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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, April 4, 1979 yours 'Pretty reasonable' viewpoints Dear editor; During our brief conversation the other day, you implied a wide gap between our views on education. 1 think you are mistaken. My position before, during and since the recall was--and is-- pretty reasonable (a term Tom McLaughlin likes, also). Bascially, I embrace the below ideas: i. Our schools should ultimately be controlled by tax- payers--not by the employees of taxpayers. 2. Kids should be given good foundations in subjects they'll absolutely need in order to "cope", before--not in- stead of --instruction in less essential matters. 3. Any parent or student has a constitutional right to eschew certain controversial, instructional materials or ideas. And, as a corollary, no school has the right to force such materials or ideas upon said parent or student, nor does it have the right to create an atmosphere conducive to ostracism of such a person on account of his/her philosophies. 4. No school district, or employee thereof, has the right to teach Secular Hmanism or any of its derivatives--any more than they have the right to teach other religions (Secular Humanism, in case you don't know, has been found to be a bona fide religion by the U.S. Supreme Court). If you cannot agree with all or part of these positions, that's fine. As Stanley Kramer said, in a recent letter to me, "that's the name of the game". We can both be glad we live in a society which provides for--and protects--the right to disagree. Finally, to digress a little while I have your attention (1 do have your attention, don't I?), I'd like for you to know that 1 appreciate your willingness to provide "equal time" in the Press--on a wide variety of subjects Daniel E. Warrensford Why all fuss over metric? Dear Sir: Frankly, 1 have been stunned by all the opposition to the metric system. I was particularly surprised that women are strongly opposed to it because I am assuming most of them are mothers and most of us mothers try to make life easier for our children in other areas, even when it means some difficul- ty for us. Why not in this? The metric system, after all, is based on tens, rather than the confusion of 16 tablespoons to a cup, 12 inches to a foot, 3 feet to a yard, etc. (Remember memorizing all that when you were a child? Ugh!) Our children will just have to keep track of tens -- so much easier! I suspect people are concerned about having to convert figures from one system to the other constantly in order to fun'On in.everyday situations, For most of us that' is not necessary. As far as recipes go, just keep 2 sets of measuring cups and spoons. Use the metric ones for recipes written in that form; use the "old-fashioned" ones for the other recipes. In the grocery stores customers won't have to convert figures, as far as 1 can tell, in most things. We tend to buy most products by "eye- balling" the size; the exact weight is unimportant. As far as a pound of meat in a recipe, or whatever, 1 suspect the butchers will come up with an equivalent portion in grams to help us out. Clothing patterns have been changing over for some time, and sticks with 2 kinds of measurements on them are be- ing used, so measuring fabric is easily handled. As far as temperatures go, we don't have to worry about being exact or converting figures: 25 and above celsius is hot, 15-20 is comfortable, 10 and below is chilly, 0 is freezing. (Most of us, after all, are not concerned with whether it is 75 or 76; we just want to know whether or not the temperature will be hot or cold or comfortable.) Speed limits on the highway can be handled in a similar fashion. In case anyone cares, ! never did well in math and science, was an English major and am a homemaker. If I can deal with the change to the metric system, anyone can. Very truly yours, Marcella N. Janes Thanks for ski night The 8th Annual lssaquah Ski Night was held last Thursday in balmy weather conditions. This annual community special event, sponsored by the lssaquah Parks & Recreation Depart- ment, was held at Ski Acres on Snoqualmie Pass. Keith Hanson, former Mayor of lssaquah, and the originator of Issaquah Ski Night, hosted the drawing for prizes donated by our local merchants. Prizes for the drawing were donated by the following merchants: The Ski Renter, Ben Franklin, 7 Firs Nursery, Red the Barber, lssaquah TV, THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Published every Wednesday 45 Front Street S,(Box HH) Issaquah, King Co., WA 98027 Phone (206) 392-6434 $8 per year in King county: $14 for two years in King County: $8.75 per year outside King County: $4.00 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, manager: David Jepsen, editor: Brian Bretland & Paula Symbol, display advertising; Fran Pope, Jack Darnton, reporters: Ruth Dickerson, front office and circulation: Myrtle Winslow, bookkeeper; Wilma Coleman, classified ads. Contributing writers: Roxaine Reynolds, Harriet Fish Contributing photographer: Dave Blythe ' 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 Issaquah ,[,L /1 Post Office Under Act of March 2, 1897 A Division Of Murray Pubhshmg Company Liberty Lanes, lssaquah Auto Parts, Lewis Hardware, lssa- quah Rexail Drug, Frank's Barber Shop, Brady's, Harwood Music Co., Issaquah Press, Studio 185, Look's Pharmacy, lssaquah Florist, Book People, lssaquah Wall 'N Window, Coast to Coast, Brandt's Western Shop, Boehm's Candies, lssaquah Natural Foods, Fischer Bros. Meats, and Haber- dasher. The lssaquah Parks & Recreation Staff would like to thank the Issaquah Ski School Instructors for the races, Ski Acres for providing the discount skiing, all the local merchants who donated prizes and all the lssaquah residents who attend this annual event. Deplorable action by council on Issaquah-Renton Road Dear Sir: On March 7 in "Council Consent," your regular column reporting on the activities of the lssaquah City Council, the following short item was found: "SR-900 to be widened (sic). The Council approved a resolution calling for SR-900 to be straightened and widened to four lanes. Copies of the resolution will be sent to the city of Renton, King County and the Washington State Depart- ment of Transportation." State Route 900 may be more familiarly known to some as the Old Sunset Highway, and as the Renton-lssaquah Road Southeast. (The County, in its wisdom, never saw fit when it renamed the road a few years ago to consult with the actual residents of the road as to where they thought of themselves as living). This road roughly follows the track of one of the pioneer routes from Lake Sammamish up and over "the pass," onto the Renton Plateau, and thence down into the city of Renton. It meanders in a southerly direction from Goode's Corner along the routes of several creeks, through a landscape which still has elements of grandeur and much beauty. It retains its appeal despite intermittent plantations of utility poles, the despoliation and damage to the May Creek and its drainage basin by developers and gravel extractors. So far as 1 am aware the householders and long-time residents of what is, in face, a "linear community" along this old road, were not consulted nor notified of the intent of the lssaquah City Council to frame such a curious, ill-considered resolution and to forward it to other agencies of government. This action on the part of the Council displays at worst presumption and an arrogant lack of sensitivity to the impact of such a proposal on the lives of citizens who live quite out- side the planning purview of the Council. At best, it can be attributed to ignorance and the sort of spur-of-the-moment, off-the-wall inspiration which sometimes moves government at every level to invent "policies" of which it has little understanding of the devastating impact on others. Before we purchased our home, and in the 14 yermy family has lived on this road, we have checked and re-checked with the Washington State Department of Transportation, and there has never been any widening of this road scheduled. Indeed, the only projected capital improvements by the WSDT from now until at least the year 1985 involves work of maintenance nature: widening the shoulders in certain places, and resurfacing in increments. There was a slight ballooning of traffic growth between 1974 and 1975, but since that time there have been only small increases in total volume per year. One has to suspect that the proposal that this road be widened is tied to the tardy efforts to cope with the piecemeal developments on the slopes of Squak Mountain, and the de post facto recognition that somehow alternate routes to and from the mountain must be found for hapless folk who would otherwise find themselves perched there uneasily "sans in- gress, snas egress." Representations were made to the Planning Commission to keep in mind the impact that the flushing of vehicles into Sr- 900 might have on this established community of homeowners along the road. To talk of "widening and straightening" a route so dominated with topographical intransigencies as it presents is a daunting prospect. What do you do with free-running streams that get in the way of the gross destruction implied by widening to four lanes? What do you do with narrow passes through mountain buttresses? Because of the steep valley configuration at the head of an ancient glacial, terminal moraine, many of the homesteads lie along the roadway in narrow strips, with a length of frontage, but not much depth. Widening would, in effect, condemn and render uninhabitable the homes of the present occupiers. It would destroy the value of the property except for whatever "fair market" condemnatory value would be ar- bitrarily assigned. To all intents and purposes one would find oneself with shielding trees and landscaping scraped away, lawns and plantings removed, and a freeway on the doorstep, with all the intolerable levels of noxious pollutants and noise implied. Those of us who have lived here and improved property, homes, gardens for years regard the actions of the Issaquah City Council with something akin to horror. Who promped the resolution? What interests are to be serv- ed by widening and straightening a road outside the jurisdic- tion and planning responsibility of the lssaquah municipal government? Who was the actual maker of the original mo- tion? Why did the lssaquah Planning Department make no mention of intent when questioned some weeks ago about the possibility of the scramble for a route off Squak Mountain perhaps leading to such an outcome? One has now the galling suspicion that even mentioning such a possibility may have been the germ of the idea. Traffic engineers, planners, highway department officials have oft been observed entering that trance-like state wherein they arrive at the conviction that manifest destiny decrees that traffic must be allowed to rush into this or that channel which shall be opened to it. This is self-fulfilling prophecy. It is ax- iomatic that wherever traffic is accomodated and catered to it will -- like gaseous substances -- fill up the spaces made for it. Why does not the Issaquah City Council resolve that the Hobart Road be expanded to four lanes, "widened and straightened?" At the March 21st meeting of the East Renton Community Council Board, the members voted unanimous approval of a resolution deploring the action of the Issaquah City Council, to be forwarded to all those agencies -- the city of Renton, King County, and the Washington State Department of Transportation -- to whom the Issaquah City Council com- municated its resolution regarding St-900. This letter is also being sent to those same bodies. Sincerely, Cecile Bostrom iii!!i David i lepsen editor :::::: Fire insurance rates for King County residen could drop by 20 percent Fire insurance rates for to Class 6 March 21'. The A street guide to buying marijuana for cancer patients residents of King County Fire District 10 could drop as much as 20 percent now that the district's fire protection has been re-rated. The Washington Survey and Rating Bureau, which sets rates for cities and districts across the state, re- rated District 10 from Class 7 Bureau's rating scale runs from one to 10 with 10 being no fire protection at all. Insurance companies used different methods to deter- mine rates homeowners must pay, but according to District 10 Fire Chief Carl Cedarhoim, most residents should be in for a reduction. Since last week's decision mood-changing property in by the Washington State marijuana); dope, a Legislature to legalize the use reference to marijuana or of marijuana for the relief of any other psychoactive drug; nausea associated with the high, experiencing the cancer treatment psychological effects of being c h e m o t h e r a p y, I ' v e under the influence of marl- wondered how long it will juana; lid, an amount of take before marijuana is marijuana weighing an ounce commonly used legally for or less; papers, cigarette related illnesses, papers used in the process of After all, nausea is not an hand or machine rolling ailment monpolized by cigarettes; roach clip, usually cancer patients. Marijuana an alligator clip or any could replace Compazine, similar devise that prevents the drug used to prevent the smoker's fingers from be- nausea caused by motion, ing burned, (marijuana is ex- Ask a stewardess for a joint; pensive and hard to get. carry some in the family boat None must be wasted); Take, or car. one draw on a marijuana Then there's the guy who cigarette, also called a hit. had one drink too many and Once the patient has con- is lying in bed while the room vinced someone to sell him acts like a fast Merry-go- the marijuana, he must use round. Instead of sleeping it. Smoking is the preferred with one foot on the floor he method, but quite often non- can light up a joint before smokers, or lung cancer pa- turning out thelight, tients, are unable to inhale Enough of the jokes, the smoke. There are people who take Marijuana can be boiled in marijuana seriously----oops,l butter, shoved into a capsule did it' again. "Using Marl- and ingested. Or, the butter juana in the Reduction of mixture can be taken as a Nausea Associated with suppository. Chemotherapy", a 48-page There are many recipes for pamphlet published by Issa- cooking with marijuana. quah Press owner John Mur- Some in this book are marl- ray, was published just a few juana brownies, chocolate days before the state changed chip cookies and honey the law. slides. This article and the book The latter appears the that it's about is not written easiest. Roffman said in his to encourage teenages, or book, melt enough butter to anyone else for that matter, coat the bottom of a frying to use marijuana for kicks, pan. Add 1 teaspoon marl- The purpose here is to juana, finely ground, Stir, educate that group which has coating the marijuana with a need to know about marl- the butter, When the mari- juana but lack any previous juana begins to brown and contact, the butter is almost evaporated, stir in three The book is written by tablespoons honey. Cool Roger Roffman, an assistant slightly and eat in spoonfuls, professor of social work at or spread on a piece of bread. the University of If Governor Dixy Lee Ray Washington. He is also divi- signs the legislative bill on sion head for Research her desk this week, Training at the University Washington residents will Alcoholism and Drug Abuse not have to go to such ex- Institute and is a member of tremes to get relief from Seattle-King County Drug chemotherapy side effects. Commission. Marijuana will be available The research for the book in the chemically synthesized is based partly on interviews form, THC. Roffman had with more than Hopefully other states will 70 cancer patients treated offer their residents the some with chemotherapy, opportunity. Since marijuana will be Oh, I almost forgot. Raft- soon available from doctors man didn't think much about in Washingtion this book is my idea to use marijuana for written for those cancer pa- motion sickness or drunken- tients living in states where nesL It might work he said, marijunana is illegal. It's but little research in these aimed at those who know areas has been done and the nothing about grass but are government is a long way afflicted with, or know from legalizing those kinds someone who is afflicted of uses. with, cancer and must buy I guess 1'11 have to return marijuana on the street, to the one-foot-on-the floor Hoffman said he talked to trick. many people desperate for marijuana and were willing to buy it from anybody. The side effects of chemotherapy are so bad tha t patients either find relief or quit chemotherapy treatment, which, as Hoffrnan puts it,' "is pretty bad". (Compazine and anti-nausea drugs often produce side effects in cancer patients that are sometimes worse than those caused by chemotherapy.) "Using Marijuana in the Reduction of Nausea Associated with Chemotherapy" prepares the novices for buying grass from the long -haired guy down the street. The book cannOt tell you where to get marijuana, because federal law still pro- hibits its sale and possession, but it does address the vocabulary necessary to make the sale. A few ,,aaust know,, items: baggie, a plastic sand. with bag commonly used to package one ounce of mari- juana, Cannabis, the botanical name for the plants which produce THC (tetra- hydrocannabinol, the active, A meet with Maggie The district in 1969. ment, water of paid systems and grams are majotl rating program. People with about the contact their agents. Tiger Mountain hike set for East Side officials by Jack Darnton tain. ..... Bill Longwell The Issaquah Alps will be According to Issaquah Ci- Manning. alive with bureaucrats April ty Councilman Tim O'Brien, English 22. invitations to the hike have High School, The East Hills Community been sent to Senators Warren students have Club Federation is sponsor- Magnuson and Henry trail alongthe ing a demonstration hike to Jackson, Congressmen from Mountain for Many Creek Valley and Pod the Western Washington Manning is POd Point on Tiger Moun- Districts and members of all the proposal to tain to familiarize public of- east sidecity councils, among Issaquah Alps ficials with .the potential of others. O'Brien said a large resource. He the Issaquah Alps as a turnout is expected, several hiking regional hiking resource. The hikers will leave the which describes The lssaquah Alps are Thriftway Parking lot at the lssaquah those peaks near Issaquah in- Sunset Way and Front Street None of the eluding Cougar Mountain, in lssaquah at 10 a.m. and clubs comp Squak Mountain and the return by 4:30 p.m. Hills Cam three peaks of Tiger Moun- Leading the hike will be Federation Proposed recycling center discussed Learn all about the Washington Energy Exten- describe the possibility of setting up a sion Service, will explain the market. recycling program for the basics of recycling--how to The prograna Issaquah area at. a public prepare your glass, tin, slide preseJ meeting April 12, 7:30 p.m. aluminum and newspapers discussion at Capital Savings and Loan, for dropping at a recycling a possible Issac 11 Front St. in lssaquah, center. He will also discuss Jean Morrow is Stephen Simko, recycling what happens to recyclables son for coo rdin a t o r for t h e after they are dropped and quah recycling LR Issaquah'a Arle McSherry met recently with Senator Warren G. McSherry, a student at Isaaquah High School, was in Washington, D.C. dent seminar program entitled Washington Workshop. The non-profit orga week-long seminars on government. McSherry was chosen to participate students. From left: Brad CIo,)en (Renton); Curt Heasley (Liberty McSherry (Issaquah).