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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, June 29, 1983 Opinion Editorial Join your neighbors for Issaquah's Fourth The Fourth of July weekend usually finds two kinds of families: those who leave town for the three-day weekend, and those who wouldn't dare join the highway crowds. If you and your family are trying a stay-at-home holiday this year, we encourage you to really stay put, right here in Issaquah. lssaquah is on its fifth July Fourth celebration this year. While it isn't, and hopefully never will be anything on the scale of Salmon Days, it is a lot of good neighbor-to-neighbor fun. The traditional pie-eating contest (no hands, mouth only), relay games (bring your water balloons), tiny tot bathing beauty pageant (do two year olds have poise?), and tug of war with mud in the middle will all be featured. Cowboy hats are a must or you'll be thrown in jail. It's all in the spirit of the day. There's a chili cook-off, too. If you think you make good Texas chili, bring your stove and ingredients and join in. No beans, of course. True chili never has beans. Yes, there is a parade, and it won't be two hours long. Emphasis is on the kids. If your kids need a summer pro- ject, they can begin now planning an en- try. Decorate a bike, plan a patriotic "float" on a wagon, or dress a pet. Don't worry if you don't get the kids pre-registered, just show up. That's the best part of Issaquah's Fourth. It's all very casual. Pack the picnic basket, bring the frisbee and we'll see you at the park. iii iii iii Public meetings City Council, Tuesday, July 5, 7:30 p.m. Community Hall. There will be discussion on what to do with the old library building. The lease for the Sportsman's Club land will be considered. Plans for locating an airport on Lake Sammamish State Park land will be discussed. Planning Policy Commission, Wednes- day, July 13, 8:15 p.m. Community Hall. Annexation guidelines will be reviewed. Meeting follow-up iii School Board, June 22. The Sunset PTA donated $279.79 to buy audio-visual aids for the school library.., the 1982-83 An- nual Descriptive Guide for the district was approved. The guide includes a district map, directory, program description, district goals, student learning objectives, pupil testing data, budget information and staff evaluation criteria and procedures... A professional services agreement was approv- ed for Dick Williams, who served as Sunny Hills principal from May 16 to June 24, following the resignation of principal Bar- bara Swenson. A consulting services agree- ment was approved for Swenson, who will work for the district until June 30... Four new textbooks were approved: "Adventures in Appreciation," a 10th grade English text; "A History of the United States," for I lth grade social studies; "Concept in Physics" for l lth and 12th grade; "Putting English to Work for Work" for 12th grade and "Survival: A Sequential Program for Col- lege Writing," also for 12th grade. Robert Yetter, instrumental music teacher at Pine Lake Junior High for the past eight years, retired June 17... Monica Heil- bron, Issaquah High Special Education teacher, resigned to pursue a graduate degree in business administration... Pamela Bridge, German and language arts teacher at Pine Lake Junior High, will take a leave of absence next year... Aida Lud- wig, sixth grade teacher at Apollo, will take a part time leave next year to teach English as a second language... Micki McKisson, coordinator of the Gifted Education Pro- gram, will take a part-time leave for graduate study... Mary Ann Sanders, social studies teacher at Issaquah Junior High, will take a part time leave next year. Carol Reis will take the place of Marilyn Moon, secretary to the principal of Liberty High. Moon has taken a leave of ab- sence... Norma Gilbert, secretary to the principal of Issaquah Junior High has resigned... Kay Humann, secretary to the curriculum director, has resigned. 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 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. Display Advertising ............... Mot)day, 3 p.m. Classified Advertising .............. Monday, 3 p.m. Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 4,f,.fOClliTlO  %r. 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 Pubhshing Company Letters Bikes a pedestrian hazard Well, here we go again folks. How much longer are wc going to have to put up with peo- ple on bicycles zooming down our sidewalks, not caring if they hit one of us or not? Is there or is there not a city ordinance, and if there is, how come it's not being enforced? If one of our senior citizens can't get out of the way fast enough, who should be blamed? Certainly, we all realize the traffic problems on Front Street but why can't bicycles be walked on our sidewalk? C'mon City Council, let's do something about this serious problem. Michael Dawson Keep firecrackers away When I left in my car last Fourth of July to attend an after- noon picnic, the two small children across the way were shoot- ing off firecrackers in the middle of my Mountain Park street, without parental supervision. When I returned in the still-daylight hours of the evening, I was appalled to see that my front yard -- right up to the front deck -- was littered with the carcasses of spent "bombs" which had been pitched onto my property. I thought: "Oh, just kids having fun" -- until I saw the television news story about a $250,000 home burned to the ground because a firecracker had landed on the roof; until I saw the green stains inside my mailbox the next day which told me that my mailbox had been vandalized by unsupervised children playing with firecrackers. Be assured, parents of these children: if there is a vandaliz- ing, littering, noise-polluting repeat of last year's fiasco which in any way jeopardizes my life or property, I fully intend to call the police. If you can't teach your children to be responsi- ble perhaps they can. To quote the now-famous line from the"Network" movie: "I'm mad as hell -- and I'm not going to take this any more!" You have a perfectly good front and back yard of your own. I suggest you use it. Leave me to my quiet co-existence with my property dictated by my disabilities. I have a right to that! P.M. du Pont End the nuclear arms race The development of the hydrogen bomb in the United States and the Soviet Union in 1953 marked the beginning of the deadly and frightful arms race. Each side began testing bombs of everlasting and increasing destructive power. Even before the ballistic missle, the bombs delivered by conven- tionaLaircraft.could destroy vast centers of population. The nuclear arms race should be stopped! To begin with, the longer the arms race continues, the more people believe the propaganda about surviving a nuclear war, which could pro- voke such a war. Also, the chance of a nuclear war increases with the length of the arms race. Finally, the cost of maintain- ing and building new weapons is astronomical. There are ob- vious advantages to not having a nuclear arms race, but too many disadvantages in continuing one. There is an arms race! With the arms race comes propagan- da about surviving a nuclear holocaust, which makes a nuclear war more probable, even sociably acceptable. First, the scientist and people in high places used to say that a nuclear war was impossible and unthinkable. Such a war would mean the end of civilization, and thus it could never happen. Another reason is, they say that now a nuclear war is not only possible, but that it could be one at a relatively low cost in casualties. My third point is, that the military strategists are advocating the same plan. The plan is that we could survive a nuclear war. This plan has now become the of- ficial policy of the United States government. Finally, the on- ly way to stop the propaganda is to stop the arms race. Another reason the arms race should be a stopped is the more we make, the more we stockpile. As a result, it increases the chance of a nuclear holocaust in which a lot of people would die. To begin with, hundreds of millions of people would be lost. Also more people would die after a nuclear war from the effects of nuclear fallout and radiation then in the actual detonation of such a bomb. My third point is, the suf- fering that would take place is actually inhumane. It's not likely that everyone would die at once, but actually suffer for a long period of time as a result of radiation fallout. What would the harsh effects of a nuclear war do to survivors? Would they be able to live a normal life? Its not likely. Even worse, would their offspring be normal? There is no doubt there should be a halt to the nuclear arms race. There are no winners in a nuclear war, only losers. Finally, the defense budget is too big. Out of 238.6 billion dollars, 94.6 billion is earmarked for weapon procurement and research. In conclusion, there are too many problems involv- ing an arms race with the new bombs and technology. Not on- ly the superpowers, but also the smaller nations of the world face the common danger that a nuclear war will destroy socie- ty as we know it, and such a war is likely in the next 20 to 30 years if present trends continue. Sincerely, Aaron D. Learnard Citizens should buy greenbelt land In recent months there has been considerable discussion concerning the future use of property in and around Issaquah. It has been the popular sentiment that we, the people, should decide the destiny of private land held by developers. Without going into a philosophical discussion of the morality or the constitutionality of such endeavors, I would like to make a modest proposal. The most effective (and moral) way to control land use is through ownership. Unfortunately, few individuals have the resources necessary to alter the course of development in their community through ownership of the land. However, if resources are pooled with other like thinking individuals, the future of the community can be altered. I propose the establishment of a private, non-profit organization dedicated to the establishment of greenbelts in and around Issaquah. The greenbelts would be established through the purchase of undeveloped property in en- vironmentally sensitive areas (e.g. Issaquah Creek). If a few hundred people in the Issaquah community (an optimistic number, I'm sure) banded together and committed a mere $10 apiece per month (less than what many spend on cable televi- sion service), the future of Issaquah over the next 20 years and beyond could be altered in a measurable and significant way. Dozens of acres of greenbelts could be established in areas that will some day, no doubt, be highly developed. I have fond remembrances of playing in the woods along Is- saquah Creek as a child over twenty years ago. I hope that twenty years from now the children of Issaquah will have the same opportunity. Unless measures are taken now, that possibility could be lqt forever. " ...... I would like to hear from anyone interested in this proposi- tion. Sincerely, Thomas N. Anderson Don't blame the guns I'd like to talk a little about the weapons that are used in the murders of innocent people. The point I'll be trying to make is why all the holler about people who are murdered with guns and about restricting the weapons used to murder the people listed below where no guns were used. This is just a partial list. There were many, many more murdered without guns whose names are not on this list. This list was compiled from King County and surrounding areas in the last year or so. Jack Van DeHoven, 60, bludgeoned to death in his Seattle home. Winnifred Knust, 62, beaten to death in her seattle home. Renee Wicklund, her little daughter, Shana, and Bar- bara Hendrickson all murdered with a knife, their throats cut. Charles Mathis, 21, from Tacoma, clubbed to death with a baseball bat. Superintendent of schools Continued from Page l when he got out of high school. His father was also a minister in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and he used to travel with his dad when he preached in the mountains of West Virginia. Swick became a minister in the church at age 12 and began what was to become a lifetime of preaching to congregations. He later earned an undergraduate degree in theology and has had congregations in Hawaii, St. Louis and Missouri. He draws a distinction between his church and the Mormons, saying the reorganized church is much less restrictive. He calls it a aggressive religion though, meaning simply that if something needs to be done, you do it. And that is certainly the philosophy Swick has followed through- out his life. It's not about to change when he starts working in lssaquah. Swick won't say much about his plans for Issaquah, but he's happy to talk about what he did in South Kitsap and Omaha. Building projects are particularly appealing to him and one would expect him to keep a close eye on Sunny Hills and especially Liberty High's Phase Two. He believes in spending whatever money is needed for first class materials, but wheels and deals whenever possible to knock down the price of a building. He loves to talk about saving $10,000 on architect's plans by building two identical junior highs in South Kitsap. A quirk in the state funding formula allowed him to build an auto shop in the high school for free -- simply by leaving doors and stairs off until the very last minute. The schools he built in South Kitsap are indestructible monuments of wall-to-wall concrete -- vandal-proof, Yet airy and graceful inside and out. Nothing pleases him more than a functional and beautiful building. Nothing frustrates him like a seedy and run-down facility. He doesn't think people should work in a classroom or office that is crumbling around their ears. It's not professional. Being professional is important to Swick, who got teachers and administrators in South Kitsap to conform to a dress code. "They looked like a buncha bums," he said flatly, and he stood firm when the employees protested. When one administrator who made more than $30,000 a year said he couldn't afford a suit, Swick offered to sit down with him and go over his bank account to help him find the money. If he really couldn't afford it, Swick said he would buy the poor guy a suit. He never did have to sit down with the administrator. The guy had a new suit in a week. "He doesn't suffer fools gladly," is a phrase many ob- servers use to describe Swick. He wants those who deal with him to be well prepared and right to the point. Union negotiators who have worked with him on even the most sensitive grievance matters say he is completely frank and up front, that they never needed to guess what he was thinking. "He was tough, and he encourged us to be just as tough as he was," said one union official. Swick likes to be where the action is and says teachers and students should get used to seeing him out in the school buildings. "I'm not out supervising the teachers," he "That's the prmcn al' insisted, 'p s job. I just like to see what's going on." He likes to get invited in to talk to classes or read a story to kids. In the past, he's met with teachers in each building three times a year to talk about "anything they want." He's also gathered a superintendent's council, a group of parents and teachers to meet for half a day every month. Swick took me on a tour of his old school district just before he moved to Issaquah. At least a half dozen people managed to take me aside and tell me they wish he'd stayed in South Kitsap. Principals, teachers, students and custodians all greeted him enthusiastically, pumping his hand over and over again, congratulating him on his new job or asking about his son, who is studying medicine in Iowa. He was practically mobbed in the administration building, where a staff meeting was interrupted briefly so everyone could slap him on the back and wish him well. Sally Ann Hale, a pregnant grocery clerk, death with a knife. These terrible tragedies should teach us you could magically take away all the guns, all y0, complish would be to take away one weapons that are impossible to remove, on as usual. 2. If removing the weapons is impossible we other choice -- strict and severe punishment death penalty for murder. I believe most criminal: afraid for their own personal safety as anyone knew that they would be put to death for taking son's life, the murder rate would drop like a rock. They came, they sawed, they conquered Our Savior Lutheran School wanted schoolers. The site was ready and the The only question was who would build it? That". Williams and his students from the pre saquah High became involved. They agreed project and build the playhouse. It turned out to be a learning experience for ers as well as the high school students. The ched as the house took shape. Each time they they checked to see what had been added. ed are too numerous to mention but include reading, social studies, and art. The students in John's house. Sore fingers, nails that go in crooked, don't quite fit were all part of the lesson. They the frustrations and joys that go along with thing from scratch. The completed playhouse is a students can be proud of and will be enjoyed bY for years to come. Perfect students are I read the letter criticizing the closing assembly 0 83 school year at Pine Lake Junior High. I felt it ing. All of us at Pine Lake know that our primary I is academic. One of the reasons I like our provides a great variety of opportunities for kids of different interests and talents. i There.are veryfew things you can doat.school manently recognized. One of those is to be standing academic achievement. Lisette Pietromonaco, and Kathy Shimada were the graders who were honored this year both at assembly and by having their names permanently a plaque displayed where everyone can see it. We're proud of all our Pine Lake graduateS, those who excelled academically. A.S Pine La[ Letters policy The lssaquah Press welcomes letters to the subjects of local interest. Letters should be typed and submitted than 5 p.m. Friday for publication the Wednesday. No letter will be published signed by at least one individual, even if tM presents the view of a group. Letters should not be longer than 500 Press reserves the right to edit for length and libel. "We sure do miss him," sighed one secretarY' getting a real jewel." Though he's best known for insists he most enjoys setting a clear and watching the excitement of those around him on the project. "I don't think you need to motivate the staff need clear goals so their own motivation cart Nothing is ever as powerful as our own Clearly, if anyone is going to shake lssaquah, the School Board hired the right During his interview, one board-member one will expect you to walk on water." Swick replied, simply, "I'11 walk." Area roads resu Traffic will be slowed this summer by flagmen .and lowered speed limits along sections of the Issaquah-Fall City Road and Southeast Eighth Street while the roads are resurfaced. The sections scheduled for resurfacing are: 2.19 miles along Southeast Issaquah- Fall City Road from South- east 40th Street to 328th Ave- nue Southeast and .76 miles along Southeast Eighth Street from 228th Avenue Southeast to the dead end. The Department of Public Works project will begin in mid-July and is scheduled for completion by mid-Septem- bet. The treatment coat of oil on ping that witl gravel and into the oil, When the roadway is motorists follow the per hour sl Motorists who the speed limit ing oil-coated vehicle tires riages. will be in days before they to normal.