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Illlll[[ lltl imllllm A4 WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS OPINION PRESS EDITORIAL Expansion Of landfill not acceptable ing County wants to extend the life of its regional landfill --,located just three miles south of Is- saquah city limits and within the Issaquah School District -- for another three to 13 years. There is a better way. Issaquah has been dealing with the 920-acre Cedar Hills Landfill since it opened in 1964. Most of King County's garbage comes home to this monstrous dump. The landfill was supposed to close in the 1980s, when the county said it would become a park. Thirty years ago, the dump was an environmental night- mare. A lawsuit was brought by nearby residents, who later collected thousands of dollars from King County taxpayers. Laws and county regulations changed, a citizen committee was named to oversee operations at Cedar Hills and today, residents are barely aware of the county's dump. In the past 30 years, only King County Councilwoman Kathy Lambert has offered any hope that the county might actually close Cedar Hills Landfill in 2016 -- now only seven years away. Lambert has done her homework regarding garbage incineration, a solution that comes with 21st cen- tury technology. She is pushing for King County to begin building a plant that will leave us with clean air and a power source. "We should be looking at turning garbage into a resource," she says. King County residents are among the most "green" in the country, caring about their impact on the environment. Surely, they do care whether their garbage is being plowed under pries of dirt to begin the rotting process. About 930,200 tons of solid waste came to Cedar Hills just last year. The county also has land adjacent to Cedar Hills where the county's former alcohol treatment center was located. The si.te was proposed for a YWCA transitional housing program, but a judge recently ruled that the zoning does not allow for this use. Using this site to begin construction of a garbage in- cinerator might be more appropriate. We stand behind Lambert in her fight for a better solution to garbage disposal, even if an incinerator were to be built at the current site of the Cedar Hills Landfill. OFF THE PRESS Even mothers who are gone are not forgotten uring my time on this planet, I have had some great mothers. There was Hilda, who gave birth to me and raised me during the pre-adult years. She left me with some out- standing values. Proud of her Finnish heritage, she instilled in me a love for my ancestors and relatives in the Scandinavian part of the world. She was also the family histo- rian, often recounting stories about her parents and siblings on the farm. Some of the best stories, however, involved her. For example, when she was 14, and the family needed a plough horse to work the fields, my mother hitchhiked more than 100 miles to Astoria, Ore., to get a horse that was for sale. She then rode the old horse all the way home. She was a welder in the shipyards during World War II and instilled in me a love for history with stories about those years. I guess hearing her stories had an effect, because many friends and associates regard me as a storyteller. More than anything, she loved farming and resided on the fam- ily farm for almost her entire life. I liked critters, hut never devel- oped her compassion for farm life. When I turned 17, she had to make a dif- ficult decision -- convince me to stay on the farm or let me go to college. With my father having passed away, running the farm by her- BOB TAOU self was going Press sports editor to be a big challenge. However, she realized that my future was going to be in some- thing like journalism and not Jerseys. With her blessing, off I went to college and became just the third person in her family to have that achievement. She was always proud of my accomplish- ment, There was Vivian, a close friend of the family and always available to assist us when we were in a jam. Vivian was sort of my politi- cal godmother. A strong Democ- rat, she often praised former Washington Gov. Albert Rossellini, U.S. senators Scoop Jackson and Warren Magnuson, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose pic- ture was on the dining room wall. She wanted me to grow up to be a See MOTHERS, Page A5 ,FHE EDITOR Choking game Condolences to the Tork family for their loss; thanks for raising public awareness I can't think of a more noble gesture than for the Tork family to raise the awareness of oth- ers while in the midst of their grieving and loss of their dear son. I am humbled as I sit with my sadness for their loss, .... God blesses and is with you ai alWays.+ : High school project Get local workers to do IHS construction Do you support and promote local commerce in the city? Do you or your children attend school in the Issaquah School District? Do you pay taxes in the city? Do you know what the unemployment rate is of skilled craftsmenwho live in or near the city? The Washington State Unemployment De- partment claims that there are 26,320 citizens in Issaquah, with over 8.1 percent of those un- employed. Did you know the general contractor who won the bid for the Issaquah High School proj- ect has subcontracted about one-third of the work to not only out-of-the-county contractors, but also out-of-state contractors? Did you know that your hard-earned tax monies 11 be used to pay contractors like Jack Hornor Electric, from Yakima; Robison Mechan- ical, from Bremerton; Summit Environmental Inc., from Post Falls, Idaho; and Tradesman In- ternational Inc., out of Macedonia, Ohio? Can anyone explain why so many out-of- town contractors will be working here in our community, when so many of our skilled tradesmen are out of work? This is a question that can be answered by the Issaquah School District at 837-7000 or Construction Coordina- tor Royce Nourigat at 837-7037. Brad Moore lsso#uah Public transportation $quak Mountain residents should have regular bus service for safe00/'s sake How long must we residents of Squak Moun- tain have to wait for bus service? Isn't it about time to address this long-neglected need for safe, convenient and regular public transporta- tion --right in our own backyard? For too long, walkers, young and old, coming down the mountain on Wildwood Boulevard Southwest have had to contend with steep curves, few sidewalks, and drivers who disre- gard stop signs and speed limits. Without sidewalks, kids walking down Wild- wood Boulevard Southwest have to remember to hug the edge of the road. Adults who cannot drive, or who choose not to drive, increasingly must consider leaving their homes and moving to communities where safe, convenient and regular public transportation is available. One would hope that Issaquah continues to be a place where people care, where people feel that they have a voice that is heard. For more than 40 years, school bus drivers have .... managed to negotiate the steep grades of "Sk Mountai,: Isn t i t about time for the , naysayers to fina!y hear our retest for a reg- ular puIolic bus r61]te within ourbwn city lim-  its? Isn't it about time to act? Robert Freud lssaquah Education budget Can cuts be made in schools that don't affect our children? Issaquah schools face a potential $10.5 mil- lion budget reduction this year and implement- ing it will force administrators into difficult de- cisions that will adversely affect the education of our children. It becomes personal when pol- icy affects our kids. While there are undoubtedly areas in any budget that can be eliminated in difficult times (aren't we having to do it in our households?), education should not be the first place to start. Wouldn't it be more practical to find areas in nonessential state government to look for the first cuts? Or, do our politicians manipulate our sympathies so thatwe will readily accept tax hikes? With the proposed decrease in the state budget, in concert with the multimillion-dollar debt, isn't it time for fiscal discipline? The obvi- ous answer is yes! But the shortfall should not affect the education of Washington's children and, as a result, our future. Perhaps reducing the size of political administrative staff, the arts and pet projects should come first. Mark k Bowers lssaquah Crosswalks Road laws make everyone safer, but especially pedestrians My suggestions and presentation of the facts of the pedestrian law were based on my own experiences, from one walker to another in the hope of helping this writer to understand the dangers of ignoring the law and to make sure others did not get a wrong idea about how crosswalks work. Again, the laws are not ignored to accommo- date our comfort. They need to be followed for everyone's safety, especially the pedestrian. I choose to respect the rules of the road, because they only work when obeyed. Michael T. Barr Smmnh We recently asked our Rapid Responders, what is one thing you're doing these days to save money? Eating all of the stored food in the freezer. We can see at least one side of the freezer's :side now. Fred Nystrom, lssaquah Consolidating errands and doing fewer in- dividual trips around town. Jackie Thomas, lssaquah I'm taking the bus more often! It's cheaper than driving my own car, it's good for the environment, and it's good for my waistline. Did you know that walking to and from the bus provides you with the rec- ommended amount of daily exercise? Barbara diMichele, Issaquah I refinanced our mortgage to take advan- tage of the lowest rates of my lifetime. I also shopped for new insurance and found that having the same insurance company for 10 years actually cost me money, not saved it. That saved me a thousand per year. Geoff Carson, Issaquah Planning inexpensive vacations that still provide what's really important: fun with family and friends. Mel Morgan, Issaquah I'm trying to spend more in businesses that I want to have stay in town. Connie Marsh Join the conversation by e-mailing editor@isspress, com. Put Rapid Response in the subject line, and include your name and city of residence in the body of the e-mail. LETiERS 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. Box 1328 Issaquah, WA 98027 Fax: 391-1541 E-mall: Isspress@lsspress.eom THE ISSAQUAH PRESS PUBLISHED EVEIY WEDNESDAY SINCE 19OO 45 FRONT ST. S.' P.O. BOX 1328 ISSAQUAH, KiNG COUNTY, WA 98027 $30 PER YEAR / $55 TWO YEARS / $18 PER YEAR FOR SENIORS ADD $15 OUTSIDE KING COUNTY / $20 OUTSIDE STATE ALL DEPARTMENTS CAN BE REACHED AT 392-6434 fax: 391-1541 e-mall: Isspress@lsspress.com web site: www.lssaquahpress.cora DEBORAH BERT0 ........ PUBLISHER JILL GREEN ...... ADVERTISING MGR. VICKIE SINGSAAS ...... 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