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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, April 6, 1983 ' : Opinion Editorial Letters 'Established' zone will Swenson doesn't deserve keep the city in control Keep your fingcrs crossed. If all goes well, lssaquah w;Y rove a new compre- hensive plan very soon. The City Coun- cil is scheduled to make a decision on the zoning of the 140-acre Picketing Farm property next Monday night. That decision has been a stumbling block in the rewriting of the compre- hensive plan, a process that began in 1980. The city's Planning Commission originally recommended that the 32- acre airfield be assigned to an "estab- lished" district and the remainder be allowed to develop. Yet the council wants it all in one land use district. Under that direction, the Planning Commission has recommended it all be an established district. If the council holds its one district, then we agree with the planning commissioners. The whole purpose of a compre- hensive plan is for a city to have some say about how it will grow. The comprehensive plan says a lot about what we want for Issaquah. Many people have become involved in thepublic hearings leading to the Pickering Farm decision. Unfor- tunately, most of the input is based on pure emotion about green fields, wild birds, sail planes and employment centers. All of those dreams have merit, but what we really want is something to be proud of. After all, Issaquah is special. A planned development is also some- thing we can be proud of, if it's done right. But if Pickering Farm is put into a development district, how do we know it won't be sold piecemeal? In- stead of a planned unit we could have disjointed open spaces and unrelated building styles. The structures would be very "nice" under the comprehensive plan's new performance standards, but it would all look like Anywhere. I I.S.A. L The owners of the property say that won't happen, that they want the best for lssaquah. The urban design firm of Hewitt/Daly/Isley is already involved in a planned business development for the farm. Yet two years ago landowners went so far as to present the public with a planned center they never intended to build. We believed them then; we can't trust them now. Why are we even listen- ing? If the comprehensive plan is indeed intended to put some controls on the growth of the town, then the City Council should go with the established use zone on the farm. Assuming coun- cilors have no political Obligations to fulfill, they should not have many good reasons for voting otherwise. A vote for an established district does not mean they are against development, just that there is plenty of land south of Inter- state 90 waiting to be developed. Pro- perty owners of the farm could always come back to the council for a rezone. The council can then approve a project on the basis of need and desirability. We believe Issaquah should maintain its control over growth above all else. The city may have the right to turn down any project it wants when building permits are applied for, but if the project conforms to the building standards it will be pretty tough to say no. The City Council should listen to its own advisory committee, the Planning Commission, who says "not now" to development on the farm. It should take a bare-facts look at the district definitions. Then the councilors should get rid of the politics, and turn aside the emotion. We think they'll find what they've known all along --an established dis- trict makes sense. smear campaign I /m alarmed by the amount of negative comments about Barbara Swanson, principal of Sunny Hills Elementary School. My son spent 3 V2 years at that school (he's now in 6th grade) and both my wife and I do not condone the vilification of Barbara Swanson. We found that she was always available to us when our son was having difficulties in school. She was accessible by phone and in person. The outbreak of negative publicity concerning her administration smacks of a smear campaign organized by one or more disgruntled individuals. We had problems with a couple of teachers at the school, as did other parents in our neighborhood, because of their teaching techniques and their attitudes towards students who were less capable academically. Barbara Swenson was always there to help us out. There are several families 1 know in our neighborhood who feel the same but may be afraid to speak out because they still have children at Sunny Hills. Others just don't want to get in- volved. The job of any good administrator is to make tough deci- sions. With the widespread use of computers at home, in schools, and in the work place, I applaud Ms. Swenson's deci- sion to acquire computers for the school. I also think that it was necessary for someone to learn the proper methods of us- ing that equipment. The district should pay for that instruc- tion. I do not know the details of the alleged "gift" or "loan" or even what the amounts are. I think that the PTA, school board and administration should have better communications than this part of the episode seems to indicate they have. I am a former school teacher and have many friends who are teachers and administrators. They all have squabbles and irritants but rarely have I seen such an airing of dirty laundry with a one-sided bias. I hope that this problem can be settled amicably. Sincerely, James E. Harris THE GN.LONS GO THE DOI.L/00S,,, Public meetings Development Commission, Wednesday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. The Commission will review final design plans for the new city jail and consider a condi- tional use permit for the building's exten- sion onto Memorial Field. They will also consider a conditional use permit for a new office building proposed by the Rowley Agency, located between MacDonalds Res- taurant and the agency's present offices on Gilman Blvd. Preliminary expansion plans for the lssaquah Tennis Club will also be presented. son Dean's request to incorporate a small commercial area into its plans for a 1,100- unit retirement community next to the Lu- theran Bible Institute on the Pine Lake Plateau. Special City Council meeting, Monday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. The Council has called this special session to review the Planning Commission's last recommendation on the city's proposed comprehensive plan for 1-90 sub-area. Providence Point Public Hearing, Thurs- day, April 7, King County Courthouse, Room ,102, 9 a.m. The Zoning and Subdivi- ;ion Examiner will hold a hearing on Swan- III School Board, Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. The board is scheduled to discuss starting a daycare program in the schools. I 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; Rodl Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Rhoda Donkln, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan BIInooe, display advertising; Wilma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Wlnalow, bookkeep- per; Roxalne Reynolds, Norma Starka, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con- trlbutlng 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. , Division ot MufflP/Publishing Company quah's future. Some will argue that a future council ly downzone, but that is not living in the real world cial and legal pressures. Four council members to do this "concrete" job on Issaquah and that responsibility, especially when they are going recommendations of the planning commission. suggest a philosophy I, as well as others with served, have used. With extremely important irreversible issues: slight doubt, leave an out. I'm not or even giving arguments for or against either issue. I'm only pleading for a sure and confidentl means irreversible action. Before a vote in favor of up-zoning is given, convinced regarding the following: That the "proper" development of Issac next I0 years is essentially dependent upon parcel of land: i.e. that the remaining areas in not produce "proper" development. That "proper" development of the during the next I0 years is indeed essentially up-zoning this parcel of land. And that if the above are affirmative, this under development in the next tO years. Principal must be tough After reading the article about Barbara Swenson in the March 30 issue of the Press, I thought i should add my thoughts about this situation. Five years ago my son was a student at Pine Lake Junior High. At that time, parent-teacher relations were going down- hill and the kids were out of control. Lack of discipline at home was turning teachers into babysitters in the classroom. Students tried to burn down the school, were slashing tires and using extortion to take lunch money away from other students. Barbara Swanson, who was vice principal at the time, called a group of parents together to set up a strict set of rules for the school. We drew up a 10-page bo0ilet of qew rules more strin- = gent than any other school in the dsmct. It was understood the rules would be strictly enforced. A lot of parents didn't like the rules because they were so strict. For example, hurting another child, even on first offense, was grounds for im- mediate expulsion. My son was the first to be expelled under the new rules. Ever since I've known her, Barb has been one of the best administrators I've known because of her tough attitudes. She is the type of administrator who is going to step on parent's toes because of her strict philosophies in this age of liberal parenting and liberal attitudes in the school district. Even though she kicked him out of school, my son thought, and still thinks, she is one of the best because she brought the kids in line. Even though she removed some of the trouble- makers, they respected her for sticking to her guns and not backing down in the face of opposition. It would be a shame to lose somebody who has stuck it out this far and is now in a position to help mold children before they get to the point they were at Pine Lake Junior High five years ago. Sincerely, Patti Holtzner Bradfield Will nasty vultures replace the nice fish on the city flag? Life in Gossip Gulch I think it is a shame what they are all calling Issaquah -- it's called Gossip Gulch, the citizens are called the Senile Citizens, and vultures, etc. Now ladies, do you want to have people saying that about you? I for one don't; I've always thanked everyone who has helped me and been good to me and always will. Marion Reb- nay, for one, has always been good to me and I've never heard or seen her hold a gun and force any one to take anything nor refuse anyone. I think she has done one "helluva" good job. I don't think she deserves all the bad things said or printed about her. I think she deserves a lot of credit. I believe someone should step in and call a halt to this stupid fued, whatever it's about. I also think Safeway and Albertson's should be complimented for all they have given. I don't think anyone in the seniors has not taken their food. Now you know why I made the remark -- "I like men and dogs; I don't like women and cats." Shame on you! ' Nell Pickering Thanks, Safeway Thank you Safeway. Your generosity to the senior citizens of lssaquah is appreciated by many, many grateful seniors. Some have'told me it meant the difference of eating or not eating. I hope you will continue in this giving of food and I will continue delivering it to the Seniors of Issaquah. God bless you, Marion Rebney Comp plan needs confident vote Having sat in the city council's place for 10 years struggling with the same issue now referred to as 1-90 Subarea Com- prehensive Plan (airport and Picketing Farm), may 1 15ass along some of the major considerations still vital in the issue today. Certainly they have heard all the arguments, pro and con, about tourism versus industry, jobs, tax base, more variety in services, open space, traffic congestion, country liv- ing, ruining the valley -- just to mention a few. Let.me speak to thebottom line -- the one issue all previous councils return to prior to final decisions. A decision to change to commercial development casts in stone the future use of that land. To make that kind of deci- sion for future councils to live with means that they have to be extremely confident in their ability to "crystal ball" Issa- Why 10 years? Because this is about the time produces enough change from which new made. As I think back to the 1973 discussions on this! did not have the information or as clear a pie available now. I am positive that in 1983, the will be in an even better position to view Issac they see the undisputed areas take shape. "LeaVe therefore means leave to those who can plan clarity. It takes about 10 years to clear the look. May I express a personal gripe? I hear "developers have a right to develop their parties involved are not developers, they or rather, zone speculators. I can show parcels where I have been "sold a bill of goods" developers with imaginative drawings; parcelg si c1 resold many times and now so high priced tha undeveloped 13 years later. To say they have develop "their way" is the same as saying a right to win at dice. The only "right" speculators win or lose. Obviously I am disillusioned and this from my experience with those who have tried turn the dice in their favor with words, promises. A test: find out if the price of development as zoned, or as the next up-zone, or zones. Priced as zoned equals developer or priced for up-zone equals a speculator! I pray the council has all the wisdom of issue. It is one that many before have in the future. Be thoughtful and careful. next move for those who do not box who are not "damn" sure, there is always room tot -- if the door on the room isn't nailed shut as 'Sonrise' success Issaquah's first community service was such a tremendous success that we to make it an annual event. A brass ensemble, a 30 led by Bill Klein, participation by six dynamic message by Wilbur Antisdale, himself resident now, moved a congregation estimated renewed meaning of Easter and our risen Lord. Thanks to all those who contributed to the endeavor, certainly too numerous to name are already looking forward to the Second Annual Issaquah What's in a name? Oh, just a whole lifetime Rodi Shemeta Ludlum With our reporter expecting a baby this summer, we're starting to pay more attention to the names people are giving their children. These days, Rhoda often hangs up the phone after taking a birth announcement, whirls around in her chair and exclaims, "Colin! How do you like Colin?" We're brutally honest. "Sounds too much like punctuation or an internal organ." She's easily discouraged, poor thing. But I think it's harder to name a kid than it used to be. When I was growing up, girls were named Kathleen, Linda, Deborah, Cynthia and Susan. Boys were, without exception, Steven, David, William, Robert, James and Michael. There were only a few dozen socially correct names to choose from. As a result, there was always a glut of Kathys and Dabbles, Steves and Daves. There are no fewer than three Dabbles on the very small Press staff alone. Now that we baby boomers are having kids of our own, we don't want our children lost in a crowd of Cindys and Bobbys the way we were. We've vowed our children will bear the names of heroes and heroines in adventure stories and gothic romances. Today you'd have to dig through a dozen sandboxes before you unearthed a Billy or Suzie. You would, without much trouble, find an Erica, Rachel, Samantha, Ariel or Melissa. In my first grade reader, the main characters were John, Jean and Judy, their mutt Spot and kitten Puff. An updated version would feature Jason, Jennifer and Jessica, their Afghan hound Abdul and Siamese cat Fiona. The Nancys and Cheryls of my generation are importing exotic, foreign sounding names for their girls like Sonia, Tanya, Kristin, Amelia and Adrianne. Though boys' names are not quite as venturesome, I did meet a three-year-old once who introduced himself as Asa. "What was that? Aesop?" I said, lifting an eyebrow at his mother. "No, Asa," said the kid impatiently. He was going to have to do this all his life. "Asa was a king," he added, somewhat defensively. Old Testament names are all the rage for little fellows. Jonah, Joel, Jacob and Joshua are as common now as Bill and Bob used to be. (For some reason, Ezekiel, Nehemiah and Obadiah have not caught on.) New Testament names are as popular as ever -- there will always be plenty of Matthews, Marks and Johns, but not too many Lukes, despite "Star Wars." There is also a trend toward using standard Biblical names with an unusual spelling, like Jon, Marc and Myke, though I have not yet seen a .Pall or Gym. Ruby and Pearl are names no one has heard for years, but another precious stone is appearing on birth certificates everywhere: Amber. Plant and flower names like Rose, Lily, Violet and Daisy have gone to seed while Heather and Laurel flourish. Light, frivolous names like Robin and Candy, Dolly and Melody are definitely out, but then so are weighty virtue names like Hope, Faith, Patience and Charity. Elemental names like Sunny, Dawn, Windy and Star went out with love beads and barefoot weddings. And since liberated fathers are now just as happy to have a firstborn daughter, daddies are no longer wistfully naming their girls Georgia and Pauline. Some lavender-and-old-lace names like Sarah (now spelled Sara) and Victoria (never Vicky) are being dusted off, but no one would dream of naming their pink bundles Mildred, Gertrude, Hattie, Edna or Blanche. And you won't find any little guys named Archibald, Winston or Jasper either. It'll be interesting to see how our children will treat their names. Will they be able to use the same outs w eq starters, we can dump the first name and use the name like my friend John Cleary, who never parents for naming him Aloysius. There are those substitute an initial for an onerous first name like Thompson and F. Lee Bailey. Then there.are seem to need the extra beat of a middle initial 1i1 Kennedy and Booker T. Washington. When the situation is hopeless, there is always tJ cummings and A.J. Cronin route. We can why e.e. didn't keep the Edward and forget ab why A.J. didn't drop Archibald and just call But who could blame poor P.G. Wodehouse? man who either had to adopt initials and write or sulk the rest of his life with the name Pelham (Come to think of it, 1 haven't the slightest idea' Mayor A.J. Culver's initials stand for. What's he hide? The people have a right to know!) Then of course there are nicknames. These are since some names just can't be managed in rout! conversations. Vicky, Ben and Annie and used everyday dishes while Victoria, Benjamin and like crystal and silver -- brought out for graduations and weddings. Sometimes baby nicknames stick right into found it difficult to discuss foreign policy with named Barbara who insisted on being called cousin Marie was called Sissy even after she Army. There's nothing wrong with the name R except that it belongs to me instead of someone sweeter. A cousin named me Rodi when I was and I refuse to give it up. Now that we're laboring so hard to think uP ,t unique names for our children, just watch them together and rename themselves just to break out Oh sure, they may wear their big name tags first few years of school, but get out your your daughter marches up to the teachers and got four Jessicas already -- could you just Debbie?"