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Page 2 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, April 20, 1983 Opinion Editorials Letters Higher fees logical solution to pool problem There is little love lost between King County and the suburban areas it is sup- posed to serve. When the county asked several cities to help foot the bill for its swimming pools, the response was rather cool. Issaquah was no exception. City Council members voted April 18 to tell County Executive Randy Revelle they won&apos;t pay the nearly $16,000 it would take to help keep the pool open during the last three months of this year. Dedicated swimmers hoping for an easy solution to the problem may be disappointed, but the decision was a good one. According to the county's own figures, nearly all the cities it asked for help have pools used mostly by county residents. In Kent, for example, fully 76 percent come from unincorporated areas. Issaquah has the second highest percentage of county swimmers -- 72 percent. Revelle's request makes sense only in Mercer Island, where 90 percent of the users live in the city limits and perhaps Bellevue, where 63 percent live in the city. We think the executive's first inclina- tion should have been to increase pool membership and rental fees, especially in cities with such a high percentage of county swimmers. Pools attract a loyal core of regular users, but are virtually useless to the general population. To ask the general population to subsidize pools the same way it would subsidize roads and sewers is unfair. Raising user fees is the logical result of elected officials heeding the voters and refusing to raise taxes. In this case, it was the County Council's refusal to raise the sales tax, as Revelle had asked. Higher and higher fees place a burden on those who cannot afford them, but that's the tradeoff for holding down government spending. IN THE POOL/ Separate Pickering Farm The Issaquah City Council had a new idea presented to them for land use zon- ing of the Picketing Farm Skyport pro- perty. "Reserve development" is the idea of city planner Anna Rabago and deserves to be pursued. It may be just the compromise needed between "established" and "development," the two present choices. According to City Attorney John Hackett, the insertion of a new land use into the almost complete comprehensive plan can be done. A definition needs to be worked out and a public hearing would have to be held. We understand the council's reluc- tance to consider any idea that would further delay adoption of the camp plan. After all, the Press and the business community have advocated ex- pediency on the project all through the three years of drafts. But we'll gladly eat crow if the council chooses to now delay a while longer to pursue a reserve development district for the Pickering Farm land. Public meetings Development Commission, Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. Tiger Mountain State Forest Advisory Committee, Wednesday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., Vasa Hall, Upper Preston. The com- mittee will meet with the Preston com- munity to air concerns about the state forest. A Preston representative is expected to be appointed to the committee. Park Board, Monday, April 25, 7 p.m., City Hall Conference room. Utilities Committee, Monday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. School Board, Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m., Administration Service Center. Dis- cussion of the budget is planned. Department of Natural Resources meet. ing on Squak Mountain logging, Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., Maple Hills Elementary multi-purpose room. DNR representatives will answer questions raised at the last meet- ing about the 200-acre 411 Timber Sale on the south slope of Squak Mountain. City Council work session, Tuesday, April 26, 7:30 p.m. Community Hall. The council will continue to work on the comprehensive plan. 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 Bllncoe, dlsplay advertlslng; Wllma Coleman, olasslfleds; Marllyn Boyden, clrculatlon; Myrtle Wlnslow, bookkeep. per; Roxalne Reynolds, Norma Starks, contrlbutlng wrlters; Fred Marler, con- trlbutlng writer, ) darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising..." ............ Morday, 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 Olv,s,on of Murray Publishing Company Answers needed at Sunny Hills The current unrest at Sunny Hills Elementary is the culmi- nation of long-simmering unhappiness with the manner in which the school principal does her job. This unhappiness does not come from one faction but has been vocalized by many parents, almost all of the teachers, and the PTA. It is interesting to note that if major portions of a//involved groups have voiced discontent, logic says that a serious prob- lem exists within the administration. The letter published last week gave the impression that Bar- bara Swenson is an excellent administrator who is responsive to the needs of students, teachers and parents. She certainly was in the case of that individual. However, this is not the case according to a large number of people who work with Ms. Swenson and are involved in activities at Sunny Hills. Why have most of the teachers requested a transfer? Why does the PTA question funds spent by Barbara Swenson, and when will there be a public auditing of those expenditures? Why do a large number of parents feel the principal is unre- sponsive to student needs? These questions should be answered. Is the district superin- tendent doing nothing so that he does not have to make a deci- sion concerning Ms. Swenson prior to his retirement? There will be no action forthcoming when the new superintendent takes over simply because there will be a period of familiariza- tion and adjustment before he feels confident enough to face the issues. Perhaps each person with an interest in the Sunny Hills situation should send a personal letter to Dr. Johnson de- manding that he take action to correct what has become a negative environment in which the only losers are our child- ren. Very truly yours, Tim McKinnon Baseball boosters deserve thanks This is a public letter of thanks to all the individuals, com- panies and groups who have supported us with either cash or labor in our efforts to upgrade the baseball facilities at Issa- quah High School. They are Mr. Rowan Hinds; Basset- Western, Inc.; Issaquah High Booster Club; Issaquah Kiwanis; Issaquah Little League; Issaquah Parks Depart- ment; Highway 10 Lumber, and Mr. Larry Galloway. Any readers looking for an afternoon of good baseball at no charge are invited to attend our games. Stop at Issaquah High School and lend your vocal support to our team. Sincerely, The Issaquah High School Baseball Team Thanks from Hi-Tones The Issaquah High School Hi-Tones would like to thank all those who donated and purchased goods at our garage sale held April 7 and 8. The money brought in will help defer the costs of our tour to California. Thank you, Jill Rockwell student director, Hi-Tones i We support city airport... if we can develop We are writing to you about the article on the first page of the April 16 edition of the lssaquah Press, concerning the pos- sibility of the city parks department leasing a portion of Lake Samammish State Park for multi-purpose recreational use, in- cluding a recreational airport. That article brought to light an opportunity for us both to fulfill public statements that we have made several times in the past as well as to challenge those who support recreational aviation in Issaquah to join with us in supporting a positive solution to the controversy over the development of the Pickering Farm property and the preservation of the Skyport. We have consistently stated that we support recreational aviation in Issaquah but that we believe that the recreational airstrip should be located within the borders of Lake Samam- mish State Park. We have also stated on many occasions that we could cooperate in relocating the airport. Now that the city parks department has been given the green light to prepare a plan for such a proposal for presentation to the State Park and Recreation commission, we can fulfill our pledge to cooperate in that proposal. We hereby commit to match any contributions made to the City of Issaquah by Mr. James Woodward, by Mr. Linn Emrich, or by any other members of the public who support recreational aviation in lssaquah for the purpose of hiring the consultants and other professionals necessary to plan, design, present, and gain approval of the proposal to lease Lake Samammish for the multi-purpose rec- reational use described in the Issaquah Press article. We hope that this offer would assist in the preparation of a truly first- class plan that would gain quick approval from the State Park and Recreation Commission In addition, since the present lease with the Issaquah Soccer Club ends in 1984, we are willing to allow the present airport to continue its operation in its present location through the end of the 1984 flying season. (This offer to allow the airport to remain in its present location is contingent upon the desig- nation of the Pickering Farm property as a "development dis- trict" so that we may prepare development plans for the pro- perty and begin the city's review of those plans. If the proper- ty is designated as an "established district" we would have no choice but to take whatever steps are necessary to terminate the existing use of the property in order to begin the process of seeking approval of a redevelopment plan.) We hope that our offer will be accepted in the spirit in which it is made -- as an attempt to realize a truly creative al- ternative that would give Issaquah both the benefits of a recreational airport as well as planning for the high-quality development of property that is ideally suited to such develop- ment. Very truly yours, Roger Girard Gene Ekblad Pool is in great shape The article in last week's paper, "City ponders how to keep pool open," prompted this letter. I became the manager of the Issaquah Pool in November 1974. I was impressed then with the beauty of the building and how much it offered its community. Now, and in past years, I have tried to present a well-rounded program to serve as many people as possible within the confines of the budget. It is an extremely busy pool, giving exercise, water safety, and fun to a multitude of people of all ages. The above mentioned article alluded that the such disrepair that it could not continue in the without drastic improvements. This is not the case. Each of the items listed in the article are parts 0fl 10-year maintenance, repair and improvement stance: the roof is in the 4-6 year plan, it is not in mediate repair. The heating system is in the 1-3 yea pool is not scheduled to be retiled, except to small broken tiles. The pool liner will be re ed in 4-6 years. The front doors are also in the and the lights referred to are emergency lights working with plans to be replaced in 1-6 years when Granted, these improvements will be done at but they are all in a well organized 10-year plan. Even in our own homes we must have long repair and improvements; it is the same in the facilities. This pool is 10 years old and it is still as beautiful am extremely proud of it, as are the members work very hard to maintain and keep it that way. Last year the whole building received a side. The colors I chose were to compliment the High School colors. I invite those of you who have the pool lately, or who have never seen the pool, and take a tour. It is truly a building that any be proud of. I hope that closure will not be necessary. I hope  returns will be more than enough to cover the can remain open. If not, and nothing can be done, ] it is for October, November and December only. time. Things have got to get better! Mana Donation appreciated On behalf of the Board of Directors and clientele munity Enterprises of Issaquah, I want to who attended the C.E.I. Benefit Gala Event at the Theatre March 26. CEI realized $2,000 in from this event, and the community may be assured1 funds will be well spent. Particular thanks are due to Del Webber of Debbie Berto, Managing Editor of the Press, and chuck of the Village Theatre for their efforts the dinner and show. Thank you all very much for your efforts. C. Executive Letters policy,, <, The Issaquah Press welcomes letters to subjects of local interest. Letters should be typed and submitted no than 5 p.m. Friday for publication the fold Wednesday. No letter will be published unless) signed by at least one individual, even if the presents the view era group. Letters should not be longer than 500 words. Press reserves the right to edit for spelling, length and libel. All the news that fits, we print. (Well, almost all) Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Last week as we pasted up our Home Improvement section, the usual accumulation of stray paragraphs and sentence snippits collected on the table around the pages, the victims of knife editing. (That is, if a story is an inch too long to fit neatly around the ads, five lines are mercilessly whacked off.) Later, when we found we had an eight-inch hole to fill and no eight-inch story, someone suggested filling it up with the stray snippits. We wondered if anyone would notice a potpourri story about killing slugs, buying antique furniture, installing aluminum siding and harvesting rutabaga. Do you ever wonder, sometimes, what you're not reading in the newspapers, that you're missing more than the knife edits? There are conspiratal thinkers who are positive the newspapers have banded together to suppress certain stories, usually in the interests of national security. Thus, you will never read about the aliens from Alpha Centauri who have set up housekeeping in Manhatten Beach, California. Or how Jimmy Hoffa really went underground, had a few operations and now makes a modest living as a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall. I believe the press does suppress certain stories. I know I have. I'd like to ease my conscience right now and reveal some information you might have seen in the Press a little sooner if I hadn't been such a censoring tyrant. Now here's a news item I got from the National Wildlife Federation. It's about a gruesome-looking sea creature called the Blue Spotted Stingray, which cruises the ocean flapping its seven-foot wings and "eating almost anything that swims in front of it." Its relative, the electric ray, "has special muscles that can give off shocks of up to 200 volts, almost twice the power of household current, to stun its victims for easy eating." Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water again. Here's another one you probably wished you'd seen in our pages. It's from the Washington State Department of Agriculture, announcing a hearing "considering proposals to update asparagus standards." "The proposed standards will restrict the white allowed on individuil asparagus stalks, better value for the customer and will require all asparagus to be inspected," the announcement You've probably noticed .asparagus standards to new lows and are relieved the government is to do something to wipe out the white asparagus the Press had been a little more on the ball, you gone to Kennewick for the hearing. It was Sorry. Probably the public will be most severely suppression of a detailed study by a major grocery chain. The grocery store had spared no expense to find people liked buying milk in big plastic jugs or if preferred to buy it in two half gallon paper cartons together (a "Twin-Pak"). The "Twin-Pak Attitude Survey" was mailed in its entirety, (all 43 both sides of the paper) to this newspaper last For three months you have lived in ignorance o f portant piece of research. You have been deprived nowledge that "After rating both packhge ey milk container attributes, it can be surmised Twin-Pak virtually 'achieves' their conception of a milk container." No Wonder the Borden's cow is laughing. Meeting follow-up School Board, April 13. The board ap- proved a special graduation certificate for Re-Entry Program students... Karen Taylor Sherman will speak at Liberty High's graduation and Bill McGlashan at Issa- quah's... Guidelines for transferring from one high school to another were adopted... Sunny Hills PTA donated the cost of a substitute teacher for two days to allow Ken Wilson to attend a computer workshop at Fort Warden... Liberty High Boosters Club donated five leather basket- balls worth $203... Maple Hills ASB donated $1,000 and the PTA $1,954.81 to buy curtains for the stage... Lilyblad Petroleum was awarded the bid for auto- motive oil... Mike Fisher, math coordin- ator, resigned during a leave of absence. Echo Glen librarian Wilma Daniels extend- ed her leave of absence to the end of the school year. Lorrie Melson will continue to take her place... Jan Olson, secondary p.E. coordinator, was appointed a principal intern at Liberty for the 83-84 school year... Jim Williams will replace Harold Weddle as head of industrial arts at Liberty. City Council, April 18. Stan Favini was appointed to the Fire Board of Appeals... $6,165.25 from the 1982 Fire Truck Fund was transfered to the General Obligation Bond Redemption Fund... Myron Ander- son and Associates will do the engineering and preparation of the assessment role for the proposed Gilman Improvement District. The printed $9,500 to pay for the Gould Construction Comapny was the bid to extend the water relocate the storm sewer for and police station remodel Stickney was appointed the Commission and three others, son, Robert Liebling and GarY appointed alternates.