory. One complaint we never hear about paper is, "That story again?" perhaps they groan sight of the 1,258th story on Picketing Farm, but don't groan to us. No one has ever said, "You ran ture of Miss Issaquah being crowned last year, eyes all misty and the runner-up cheering in the background. Why don't you skip it this year?" On trary, most people believe a photo taken one year precedent: "You covered our bake sale/craft fair/SO play last year -- could you come out again this year worse yet: "The Times/Jo, Valley Record has done lots of stories on us --ha wi you haven't?" The correct way to win the heart of an editor is "This story has never, ever been done in the of the world. You will be the first -- the pioneer, trailblazer. You will scoop every other newspaper radio and TV to shame." (It never hurts to add, will be complimentary drinks available.") I'm consoled when I hear I'm not the only small t newspaper editor who marks the passage of time fairs and cookie sales. Miles Turnbull, the editor Leavenworth Echo, confesses it's easy to burn out repetition. 'If you're like me, you've said it more once, 'If I have to take one more seventh grade team picture, I'll scream.'" But he hastens to add, "To most people who picture in the paper this week, it means not a thirig there was a similar picture in last month's paper. none of the specialness out of the recognition. It forget that each week is brand new for our readerS t fall short in our job as the scrapbook fillers of