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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, August 24, 1983 Opinion Editorial Dear ib00r. Mayor, wish rer for a gardener The City of Issaquah needs to hire a full-time gardener, now. In 1979, Issaquah did have a part- time gardener, funded in part by a federal employment program. During his brief employment here, flowers ap- peared at intersections, a massive bulb display made a colorful city entrance, hanging baskets of flowers brightened city hall, and park area shrubs and trees were trimmed and cared for as never before. Ever since the federal program end- ed, a gardener has merely been on Park Department Director Kerry Anderson's "wish list." His maintenance crew has its hands full just mowing the grass. "If a new shrub sprouts, we just pull it out," says Anderson. "We don't have time to bother." The city is at a turning point that calls for more beautification now. Three city parks -- Memorial, Gibson and Com- munity -- all have new landscaping this year, but no flowers. The downtown revitalization plan calls for flower bask,.ts and street land;caping, bt,. that needs the watering and fertilizing only a gardener can properly assess. The tourism committee is working hard to make the city a show place, but con- tinues to run into the same question who will water the flowers? Now the city is coordinating efforts to pass a $2 million improvement levy for Gilman Boulevard. The mayor has been wise enough to ask about the per- sonnel needs for maintenance of the pro- posed landscaping, but is seeing only the forest, not the trees we already have that need attention. Mayor Culver hopes to find the funds to add new personnel in some other departments, especially someone to review proposed development blue- prints, to meet the needs of this fast- growing community. We think he should be seeking a gardener with the same earnestness. Anderson says that the trees and flowers are easy to come by, by using cuttings, bulbs that multiply, and so on. But the personnel costs of a full-time gardener would probably be about $6 per hour minimum, or at least $12,500 per year. According to the city's grant writer, Carol Hoppler, grants are easiest to come by when the proposal will create a new job, and the sooner the better. The new veterans' job bill is also worth looking into: the city could have 50 per- cent of a gardener's salary paid if the gardener were a veteran. In the past Culver has applied a "we want it, now how do we get it" attitude to other expenditures not in the budget, and has had good success. We hope he'll do that again for the sake of the petunias and daffodils and marigolds and geraniums and lilacs and .... THESE NETTLES "-" GOT ME / SURROUNDEDL PI[ i ii iii ii i Public meetings School Board, Wednesday, August 24, 7 p.m., Administration Service Center. A delay in building plans for Sunny Hills Ele- mentary will be discussed. Planning Policy Commission, Wednes- day, August 24, 8 p.m., Community Hall. There will be a continuation of discussions about amendments to zoning ordinances for performance districts and master site plan regulations. Utilities Committee, Monday, August 29, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. The Newport Way sewer extension assessment will be dis- cussed. Hearing set on oil, gas leasing Washington's Department "Oil ald s,ts expioration to determine whether a pro- of Natural Resources has and development of state- posed lease has no significant scheduled a public meeting owned lands could be a real envrionmental impact, he Wednesday, August 24 in boost to our state's said. Issaquah to receive corn- economy," said Commis- "We would like to hear ments on factors to protect signer of Public Lands Brian from citizens, governmental the environment when state Boyle. He noted that such agencies and interested in- lands are leased for oil and leases of state land for oil dustry and environmental gas. and gas and what conditions groups to help the depart- the lease should contain, ment of natural resources The Issaquah meeting, This leasing criteria, in develop the best oil and gas which will be one of four in turn, will be used to prepare leasing regulations possible the state, will start at 7:30 an expanded State Environ- for our state lands," said ).m. in the Holiday Inn. mental Policy Act checklist Boyle. 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; $5.00 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Rodi Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Terry McLafferty, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan Blincoe, display advertising; Wilma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Myrtle Winslow, bookkeeper; Roxaine Reynolds, Norma Starks, contributing writers; Fred Marler, contributing writer; Debbie Brusius, darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. Display Advertising ... ............ Monday, 3 p.m. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 4$SOCIMIOI \\;$'" 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 DiwsJon of Murray Pubhshmg Company Letters Conspiracy of big business Since my diatribe against big banking a few weeks back, much has happened. Reactions among those willing to discuss the subject are anywhere from, "That was probably a very timely statement," to "What are you really driving at when you say 'conspiracy?' " Well, I'm here to explain myself. Normally, there's little purpose in trying to put a finger on something so evasive as conspiracy. It seems everybody usually knows about it, but nobody will own up to being behind it, and that's what it takes to do anything. It's called accountability, and, if a solu- tion is found to this, we'll all have to have a hand in it, because we're all a little bit responsible for the problem. However unpleasant otherwise, though, hard times like these are the best time to make a change in our habits, so there may be hope at the end of the tunnel for us all. So goes my faith, at least. Issaquah has for years seemed to characterize independence and dissent from the mindless sprawl taking over in so many surrounding communities. Its represented the local bastion against encroachment by outside forces, dominated largely by the commercial lenders, using their spending power for loans that push the little guy out the back door. We are an entire community of "little guys," who haven't been pushed around before, and would rather not see it start now. In a nutshell, that's why approval of proposed new shopping areas has come so hard. We want to live our own life our own way, and we like it just like it is (basically). That may be a selfish approach to things, but, if you want to take that route, what do we call wanting to get the little guy out to make way for the "town bully?" Much as they would deny this (and they will, I have no doubt), the banks, and other commercial lenders, have become just that: "town bullies." They refuse to give equal consideration to "little guys," in a town that's full of them, ostensibly on the argu- ment that they can't afford the administrative costs for small loans. That shouldn't surprise any of us, though. Administra- tive costs are behind our problems with everything. Its the gift of the computer age. Issaquah is about to be strangled by this, unless our citizens will rise to the occasion. Do we like our independence? Do we, enjoy our accepted role as dissenters? Do we like keeping things in the style of which we've become accustomed? Of courser Answering the next question could cost, though. How much do we like? For instance, do we like enough to support downtown Issa- quah business? To lend them encouragement so they can im- prove and expand existing services and general market ap- peal? Right now, it seems they're just waiting for the ax to fall, and that's no way to do. With a positive consumer reac- Coming soon... new grass, new tot lot The final landscaping and seeding of grass on the renovated Gibson Park, across from the fish hatchery, has begun this week, but Parks Director Kerry Anderson says he's "making no promises" the park will be ready for the traditional Salmon Days cookouts. Normally the depart- ment requires two months for grass to bu!ld before per- mitting "normal heavy use," and the celebrations are Just six weeks away. Anderson says the new tot lot-centered park will be a local favorite when completed. Slow-to-arrive grant monies have delayed construction, he says. tion from the surrounding community to improvement ef- forts, our main shopping areas downtown arkd at Hi-Lo would effectively resist current fatalism among landlords who often won't spend a penny on what's seen as a losing proposi- tion. We'd muster a local resolve not to allow lssaquah in- dependence to die. By an ongoing and consistent effort at the maintenance and expansion of existing business, we could find new birth as a community of doers, not moaners. Right now, that's the only solution I see to our dilemma. I'm going to do what I can to follow it up, and I invite anyone else with a will to join in. My business activities will be an enhancement to existing business, rather than a displacement thereof. I won't patronize the new small businesses coming in- to the proposed shopping mall (The Meadows), because experience has taught me that high volume alone will support such an enterprise. Mall tenants are eaten alive by their land- lords, who, in turn, are eaten alive by their financing, which comes from, you guessed it? Frankly, I prefer the personal touch when I do business with somebody. In Issaquah, it strikes me that business people still have time and the disposition to serve their customers, and show persnal interest. I seriously doubt that will survive as it does now, once we speed things up to the pace of a full- blown shopping mall. And, somehow, I can't help but feel something vitally important is lost with that. Sincerely, Allan V. Convey CEI workers need community jobs On behalf of the Board of CEI (Community Enterprises of Issaquah) I would like to thank the community for their generous support in so many ways. Most recently, the Gilman Village Merchants Association and Issaquah Kiwanis donated $1,000 from the Summer Solstice raffle in June. The Issaquah Area Veterinarians presented CEI with a check for $875; pro- ceeds from a rabies shot clinic held July 30. The efforts and generosity of all these people is greatly appreciated by the CEI Board, staff and clients. Because we are a sheltered workshop for handicapped adults and teenagers, we need to express to the community another need. Our goal is to make as many of these indi- viduals as possible equipped to enter the working world on an individual basis. With the more severely handicapped, this is not possible. This summer we have been short on work for the clients in the shop and at the Recycling Center. We are equip- ped to do mass mailings, shrink wrap merchandise and some light assembly work. If there is something we can do to help businesses or organizations, we would like to know about it. We are happy to conduct tours of our new facility on Juniper Street durmg working hours. Please call 392-1812 arrangements. In regards to our Recycling Center, we thank faithfully bring your clean recyclables to us and of the community to become recyclers too. We accept newspapers, aluminum and glass. We ask that the labels the tin, ends cut out and cans flattened and clean, we must keep a clean operation for the clients and the community and request your need lots more materials to recycle. for our coupon specials. We have the man provide some work! We have a very special need to make our more functional. For several months we have ment to lift the heavy barrels of crushed glass to the haven't had the ability to assemble it. A crane, forklift that can lift a 500 lb. steel beam to a needed. Please call CEI if you have equipment or someone who might possibly fill this need. While I have your attention, our very special by Alice Paschal, has been completed and is around town until Salmon Days. Each square by the seamstress completing it. If you thought the: quilts were beautiful, wait until you see this one. Sec] Float publicized Issaquah The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce wishes to 1 those who helped in making the venture of a Seafair Torchlight Parade so successful. ation of so many, both participants and would not have been such a good rel The Seafair people told us the float was seen by people. This is certainly good exposure for Days. Thanks again to all of those who ful. How about 'Squak Park?' "Community Park" is a nondescript, common name for our new Issaquah park. It seems the time is right to stimulate interest with a ,,name contest. We need an unforgettable name with or what have you. How about it? "%,ko If only football was more like the high school, game Rodi Shemeta Ludlum Doesn't it seem a little early for football season to be starting? Summer just began, for heaven's sake. We haven't had our minimum summerly requirement of days hot enough to ripen the tomatoes. I've only had one water- melon. The lawn hasn't even had a chance to die. But there you have it folks, as sure as the nose on Howard Cosell's face: the roar of the crowd, the shriek of the whistle, the crunch of the bones. This is pre-season football, I'm told. My husband warns me not to get involved in any old movies on Friday nights. "Wuthering Heights? You've seen that thing 65 times. I don't know how you can watch that stuff over and over like that." "But didn't you say this was pre-season, football? None of these games even count. So what's the big deal?" "Are you kidding? These games are really important. This is our first chance to see how the Seahawks are doing under Chuck Knox." I can already predict how the rest of the games will be argued. The first few games of the regular season will be really important because these are the games that count. By the middle of the season, even if the Seahawks have lost 10 in a row, the next game will be really important because if they can only win this next one, and then the next 15 in a row, and then Tampa Bay loses to San Diego and Denver beats San Francisco, well then the Seahawks have a chance for the playoffst As the season wanes and the Seahawks are out of it totally, he suddenly latches on to a dark horse team that just might have a chance to go to the Super Bowl if the young whippersnappers can only beat some hoary old pros like Pittsburgh. Don't touch that dial. Here's a game that's really important. Now don't get me wrong. I like football and-I'm not totally ignorant about the game either. Why, I started watching football on my Daddy's knee just to hear the announcer talk about Y.A. Tittle and somebody-or-other Catcabbage. (Beside, that was the only time I ever got to eat potato chips and mixed nuts in the middle of the day.) I could read signals by the time I was old enough to fix the vertical and go fetch another can of beer. By high school, my interest was concentrated mainly on the defensive line. Those rugged fellows were among the few males at school taller than me. I wasn't foolish enough to display my knowledge of football on dates, however. Explaining foot- ball to a wide-eyed blonde kept the conversation alive on those interminable evenings. By college, I suffered what I thought was permanent football burnout. It had something to do with the announcers falling all over themselves to interview the coach about game strategy. "Well, Howard, I think what we'll probably try and do today is concentrate on our offense and try to put a lot of points on the board. And I plan to work the defense pretty good to keep the other guys from scoring. I'm pretty darn sure if we get more points than they do, we're gonna win this ball game." What is most distressing about TV football (not to mention the ads that bore their way into the subconscious: "N-I-S-S-O-N one heck of a hunk of a car") is the an- nouncer's terror of dead air. Better to say anything, any- thing at all, rather than risk a silence of more than five seconds. Thus we become suddenly privy to the details of an injured running back's life as we trainer to haul him off the field. "Okenfee is from Texas, went to School and has nine brothers and six sisters, probably watching the game today. Well, he support he can get right about now. Looks like around now.., oh, no he's still out cold. Ok lovely wife, Nancy, who is in labor now with child. She's probably watching too. Hi there, worry about a thing. The docs'll have Okie and oh, what fleet feet he does have! -- in all. Now there's a guy who can really run witt think that's probably what makes him such a ball player, don't you think, Frank?" "Uh, yeah, Don. He really knows how to game, . ." My basic fondness for football returned two when I started covering the home games for Iss Liberty. Let's face it, high school football much of a running game, and grinding out time has never been my idea of exciting high school they go for heart-stopping long 90-yard kickoff returns and dramatic last-rn ceptions that win the game by one point in the seconds. The announcers are calm, collected guys lik Budzius and Bob White who make a terse about how many yards were gained and by shut up. There's no problem during lulls --- up "Tequila" and everybody's happy. ,,, Whatever my prejudices against TV footbat. haven't rubbed off on my daughter. As soon a' "Live! From Mile High Stadium..." she living room demanding, "Are the Buffalos Daddy?" And in the same breath, "What Smoky hot dogs and sesame sticks! Can I have