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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, March 23, 1983 Opinion Editorial Letters Now JS the time for all good Much omitted in 'food war' bachelors to come forward about, and all those who agree to be in the publication are featured. We are particularly anxious to hear about bachelors over the age of 40. On June 2, the Press and the Holiday Inn will host a get-together for the bachelors and anyone who would like to meet them. This year's "Bachelors of Issaquah" will also have a special follow-up sec- tion on those we featured last year. There will also be a free classified sec- tion for women who would like to describe themselves and their ideal man in 25 words or less. To nominate yourself or someone you know, call 392-6434 or write "Bachelors," Issaquah Press, P.O. Box HH, Issaquah, 98027. Classifieds for the section may be dropped off any time before May 19. Bachelors of Issaquah: your days of anonymity are numbered. Yes, dearies, it's time once again for the world famous, super deluxe, all- new, all-improved second annual Issa- quah Press special section featuring you, the eligible bachelor of Issaquah. Do not snort and guffaw; oh spouse- less one. If you wouldn't dream of nominating yourself for the publica- tion, plenty of your friends would. Or your mom. Or your sister, secretary or hairdresser. Any unmarried man over the age of 21 who lives or works within the boun- daries of the lssaquah School District is eligible for this guide, which will be published May 25. Photos and brief biographies of the bachelors are printed in the guide. It is not a contest. We at- tempt to contact every bachelor we hear WE'RE LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD MEN, WHO WILL DO I am writing in response to the recent article about the "senior citizen food war." I live in Issaquah and if food from Marion Rebney is to go only to seniors, why have I received food from her, right out of the trunk of her car? I am the mother of a young child. Rebney has given me fruit and vegetables that were so bad, overripe, wilted, badly bruised, spoiled or rotten that when I got in my home I had to throw them all away. I would not think of telling Mrs. Rebney it was so bad. I did not want to hurt her. I would not feed it to my child, do you feel seniors should eat it? Mrs. Rebney has told me several times this food has come from Safeway. Does Safeway feel this food is good enough for seniors to eat and not good enough to sell? In your article you have stated, and I quote, "Rebney has single-handedly initiated a program with local Safeway stores. I object to that, and feel it is terribly unfair. Why wasn't the agency who sponsored Rebney's food program acknowledg- ed? The agency has been funding her with unlimited gas mileage helping her to be able to do her good deed. Why weren't they given any credit? Why wasn't the agency in Issa- quah that supports Rebney with their tax number acknowledged? Why is Rebney and Safeway given all the credit? Without the help and support of this agency this pro- gram of Rebney's would not be possible. I suggest before you write another article like this you should research all the facts. Thank you, Mrs. M. Gillen Who has Marion denied food? I am writing in regard to the war between the senior citizens and one citizen who has taken it upon herself to help others. How many members on the board at the senior citizens would spend the time that Marion Rebney does collecting the food from four different stores? She is not paid for her time and uses her own car. In the past year she broke her wrist while delivering eggs to the ones in need and was back collecting food within three hours after the cast was on her wrist. Later in the year she had a cataract operation on one eye and with the help from a gentleman from the senior citizens, she continued to pick up food. Her doctor told her not to drive and not to bend over. As for the unnamed poor senior citizens in the article who said they were denied food from her -- I think they should come forward with their names. There is a misconception in some people's minds as to what kind of people the senior citizens serve. It is an organization for all people over 65 and this does not mean they are all in Public meetings Planning Commission Public Hearing, Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Com- munity Hall. Revisions to the city's propos- ed comprehensive plans, including new traf- fic and population studies, will be discussed. School Board, Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m., Administration Service Center. The board will hear a recommendation to lay off 18 teachers for the next school year. Middle school plans will be reviewed. Mirrormont may get cable TV service Points Cable Communica- tions, Inc., of Bellevue, has applied for a franchise to serve the area. If the fran- chise is approved, the system would begin operation in late 1984. The March 31 public meeting is being held to give local residents an opportu- nity to discuss the issue. A formal hearing on the appli- cation will be held later by the King County Council, which must approve or reject the application. A summary of comments from the public meeting will be submitted to the County Executive and the County Council. Written comments should be sent to the Real Property Division, 508 King County Administration Building, Seattle, 98104, and marked Attention: Chris Loutsis. Re- sidents wishing additional in- formation may contact Lout- sis at 344-3956. King County's Real Pro- perty Division has scheduled a public meeting on Thurs- day, March 31, to hear public comment on an application for a cable television fran- chise in the Mirrormont area. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Issaquah Li- brary, 130 East Sunset Way. The proposed franchise area would serve the south and west sides of the South Tiger Mountain area. All Middle school meetings scheduled meeting, for south-end resi- dents, will be Tuesday, March 29, in the cafeteria at Maywood Junior High at 7:30 p.m. The second meet- ing is scheduled at Pine Lake Junior High in the cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3 I. Presentations at both meetings will address both curricular and co-curricular I programs and will include in- formation on the transition of sixth and ninth graders, program recommendations for ninth grade students in the four year high schools, curriculum integration at both levels, parent con- ferences, exploratory course offerings, advisory and acti- vity programs. II luum The District Middle School and Four Year High School Committees have completed the first drafts of high school program recommendations which are targeted to begin in September, 1984. Two community meetings have been scheduled to share these recommendations with the community. The first II 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;, Rodi Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Rhode Donkln, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan BIIncoe, display advertising; Wilma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Wlnalow, bookkeep. per; Roxalne Reynolds, Norms Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con- tributing 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 Oivislon of Murray PubhshinE Company 4SoctArlo  need of food. Maybe some of the people you say she turned down for her handouts were very capable of using their own money to buy their own groceries. Marion goes to those who are not able to drive to the food bank, those not able to leave their house and those who are not able to dress as nicely as most people that frequent the senior center. It's too bad so many at the senior center are sitting in judge- ment on one lady who is not just part time helping the poor 4t but gives all her time to this worthwhile project. She is not asking for any praise, as she gets enough of that from the peo- ple she serves so nicely. I would like to see the citizens that Marion Rebney delivers food to write the editor and those who say they were denied food also write so that we can hear from both sides of this issue. Janet Davis Irv voted against Marion I can accept the rantings of Marion Rebney, who thinks she is Mother Theresa; or forgetful Irv Green, who comes to the center for board meetings, forgets what he came for and plays cards instead. But what's your excuse? And, if you think it is war at the center now, just stick around and see the fur fly when Lady Bountiful hears about the tapes of our board meetings which clearly show that her friend Irv not only voted against her (consistently) but sug- gested that he be her replacement. There wasone dissenter, but her name wasn't Irvin. Sincerely, V. Parks We stopped food deliveries On March 12, we the managers of Hutchison House decid- ed to stop Marion Rebney's food deliveries to our residents. Though the free food she delivered was appreciated, we con- sidered about half Of it inedible (rotten tomatoes, moldy bread.) Since several of our tenants are partially blind, we were worried they would eat the bad food without realizing it. Some residents think it was Tommie Troutman who stop- ped Marion from making her deliveries to Hutchison House. This is not so. It was our decision. Tommie has always been supportive of Hutchison House. Sincerely, Ray Devore Myrtle Devore Enough isn't enough In your March 16th Press there was a letter in your opinion section entitled "Enough is enough." My opinion is address- ed to the author of last Wednesday's letter, Mike Skeffington. The opinion was concerning the car being at the high school that the four Newport teenagers were killed in. Mike, first let me say that it just wasn't a "twisted piece of metal," at school. It was a high school student's car, a high school student's car that himself and three others were killed in because of drinking and driving. The comment, "but here was that subject being thrown in our face agaiia," is riot what S.A.D.D. (Students Against Drinking - Driving) had in mind when they brought the car up. When Mike says, "this time one of our administrators went too far," he's wrong because it wasn't the idea of the administration to bring the car on the school grounds. It was a student's idea. Mike, in your letter you mention that "20 or 30 people" were gathered around the car. If one of those students, just one, decided not to go out and "party" then night, then we've done something, haven't we? Everyone I talked to had a positive attitude toward being in our school. You said, "a better approach been to put it somewhere where everybody didn't have it." You're wrong again, Mike. We put it where could see it and hopefully everyone could get "If you're going to drink, don't drive." President, s.t No one is immune from drunk drivers The letter to the editor last week "Enough is iy had a misplaced title. If only society was saying those words to a potential drunk driver. Bci friend to someone you care about, have the "guts" to up. I have seen what drinking did to a family m wish I had been more aggressive, more alert, and formed. It's time we are finally caring "enough" about tell them of the seriousness of drinking. If having seen the car that killed some of our youth: impression on just one young adult, it's certainl, I just hope that in the future lssaquah High School, take the "Enough is Enough" attitude. Please don't the drunk driver and don't for one moment think you mune from their destructive touch. Eldea Voters count more than letter-writers After a record turnout at the comprehensive pill hearing and a stern recommendation by the Plannirlg mission, the mayor and council were in a bind. HoW they gracefully recommend development of the the Pickering Farm? The developers solved flood of letters from the various partners and their (some letters with no return address and some with found in the Issaquah or Seattle phone gave cil an excuse to reconstitute the Planning matter could be returned for consideration. The members professed to be impressed by the letters. good for laughs, and it is not unexpected that the would fight back. The council and the mayor, however, serve at of the electorate. The citizens still have a strong send if any part of the green plain is to be saved agony that has covered the rest of Puget Sound City. Have you taken leave of your senses lately? nl i I Rodi Shemeta Ludlurn i i It looks like a coffin for a very large person except for the handles, which are in the wrong place. The handles are designed not for the ease of the pallbearer, but for the ease of the corpse, so to speak. They are lined up alongside a hole in the side of the giant box, into which a person can ease into nothingness. If all goes as planned, the body inside will not be able to see, hear, taste, feel or smell anything at all. The mind will wander off bit by bit until a sea of brain waves become as flat and still as the salt water supporting the limp body. Floating in a "sensory deprivation tank" is as close to death as you can get without the embalming fluid. All you need is $15, a spare hour and a half and a battered spirit crying out for a little peace and quiet. Norman Wressell at Studio 185 is just putting the finishing touches on Issaquah's one and only sensory deprivation tank. I tried it out myself last week. (For purely academic reasons, mind you. Got no battered spirits here. What's a few deadlines, a few headlines, a few hundred thousand phone calls?) It occurred to me as I hosed off in the pre- float shower that there was really no way I could properly experience the tank and still write about it. IfI' did what I was supposed to do my column would read, "I stepped into the tank and everything went blank." The end. Instead, I went in with all my senses on red alert. There was no way the tank was going to lull me out of a good story. I was grateful for the tank handles as 1 stepped up and over the sides, shivering after my hot shower even though the room was 85 degrees. The water was barely a foot deep, but the plastic bottom was slippery. The 200 gallons of water inside was supersaturated with 1,000 pounds of epsom salts. I've been a water lover ever since 1 first dogpaddled across the bathtub, but this stuff was not like any water I've ever splashed in. It was weeeeeeird. For one thing, I was so buoyant my feet shot out in front of me as I sat down. The water felt thick and slimey. 1 was a little squeamish about lying down in this peculiar substance, but duty called. It was not like any floating I've ever done before. The strangest thing was that breathing made no difference at all in my floating. For twenty-odd years I'd been breathing in and floating up, breathing out and sinking down. It was pretty disconcerting to have the laws of nature fool me like that. When I got used to bobbing so high in the water, I started bumping myself off the sides to reassure myself I wasn't lost in space. I'd been too chicken to close the hatch cover right away, so I could still see a little bit. After a while, though, I figured it would be warmer if I closed it. Spooky music from the Twilight Zone played in my head as I sealed out the last tiny bit of light and then settled back to stare into the black. Except it wasn't totally black. I could see lots of things, especially the great bald head of the Wizard of Oz, with smoke billowing all around his head. It wasn't absolutely quiet either. I could hear a sound like water rushing through pipes, a high ringing in my ears, my heart going thumpa-thumpa and the overwhelming noise of breathing in and out. Even with my ears underwater, stuffed with cotton and Vaseline, I could hear footsteps overhead and trucks starting up, if I listened really hard. By now I'd quit bouncing from side to side and was suspended absolutely motionless in that thick water, feeling a little like a marshmellow in Jell-O salad. Everything from ribs down felt like it had disappeared, but the pulse in my neck was making tiny ripples in the water all around my head. After a while I had the strangest sensation of floating down a huge river at great speed. It was so distinct I A few minutes In the tank and you're lost In space. wanted to grab the wall and stop myself before I Wellt the falls. A few minutes later, I was rushing down the: in the other direction. The tide must have turned. Norman had told me I'd lose track of time in the wondered how long I'd been in there. My hands never pruney the way they would after a half hour in the so that was no indication. Maybe I'd been in for day s, weeks. I'd locked the outside door. Maybe been knocking and knocking and I'd missed it whenJ worried about going over the falls. Maybe if I floated long enough I'd turn into a creature like William Hurt in "Altered States" and from my isolation with staring albino eyes and bul muscles. Maybe I'd turn into a creature like Gollum, slithering, toad-like imp of "Lord of the Rings". there were TV cameras outside the door, waiting for emerge, transformed into something unspeakable. I'd... EEK! Was that knocking on the door? Already? I sat up dizzily and groped my way to the hatch. I the cotton out of my ears and the sudden drip-drip sounded so loud I jumped. I stood up and my knees wobbled as I groped my way to the light switch. I had to hurry. I knew I was going to be late for Y aerobic dance class. Dancing is so good for people with battered spiritS,