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THE ISSAQUAH PRESS A4 WEDNESDAY) OCTOBER 21, 2009 PRESS EDITORIAL City Council Issaquah voters didn't fare too well this year, getting candi- date choices for only two of its four open City Council posi- tions. But the quality of the four candidates running for posi- tions 5 and 7 are excellent. The candidates have generated a vigorous debate about the issues and all merit your consid- eration. We have listened to the candidates carefully and offer our endorsements as food for thought as you study your ballot options. ) Position 5 - Maureen McCarry. McCarry is seeking her second elected term on the council, and deserves it. She has worked hard, listens well and brings both knowledge and passion to the council. She is willing to stand up for her be- fiefs while challenging others, but is nearly always willing to seek compromise when needed. Challenger Joan erobala is about the most prepared of any challenger we've seen, hav- ing served on three city commissions and has worked hard to bring South Cove into the city limits. She's ready for elected office, but McCarry's experience should not be traded in. Position 7 - Tola Marts. In this race, there are two new faces, both shy on city leadership experience. Marts moved into the city three years ago and got involved in a local PTA and school site council. His opponent, Nathan Perea, is a res- ident of the Issaquah Highlands, where he serves as a neigh- borhood captain, and is on a chamber of commerce commit- tee. Listen carefully to the two and eerea has the most new ideas, but Marts has studied the city issues and is better pre- pared to step into outgoing Councilman David Kappler's shoes. There is no doubt eerea is going to be an exciting new leader for Issaquah, but we'd like to see him broaden his community roles a bit more. School board The Issaquah School Board has one challenged seat. Marnie Maraldo and Wright Noel are both vying to represent the south end of the district, represented by Connie Fletcher for the past 16 years. Both Noel and Maraldo would be exemplary school board members, but Maraldo's leadership in PTA and on legislative issues regarding education and school funding demonstrates that she has the passion, knowledge, talent and time for the job. Issaquah attorney Noel's willingness to be a leader in the school community should be called into use, but Maraldo is better prepped to go. OFF THE PRESS Gotta dance! Gotta dance! three years, One of my favorite scenes from developing a "Singin' in the Rain" is where a huge respect naive, bespectacled young fellow for stars who hits the, big city and sings "Gotta are taking up Dance! I kmow how he feels, ballroom Sometimes, I feel like I gotta dancing for dance, too. the first time. Unfortunately, I have no talent Some, like for dancing. My dancing is like, former well, like listening to Roseanne Olympic Gold Barr sing "The National Anthem" medalist gym- - it's painful, nast Shawn I am a member of the Two Left Johnson, have Feet Gang. Despite this become quite BOB TAYLOR Press Sports Editor quandary, I have turned into a big fan of dancing. Now, this might not sound like the most macho thing for a long- time sports writer, but one of my favorite programs on television is "Dancing With The Stars." I know, I know -- a lot of people probably thought it was WWE's Smackdown. Nah, I'd rather watch high school wrestling than pro wrestling any night, but that's another story. Actually I've watched "Dancing With The Stars" for the past good. Johnson became a "Danc- ing With The Stars" champion. One of my favorite stars was NFL standout Jason Taylor, who made it to the final round in 2008. Then, there are members of the Two Left Feet Gang -- stars who just don't dance very well. I have admiration this year for such fellows as former Dallas Cowboy star receiver Michael Irvin and ultimate fighter Chuck See DANCING, Page A5 I .,]. ".-". " . .4 & /" '/" .~.~. // .- ...... ; .~""..""_."-':':7"..'""'7.. ........... / .. /__ "~.. ,. ../ . .. ,/:"~/ _.!~., /.' C .............. TO THE EDITOR Decision 2009 Vote for Maureen McCarry because she is independent on City Council I felt compelled to write in response to a let- ter written last week, entitled "Anyone but Maureen McCarry." The responsibility of virtu- ally every issue cited is that of the mayor and her staff, not McCarry. Maureen probably agrees with the frustra- tion the letter writer has with the city staff's ar- bitrary actions, because I've seen her fight many times to overcome these same blockades and open up the process. McCarry does not always get along with the mayor or go along with everything exactly the way her administration wants things done. She asks too many questions, has too many ideas and demands the involvement of the citizens too much for the mayor's taste. McCarry has also shown the courage to stand up and take the hits for what she believes in, and I admire her for that. Frankly, it is a great disappointment in this election that we do not have a choice in this year's mayoral race, because I expect four years of more of the same, and actually, things could get a lot worse. Traditionally, in the sprit of maintaining civic harmony and keeping the branches of local government clearly separate, Issaquah's may- ors have not made endorsements in the City Council races. I have always thought this was a good thing. However, this year the mayor has broken this longstanding tradition and is ac- tively supporting candidates. Not surprisingly, the mayor is not supporting McCarry. To me, this is the greatest recommen- dation the mayor could have given McCarry, because it clearly shows how strong a council president she has been, and that she has the ability to stand up to this administration. In this election, if what you want for the fu- ture is the mayor and her administration to always get their way, then the mayor's candi- date should be yours, too. But if what you want is an independent thinking city councilor who will do her best to make sure the city ad- ministration always includes the citizens' viewpoint, then McCarry should be your choice. CJL Chdstensen lssaq h cerns. As council president for the past two years, her vision for Issaquah has emerged. McCarry works for a future Issaquah that includes treed hillsides, clean waters, good jobs, health care, intelligent transportation -- in short, a good community in which to live, work and raise a family. Washington Conservation Voters has en- dorsed her. I am particularly grateful to her for protecting our open spaces and fragile en- vironmental infrastructure. So, I look forward to working with McCarry in the future for the ~o OOd of the community and urge you to vote r her, so she has the opportunity to con- tinue her work for the benefit of us all. Thank you. Joanna BueMer lssaquah Tola Marts has what it takes to be successful as city councilman After 18 years on the council, I must admit I was ready to retire and turn the reins over to a person with a common vision, intelligence, ex- perience and energy. After meetings with Tola Marts, my family, my supporters, several fellow council members and I recognized that Marts had what it takes to be a free representative of the people of Issaquah, and I could withdraw from the race knowing we had a superior can- didate to support. Marts' experiences with other communities give him a broad perspective for getting in- volved locally, making sure Issaquah avoids the pitfalls he has seen elsewhere, and improving on the many positive aspects of our wonderful community. I know that Marts' concern for the natural environment is real and deep. I appre- ciate that he has used minimal signage to get his name recognized while using completely re- cyclable paper signs. There is no question about Marts' intelli- gence. He absorbs and processes financial and technical information like the proverbial rocket scientist, which, not by chance, is a pretty close description of his day job. I've noticed how he listens thoughtfully to various community members and then uses good judgment to cre- ate positive solutions. Marts has a depth of experience working with groups of people on complex engineering projects, certainly a skill that will help the city Maureen Mccorry has earned your vote with its most controversial and expensive proj- ects. He's done a good deal of free work with for re-election to fibl Council Maureen McCarry has earned re-election to the City Council. Duringthe past six years, she has proved herself tobe thoughtful, con- scientious and well-prepared. Her respectful, calm, quiet demeanor allows for the ex- change of ideas and civilized debate about topics that are all too frequently polarizing. She remains accessible to all citizens and ea- ger to listen to others' thoughts and con- his children's school and with the school dis- trict on the very sensitive issue of school boundaries. There is the saying about if you want some- thing done, ask a busy person to do it. From everything I have seen, Marts has the drive and desire to be that busy person who will balance career, family and the responsibilities of repre- senting us on the Issaquah City Council. This time of economic challenges demands the skills and vision of Tola Marts. Please join me in electing him to our City Council. David Kappler lssaquah Vote for Marnie Maraldo for Issaquah School Board Why Marnie? She works hard, she studies the issues, she listens to all perspectives on an issue. And most importantly, her underlying goal in education is to try to figure out a solu- tion that is best for student achievement. Vote for Marnie Maraldo! She will work tire- lessly for the children of the Issaquah School District! Kelly Munn Timberlake Park Letter about dog ban inspired support for finding a solution Ken Sessler's letter finally got me to write a letter. I keep reading these letters from people who want to ban dogs on leashes in Timberlake Park and notice they talk about everything ex- cept Timberlake Park. I do not believe most of them have ever been to the park. I also notice that the dog owners who write in are trying to come up with solutions that work for everyone who use this park. Not to say there may never have been some isolated incidences with dogs off leash in the park, but I have been running through Timberlake Park with a dog for nine years and have never seen a problem. Let us come up with a solution that lets those who have always used the park continue to en- joy it. Greg [arson / mh See LETTERS, Page A5 LETIERS WELCOME The Issaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor on any subject, although we reserve the right to edit for space, potential libel and/or political relevance. Letters addressing local news will receive priority. Please limit letters to 350 words and type them, if possible. E-mail is pre- ferred. 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