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A4 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2Oll "THE ISSAQUAH PRESS OPINION PRESS EDITORIAL Readers are invited to discuss newspaper he Issaquah Press is calling on its readers to tell us how they read the newspaper. If you have your favorite sections, wish we'd organize the news differently, don't understand why some things are the way they are, or dislike some policies, this is your opportunity to speak up. We often hear from readers with an opinion, but one voice is but a whisper among the estimated 30,000-plus people who read The Press each week. Readers are invited to apply for a spot in our readership focus groups, to meet at 6:30 p.m. April 14, or 1 p.m. April 15. A dozen readers will be selected for each group to meet at the Hailstone Feed Store, the historic gas station, along Front Street North. A facilitator will lead the group through a discussion. Last year, the Society of Professional Journalists named The Press the best nondaily newspaper in a five-state region. While we are proud of the honor, we get more excited by good, local readership. We also recognize that the way people get their news has changed dramatically in the last decade, and will transform along with technology in the next decade. For example, would you read a recipe in the newspaper, or just find one online? Are letters to the editor still applicable in print now that comments are attached to stories on the Web? What school news is important, now that schools email newslet- ters? Do newcomers care about local history? Do long- timers care about growth and development? We invite you to join us as we adjust our news coverage to keep it relevant. To apply, go to www.issaquahpress.com and click on the application form. Selection will be made to rep- resent a varied demographic mix. OFF THE PRESS Recycling in Issaquah is a not-so-dirty job y grandma spoils my sweet tooth. For holidays, birthdays or just for a lark, she 11 whip up a chocolate cherry cake or a mar- ble pound cake, box it and marl it across the whole county, straight to me. Her famous kiffies -- thin dough wrapped around a bounty of nuts and jelly -- always disap- pear quickly, but the packaging peanuts stick around, and not just static-electricity wise. For years, I am ashamed to admit, I would throw them away. In my defense, I didn't know' what to do with them. I would reuse them if I could, but it was- n't often I needed packaging peanuts to send presents. Now. as an avid recycler, I know just what to do with pack- aging peanuts. The UPS Store on Northwest Gilman Boulevard will take and reuse them. The store also recycles bubble wrap, an- other helpful packaging tool that often gets tossed into the trash once its work is done. Now that I have a venue to re- cycle packaging material, I started thinking of places I could. recycle other things, like plastic bags, eellphones or alkaline bat- teries. It turns out that Issaquah is a haven for recycling just about everything. The nonprofit 1 Green Planet, on Northwest Maple Street, pro- vides free recycling and pickup services. Anyone who calls its hotline at 866-422-3755 can recy- cle vehicles, cellphones, ink and toner, medical equipment, batter- ies, computers, scrap metal, elec- tronics and appliances. Not a bad deal, but they're not the only ones in town. QFC recy- cles plastic bags. Best Buy, another business in Issaquah, re- cycles elec- tronics and screens up to 32 inches in IAAUIA size. If the ap- GEGGEL pliance has a Press reporter glass screen, the store charges a $10 fee, but then gives you a $10 store credit. Staples also takes a range of stuff-- alkaline batteries, print- ers, old phones, speakers and computer monitors, for which it also charges $10. Customers can enter a program toget money back for their ink cartridges, General Manager Dennis McRae said. The store is getting a new Dumpster so it can recycle plastic, and McRae said he couldn't wait because now the store throws away its plastic packaging. AtWork!, an organization that helps people with disabilities learn valuable work skills, has a recycling center that draws peo- ple from as far east as Sno- qualmie Pass, Director of Devel- opment Jane Kuechle said. The 24/7 drop-off center sells its recycled materials to various companies and uses the profits to support its mission of helping people with disabilities. Learn more at www.atworkwa.org. AtWork! Is the king of recy- cling, taking all things paper and cardboard, including phone See RECYCLING, Page A5 TO THE EDITOR Ruth Kees award Maureen McCarry is ideal pick to be honored for environmental legacy Thank you for the front page coverage of the Ruth Kees award to Maureen McCarry and also for reviewing the accomplishments or past re- cipients on page A5. Maureen is a classy lady who speaks her truth and acts on her intentions. Ruth would be proud. Maureen was instrumental in guiding Is- saquah away from the proposed Southeast By- pass to more effective traffic solutions and in the process of saving Park Pointe as green space for future generations. These two issues "were front and center for Ruth while she was alive, and to see them accomplished would make her tremendously happy. Congratulations to Maureen and thanks for your efforts on be- half of lssaquah's environment! The Ruth Kees award is a big deal, and many environmentalists throughout the city would be excited to participate.., ff they knew. There was no public notice to call this out ahead of time so people could arrange their schedules to attend. It was on the council agenda that came out on Friday (before the Monday meeting) -- hardly a timely and effective way to let people know. Whenwe conceived of this award in 2003, we had intentions of it being a celebration of all of the environmental initiatives and their in- stigators in and around Issaquah. As with many other awards, this should be a public process wherein the flominees are notified and published, a committee of peers (past recipi- ents? reps from environmental organizations? River & Streams Board?) reviews and recom- mends the winner to the mayor and City Coun- cil. Maureen and Ruth have been adamant that pal ic participation and comment are key to a he Ihy city. I hope that Mayor Ava Frisinger and council members can create a calendar and process for future years that will give Ruth's vision and award the notice, integrity and celebration that they deserve. Each year as the skunk cabbage -- Ruth's favorite flower -- begins to bloom and its pun- gent essence draws our attention, I think of Ruth and the importance of paying attention to how we nurture our environment. Bmbara Shelton lssumt Downtown lssaquah troll00_ We should not all be asked to pay for something everyone won't use I like trolleys. I also like cheese. But I would never ask the government (taxpayers) to front more than $500,000 for my like of cheese. Yet that is exactly what is happening with our Is- saquah Valley Trolley. Issaquah never had a trolley before, yet, like cheese, because of some people',s great love for it, it s now our trolley. I don t know how much a trolley ride would cost, but I could imagine that at $1 to traverse Front Street, we would need 500,000 people. That is about two years worth of Salmon Days visi- tors, assuming that each of them rode the trolley during that two-day period, which is pretty difficult to imagine. So the payback on this is going to be several years, or more, or less if you start adding eco- nomic vitality factors and phases of the moon. But this only works if we become a trolley-cen- tric town -- not only a North and South Trolley but also East and West. We could be the Leav- enworth of trolleys. Funicular to the highlands perhaps? The thing about trolleys, and cheese, is that not everybody likes them, yet we are all being asked to pay. And yet, somehow, I moderately look forward to the eventual, whenever, arrival SHARE YOUR VIEWS Citizens can make a difference by contacting their elected representatives. Mayor Ave Frisinger, 837-3020; mayor@ci.issaquah.wa.us Council President John Traeger, 392- 9316; j ohnt@ci.issaquah.wa.us Council Deputy President Fred Butler, 392-5775; fredb@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilwoman gileen Barber, 392-1467; eileenb@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilwoman Stacy Goodman, stacyg@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman Tola Marts, 427-9314; to- lam@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman Mark Mullet, 681-7785; markm@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman Joshua Schaer, 643-0665; joshuas@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 Jan Woldseth, 641-9941; wold- sethj@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Brian Deagle, 785-8623; dea- gleb@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Chad Magendanz, 391-3318; ma- gendanzc@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Marnie Maraldo, 220-3379; mar- aldom@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Suzanne Weaver, 313-2494; weavers@issaquah.wednet.edu of the trolley. Historic downtown Issaquah is a great place and the trolley might make it'better, but so would cheese. Note from the editor: Emily Lee's third-grade class at Grand Ridge Elementary School recently learned about Pa- cific salmon, and how "responsible citizens have an obligation to speak out to make posi- tive change in our world." Letters to The Press are the students'first foray into persuasive writing. Did you know that there are many things that are so cool about salmon? Clearly, peo- ple in Issaquah enjoy salmon, so it makes sense that we should try to help the salmon habitat. Did you know that a female salmon can lay up to 8,000 eggs? And did you know that the male salmon has a hooked jaw and sharp teeth so when they go back to where they were born, they use them to fight other male to get a fe- male? Another thing about salmon is their in- credible sense of smell. And they're incredible swimmers. We couldn't have salmon days without salmon. There is no fun without salmon in our world. Also, when we take care of our own habitat, we take care of the habitats of other animals in the world. Salmon are fascinating to study. Finally, if they go extinct, we won't be able to eat them anymore. I will be so inspired by you people if you want to help salmon. Because of all the reasons to help salmon, I would be so delighted if you help Pacific Salmon, too. Thank you for reading this so you can help save salmon, too. RacMI M. Grand Ridge tldrd-gra&r LETTERS 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: p.o. Box 1328 Issaquah, WA 98027 Fax: 391-1541 E-mall: IsspressOlsspress.com THE ISSAQUAH PRESS PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY SINCE 1900 45 FRONT ST. S. P.O. BOX 1328 ISSAQUAH, KING COUNTY, WA 98027 $30 PER YEAR / $55 TWO YEARS / $20 PER YEAR FOR SENIORS ADD $15 OUTSIDE KING COUNTY / $20 OUTSIDE STATE Advertising: JgreenOlsspress.com Classifieds: classlfleds@lsspress.com ADVERTISING MANAGER J1LL GREEN AD REPRESENTATIVE VICKIE SINGSAAS AD REPRESENTATIVE NEIL BUCHSBAUM CLASSIFIEDS MARIANA SKAKIE Nowsroom: Isspress@lsspress.com MANAGING EDITOR KATHLEEN R. MERRILL REPORTER LAURA GEGGEL" REPORTER'DAVID HAYES REPORTER WARREN KAGARISE REPORTER CHRISTOPHER HUBER REPORTER TIM PFARR PHOTOGRAPHER GREG FARRAR Circulation: Ip-clrculatlonsspress.com KELLY BEZDZIETNY OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Accounting: Ip-acsspress.com  ,,i/,,. Postmaster: Send addre chan to: Issaquah hrs, PO Box 1328 Issaquah,Wk 9027 WWW.ISSAQUAHPRESS.COM A4 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2Oll "THE ISSAQUAH PRESS OPINION PRESS EDITORIAL Readers are invited to discuss newspaper he Issaquah Press is calling on its readers to tell us how they read the newspaper. If you have your favorite sections, wish we'd organize the news differently, don't understand why some things are the way they are, or dislike some policies, this is your opportunity to speak up. We often hear from readers with an opinion, but one voice is but a whisper among the estimated 30,000-plus people who read The Press each week. Readers are invited to apply for a spot in our readership focus groups, to meet at 6:30 p.m. April 14, or 1 p.m. April 15. A dozen readers will be selected for each group to meet at the Hailstone Feed Store, the historic gas station, along Front Street North. A facilitator will lead the group through a discussion. Last year, the Society of Professional Journalists named The Press the best nondaily newspaper in a five-state region. While we are proud of the honor, we get more excited by good, local readership. We also recognize that the way people get their news has changed dramatically in the last decade, and will transform along with technology in the next decade. For example, would you read a recipe in the newspaper, or just find one online? Are letters to the editor still applicable in print now that comments are attached to stories on the Web? What school news is important, now that schools email newslet- ters? Do newcomers care about local history? Do long- timers care about growth and development? We invite you to join us as we adjust our news coverage to keep it relevant. To apply, go to www.issaquahpress.com and click on the application form. Selection will be made to rep- resent a varied demographic mix. OFF THE PRESS Recycling in Issaquah is a not-so-dirty job y grandma spoils my sweet tooth. For holidays, birthdays or just for a lark, she 11 whip up a chocolate cherry cake or a mar- ble pound cake, box it and marl it across the whole county, straight to me. Her famous kiffies -- thin dough wrapped around a bounty of nuts and jelly -- always disap- pear quickly, but the packaging peanuts stick around, and not just static-electricity wise. For years, I am ashamed to admit, I would throw them away. In my defense, I didn't know' what to do with them. I would reuse them if I could, but it was- n't often I needed packaging peanuts to send presents. Now. as an avid recycler, I know just what to do with pack- aging peanuts. The UPS Store on Northwest Gilman Boulevard will take and reuse them. The store also recycles bubble wrap, an- other helpful packaging tool that often gets tossed into the trash once its work is done. Now that I have a venue to re- cycle packaging material, I started thinking of places I could. recycle other things, like plastic bags, eellphones or alkaline bat- teries. It turns out that Issaquah is a haven for recycling just about everything. The nonprofit 1 Green Planet, on Northwest Maple Street, pro- vides free recycling and pickup services. Anyone who calls its hotline at 866-422-3755 can recy- cle vehicles, cellphones, ink and toner, medical equipment, batter- ies, computers, scrap metal, elec- tronics and appliances. Not a bad deal, but they're not the only ones in town. QFC recy- cles plastic bags. Best Buy, another business in Issaquah, re- cycles elec- tronics and screens up to 32 inches in IAAUIA size. If the ap- GEGGEL pliance has a Press reporter glass screen, the store charges a $10 fee, but then gives you a $10 store credit. Staples also takes a range of stuff-- alkaline batteries, print- ers, old phones, speakers and computer monitors, for which it also charges $10. Customers can enter a program toget money back for their ink cartridges, General Manager Dennis McRae said. The store is getting a new Dumpster so it can recycle plastic, and McRae said he couldn't wait because now the store throws away its plastic packaging. AtWork!, an organization that helps people with disabilities learn valuable work skills, has a recycling center that draws peo- ple from as far east as Sno- qualmie Pass, Director of Devel- opment Jane Kuechle said. The 24/7 drop-off center sells its recycled materials to various companies and uses the profits to support its mission of helping people with disabilities. Learn more at www.atworkwa.org. AtWork! Is the king of recy- cling, taking all things paper and cardboard, including phone See RECYCLING, Page A5 TO THE EDITOR Ruth Kees award Maureen McCarry is ideal pick to be honored for environmental legacy Thank you for the front page coverage of the Ruth Kees award to Maureen McCarry and also for reviewing the accomplishments or past re- cipients on page A5. Maureen is a classy lady who speaks her truth and acts on her intentions. Ruth would be proud. Maureen was instrumental in guiding Is- saquah away from the proposed Southeast By- pass to more effective traffic solutions and in the process of saving Park Pointe as green space for future generations. These two issues "were front and center for Ruth while she was alive, and to see them accomplished would make her tremendously happy. Congratulations to Maureen and thanks for your efforts on be- half of lssaquah's environment! The Ruth Kees award is a big deal, and many environmentalists throughout the city would be excited to participate.., ff they knew. There was no public notice to call this out ahead of time so people could arrange their schedules to attend. It was on the council agenda that came out on Friday (before the Monday meeting) -- hardly a timely and effective way to let people know. Whenwe conceived of this award in 2003, we had intentions of it being a celebration of all of the environmental initiatives and their in- stigators in and around Issaquah. As with many other awards, this should be a public process wherein the flominees are notified and published, a committee of peers (past recipi- ents? reps from environmental organizations? River & Streams Board?) reviews and recom- mends the winner to the mayor and City Coun- cil. Maureen and Ruth have been adamant that pal ic participation and comment are key to a he Ihy city. I hope that Mayor Ava Frisinger and council members can create a calendar and process for future years that will give Ruth's vision and award the notice, integrity and celebration that they deserve. Each year as the skunk cabbage -- Ruth's favorite flower -- begins to bloom and its pun- gent essence draws our attention, I think of Ruth and the importance of paying attention to how we nurture our environment. Bmbara Shelton lssumt Downtown lssaquah troll00_ We should not all be asked to pay for something everyone won't use I like trolleys. I also like cheese. But I would never ask the government (taxpayers) to front more than $500,000 for my like of cheese. Yet that is exactly what is happening with our Is- saquah Valley Trolley. Issaquah never had a trolley before, yet, like cheese, because of some people',s great love for it, it s now our trolley. I don t know how much a trolley ride would cost, but I could imagine that at $1 to traverse Front Street, we would need 500,000 people. That is about two years worth of Salmon Days visi- tors, assuming that each of them rode the trolley during that two-day period, which is pretty difficult to imagine. So the payback on this is going to be several years, or more, or less if you start adding eco- nomic vitality factors and phases of the moon. But this only works if we become a trolley-cen- tric town -- not only a North and South Trolley but also East and West. We could be the Leav- enworth of trolleys. Funicular to the highlands perhaps? The thing about trolleys, and cheese, is that not everybody likes them, yet we are all being asked to pay. And yet, somehow, I moderately look forward to the eventual, whenever, arrival SHARE YOUR VIEWS Citizens can make a difference by contacting their elected representatives. Mayor Ave Frisinger, 837-3020; mayor@ci.issaquah.wa.us Council President John Traeger, 392- 9316; j ohnt@ci.issaquah.wa.us Council Deputy President Fred Butler, 392-5775; fredb@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilwoman gileen Barber, 392-1467; eileenb@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilwoman Stacy Goodman, stacyg@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman Tola Marts, 427-9314; to- lam@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman Mark Mullet, 681-7785; markm@ci.issaquah.wa.us Councilman Joshua Schaer, 643-0665; joshuas@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 Jan Woldseth, 641-9941; wold- sethj@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Brian Deagle, 785-8623; dea- gleb@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Chad Magendanz, 391-3318; ma- gendanzc@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Marnie Maraldo, 220-3379; mar- aldom@issaquah.wednet.edu Director Suzanne Weaver, 313-2494; weavers@issaquah.wednet.edu of the trolley. Historic downtown Issaquah is a great place and the trolley might make it'better, but so would cheese. Note from the editor: Emily Lee's third-grade class at Grand Ridge Elementary School recently learned about Pa- cific salmon, and how "responsible citizens have an obligation to speak out to make posi- tive change in our world." Letters to The Press are the students'first foray into persuasive writing. Did you know that there are many things that are so cool about salmon? Clearly, peo- ple in Issaquah enjoy salmon, so it makes sense that we should try to help the salmon habitat. Did you know that a female salmon can lay up to 8,000 eggs? And did you know that the male salmon has a hooked jaw and sharp teeth so when they go back to where they were born, they use them to fight other male to get a fe- male? Another thing about salmon is their in- credible sense of smell. And they're incredible swimmers. We couldn't have salmon days without salmon. There is no fun without salmon in our world. Also, when we take care of our own habitat, we take care of the habitats of other animals in the world. Salmon are fascinating to study. Finally, if they go extinct, we won't be able to eat them anymore. I will be so inspired by you people if you want to help salmon. Because of all the reasons to help salmon, I would be so delighted if you help Pacific Salmon, too. Thank you for reading this so you can help save salmon, too. RacMI M. Grand Ridge tldrd-gra&r LETTERS 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: p.o. Box 1328 Issaquah, WA 98027 Fax: 391-1541 E-mall: IsspressOlsspress.com THE ISSAQUAH PRESS PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY SINCE 1900 45 FRONT ST. S. P.O. BOX 1328 ISSAQUAH, KING COUNTY, WA 98027 $30 PER YEAR / $55 TWO YEARS / $20 PER YEAR FOR SENIORS ADD $15 OUTSIDE KING COUNTY / $20 OUTSIDE STATE Advertising: JgreenOlsspress.com Classifieds: classlfleds@lsspress.com ADVERTISING MANAGER J1LL GREEN AD REPRESENTATIVE VICKIE SINGSAAS AD REPRESENTATIVE NEIL BUCHSBAUM CLASSIFIEDS MARIANA SKAKIE Nowsroom: Isspress@lsspress.com MANAGING EDITOR KATHLEEN R. MERRILL REPORTER LAURA GEGGEL" REPORTER'DAVID HAYES REPORTER WARREN KAGARISE REPORTER CHRISTOPHER HUBER REPORTER TIM PFARR PHOTOGRAPHER GREG FARRAR Circulation: Ip-clrculatlonsspress.com KELLY BEZDZIETNY OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Accounting: Ip-acsspress.com  ,,i/,,. Postmaster: Send addre chan to: Issaquah hrs, PO Box 1328 Issaquah,Wk 9027 WWW.ISSAQUAHPRESS.COM