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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, October 19, 1983 Opinion Editorial Front& Sunset traffic change doesn't consider safety The new traffic changes at the inter- section of Front and Sunset may be worse than a fast paced game of Bumper Cars, unless you know how to play. The center lane for southbound traf- fic on Front Street has been changed to a left-turn-only lane. And it sure has a lot of motorists confused. Drivers are now inching forward as usual, only to find themselves 10 feet from the inter- section and staring down at a white ar- row pointing left and three-foot letters saying "ONLY." Think quick! Look around for an IPD black & white, see none and pro, ceed straight anyway. Or, do a quick jerk to the right lane, which now takes you straight when you used to go right. Or, you can follow the new arrow, turn + left as indicated, then cut through the KC Foods parking lot to get back to Front Street South. Traffic studies show that the majority of southbound drivers will turn left at Sunset to get to city offices, the library, post office or high school. That, and a forthcoming traffic signal, are the ma- jor. factors in deciding to instigate a new turn lane at this time. We feel the city was a little remature, that the traffic light may i /J SUNSET WAY L I I +J SUNSET WAY ,GIM L$+' : 1 ! I I I NO, NO 6outhbound glnck rl TIII'S turn lame, Rememberl? CAPITAL SAVINGS have solved the congestion problem by itself. At any rate, the approach to the turn lane needs to be better signed, at least until driving habits have changed. We are not the only ones concerned with the problem. City Councilor Joe Peterson reports four phone calls last week on the problem, a significant number. Mayor A.J. Culver says the ci- ty has technically met all federal requirements for the traffic revision. We don't feel this is enough. We'd like to think our city will go the extra step to insure our safety. There is another problem. The south- bound through traffic is now being channeled to the right before pro- ceeding straight. A sidewalk peninsula was removed from in front of Capital Savings to ease the new flow, but now the parked cars are exposed to the weav- ing drivers, especially those turning right from West Sunset. We think 'no parking' signs should be placed in front of the bank, even though the downtown business district can ill-afford to give up three on-street parking spaces, The Front/Sunset intersection has never been good, and we commend the city for trying, but we hope they'll make a few more changes for safety's sake. . i ; l l-- I Z SUNSET WAY 0 tL SUNSETWAY. NO, NO Mr. SouJhboundl Thlt'S turn lane, Remember? Letters Salmon Days unfair to non-profit groups Having just seen the 1983 Issaquah Salmon Days Festival come and go I feel compelled to write and make some sug- gestions and to ask a few questions. I find myself wondering if the city remembers that the Salmon Days Festival is a community celebration. It would seem obvious that the community it was originally intended for is lssaquah; not Bellevue or Seattle or anywhere else. I wonder why it was necessary to raise the fees to $60 a booth? This may be a fair fee for the professionals, but it is not fair for the small-time local craftsmen who show only during this festival, and is unconscionable when applied to the nonprofit organizations, charity groups, and lssaquah school booths. The ladies from the C.O.H. guild, who had a fish pond booth to give the small children some enjoyment for a very small price, barely make $60 plus the cost of the prizes. Their booth is a service to the festival attenders and other vendors and merchants. As the mother of a small child, let me tell you, I am able to spend more time at the festival when my child gets to have "his turn" too. Before these ladies started their booth I went home soon after the parade was0ver. Now I am free to spend more time and subsequently more money, solely because they supply an interest for the small child. I kfiow that they presently plan for 1983 to have been their last appearance if the $60 fee remains. Besides the guild ladies; the high school groups, the 4-H groups and Kiwanis should not be money-makers for the Chamber of Commerce. These groups directly benefit this town. Every penny the Kiwanis clubs make goes back to ser- vice the needs of Issaquah people. To charge them a per- centage and a booth fee is robbing the senior citizens, the Special Olympics, and many other needy groups of money that is rightfully theirs. The high school groups and 4-H bring awards, honors and service to this town. I am disappointed in and frustrated by the shortsightedness and greed that has dominated the 1983 festival. I can only hope that the feeling of "community" and "doing for others" may return in 1984. Sincerely Kathleen Currie Hats off to saftey club This was my third visit to Issaquah during Salmon Days and this year's event seemed bigger and better than the previous two years. What was very gratifying to me was to see the participation of the teenagers. With all the bad press they usually get, it was so nice that a "safety" club from the high school has enough concern and ambition to erect and man a booth promoting safety. Their interest was genuine and as evidenced by them giving up an emirs'weekend to" hopefutty save a life-- adults pay heed. My hat's off to the fine group of young adults. J. Field Tacoma 'Outsiders' fill the cash box at Salmon Days festival Re: Editorial on Salmon Days. I would like to say just a few words in answer to the statement "Let the outsiders pay more for the privilege of coming to Issaquah" in one of several editorials regarding Salmon Days. Let's get the facts straight. The privilege is all Issaquah's. If it weren't for "outsiders," lssaquah's sidewalks and cash box would certainly leave a lot to be desired as far as the number of exhibitors present and the income from their fees is con- cerned. I might also mention that we already have an addi- tional expense by having to travel quite a few miles. As far as the non-profit organization that couldn't get a spot because of the high fee -- I had such a group adjacent to my spot and they told me they didn't have to pay anything. Maybe this other group didn't bother to check with the Issa- quah Chamber of Commerce. Ida Morin Auburn We won our fight for the Plateau Despite what everyone says, we the people have won in our fight for the future of the East Lake Sammamish Plateau. It will take ten years to build one-half of the Hestnes pro- perty before anything else can be done around Beaver Lake. In the meantime we have obtained without cost to the com- munity, a water main and storage tank worth one and half million dollars to be paid by the developers, namely Freegard, Providence Heights, and Hestnes, and any late comers who hook on. Also, sewers will be connected to Metro to only serve these three developments, at no cost to us the people. A fourth lane up Vaughn Hill road and a possible third lane on the Pine Lake-lssaquah Road will be contributed. A fire department, complete; a school site; 330 acres of open space; trails; and conservancy around wetlands will be provided in the project. All this at no cost to us the citizens of the Plateau. The north side of the Plateau called Sahalee has increased in population since it began, sufficiently, to require a new shopping center at N.E. 8th and 228th, with no complaint from anyone. Sahalee Road has been built costing $300,000 and part rebuilt twice at an additional cost of $330,000 to be paid by all of our taxes. In the Beaver Lake area we have gained time because a slower process will be maintained in the development as now planned which will give us a breather for at least ten years before the crowding begins. I am not sure the crowding will be noticeable, at least not as noticeable as the Sahalee section. Four council persons have worked on the planning of our Plateau starting with Tom Forsyth, Mike Lowry, Pat Thorpe and Bruce Laing. This represents at least twelve years of hear- ings. Pat Thorpe, a Democrat, committed herself to the pre- sent plan, as much as Br.uce_Laing, a Republican, because it was good for the Plateau. The people of the Plateauhad a great opportunity for in- put, and it was "put in." Which is why we got a good plan. In fact the politicians allowed too much in-put from those who were anti-everything with little foresight. We have a plan which can't be upset by nor anti's, nor by the developers. Two changes were; ted by the developer but were stopped by the because it was contrary to their agreement. The assuring the people that the open space will be not allowed to deteriorate. What I like best is that those who come now and want joy our great area must pay for what they get and on to you and I who have been here awhile. record straight that the East Lake Sammamish Plateau Plan is working and will leave us, when complete, area that is liveable, not defaced, destroyed, present residents. We have won. Isn't that a Article showed accident victim's courage I have just read with great interest Terry cle on Bob Burton, the Puget Power Service ed in a serious industrial accident which resulted in his left hand. First of all, your writing style is superb, es ing a complicated technical subject with a human interest story. My daug ed Press and my son has been a staff writer for Sun, Walla Walla Union and the "Bellevue can," so I kno something of the journalism compliments to you are sincere. Secondly, regarding Bob Burton himself -- he highly valued employee of Puget Power for over 25 I have little doubt that he will continue to be an company after his doctor's releaseto return to work: this point in time, I wish I could do with two hands does with one. Whenever any of us speak with know what to say in referring to the accident and l feel sorry for him. However, as I am sure you Bob does not feel a bit sorry for himself. If we all of his perseverance and class, the whole world woul( ter place and our small trials and tribulations so earth-shattering to us. Thank you again, Mr. McLafferty, for an Your editor and publisher must hold you in the esteem as we do Bob Burton at Puget Power. II Obetacle ahud  out for i I ,be....= Ier,, to IM I a'4t . cro tbe :li = 1 I I Public meetings Development Commission, Wednesday, October 19, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. Business includes discussions of lssaquah Auto Center expansion, Pacific Northwest Bell storage building, Gilman Village expan- sion, Fitzpatrick office building, Dogwood Street Apartments and the Hi-Lo Center ex- pansion. Parks Board, Monday, October 24, 7:30 p.m., City Hall conference room. Business includes discussion of Communty Park, an update on Lake Sammamish Park planning, and the 1984 Block Grant fund proposals. Statistics September '83 Fire Calls: 17 Aid Calls: 32 Response time: Fire calls Day: no calls Night: 3.6 rain. Response time: Aid calls Day: 2.8 rains Night: 3.7 min Superintendent North The Issaquah Press will accept letters candidates for the November 2 edition. We will give equal space to the pros and cons of e; permitting. Letters must be limited to 500 double-space, and submitted by 5p.m. Friday, ::'-"I ..... q h tig h f d g b _nghl, didn't you? .-- ssa ua town mee n to s are concern or ru a use 1 I "--'=' s slrnlght f  O n t h e f i r s t t w o tend local town meetings to nation shares. Nationally, children try an illicit drug be- support to local town meet- meeting panels ,lJ' iII Fire District l0 Commissioners, Wednes- day, October 26, 3 p.m., District headquart- ers. Regular discussion meeting. School Board, Wednesday, October 26, 7 p.m., Administration Service Center. A comprehensive report on district-wide school security is scheduled for discussion. The board is also scheduled to discuss re- placement of the gym floor at Liberty High, an agenda item held over from the October 12 meeting. City Fire Department Total fire and aid calls, year to date: Fire: 55 Aid: 304 Misc.: 82 Fire losses to date: 1983 Contents: $11,200 Structures and autos: $6,500 A Ozvismn ot Murray Publishing Company September '82 11 27 Day: 1 min Night: 3 min. Day: 3.1 min. Night: 3.2 min THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Published every Wednesday since 1900 45 Front St. S. (Box HH), Issaquah, King Co., WA 98027 Phone (206) 392-6434 $12.50 per year. $20.00 for two years in King County; $15.00 per year outside King County;S6.25 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; Mytle Winslow, bookeeper; Roxaine Reynolds, Norma Starks, Fred Marler, contributing writers; Debbie Brusius, photographer and darkroom technician. ' DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. s4% Display Advertising..." ..... Monday, 3 p.m. '  Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. ,  Office Hours ............... Mon..Fri. g a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays in November, watch the programs and dis- the school age chemical fore they finish high school, ing committees in the thousands of Washington cuss ways in which they can abuse problem has reached Local studies have shown KCTS/9 viewing area. residents will become part of combat drug and alcohol frightening levels. The single that the problem in Washing- In Issaquah, the town a national effort to combat abuse among young people, leading cause of death among ton may be even worse, meetings are scheduled to school-age drug and alcohol The town meetings will serve 15-24 year olds is drunk driv- In the Seattle area, take place at Community abuse. The "Chemical Peo- as forum from which task ing. Thirty four percent of representatives of schools, Hall. Members of the steer- pie," two one-hour public forces can be organized to high school seniors regularly volunteer groups, business, ing committee coordinating television specials, will be launch a nationally coor- abuse drugs; about one in 16 government agencies and the this effort are Darlene carried by PBS stations dinated assault on this in- drinks alcohol daily; 41 per- substance treatment corn- McHenry, Jean Gieselman, across America at 8 p.m. on creasinglycriticaiproblem, cent regularly abuse alcohol, munity have formed a Wendy Replogle, John November 2 and 9. The "Chemical People" with most of them starting "Chemical People" steering Whitakerand Leon Kos. The project's goal is to bring chemical use between the committee. They will work town meetings are sponsored Community members together in communities to ages of 11 and 14. Roughly with KCTS/9 to provide by the Issaquah Kiwanis fromaround the statewili at- address a problem the whole two-thirds of all American guidance, information and Club. Members on the town from various areas professional field as from the education, : and justice co Panel members the topic of as a forum and open to the public ticipation. Anyone quiring more i0 can do so by 0191,392-2776 SteV They don't build machines like they used to--thank goodness l'' Rodi Shemeta Ludlum We bought our first washing machine the other day -- brand new. You can still smell the cardboard box it used to live in. There's no cellar dust or caked-up soap grains growing in its nooks and crannies. Its knobs turn effortlessly to settings that accomodate the most fragile stockings to the most muddy jeans. It purrs while it works. And it actually works. then ram-rodded it all into one machine to save precious quarters. Thus, it seemed the height of luxury to move into an apartment with a laundry right downstairs instead of down the street. There was no need to babysit the machine. I could keep the door open and listen for its complaints. This one hated towels and jeans and would literally bang itself against the wall and try to walk right through the door unless you quickly rushed out to appease it. The trick was to quickly remove the offending garment, shake it out briskly and shove it back in a different spot before the washer noticed. Soon enough, though, one grew weary of waiting for other people to finish their load. And so again it seemed almost too good to be true when we rented a house with a washer and had one all to ourselves. Of course this washer had been built in the days when cars were called roadsters and airplanes had propellers. The printing on the dial had worn off and only one of its mysterious cycles seemed to work. I had to cram wads of paper in strategic locations on the dial to make it stay on. This one also had a little bell that would ring when it was done. Sometimes it would agitate, spin and ring all at the same time. We went through the same basic evolution with the stereo, only we didn't wait so long to Upgrade. (Music comes much higher on the list than clean clothes.) When I left home, I took one of my Dad's old record players, a solid, formidable instrument built in the era of the Edsel. It played just fine, I thought. But my then-boyfriend (now husband) saw that the tone arm weighed about a pound and said I was digging ditches in my records. He taped a stack of pennies on the other end of the arm and said someday I would thank him for saving Simon and Garfunkle. His own system consisted of a relatively new turntable hooked up to one speaker roughly the size of an outhouse. That baby could blast dirt out of the carpet and make of shock. After graduation, the very moment we cashed 0o paychecks, we were off to buy a brand new records galore. But now it's beginning to look tired. The once-clear dust cover has taken on a set of fingerprints. The needle bounces when a r( flutters by. The orange speaker covers that with our California rug look hideous with mauve, sharpens her claws on the speaker covers, which on a rather tufted look in the past few years. Sadly, we're also beginning to tire of the TV, proudest purchases of the early days. We bought replace a two-ton color television in an immense' cabinet that we'd picked up at a flea market for were the proud owners of one of the first color built. It took about 15 minutes to warm up picture. It was always fun to speculate whether would be green or orange that day. The knob that the channel had fallen off long ago. We wedged fork onto what was left of the channel changer able, with minimal cursing, to switch from one another. When a particular station did not come it was a simple matter to hook up a series of and tack them to various places in the ceiling Most effective, of course, was standing with one ha the set and one hand in the air -- human There are a number of other vital items we'Ve to avoid replacing all these years. Like the iron broken steamer and one setting -- 1000 degreeS. food processer as a gift but still have to hand-bea whites and whipped cream. The oven doesn't any more and the dishwasher is starting to make grinding noises. Maybe this would be a good ti e home to mother. OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. It seems almost sinful to have something so luxurious. Ever since I left home I've been wrestling with or tryirig to outwit one washing machine or another. It had become a way of life. In college I spent many a Saturday morning at the Spartan Wash 'n Dry sitting at a rickety one-armed desk, reading "The Federalist Papers" and watching my socks splash around. You couldn't trust those machines for a second. At any moment they would skip by the rinse cycle or forget to spin. Sometimes a little creative jiggling and pounding would put matters to right. Sometimes it would not. There were several years of such aggravation, during which I learned to wait a good month to do laundry -- and II I