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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS A4 WEDNESDAY~ MARCH 25~ 2009 PRESS EDITORIAL t may seem a bit early to be thinking about camping in late spring, but not if it's for Issaquah's Relay for Life and there is a goal to raise a quarter-million dollars! Fifty-two teams -- representing 336 people -- are al- ready formed and raising their share of proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. Issaquah's relay has a reputation for often raising the most money of all relays held in the state. While the teams are predominately teens, there are many adult, family, friends or organizations that put together teams. It is a true community event. The fundraising begins with team members asking others to contribute. Then, there are car washes, bake sales and even an ice skating exhibition coming up as a fundraising event. The fundraising is culminated with the actual relay, when team members take turns walking through the night around a high school track. Tents become team headquarters for snacking, playing games -- and sometimes even sleeping. Candlelit luminaries in memory of those who have died or survived cancer light the track through the night, until the candles' glow gives way to sunrise. In past years, the Relay has been at Issaquah High School, but Skyline High School will host the event May 30 while IHS is under construction. If you are looking for an activity that will impact someone you know at some point in your life, helping raise money to fight cancer -- and having fun doing it -- may be just the an- swer. The next team meeting is at 6:30 p.m. April 14 at the Issaquah Senior Center, and you're invited to come and learn more. Not a team player or don't want to raise money? Many vol- unteers are needed! More information is available at www.main.acsevents.org. OFF THE PRESS Y 'm not sure how pitcher Jon Lester felt when he toed the mound for the Boston Red Sox in 2007 af- ter coming back from his successful victory over non- Hodgkin's lymphoma. But I can tell you that it feels great for me to be back on the job at The Issaquah Press. For those of you who noticed my absence the past year, I did not win the lottery, retire and be- come a snowbird in Palm Springs. No, I've just returned from the sidelines because of an ongoing battle with cancer, multiple myeloma to be exact. I had an autologous stem cell transplant at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in August, and then I was sidelined for the next five months for recovery. For some- one who has reported sports, es- [oecially at the high school level r 30 years, missing the fall and winter seasons were very diffi- cult for me. However, my doctors didn't want me to attend prep events or church services, go to movie the- aters or anyplace where there were big crowds, because of the possibility of catching viruses. The only plus was as an outpa- tient, I spent my recovery time at home and not in a hospital. The first part of the transplant process began last May with the pre-stem cell transplant evalua- tion, where doctors and special- ists checked me out from head to toe to make sure I was a candi- date for the transplant. When I say they check out everything, I mean it. It's a very thorough process. During one of the exami- nations, it was discov- ered that I had a rather bad gall blad- thereder" In fact,i were so many stones that it had to BOB TAYLOR be removed at Press Sports Editor the University of Washington Medical Center. If that had not been detected until, say, after the transplant, there's a good chance this column wouldn't be written. Infections and other problems have often proved lethal for stem cell pa- tients during recovery. I was lucky. The surgery did postpone the transplant, originally scheduled for July, to August. The stem cells, a collection of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets, were harvested from my body during a painless process called aspheresis and were frozen. Then, a few days later, I received a strong dose of chemo that basically wiped out everything in and on my body. After a day's rest, the stem cells were re-entered through an IV in the transplant. Usually, patients become ill the week after the transplant and are sent back to the hospital. I never got sick. Once again, I was lucky. There were many things I See WELCOME BACK, Page A5 ALL "rriE: ~~0 O. ~-~-~r~ TO THE EDITOR Newspapers Readers are lucky to still get community news in wake of national failures Your paper will be more appreciated for local Sammamish/Issaquah news in the future. Losing the Eastside Journal, we lost so much local news. My first story in print, in 1971, was in the Sacramento Union, a paper founded in 1851. Mark Twain's ghost walked the halls of that right-winged paper. I am as sad today as I was in 1994, when the Union, and all of my memo- ries all went to heaven. Bye P-I. Thank god Art Thiel will have a will soon be in place on the west side of Is- ' saquah-Hobart Road near the Poo Poo Point landing field -- and with the possibility of east side restrictions to come. I recognize the potential hazards, but I'd hoped this was something we could work through without draconian restrictions. As one of the many frequent users of the trail (having run it about 800 times over nearly seven years), I think I'm qualified to say that Steve Williams' assessment of the situation is off the mark and a bit revealing of what he does not know, I would venture to say that most of the hik- ers (and runners) on the trail are well out- biog. We are thankful for the small, local, side the orbit of the Issaquah Alps Trails neighborhood papers. Club membership. There are numerous peo- I still like to sit in the sun with a newspaper ple who regularly hike (and run) the Chirico and turn the pages, something that a com- puter or these new reading devices lack. Page turning, and newspapers, where children can find relief in a busy day to read a comic, scour the news for a current event, where older adults who don't use computers have a scope to the outside world. Not everyone will use a computer to keep up. And yes, there are still the older people who don't watch television. I hope America's newspapers are around a long time. Keep up the goodwork. Trail several times a week. As Tom Allen al- luded, even on days when weather keeps paraglider pilots off the mountain, there are still numerous hikers who park there, and their number swells in fair weather. It's hands-down the greatest "health club" in Is- saquah. Its popularity is growing -- and it's free. January Holmes Sammam/sh Parking restrictions More spaces needed along Issaquah- Hobart Road at Poo Poo Point I was sorry to see that parking restrictions us don't live far away, and we squeeze our trips into busy schedules. So, here is my plea: that county officials, rather than choking out use with restrictions, make a good effort to address the need for more parking at this immensely popular site. Hikers, we should unite with paraglider pilots to see that this happens. Dan Reid lssaquah Rules of the road Motorists, please stop for pedestrians at the curb waiting to cross the street As I understand the law, motorists must stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, not waitingon a curb. And more than that, the pedestrianhas to be in a motorist's lane before he or she is re- quired to stop. Yuk. What this means for me, as a pedestrian, is that I must risk my 200 pounds against a 4,000-pound car, hoping that the driver sees me and decides to stop. Believe me when I say Marc Chirico (like his fellow paraglider pi- I don't do that. Consequently, I am often stand- lots) is a wonderful, positive-minded fellow, ing on a curb, in the weather (cold, rain, what- and he has graciously welcomed us all to en- ever) waiting, while motorists drive by in their joy his visionary project, earaglider pilots climate-controlled comfort. are indeed easy targets for the congestion. I So, this is an appeal to motorists -- give don't think any of us nonparaglider users of pedestrians waiting on the curb a break. the trail would want to make their great Please, stop for us. You can hurry our crossing sport more difficult by limiting their opportu- if you use a hand signal indicating you are al- nities to park. But I can foresee that happen- lowing us to cross. We can see you through ing. your windshield. Thanks. And for practical reasons, Williams' sugges- LeeWoods tion of carpooling is out of the question for Issaquah most of us who use the trail regularly. Many of SHARE YOUR VIEWS Citizens can make a difference by contacting their elected representatives. King County Executive Ron Sims (D), Co- lumbia Center, 701 Fifth Ave., Suite 3210, Seat- fie, WA 98104; 206-296-4040; or exec.sims@metrokc.gov King County Councilwoman Kathy Lam- bert (R), District 3. King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave., Room 1200, Seattle, WA 98104; 206-296-1003; 800-325-6165; kathy, lamb ert@kingcounty, gov King County Councilman Reagan Durra (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 Butler, 392-5775; fredb@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilwoman Eileen Barber, 392-1467; eileenb@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman John Rittenhouse, 557-9216; johnr@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. lssaquah School Board President Brian Deagle, 785-86232; dea- gleb@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Jan Woldseth, 641-9941 or wold- sethi@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 LETERS 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 verify authorship. Deadline for letters is noon Friday for the fol- lowing week's paper. Address:RO. 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