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Page 2 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, August 10, 1983 Opinion Editorial Letters New council memt ers should prepare now We think the administration of Mayor A.J. Culver has a perfect op- portunity in the next six months to see that the three incoming city council members are the best informed and the most aware new members the council has ever welcomed. Normally, the down-to-earth educa- tion of incoming members must wait until after the November general elec- tion. But this year, barring a successful write-in campaign by persons unwilling to file even for the primary, the elec- tions are mere formalities, and the new members known. So are many of the problems and decisions they will face. Annexation, final application of the Comprehensive Plan, traffic planning, the future of the gravel pits, South Cove, the fate of the Lake Sammamish Park acquisition, the Cedar Hills landfill issue and a host of others are available for intensive and well-informed study right now. Perhaps now, a well-coordinated plan to integrate these candidates into city planning would bear much fruit. Small scale teach-ins by city department heads would help eliminate the tradi- tional new member learning curve which seriously slows council actions. Traditionally, it is the year-end budget process which lets ,newcomers get their feet wet. Many major pro- blems are, however, only indirectly money issues. Just how clean will we keep lssaquah Creek? How much stink from Cedar Hills is acceptable? How much traffic can Gilman Boulevard bear? When does "the city" have rights that should come first over homeowner, or taxpayer rights? These questions, too, need careful preparation and study. Council members also need very much to meet in a give-and-take way with voters before they take office. The Issaquah Library Candidates'Night will still be held October 27 to give voters at least one chance to express their views on these and other topics. But the major burden of explaining the issues to the candidates and the can- didates to their employees, remains with the city's chief administrator. If this new council takes office un- prepared it will not be entirely the fault of the three new members. But we will all suffer the consequences. I LET MY LAWN co'rod LONe --WILL YA TAKE THIS IN TRADE ONA tlOM00 Public meetings School Board, Wednesday, August 10, 7 p.m., Administration Service Center. The building contract for Liberty High Phase Two is scheduled to be awarded. The board will discuss the philosophy and operating parameters of four-year high schools and middle schools. Planning Policy Commission, Wednes- day, August 10, 7 p.m., Community Hall. There will be a public hearing on the amend- ment of the zoning code and a public meeting on application of the public use zone on property being considered for an- nexation for a future reservoir. School Board special meeting, Saturday, August 13, l0 a.m., Administration Service Center The board will have a work session on the 83-84 school budget. City Council, Monday, August 15, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. The mayor's ap- pointment of a new city attorney will be presented and the erosion and sediment con- trol guidelines for developers will be discuss- ed. River and Streams Board. Tuesday, August 16, 7:30 p.m., City Hall Conference Room. Lib'ary Board, Tuesday, August 16, 5 p.m., Library Conference Room. High school parent advisors meet August 24 The Issaquah High School ann student body ofiicers, fall of 1982 and meets Parent Advisory Meeting will Student activities and the monthly to discuss academic, be August 24 at 9 a.m. in ASB budget will be dis- co-curricular, and student re- room B-I of the high school, cussed, iations issues. Parents of All parents are invited to The high school Parent junior high as well as high come and meet with the staff Advisory Group began in the school students are active participants. I I II 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; Rodi Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Terry McLafferty, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan Blincoe, display advertising; Wilma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Winslow, bookkeeper; Roxaine Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, contributing writer; Debbie Brusius, darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising . ............ Monday, 3 p.m. Classified Advertising ............. 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 Ot Murlay Publishing Company Airfield will profit the city In response to the letter of Marilyn Batura, I offer the fol- lowing. First, as I understand it, the Park Board has received funds from the City of lssaquah to begin initial planning for a presentation to be made to the Washington State Parks Department regarding, the city's proposed use of 80 acres of the Lake Sammamish State Park for multi-use park facilities. These facilities would, or could, include baseball and soccer fields, walking trails, an equestrian center, an area for model airplanes, camping areas, picnic areas and, yes, a relocated skysports center. Ms. Batura indicated that she "paid" $16,000 for a skysports plan. This is only partially true. In allowing for this plan, the city is not providing for the relocation of a private business. Rather, it is admitting the value of the activity in the area and is turning it from private to public business. Secondly, the owners and operators would be sharing the profits of the business with the ity through leases on the property. Instead of going to private individuals, any rent collected would be used by the cityto further enhance the park use of the remainder of the property. In this par- ticular case, it may be that the skysports 'facility would generate more income for the city than the remaining uses combined t Liabilities? Sure. And they would all be insured to the city's required limits. Such an obvious concern would never be overlooked. And finally, one other such activity has been located in the mid-west. This was only on initial investigation and there may very well be more. However, it is important to note that the facility is a major tourist attraction and interacts very well with the remainder of the park site as testified by various county and park officials. In summary, Ms. Batura, the city is not subsidizing a private business but, rather, attempting to utilize the profit- generating ability of an existing activity to help provide for further park activities. It would be public business, well in- sured, and hopefully a boon for all. Sincerely-- Jamey Woodward lssaquah Parachute Center Thanks to vets I would like to thank the pet owners of the community of Issaquah for their response to the vaccination clinic sponsored by area veterinarians on Saturday, July 30. A large number of animals were treated and the veterinarians turned over to Community Enterprises of lssa- quah a check for $875 to be used to further our work with handicapped people. This is but one more example of the caring kind of com- munity in which we are priveleged to live. Special thanks are due to the area vets for their generosity. Sincerely, C. Carl Allen Executive Director Community Enterprises of Issaquah Best wishes for new library The Issaquah Writers' Workshop offers its and best wishes to the new lssaquah Library. Many thanks for the librarians' generosity in use of their facilities for our semi-monthly meetings. Lint lssaquah Letter from the editor The Press has received several letters over the no signatures or missing first or last names. No letter printed unless the full name of the writer is available. A poem called "Issaquah  My Prayer" was recently with no name. A letter regarding the facilities at lssaquah High signed only "Noelle" was in June. Another letter about the high received signed only "J. R. " Please claim Letters policy The lssaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor subjects of local interest. Letters should be typed and submitted no than 5 p.m. Friday for publication for the Wednesday. No letter will be published signed by at least one individual, even if the represents the view of a group. Letters should be no longer than 500 words, Press reserves the right to edit for s length and libel. Teens arrested for burglaries by Terry McLafferty Final pro-trial maneuvers are still being completed in the King County Pro- secutor's office in the case of three lssaquah juveniles ar- rested on suspicion of several residential burglaries in the Mirrormont area. Paul A. Farris, Jr., 14709 Tiger Mountain Road, Timot!Ly . ,;[-INake, 14550 Tiger Mounts'ha Road, and Wendy Carol Meyer, 17330 S.E. 42nd Court, have been released to their families pen- ding court action. According to Deputy Pro- secutor Rexanne Gibson, Hapke is facing four counts of burglary, a case of taking and riding a motor vehicle without permission, criminal trespass and third-degree theft, a misdemeanor. Farris is facing one count of burglary, one of taking and riding, and one of first degree trespass. Meyer, who was arrested on similar charges, has not been notified of the formal charges she faces in court. Meyer, who Gibson says "was known to this office already," and a fourth youth, Wayne M. West, 145747 S.E. 42nd Place, Bellevue, will probably take a different course through the juvenile system than Farris and Hapke, Gibson says. At the time of arrest by King County Sheriff's deputies, the juveniles, aged from 14 to 18, admitted to at least 16 household burglaries and a pair of car thefts in June and July this year. Mostly taken in the thefts were.household articles and outdoor equipment, al- though cash and jewelry .in small a/nountS' was also stolen ...... :, | - ---- -- Several of t#ims anda considerable .portion of the cash -- in glass bottles and small banks -- were recovered by officers during a "tour" of the victimized areas with one:or two of the suspects. Many of the items had been in caches, pending later pickup. ; T Among the identified vic- tims were the Thor family, 25825 144th S.E., James Henry, 12019 lssaquah- Hobart Road, John Gibson, 25613 S.E. 152nd, Rozanna Hindman, 15010 262nd S.E., William R. Rehfield, 14310 258th S.E., and the Austin residence, 25230 S.E. Mirror- mont. A detective sergeant in the Sheriff's precinct handling the case says the age of the suspects and the crowding of the court system suggests that even if convicted, "it is high- ly unlikely that any of them will serve any time in deten- tion at all." :, i:i! : Fair float Jackle Farrlngton shared the Issaquah float with, Miss lasaquah and other princesses last Friday night Torchlight Parade. The float promotes Issaquah s Salmon Days and the events that are part of It. The $2500 f14 sored by the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce which Is Seeking donations to help offset the cost. The float the 1983 Salmon Days festival parade on October 1 with a new Miss Issaquah, to be crowned August 27. PhotO Berto. Sure sign of success: inventing a better job title r' a '' Rodi Shemeta Ludlum l love keeping track of what my fellow college graduates ar e doing with themselves and their degrees. I got an alumni newsletter recently from the School of Journalism at my alma mater and quickly turned to the class notes on the back pages. 1 can stand reading that stuff now because I'm gainfully employed and feel like I'm at least holding my own among my fellow journalists. But it wasn't too long ago that I was home for two years with a baby. You can't call that not working, but it's not the sort of thing you want to admit in class notes either. "Rodi (Shemeta) Ludlum is the mother of a new daughter and works as a housewife in the Seattle area." Yuck. "Oh, poor Rodi," cry my classmates, "She must have married that boyfriend of hers and now she's home washing diapers and reading Good Housekeeping instead of the Columbia Journalism Review. What a shame." 1 thought I'd solved the interrupted career problem pretty well by sending my class note and calling myself a freelance writer. Freelance is the catch-all phrase for all unemployed writers. 1 could even list numerous publications where my work had appeared. The beauty of being an unemployed writer a good thousand miles from college was that I could make up just about anything without the danger of running into a fellow Spartan and being found out. It's true that some very dedicated freelance writers make $30,000 a year, travel all over the world and give expensive seminars on "How To Sell What You Write." More likely though, freelance writers do what I did: pick a subject they're semi-interested in (preferably something obscure like antique spoons or duck decoys), look in the Writer's Market to see if any magazines will buy articles on the sub- ject, send off half a dozen query letters, wait a month and receive a half dozen memos reading, "This material does not suit our needs at this time." Those of us lucky enough to actually sell anything run to the mailbox every day for months waiting for the 50 bucks to arrive. Fellow elasspersons would not be impressed by this poor performance, so it is necessary to improvise your list of publications. Remember the letter to the editor published by the Seattle Times? Sure that counts. The "True Fact" used by the National Lampoon? You bet. The wedding announcement for your sister-in-law that appeared in all the papers? Go ahead, use 'era. No one will ever know. Until they see someone else doing the same thing. I'm an old hand at the class note cheat and now I spot 'em cold'. Any activity with "freelance" in it means "unemployed." The next best word is "consultant," a catch-all phrase for "job-seeker" if there ever was one. "President of his own consulting firm" is also highly suspicious. Of course plenty of alumni with journalism degrees are employed, but it's, uh, not exactly what they Anything with "word processing" in 'it has got secretary. "Public relations" is also shaky. working as a public relations specialist with the Goldstein, Goldman, Goldsmith and Plunk in Translation: receptionist. Then there are those who really do have jobs in but can't resist pumping them up just a tad. ThuS, notices like, "Daryl McKeefer is publisher and editor of the Yellsville Clarion Call Bulletin and Reporter, a California newspaper covering miles in its circulation area. The paper was honored with an award for excellence in news Daryl McKeefer's paper is actually situated test zone in the middle of the Mojave Desert. paper is housed behind the Yellsville (pop. 59) Bar Grille and McKeefer writes all the news, sells the the type, runs off 50 copies a week and peddles through town on a rusty bike. He also covers the council news in nearby Pillbox Springs. He won arJ able mention from the Skagg County branch of tla of Professional Journalists for a five-part series o' women who sprayed tarantulas gold and sold the; Christmas tree ornaments. That was in the "Weekly newspapers with a circulation under Of course there are a few of us simple, honest secure enough to tell our former classmates and truly do for a living. My next class note is read, "Rodi Ludlum is the premiere journalist on Coast (just ask her Mom) and spends much of turning down offers from major metropolitan Oh, here comes another one. Must dash. : i ....