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Page 2 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, May 11, 1983 Opinion Editorial Letters Left turn light needed at Front and Gilman You&apos;re going to see a lot of changes on Gilman Boulevard before the year is out. Pretty soon the Cascadian will be burned down and Gilman Station will be built in its place. Hi-Lo will expand, Gilman Village will expand. The Meadows Retail and Office Complex is coming. More cars than ever will be turning from Front onto Gilman, and if present traffic conditions are any indication, that intersection will be a very fine mess indeed. The traffic light at that inter- section -- Issaquah's first -- has proved only partially useful. It's fine for those on Gilman who want to cross Front. But it's practically useless for drivers heading north on Front who want to make a left turn onto Gilman. So far, the best drivers can do when the traffic is heavy is hang out in the middle of the intersection, waiting to make a quick dash when the light turns red. City Public Works Director Jack Crumley says a left turn light could be added to the present system, but only after a traffic engineer has studied the flow of cars and determined there is a need for the additional light. We think there's no question it's needed during rush hour and busy Saturdays. It can't wait until Gilman becomes shopper's row. NIIII I"IM: THE NATION'S BANKS ARE RESEARCHING NEW WAYS TO PUT Hl6H "r-I4NOII,OGY TO WORK IN THE WAR AGAINST "IBOUNCfRS",,. NEGATItl00 Public meetings School Board, Wednesday, May 11, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. A pro- perty easement along Sunny Hills Ele- mentary will be discussed. Tiger Mountain State Forest Advisory ., Committee, Wednesday, May II, 6:30 p.m., lssaquah Senior Center. The Forest :' Management sub committee will discuss policy. :. City Council, Monday, May 16, Cam- '; munity Hail, 8:30 p.m.: A representative from Metro will describe reasons for sewer :' rate increase; Dana Pierce will give an up- date on the Tahoma/Raven Heights cam- , munity development plan; Suzanne Suther  will update the council on the latest from the Tourism Committee; the council will discuss the proposal to use a Master Site Plan on part of the city's comprehensive plan study area. River and Streams Board, Tuesday, May 17, City Hall Conference Room, 7:30 p.m. Library Board, Tuesday, May 17, Cham- ber of Commerce, 5 p.m. Opening day for the new library will be discussed. Development Commission, Wednesday, May 18, Community Hall, 7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m. a public hearing on the proposed Waterworks Park will be held, followed by a discussion of the proposed Gilman Village expansion and plans for a Dairy Queen near the corner of the Renton-lssaquah Road and Gilman Blvd. Creativity, writing workshop offered The Issaquah School Dis- Parents and children will aucted by Jasper Tomkins, i" trict will sponsor a family be involved in activities that Micki McKisson, Coordin- ' workshop on creativity and emphasize creativity in the ator of Gifted Programs, and the writing process, featuring writing process. The work- Gloria DeGaetano, Coordin- i:' local author and artist Jasper shop will provide oppor- ator of Elementary Language Tomkins. Tomkins is the tunities for parents to in- Arts. : author of "Nimby" and teract with children through Refreshments will be , "The Catalog," winner of a variety of learning exper- served. Cost of the workshop the International Children's iences designed to enhance is $10 per family. Pre-regis- Award. The workshop is creative potential as well as tration by Monday, May 16 scheduled for Saturday, May techniques for integrating is required. For more infor- 2t, from9a.m, tol p.m. at writing with everyday situa- mation contact Kay Issaquah Valley Elementary tions. Sessions will be con- Humann, 392-0728, in the School. Curriculum Department. II I 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 Donkin, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan Blincoe, display advertising; WIIma Coleman, classifieds; Marllyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Wlnslow, bookkeep- per; Roxaine Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con- <rSOctTiot  *' darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising... ............ Monday, 3 p.m. Classified AOvertlslng ............. 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 DIVISIOn of Murray Publishing Company Dumbo likes the woods too The Pacific Northwest Elephant Stampeders Association bitterly protests the unfair attitude of the Tiger Mountain Citizens Advisory Committee, appointed by Land Commis- sioner Brian Boyle to advise on the management of the pro- posed Tiger Mountain State Forest. This committee is dominated by people who run about the woods wearing boots, sniffing flowers and doing golly knows what with the birds, and by their friends who ride itty-bitty horses, and by local residents who are fanatic about peace and quiet and clean water. These people are determined to hog the Tiger Mountain State Forest and not let us have any fun. They say they will let us stampede our elephants on the roads, so long as we obey the speed limit, but how can you have a slow stampede? Moreover, the big thrill of the sport is muddying creeks and crashing through the woods, knocking down trees and laughing at how the apes run away screaming. We're not asking for all Tiger Mountain, only a fair share, and would build elephant trails on which we would welcome hikers who think they're agile enough. We invite everyone to be our guests on a stampede and see what a jolly, heartwarming sport it is, the whole family together in the howdah, our little children perched atop the elephants' heads, learning to be safe and sane mahouts. We should think you would be happy to have our children in the forests of Tiger Mountain, instead of where they are now, stampeding up and down the streets of lssaquah, Mirror- mont, Hobart, and Preston. So far as the alleged noise is concerned, to my ears there is nothing finer than the roar of a hundred elephants on a Sun- day-afternoon stampede. Moreover, measurements have shown the noise never exceeds 150 decibels, or the average level of the stereo in our kids' room. I cannot understand the fuss local residents are making about the contamination of their drinking water. Millions of people in India, Africa, and South America drink from the same rivers they use as sewers, and they're doing all right, aren't they? Personally, I find pure water insipid. A little mud and elephant poop gives body -- makes a he-man's drink. Let me conclude by saying God Bless Brian Boyle and his state Department of Natural Resources, which assures us that no matter what the Citizens Committee recommends, we're going to have justice on Tiger Mountain. Elephant stam- peders everywhere are united in supporting Mr. Boyle for re- election as State Land Commissioner or, if he should choose, promotion to Governor, Congressman, Senator or, failing in all these, Mayor of Butte, Montana. Harvey Manning Student counselors outstanding Last week I had the opportunity to be a volunteer at Camp Casey while the sixth grade students from May Valley and Clark elementary schools were attending Environmental Camp. The entire experience was a delight. Maryann Weglage, Camp Director, did a magnificent job of organizing and keeping things on schedule. The May Valley cooks kept us well fed and nurse Rose Finnegan did a super job of ten- ding any bumps, scrapes and ills that arose. They all deserve a hearty thank you from those who attended camp this year. The most impressive part of the program however, was the outstanding group of Issaquah High School juniors and seniors who volunteered their time as counselors this year. There is no doubt that the counselors are the vital part of the program for the students since nearly every minute of the students' day is spent with their counselor. I would like to thank each of the following Issaquah High stulents for their enthusiasm, dedication and the mature and responsible way in which they dealt with our children: Beth Rogers, Rita Blais, Shelley Strang, Tonya Myers, Carol Bronsdon; Patty Fin- negan, Petra Nelson, Erin Powell, Anu Korona, Karen Glass, Janette Johansson, Kirk Kriskovich, Brett Wiese, Steve Wilson, Chuck Bennington, Chris McNabb, Kevin Adams, Tim Killian, Jim Paulon, Jan Larson, Greg Kaylor and Tom Saelid. The principals and teaching staff from both schools did a great job with campers and camp classes too. Sincerely, Helen Welsh Skipper's means progress at last The new Skipper's Restaurant, in my opinion, brings the first bright hope and the most refreshing breath of progress to Issaquah in years. Front Street is the dullest and most neglected atmosphere one may want to find in a small but fast-growing community. In reading the Press, I get the impression that the City Council and perhaps private interest groups and individuals are doing all in their power to keep Issaquah a community bent on keep- ing out all progress and innovation in merchandising. l congratulate Skipper's on being the first of what is the beginning of a new face for lssaquah and surrounding areas. I was there for their opening night and I wish them continued good patronage. Sincerely, Paul R. Daneker Who allowed that eyesore? Who do we thank for getting Issaquah the ugliest Skipper's in the Puget Sound? Let's set the record straight for Mr. Wayne Meech, manager of Skippers. Not everyone in lssa- quah was patronizing his pride and joy.., the newly established eatery on Front Street. 1 for one would not be caught within those four walls.., especially since I find just driving by 'that place' offensive.., hurts my eyes, hurts the image of lssaquah because the design is sooooo.., awful. It belongs on the boardwalk in a carnival. Shame on the Planning Commission! Were you all out to lunch when they presented their eyesore-of-a-design for ap- proval? I cannot believe all the hard work you have done in the name of Issaquah only to let this "dippy-dorky-spiffy" building into town. My reaction is to not patronize the place until they redo the outside in a style honoring and Comple- menting Issaquah. I sincerely hope there are those of you who will do the same. On a different but similar subject.., the Waterworks Park, which goes before the public in mid:May for final ap- proval. If you don't like Skippers, get out and do something that shows your concern. The Waterworks Park is going to be expensive to use.., probably between $5-7/person/visit. It isn't going to be cheap recreational for you or your family and it will be another eyesore to the entrance of Issaquah as well as use at least 22,000 gallons per day of our valuable water supp- ly, threaten Tibbits Creek and our natural outdoor setting. If I had three wishes for the town of Issaquah, they would be: that we who live in and around lssaquah would all be financially 1) secure and 2) happy (without doing or having done damage to others) and 3) that no outsider owned land within Issaquah, so that we could tell these/those get rich quick developers to take it and shove it!! Geraldine Carey No Dump should be page We were very disappointed on the coverage Hills Dump protest you gave in the May 4 photo and short caption of the march tance of Snohomish County garbage shared page the Safeway ad and a May dance photo, the lines covered a story about a swarm of bees in aq tree. We feel there is something drastically priorities of Issaquah's newspaper when it regarding an afternoon encounter with a swar more newsworthy than a story affecting quality of life here in Issaquah. The No D.U.M.P. Committee and at deeply concerned about the increasing traffic, and possible environmental pollution caused bY Hills Landfill, and it seems a shame that their forts are relegated to the back pages of their paper. I Chuck and Better living through herbic As a professional forester living in the would like to offer these comments to help in ing of what many feel are acceptable risks use of approved herbicides. Many people are unaware that the most herbicide, 2,4-D, is in fact, the same chemical used in agricultural weed control and Actually, of the 60,000,000 pounds of 2,4-D the United States, 50 percent is used for cereal crops such as corn, wheat, and .barley; 11 used in domestic lawn care, and just 2 percent forest land. The remaining 38 percent is used on pastures, and rights of way. Another point about 2,4-D few people are 2,4-D is relatively non-toxic. A person weighing would have to drink 1 Vz gallons of 2,4-D + plied to forest land, to receive a lethal dose. This icity compares closely with table salt, bleach, : other common products found in our day to ment. This low toxicity, coupled with the spray (one half gallon of 2,4-D mixed with ten water and sprayed over one acre), provides a risl least 1 chance in 50,000 of enough spray through contact. x The above comments should not be meaning herbicides are not toxic. They most is any substance used unwisely. Herbicides, product, need to be handled and applied safely cording to law, and with the collective benefit know about them. Because of the enormous benefit herbicides to day existence, it is very important so that we can make reasonable decisions on the herbicides in our environment. They haven't built my kind of computer yet Rodi Shemeta Ludlum I've tried to ignore computers as much as possible, and so far, they've left me alone too. We see each other occasionally, mostly at our printing plant in Seattle, where these typewritten pages will be swiftly and silently transformed into the type you read. Naturally I'm aware that computers touch my life every day. They help all kinds of nice publishers, department stores and detergent manufacturers find my mailbox. They get a cartload of groceries checked out faster than a speeding bullet and spit out a receipt detailing every last lemon and bean along with the date, time (to the microsecond) and blood type of the checker. I'm almost fond of the efficient little computer stuck to the outside wall of my bank, the one that greets me by name and gives me starched and pressed twenty dollar bills. I've read about computers that can run a household, diagnose an illness and hum a tune. I should be fascinated, as everyone else seems to be, with the unlimited potential of such devices. Instead, I'm bored. Much as I like Bill Cosby, even his engaging delivery has not convinced me to even pick up a brochure on a computer. Right now, they seem about as interesting as the booklets that tell you how to fill out your tax forms. Yet all around me, I hear enlightened and forward-looking people talking about the computer literacy courses they are taking (mostly in an attempt to keep up with their kids on the subject). But you won't catch me pecking away at one of those sleek keyboards just so I can say I'm literate. Sooner or later, all those computer people are going to scan their files for potential customers and they're going to find me. With all their wizardry, they will surely discover someday that Rodi S. Ludlum doesn't know what nine times seven is, and worse yet, doesn't even care. They will see there is not a logical bone in her body. They will see how Ms. Ludlum recoils at the sleek white high-tech look, how she hates things that are named with numbers. Then they will put their heads together and design a Computer That Rodi Will Like. First, they will drastically overhaul the exterior. If the phone company can put its apparatus in a wood-grain box for bank executives or a cream and gilt style for those with poodles and white shag carpets, there's no reason why computer designers can't make me one to complement the ambiance of my office -- whitewashed concrete block walls, red and orange carpeting, and yellowing newspapers stacked to the waterstained ceiling. My computer would have to be scruffy-looking, not white, and rounded, not square and low-slung. There will have to be room to balance a carton of yogurt and a can of peanuts. The keys will have to make a satisfying blatt when they're hit. They type on the screen will not flicker and fade. It will be black on white in friendly serif type. The computer will have a nice name with no numbers in it, like Apple and Lisa. I'd go for one named Alice, or better yet, Morn. Morn will help you. tell you what to do. She will read the notes from an interview I 'vl her memory. She will sort out the nonsense highlights, suggest a chronology, and serve up options for a lead paragraph. She will my spelling and grammar, but not fuss when misspell. She will have a thesaurus function to just the right word. She'll give me a little jolt to stare out the window. She'll have a pun me write a snappy headline. When the story's all done, she'll print out a readers in town who will be offended, deligh She'll pick the names of those most likely to and let me decide if I want to be out to lunch Wednesday. Now that's a computer I could really interfa c See the happy kid playing with his computer. Rodl'a would not look like this at all. i/ii :I I I II I I