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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, June 8, 1983 Opinion Editorial Letters Too many students get j00rrl grades at Issy Another class of seniors is graduating from Issaquah High next week, and of course congratulations are in order. This year, though, our enthusiasm is somewhat dimmed by the incredible number of valedictorians -- eight students with straight-A averages. There are another 35 "distinguished graduates" who have almost, but not quite, all-A's, and another 39 "honor graduates" with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. All told, that's 82 students out of a class of 371 who have earned B-plus or better grades during their three years of high school. One counselor who's been at the high school for 15 years says she's never seen this many valedictorians or students with such high grades. "I think it's a really strong class," she said. "I don't think it has to do with grade inflation." We have to wonder about that. How challenging can the course load be at Issaquah High when nearly a quarter of the senior class can make B-plus or bet- ter? How many of these honor students will go to college thinking they're pretty smart, only to find the standards are a lot tougher outside Issaquah? The Issaquah School District's grad- uation requirements are considerably higher than the state minimum, of course -- the state requires 45 credits, lssaquah 66 -- but we're worried about the substance of those 66 credits and how tough -- or lax -- the grading stan- dards must be. If it's too easy to get good grades at Issaquah High, that is most unfair to the students who have truly challenged themselves for the past three years. They're the ones who really deserve congratulations. COMMENCEMENT UNEMPLOYMENT LINE WAITED LINE . :: ...... A  TIME NO MORE .......... FOR "THIS/ WAITING NOW, ,, I i k Public meetings School Board, Wednesday, June 8, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. School starting times for next year will be dis- cussed. Development Commission, Thursday, June 16, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall, The Jay Berry Restaurant application for a shoreline permit will be discussed and land- scaping for the proposed Dairy Queen is also on the agenda. Planning Policy Commission, Wednes- day, June 8, 8 p.m., Community Hall. A continuation of the public meeting rezoning Memorial Field to a public use zone is scheduled. Tiger Mountain Advisory Committee, Wednesday, June 8, 7 p.m. Senior Center. Discussion will continue on conflicting uses of Tiger Mountain. Meeting follow-up Development Commission, Wednesday, ,June 1, Landscaping plans for The Gilman Village expansion were accepted with requirements for an added fire lane, and site plans were approved for three new buildings in the expansion plan .... A new facade for Quality Tax on Front Street was approv- ed .... The new sign proposal for Forest Rim was denied .... The sign variance re- quest from Studio 185 was tabled. City Council, Monday, June 6, the council decided to discuss the issue of motorized vehicles on Tiger Mountain at its first meet- ing in August... Ed Squifflet was ap- pointed to the Civil Service Commis- sion... The council approved buying a tractor mower for $20,310... A city own- ed 1974 Plymouth Valiant was declared surplus and put up for sale... A public hearing was set for June 20, 8:30 p.m. to consider the six year (1984-1989) street plan... Council agreed to pay for cost overuns in the construction of the Front ahd Clark Street waterlines... $5,230 was ap- propriated for additional heating and air conditioning improvements at City Hall. 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. 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A Diwslon of Muteay PubhshmgCompany I I Council deserves more credit The letter from Ms. Williams, Messrs, Jon Gillis, Run Scoones, Harvey Manning and Tim O'Brian certainly il- lustrated one approach to disagreeing with a public body's position when it doesn't agree with you.., call them names and try to discredit them. However, for the many in this community who don't know and the many who do, I think they should know there are a lot of us who feel the efforts of the mayor and a//the City Coun- cil members on the comprehensive plan have been truly out- standing. All seven members have worked long, hard hours for the past eighteen months trying to prepare a plan which looks to the future without messing up the present or the history of the area. All seven have worked extra or "special" meetings late into the night "fine-tuning" the plan to develop their plan with some of the strictest guidelines anywhere to prevent the type of development seen everywhere else. It is very seldom that a city council works together as well as this one. There is no name-calling, no back-stabbing, none of the petty squabbling you see in most of the other councils around the region.., like the last council in the city of Issa- quah. There arespirited discussions, and each will take part in a difference of opinion when there is one, but they still seem to respect the other's right to that opinion. And, they still seem to be friends. It's unfortunate the letter from Mr. Gillis and his associates failed to note and comment on the positive aspects of this City Council. They have all contributed a great part of their lives to the future of Issaquah and we should thank them for that.., whether we agree with their decisions or not. Sincerely, Paul Compaan Seattle Council ignored the people In a democratic society, most successful politicians don't stray very far from the majority public opinion. That doesn't hold for the four new members of the Issaquah City Council. Pushed by an ambitious mayor and ever mindful that developers' money and effort got them elected, they appear determined to do the developers' bidding at any cost. Hints of their sentiment have been apparent over the past year, but all doubt was removed when they voted to put the Pickering Farm and the airport into a development district. Consider that they reconstituted the Planning Commission in the vain hope that they could get a softened position on development. A survey of about half of the Issaquah voters showed over 92% favored the already established district for these two areas. The city attorney recommended that an established district be retained. In spite of suggested com- promises, they still plunged ahead and voted for development. One would like to believe that they firmly think such action is in the best interests of Issaquah and Puget Sound City. The evidence indicates a motive far different. Such callousness demands a response no less drastic than recall by the Issaquah voters, or reorganization of the city's form of government. Sincerely, R. J. Brooks Money is green too Thanks for nothing Run, Tim, Susan, Harvey, and Jon. We've heard it all before. Funny thing is that it always comes from the same mouths. It's about time we burn the barn, and pave the sagebrush to make property useful, like the owners of the land would like to do. Oh, I forgot, we should save the barn for a historical monu- ment. Maybe the five of you backseat property owners would like to pitch in and give the owners $250,000 for the barn and put it in one of your backyards. That's only $50,000 apiece, which is a small price to pay for the saving of history. Then you could give guided tours of the structure for $5 per person. In a year or two you would probably have enough money to put a down payment on the 1600 acres atop Cougar Moun- tain. After a generation or three your grandkids would have their own virgin wilderness. I mean after all, your money is just as green as the taxpayers money, isn't it? Sincerely, Miles Johnson Waterworks looks fine to me I am sick and tired of people caring only for themselves and not for children and teenagers who live in the Issaquah area, the would-be users of Waterworks Park. What even irks me more is that these people use half-cocked excuses to make Waterworks Park sound like "bad guys" and themselves the "city savers" or "good guys." In response to one of these "city savers," who has written a number of letters to the editor, one in particular stated, more or less, that Waterworks Park would be using 24,000 gallons of water in their pools daily and that this would dry up Tib- bets Creek. A previous writer responded to Geraldine Carey's letter to point out to her that the water in the pools is cir- culated and used over and over. True, they would be using ci- ty water in their pools daily, but only to refurbish water lost due to evaporation, showers, etc. But don't worry about Tibbets Creek, Ms. Carey. You see, the city no longer gets water from creeks; they now have in- vented a new method of getting water for the public's use. They call it a well. And don't worry about drying up the well. You see, as long as we have rain, we have a well to use (the well is filled through a cycle of nature from rainwater). Everyone knows that we definitely have no shortage of rain. Another worry of you "city savers" is the traffic conges- tion that Waterworks Park would cause in the area of S.E. 56th and SR 900. You should not worry about that either. You see, Waterworks Park will not bring any congestion after roadwork is done. A statement was made in the June 1, issue of the Issaquah Press to the effect that "improvements to West Lake Sammamish Boulevard, SR 900 and S.E. 56th" would be made if Waterworks Park goes in. I personally think Waterworks Park would be a much Used and much appreciated recreation spot for area residents. In fact, I sat and daydreamed about it on May 28, when it was 92 degrees out, if you remember. I was sitting at the top of the slide (I am going to have to try it at least once) just getting ready to slide down and land in the refreshing water below, when I glanced to the freeway and saw you drive by in your car heading west. You were on your way to spend $5 to go sit in a sauna, or excuse me, a movie theatre, to watch a movie. Rick Karlsson P.S. Is it true Body Heat is back in the theatres? What if Waterworks doesn't work? An open letter to City Council members: I commend the Development Commission on their decision to make it a requirement that developers and designers of buildings proposed for the City of lssaquah, be prepared to bring with them authentic samples of what the buildings will actually look like. However, I do believe that their decision was the result of hindsight, rather than foresight. This is un- fortunate and a lesson to us all. I am making one last attempt to let you know that I hope you will seriouslyconsider what the waterworks park coulddo to Issaquah in the long term approach -- after the initial novelty and thrill wear off and if weather prohibits maximum use of the short-term period per year as planned from mid- May to mid-October. Having contacted two people in the Kennewick area today about the use of the area's waterworks park, they said that the slide park does not open until the end of the school year. Realistically, that could very well be the same for our area -- only we do not have the constant dry 90 F temperature they have as a drawing factor between opening and closing dates. On a typical summer day in Issaquah how many of you would still be in and out of the water after 6 p.m. once the sun goes behind the trees and mountains? If you decide in favor of the waterworks park, would you consider requiring the owners/developers/investors to be responsible for its removal if it should go "belly-up"? As a resident of Issaquah it seems logical and legal to me that if you let this artificial play area into Issaquah, that you protect the city of lssaquah by requiring this in writing before they begin. I can visualize Issaquah stuck with a defunct and deteriorating waterworks park a few years down the road. Here's hoping you possess some foresight, Geraldine Carey Jazz ensemble outstanding The faculty and students at Encinal High School had the pleasure of hearing the Issaquah High choral and jazz group perform May 13, at our students' assembly. I consider this one of our outstanding student assemblies of the year. Both groups were outstanding. The high school staff is to be complimented for putting together such an excellent tour group. It is always a pleasure to see young people from another high school who reached such a level of excellence. If the group is in our area in the future, I would certainly appreciate being contacted so that our students, and the com- munity, would have an opportunity to hear the outstanding program. Sincerely, ...... Frank A. Hanna, PrinciPal ...... Encinal High School .... , ' Alameda :Calif Some people can't be replaced A few times in a person's job experience you run across a fellow worker who is one of those irreplaceable people who seem to be a legend in their own time. Bill Klein, "Mr. Music," at Issaquah High, is one of these people. We'd all like to think that we are irreplaceable in our efforts, but in fact, most often that's not the case. Klein, however, is one of those individuals so professional, so giving, so committed to excellence that it makes you feel good to work in the same building knowing that others, to some degree, will associate his efforts with the quality of the effort in general. ' Bill Klein didn't just put in 36 years teaching music in the lssaquah School District. His efforts have always been beyond the norm and that's why his retirement means more than an acknowledgement of years of service, it is a time to honor the best we have. Joe Peterson Justice has been done I would like publicly to thank the Issaquah School District Board of Directors and central administration for effecting a most proper and just resolution of the Sunny Hills problem. Truth, justice, and decency have been well served. Additionally, although I am one to "let sleeping dogs lie," I feel the Issaquah Press article of May 18 requires some brief comments. First, the ex-principal of Sunny Hills stated that the situation was "intolerable" only for her supporters, thus excluding all the other involved parties. In all of her public statements she has consistently neglected to address or con- front either the teachers' or the parents' grievances against her, relying instead on a strategy of attempting to pin the source of all the controversy on the PTA. In view of all these grievances, labeling her recent dealings with the PTA as an "aberration" is a smoke screen. There were a multitude of such "aberrations" whose common denominator'was she. Secondly, as a logical extension of this "aberration" decep- tion is her claim, "I know for a fact that this whole thing was a plan." Nothing is farther from the truth, for unequivocally, no such fact has ever existed and is thus a figment of the imagination. Such a claim is patently intended to mislead the public into thinking the entire controversy was a result of a massive conspiracy. Unfortunately, history provides us with countless examples of minds too easily bent to the conspir- atorial analysis of societal problems. To the contrary, the whole episode has been a true grass roots movement in the best tradition of a free and open socie- ty. That such an outpouring of issues should arise almost in- stantaneously has been due to the wide variety and broad base of concerned and involved individaul s who collectively over the past four years have built up a large reservoir of grievances hitherto without an egress. Finally these people, parents and teachers alike, seeing that action was being taken, decided they could no longer stay im- passively on the sidelines. Much of the surfacing and exposure of these grievances and concerns may have been sparked by the recent dealing with the PTA, but their substance and con- tent predated those dealings. Like Watergate, we have an ex- ample that the system indeed does work. A free, informed, concerned, and indignant public has provided us with an ex- ' ample useful to all others in effecting a more just society. Sincerely, Dick Drumm ,ii School system needs help Here we sit in school waiting for our turn to get the teacher, trying to learn the day's assignment time we have with him. This is just one of the shows Issaquah school system needs much There are three major areas needing this iml are making classes longer, dropping some electives and more of the' basics, and finally teachers should be more concerned with the student's quality of their quantity.  " First of all, the school system should make each class longer, and give students more time to work teachers. As the classes are now each class is only minutes long and that's including the time tendence subtracts. When there is an average students in every class, each student only spends with their teacher, this is in no way time enough day's assignment. Our school system also needs to eliminate some classes and more of the basic life skills. For example, stained glass class and add a class that teaches handle their money after they get out on their own. math class could show exactly what kind of skills working with when they are managing their own come. Perhaps the class should go over things such how, what kind of bank account to open for their 0 come. What kind of budget they will need, how what is a real bargain, don't buy what isn't, how to living accomodations, inside their budget and in the they need or want. To show students exactly their own is like and how to manage it wisely. ;' After starting junior high, students soon d pass a class all they need to do is to turn in their It really doesn't seem to matter to the teacher whetlaerl right or wrong. This is not fair to students who really want to learn and get their assignments right, done and turned in. Some students in 1 lth grade know where a period or such goes. Some don't adverb or pronoun is and other such things. Teachers give students more time and help to get their assi and done right no matter how much help is needed teacher to really learn the assignment. Our school system is not bad, it just needs to Teachers need more time with students and vice-versa. schools are too advanced. Students need more basics. As a suggestion maybe they need to take a time and effort to give students a better education. eluding schools need to slow down take it one We the students would have a better chance for a tion. Garbage truck killed my Thi. is to the King County garbage truck May I6, 1983 drove down Cedar Grove Road in strung my dog all over the road. Children playing ix watched with horror as the driver hit my big, man Shepherd and drove right on as if nothing watched in horror and couldn't believe what I saw. My dog spent 98 percent of his life on the end of because what used to be a quiet country road is now a for garbage trucks and gravel trucks. Our children, v to jog, ride their horses and bicycles, now must fear lives just waiting for their school bus. We live in fear of the traffic. We are afraid to water because of the contamination of King County's dump, and at flight when we used to sleep with open, smelling the sweet smell of the country, we behind closed windows because of the stench of Why doesn't King County buy our homes? Then they this whole beautiful valley and all the surrounding garbage and we won't be here to complain. If I sound bitter, it's because I am. The County's yellow garbage truck has no idea what she "Trooper," was loved by a lot of people in our hood. He was a big, beautiful Shepherd who lived animals, and all living things. He was my husband's companion. You see, my husband is a disabled Trooper was his pride and joy. He never yard except on rare occasions. Well, the Lord has our dog now. The woman ing King County's yellow garbage truck sent Him pal was very dear to us. I smile through my day alone, knowing he's in eternity. I hope and pray, someone will realize what King has done to our narrow country road. Please let not1 accident be a child waiting for a school bus, new little country store on the corner. Tax those tax collectors Attention all federal and state lawmakers; as ones who pass our tax laws and tax so many things: Why haven't you passed a tax law on cam Take 25 .out of every dollar raised for candidates special fund for money to go to hospitals hungry -- and not to be transferred or something else. The candidates would know that some of doing some good. Why do they need so much when millions are campaigns, to hear a Jot of talk on TV and then seeing the sick and needy being turned away for of money for help? What is the matter with this country's government 1 A Glad to be here Dear Hearts and Gentle People: I always dreamed of retiring to Carmel the when I visited there and found so many people, literally falling out of trees, I chose Issaquah glad 1 did. The peopl,.' here are so kind and gentl started the Issaquah ? xi Service and the people have been so nic 'in. Issaquah is a Carlen