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Page 2 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, June 22, 1983 Opinion Editorial Tiger Mountain may need state 'enforcers' The Tiger Mountain State Forest Ad- visory Committee recently finished its work for the summer. It is to be com- mended for plotting some interesting strategy for management of the future "urban forest." One critical issue has not been resolv- ed, however. No matter what regula- tions are finally imposed on the moun- tain, they will be meaningless without strict enforcement. The unregulated shooting, motorcycle riding, wood cut- ting and other activities on the moun- tain have been going on for years. The state decided to take over management of the land so it would have control over those activities. The committee has discussed the enforcement problem with King County police, but there is almost no chance of getting uniformed officers to patrol the mountain. If homeowners in Mirror- mont and South Cove are having prob- lems with the response time for King County police, how can the Department of Natural Resources expect the sheriff's office to add Tiger Mountain to its territory? The committee should do some serious thinking about recommending the state hire its own law enforcement officers. Right now, those who work for the Department of Natural Resources are educated in forestry and land management, not law enforce- ment. But as long as the DNR wants to get in the business of "urban forests" -- managing the woods for recreation and education as well as forestry -- it better start hiring the kind of people who are going to make sure the urban forest works. by Barry McWllllams Public meetings School Board, Wednesday, June 22, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. Planning Policy Commission, Wednes- day, June 22, 8 p.m. Community Hall. There will be a continuation of the public hearing on rezoning the property around ci- ty hall to a public use zone. A rezone on the post office property will be considered. There will be a work session on annexation guidelines. Park Board, Monday, June 27, 7 p.m. Ci- ty Hall Conference Room. Updated plans for Issaquah Community Park will be dis- cussed. The Lake Sammamish State Park master plan will be studied. The sports field schedule for 1984 will be set up. The board will also discuss the Memorial Field tot lot. Library Board, Tuesday, June 28, 5 p.m. Chamber of Commerce office. Meeting follow.up City Council, June 20. The council dis- cussed two verbal offers it received from local church groups for the old library building. A decision was put off until the of- fers could be delivered to the council in writing .... According to a new census figure, Issaquah's population was down 275 from last year. Since the reported decrease represents a loss in tax revenue for the coun- ty, the council discussed plans for its own local census in 1984 .... The city has been given an extension by the state for starting work on the new jail. Issaquah now has un- til November 1st to clear out the old library and begin building the jail .... Mayor A.J. Culver will have, by mid-July, a projection for the City of lssaquah, detailing how the city will grow through the year 2000 .... The Six Year Street Plan was discussed and the Council voted that 2nd Avenue S.E., Northwest Sammamish Road and Rainier Boulevard North will be given top priority for repairs .... The council directed the administration to submit a report of all city banking accounts and investments. 'I HE 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 putside King County; $5.00 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Rodl Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Rhoda Donkin, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan BIIncoe, display advertising; Wilma Coleman, classifieds; Marllyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Wlnslow, bookkeep. per; Roxaine Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, con- tributing writer; Debbie Bruslus, darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. p ' .,ts 4P Display Advertising... ............ Mot)day, 3 p.m. ,"" "ae. Classified Advertising Monday, 3 p.m. r.. Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. "tSSOclulott  OFFICIAL PAPER FOR ]JHE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. A Otvtuon of Murray Publishing Company Ill I Letters Buried lines are insulated We hope you can assist us in correcting some inaccurate in- formation printed in your edition of June 8. In an article entitled, "Les Oly got some shocking news when he dug a hole in his yard," it was indicated inaccurately that Puget Power buries uninsulated lines. That is not correct. An uninsulated line buried under- ground would immediately "ground" itself. That is like a "short" you might experience at home. Grounding causes the line to be inoperable. All underground power lines are buried with insulative or protective coatings. Power lines carry high voltages. Even our trained linemen treat these power lines with a healthy respect and work on the lines with special insulated equipment. Given potential dangers, it is important that Puget Power customers recognize that underground power lines -- all of which are buried to the depths required by state code -- are within reach of a determined digger. We have an advertising campaign that has attempted to let customers know what to do before digging. It is "Call Us Before You Dig." Please, before digging, call 1-800-424-5555. The operator who answers the phone can put you in touch with the person who can identify the location of an under- ground line that might be on your property. Our main interest is that of electrical safety -- safety for our customers and for those employees who might be called out to fix a broken power line. The Issaquah Press does an excellent job of informing the community about important and interesting news items. We hope you will pass on our concern about customer safety. Yours very truly Bob Gillespie News Bureau Representative Play a dirge for gymnastics At approximately 10:20 p.m. on Friday, May 20, the casket was closed and lowered. It was a very quiet, unceremonious funeral. There was no media coverage. The small group of mourners included only the families and a few close friends of the corpse. The Issaquah High School boy's gymnastics team had breathed its final breath. The victim had made one last gasp as he tried valiantly to stave off his larger and more powerful ad- versary: The Budget! No one from either the Issaquah School Board or the Issa- quah High School faculty was in attendance. It had been a re- latively easy execution. There had been no real interest in gymnastics to anyone other than the small band of dedicated athletes and their families. The executioner's sword had hung above the athletes during this entire final season. But somehow, even their dampened enthusiasm had managed to penetrate the deadly veneer. There was much hard work in the confines of the upper high school gym as the tiny band worked diligently to hone their skills under the tutelage of Coach Gene Jensen. The team had been placed on a life support system inthe spring of 1982 when interested parents convinced the Issaquah School Board and Issaquah High School not to eliminate the program at that time. There was little interest in gymnastics by anyone of authority. They did not understand gymnastics and often, when someone does not understand something, he has a tendency to ignore or eliminate it. Even the ASB presi- dent scolded those supportive parents for not accepting the Board's decision. He, too, did not understand. The three seniors, Ben Rhynedance, Thorn Whitlock and Captain John Wheeler would escape. They had all qualified for the final competition in the state meet and they would con- tinue developing their talents at the collegiate level. The underclassmen (Kris Krusic, Scott Sindora, Vince Suit) would have to find other sports or extracurricular activities to fill the void. Gymnastics is a very disciplined and demanding sport. It re- quires agility, strength, poise, coordination and stamina. There is no ball involved; no goalposts or rims; no nets; or bats; no racquets. The athletes do not wear pads or cleats or helmets. Gymnasts compete against bars, rings, side horses and mats. But most importantly, they compete against them- selves. At the state gymnastics meet, the six top all-around _gym- nasts were being recognized in the center of the gym. They had competed in the high bar, the parallel bars, the rings, the vault, floor exercises and the side horse. The master of ceremonies recognized them as the "six finest athletes in the State of Washington." That statement is a perfect conclusion for their eulogy. Ken Sindora Time to move on 41 The American system for making public decisions is alive and well in Issaquah. When has any issue or group of related issues consumed so much effort and public resource as has Issaquah on land use planning? More council meetings, com- mission meetings, council committee meetings and sub- committee meetings, town meetings, public hearings, and on and on ad nauseum. Time spent by councilors.., time spent by commission members.., time spent by city staff. Much of which, of course, was voluntary by hard-working officials; much of which was paid for from the public coffers. Whether it be reimbursed or not, I view the time spent by elected and appointed officials as a public coffer of sorts. These hard-working people have energy and effectiveness limits. They are just as consumable as our tax dollars are. The demands of a city range far and wide, and include many fields every bit as involved and complex, and as important to the ci- ty as land use planning. The efforts of the council and city commissions have been consumed with the need to resolve an issue that is important to Issaquah, but for the most part was fermented by interests and pressure groups from outside our city. But we who live here have paid the bill. We pay the bill directly by our tax dollars diverted from other equally important tasks, and in- directly by having our officials and city staff diverted from other equally important issues that face our community. And, we pay the bill by having our economy put into reverse, and our tax base capped. It is we who live here who must pay the bill, not the outside interests, and certainly not the pressure groups, who for the major part, don't live here either. Our mayor and elected council have done a yeomen job in making every effort to allow every voice to be heard, every view to be expressed. Unfortunately, there is still the silent majority to be heard from. It can only be the council that can assess its views, and they have. The time has come to get back to work in Issaquah. Back to the other issues that are important to we who live here, to we who pay the bills. Dick Allyn Don't stop the music Issaquah Junior High students are to be complimented for their incredible musical performance led by the highly-talent- ed Bill Klein and Doug Longman. It was an evening we parents hated to see come to an end. Thank you also teachers and staff for your super en- thusiasm, support, and participation, whether it's your sing- ing for the Christmas program, "M-C'ing" the talent show, playing the violin or piano, urging our kids during the track meets, all in addition to your daily teaching schedules. We parents appreciate it and wish you all a good summer. Patty Van den Brock The young help the young We would like to express our appreciation to the Issaquah School District for sponsoring Pooh's Place Preschool. This is a class at Issaquah High School taught by Charlotte Frazier, but the real teachers are 16 and 17-year-old students. Our five-year-old son, Nicholas, graduated on June l0 after two years there. There seems to be a special rapport between five-year-olds and seventeen-year-olds, maybe because they're both on the brink of bigger and better things. Whatever the reason, it was great to watch them interact, and we as parents learned a lot from the experience. To all the student-teachers that we didn't speak to personal- ly, we would like to say thank you. We hope they consider teaching kids in the future, because they were all so good at it. If they remember the spirit of playful exchange that they learned here, they'll be good teachers. With love and thanks Valerie Maury and Alex Williams Perfect student should be awarded While the mediocrity found in the nation's school educa- tion is a recent important issue, have any of the educators seriously asked themselves how to motivate students for academic excellence? We were appalled to learn that our daughter's academic accomplishment was almost ignored during the award-passing ceremony on the last day of her Junior High. After three years of Pine Lake Junior High, she worked herself to be one of the top students who maintained a 4.0 grade point average for three consecutive years. She was looking forward to a proud moment on the last day of school. She watched receiving a wide variety of awards ranging from l dance records to many sports activities. A tion and personal recognition were given athletic achievement and other activities. She ca no award. The response of the school principal to our this event was rather defensive and somewhat reflection of mediocre education in recent can't please every one." This raises two schools de-emphasize basic academic achievemen highlight sports activities? (2) What are the tives and priorities of education? The answer t0! tions lies in the realization that what is can not always be compensated for by parents vice versa. Instead of asking for more funds pay for teachers, changing curriculum, and so on, we should first address ourselves to nation's educational problems. ! This incident led us to beliew ing a critical point of education, that is, how encourage students for their academic challenge cellence. Stepherl TLC needs School Board We are writing to take offense with some regarding the TLC program in the June 15 PreSS. The Learning Community exists today commitment and dedication of a group of enough to insist on an alternative program for It is these same parents that spend time in the week, as well as provide their child's trans from school. The benefits derived from TLC results of parents and staff who are willing to time and energy into what they consider more tion. Any extra funding is strictly volunteer. Tom McLauaghlin's remark, "It's always o TLC" seems to expose his frustration with makes one wonder if Mr. McLaughlin really what TLC is trying to accomplish for our some of the requests that are made would "reasonable" if there were some consistent entire board. We appreciate the difficulty in trying to educational concerns of the district. But, cult to understand why some of the board meZn so when it comes to supporting a demonstrated so man, There appears to be some board members tinually surprised that TLC remains in the 67 per?ant incr.ease in enrollment for the year, we question why ithere isn't s6me, tYP accommodate or even encouragert, he maximum of The Learning Community. Maybe then the not be forced into quick decisions. Mike Parents helped make graduation a successs We take this opportunity to thank the many friends of the Issaquah High School, Class of diligent and successful efforts in planning ing the graduation party for this class. The have been done without these people', and we are: ciative of their.efforts. In addition, we are pleased to recognize Track for providing their facility along with and service, Jonah and the Whale for providing breakfast, the Issaquah School portation Department for providing the the many local merchants who provided priZeS mementos. After working with these parents and friendS, apparent to us why the Class of 1983 is such young adults -- they have a neat group of you, one and all. To the Class of 1983: Bon God bless you alway s . Summer is the time for blobs to slide into sloth Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Have you been reading Peanuts lately? Ever since school let out, Sally's been slouched in a bean bag chair, staring numbly at the TV. Charlie Brown's been nagging her to get up and run around in the sunshine and fresh air. "You're turning into a blob," he huffs. A blob. It's been a long time since I've heard that description -- not since 1 left home, in fact. There, I was considered a first rate blob in a family of fanatic frenetics. While the rest of them engaged in the sort of hyPeractivity that made them breathe hard and sweat, I climbed into a lounge chair and yawned occasionally. While they grew lean and taut scaling the highest mountains and swimming the deepest rivers, my wrist was firmed and toned from hours of page-turning. To this day, my family continues its bustling about. One sister runs in marathons, another rows for the Husky crew and mother grinds her bike up hills a cable car shouldn't attempt. As for me, well, sometimes I walk three blocks to cash my paycheck. At home, they knew I had them all beat cold on sloth and indolence. And oh, how they hated it. The thing about frenetics is that they use their considerable reserves of energy to try and convert us blobs to the active life. I sur- vived the attacks on my sluggishness through passive resistance. I didn't give them the satisfaction of watching me jump to attention. I listened politely as they worked themselves into a good lather over my supine position, usually with feet up, a book in one hand and snack in another. When they'd finish their fine speech on the virtues of fresh air and exercise, I'd gaze at them, glassy-eyed and say, yes, of course you're right. It is a beautiful day. I had a great place I could walk with only marginal effort that put me out of sight of the house. There was a decent rock to Sit on and I finished many a book in peace. Most of the time, I was willing to meet the frenetics half- way. I liked the same things they did, only I liked them slower. For instance, we hiked a lot when I was growing up. The frenetic way to hike is to find a mountainous area, obtain a topographical map, pick out the highest peak, plot the steepest way up, pack a few oranges, and start climb- , ing. I survived these assaults because I refused to bow to pressure to hurry up, for heaven's sake/I may have missed a few spectacular views (they would be heading down when I was still a mile from the top), but I was a better person because I stopped to smell the skunk cabbage. Years later, I learned a camera could be my best friend on torturous hikes. It was fine with the frenetics if I stopped for a good half hour to focus on a marvelous arrangement of moss on rock. As soon as they got out of sight, I could break out the candy bars. I could also insist on them, which could halt a full scale expedition minutes. I got bugged for being slow at the dinner the last to finish. Whoever was doing the ing the floor that night had to work around zn my last spoonful of ice cream. At breakfast l an English muffin last for 27 minutes. In brother could put away a family-sized box of gallon of milk and seven bananas. Frenetics are always athletes, but I could too. I was a good enough swimmer to get the -- lifeguarding. No death-defying rescues for had the perfect little pool in a posh housing On a real heavy day, as many as five old flowered bathing caps would come down and on air mattresses. I spent my summers join poolside chairs and tables together and to create the ultimate in comfortable Summer is the best time of year for us need to walk briskly to keep warm or make through the rain. Work slows down, the time of year magazines and newspapers articles about learning to take it easy on give you tips on how to relax and settle down enjoy doing nothing. The frenetics ignore this as they rush from barbecue to beach party to game. Meanwhile, we blobs swing gently in reading Jane Eyre. Or, like Sally, sit in a bean watching summer re-runs. Don't let him boss you around Sally. to go fly a kite.