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iiiillUHnuoinl ' N AIIBHIBIUBRN HDI IllUilIWHn THE ISSAQUAH PRESS A4 WEDNESDAY9 OCTOBER 79 2009 PRESS EDITORIAL nce or twice a year, the Issaquah Schools Foun- dation asks the community to help it supple- ment Issaquah School District education fund- ing by making a donation. Now is one of those times. The Foundation's Calling for Kids campaign is under way. You can go to the foundation's Web site, www.issaquah- schoolsfoundation.org, to make a donation now, or wait for a student to call you. What's important is to give if you can. The foundation figures that if every family in the district participates, it could raise $1.4 million! About 500 families have already donated more than $50,000. When the foundation says "families," that means all of us, every household, even if it's only a $5 per month dona- tion. We all have a stake in the education of students. It does take a village to raise a child. Foundation leaders have already imagined what $1.4 million would mean to educating students here. Classroom grants would enrich technology, science, math, music and arts programs. Physics and chemistry curriculum would get updates. After-school homework labs at middle and high schools would be offered free to all students. The one- on-one mentoring program would be expanded. Teachers seeking National Board Certification through additional training would be given scholarships. Donating has never been more convenient to a tax-de- ductible 501(c)3 organization. One-time gifts, monthly credit card donations, and monthlypre-authorized bank payments are all options. Corporate matches - check! Planned estate giving - check! Donors to charities are increasingly cautious with their dollars. They want assurance that the receiving organiza- tion is legitimate, that overhead costs are limited and that the donation will truly make a difference. If you believe in the value of education, then the Issaquah Schools Founda- tion is a nonprofit organization that should move to the top of your donation list. If you haven't already donated, the students themselves may be calling you for the foundation's phoneathon. If your phone rings the evening of Oct. 20 or 21, be sure to answer! OFF THE PRESS ike the fisl~ it celebrates, Salmon Days is history. Planners will huddle to dream up a theme and a boatload of fishy puns for the 2010 ode to the returning salmon. Since the festival originated in 1970 -- and a mere 15,000 peo- ple showed up -- Salmon Days has provided a chance to show- case Issaquah to the Puget Sound region and, as the festival grew, the world. As a first-time visitor to Salmon Days, I was on the look- out for the ways in which organ- izers use the festival to spotlight Issaquah. Conversations around the festival grounds last weekend inevitably included the efforts to reduce the footprint of the four- decade-old festival. The sustain- ability buzzword came up, too. Why? Because, with so much to nosh, festival organizers also had to contend with the plates and utensils left behind. Salmon Days organizers tout efforts to green the festival, and with good reason. Every cup, plate, fork and spoon used at the festival was made from bamboo, corn or some other plant -- and, hence, biodegradable. Not a bad idea, either, consid- ering the number of food stalls lining the downtown streets. Though the festival is a celebra- tion of the salmon run, a big draw -- maybe the big draw -- is the food. Anyone who walked down Front Street as festivalgo- ers balanced compostable WAI REN plates or ]K) GAI I SE plunked down Press Reporter at picnic tables could see the importance of the gustatory offerings. On the first day the festival, as I trudged down East Sunset Way toward The Issaquah Press building, I passed clipboard-car- rying organizers and volunteers -- doubtless awake before dawn to set up booths -- clutching cups of coffee against the morn- ing chill. The first wafts of toothachingiy sweet cotton candy and kettle corn hung in the air. As the festival grew throughout the day, attendees sampled home- town favorites, such as ice cream bars from Boehm's Candies, Ital- ian sodas from Grimaldi's and beer cheese soup from the Is- saquah Brewhouse. Vendors also peddled enough fried dough, fried See TA, I'E,S, Page A5 tl l \ TO THE EDITOR Swedish hospital City needs to stick to fuel storage limits agreed upon before project started I hope the City Council will require Swedish Hospital to put the highest possible safeguards on the 90,000 gallons of fuel storage that it is requesting in the Issaquah Highlands. The highlands development agreement cur- rently specifies no fuel storage, and that condi- tion was placed after a lengthy public process, and the application of sound science and com- mon sense. Personally, I feel that changing the develop- ment agreement to allow this or any other fuel storage is a bad idea. I worked for a major oil company and know from experience the prob- " lems that occur on virtually every storage site, and don't want to see those issues occur over our drinking water and salmon habitat. The contamination is just not worth the risks. Swedish officials knew the development agreement requirements when they sited their facility. I listened to them tell the council how much they care about our community, but if they truly did, they would be thanking the council profusely for even considering a change that would allow these massive fuel tanks. Swedish would be putting the tanks in the safest storage vaults possible and not be whin- ing about the costs, which are peanuts com- pared to the potential costs of cleanup to the community or permanent destruction of endan- gered salmon habitat. I have not heard anything from Swedish that makes me think they care anything more about Issaquah than improving their bottom line. This is both a future public safety and eco- nomic vitality issue. A spill could mean a salmonless Salmon Days, and no safe drinking water in an emergency. The council needs to take the time to seri- ously look at the future consequences of allow- ing Swedish's massive fuel storage. If it does decide to allow another major change in the Issaquah Highlands development agreement to accommodate Swedish, then I hope they add the requirement that these tanks be put in lined storage vaults, and be subject to the strictest safety regulations and monitoring procedures possible. C& Chdstensen lssaquah Media coverage Gym Ws should have FOX news placed on right, Comedy Central on the left Ken Sessler makes a good point about the big screen TVs in the community center. They are usually tuned to serious stuff like MSNBC, KING or ESPN. I think he's right on: We need some more entertainment, and FOX is just the ticket. But I respectfully suggest that if the TV on the right shows FOX, the one on the left ought to' show Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, so stair steppers like myself can have a choice in their fictional news. Wes Howard-Brook lssequgi City Council election Maureen McCarry has the experienced hand to continue to lead Maureen McCarry, the experienced leader of your City Council, deserves your important vote for re-election. I have observed firsthand her love of Is- saquah and how crucial her experience is to our City Council. With two new members and two members in their first term, Maureen's ex- perience is necessary to provide the guidance and leadership that Issaquah needs to attain our community goals effectively. Maureen is a standout for both her vision and the extraordinary effort she expends to make things happen. Many were skeptical about her idea that Issaquah could be a home for a major hospital. Yet, with her persever- ance and her regional and statewide contacts, she made a persuasive case to foster a partner- ship with Swedish Medical Center. It is a part- nership that will bring state-of-the-art medical care, wen-paying jobs and many desirable as- sociated businesses to our city. Maureen has been a vocal advocate for our RAPID RESPONSE What steps should the city take to reduce expenses in 2010? Reduce the number of streetlights in use or other lights paid for by.the city. Other cities are doing this and saving significant funds while also reducing the night glare. Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah Pay cuts to government employees. It's better than losing your job altogether and it keeps city services going. I have worked for a private company in the past that offered reduced pay over layoffs. It worked well and as soon as the economy had recovered, all went back to nor- mal. Geoff Carson, Issaquah Government at all levels in America is run by the staff and for the staff in order to accom- plish goals, which cause the staff to grow in terms of headcount and budget. It is the same definition of success as in private industry. If you want to reign in costs, you must trim the size of staff and put effective oversight in place to control spending. In Issaquah, city staff only grows, spends more and imposes more fees (fees = taxes). Hank Thomas, Issaquah neighborhoods. She is a strong supporter of our police and fire services. She is adamant about keeping our streets safe during bad weather, making our city more walkable and providing recreational facilities for our youth. With Maureen, you will find a representative who is looking for common-sense solutions to problems. She welcomes differences in opinion as a necessary consensus-building process that produces solid solutions. It has been a pleasure to work with Maureen over the six years she has been on the council and her last two years as council president. Her interests and concerns reflect the interests and concerns of our residents, our business community and our city employees. I will miss both the council and working with Maureen, but I am comfortable knowing that Maureen has the experienced hand to guide the council. That is why I am voting to re-elect Maureen McCarry and encourage you to vote for her as wen. David Kappler Dogs and Timberlake Park Owners need to co-op some land dedicated to just their pets' needs These poor creatures need to be raised on a farm, where they can trail at their will and not be cramped in a city. .... Citizens have enough problems with people walking their dogs and finding their lawn a nice place for the dogs to leave their message of passage. Dog owners need to train their ani- mals to do their business at home and leave the neighbors' lawns clean. The lssaquah dog owners can form a co-op and buy some land, fence it in and just let the members' dogs have at it, thus, leaving the City Council to work on making the city work with the available minimal funds. Ken Sessler hsaquah LETTERS WELCOME The Issaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor on any subject, although we reserve the fight to edit for space, potential libel and/or political relevance. Letters addressing local news will receive priority. 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