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Page 2 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, October 26, 1983 Opinion Editorial Foodbankneeds encouragement A few weeks ago the City Council faced a tough decision on which of two major projects would be the top priority in applying for 1984 Block Grant monies. A corner park and covered pedestrian area at Front and Sunset won out over a permanent location for the food bank. As it turns out, it wasn't a tough deci- sion after all. The downtown revitaliza- tion project won hands down, leaving the food bank volunteers more than a little miffed. "If we don't get a permanent building, the food bank will have to close," testified Fred Lehmkuhl. Some city councilors countered by question- ing the need for the food bank, wonder- ing why the food bank feeds out-of-city residents, and stating disbelief in the cited numbers of mouths fed (1,600 per month, unduplicated). The food bank volunteers don't deserve that kind of slap in the face. Why should they lie? They certainly have nothing to gain, and only more of their personal time to lose if the food bank continues. "All we were looking for was a pat on the back," says Tommie Troutman, head of the senior center, one of the groups instrumental in running the food bank. "That meeting was a tremendous setback. The volunteers are operating on self-generated steam." Being number two on the priority list means there is a good chance it will be tops in 1985. But the volunteers need an encouraging word to hang in there until then, or to find another solution. The City Council should apologize for its lack of caring and send overdtie kudos to the food bank volunteers. Public meetings Planning Policy Committee, Wednesday, October 26, 8 p.m., Community Hall. The agenda includes a discussion of the Tibbetts- Newport subarea of the Comprehensive Plan. School Board, Wednesday, October 26, 7 p.m., Administration Service Center. A comprehensive report on district-wide school security will be discussed. The possi- ble replacement of the gym floor at Liberty High is also scheduled for discussion. Deadline for property tax looms Property owners in King County are reminded that October 31 is the deadline for payment of 1983 second half property taxes in order to avoid interest and penalties. Delinquent taxes bear in- terest at 12% per annum (1% of the delinquent amount is added on the first day of each month). If the current year tax is not fully paid by November 30 (one month after the Oc- tober 31 deadline), a penalty of 8% of the tax is added. This is in addition to the 3% penalty added if the first half tax payment was not made by May 31st (one month after the April 30th first half pay- ment deadline). These penalties can bring the total interest and penalty on taxes delinquent for an entire year to23%. Tax payments can be made by mail in the payment envelopes provided with the property tax statement or in person at Room 600, King County Administration Building, 500 Fourth Ave- nue, Seattle. Mailed pay- ments must be postmarked no later than October 31, 1983 in order to avoid the ad- dition of interest. Taxpayers should be sure to include the second half property tax statement when paying by mail and include the property tax account number on their check or money order. Tax refunds offered on some forest land The State Department of The proposed rule imple- parcels through each country Natural Resources has pro- ments an act passed by the assessor's office, according posed a regulation which 1983 legislature regarding to Ken Hoover, manager of would allow an owner of forest fire protection assess- DNR's Fire Control Divi- forest land having multiple ments, sign. parcels under 30 acres to re- The rule simplifies existing No public hearing is plann- ceive a refund of assessments refund processes by ed but written public cam- paid on all but onparcel, eliminating the need to ment will be received until prefile a certification of November22. 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;$6.25 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Rodi Shemeta Ludlum, associate editor; Terry McLafferty, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan Blincoe, display advertising; Wilma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Mytle Winslow, beekeeper; Roxaine Reynoldi, Norma Starks, Fred Marler, contributing writers; Debbie Brusius, photographer and darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. _,tV(SPAPt Display Advertising... ............ Monday, 3 p.m. " "% Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. . Office Hours ............... Mon..Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 4$OCIATIOE OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- quah Post Office under Act of Majch 2, 1897. A OJwsaon of Muuay Publishing Company Letters Fire commissioners 'pulled a fast one' An open letter to Tom Fields, candidate for District l0 fire commissioner: On behalf of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce, please accept our apology for the confusion surrounding the Salmon Days Parade. A couple of things need clarification. First, when you came into my office in early September the parade deadline was almost three weeks away and Mayor Culver and Congressman Chandler were the only political entries in the parade at that time. However, based on written policy, others entered later. Rod Chandler could not make the parade, being detained in Washington, D.C. The other two were Bruce Holland -- in- cumbent 47th District Representative (not up for re-election) and Bruce Laing -- incumbent King County Councilman. Second, the two gentlemen who were in the parade repre- senting the fire district did not' play by the,rules. The fire department called me a few days before the parade, after the deadline, to get four units in the parade. The units were fire trucks and aid cars. Since the firemen help with crowd control and are always at the beginning of the parade, I told them it was OK to participate Parade morning, at 10:25 a.m. -- five minutes before the starting time, they showed up with four units plus a fifth -- a car with two commissioners and signs stating "Re-elect .... ." I told them they could not be in the parade. They said they were part of the fire district entry and be- longed in. With all of the pressure of the moment I insisted they cover the "re-elect" signs and they were in the pgrade as incumbents. Tom, 1 feel they pulled a fast one on me and plan to meet with the chief and the commissioners at a later date to clarify all of this for the future. ' Our parade policy will remain as published -- however mistakes will be made and screw-ups will occur next year and every year as all of this work is done by unpaid volunteers, supposedly in their spare time! Our hope is that the above clarification and apology is satisfactory. Issaquah is a small town with a large town parade and festival. We choose to live here partly because it is a small town; one in which we all must work and live together -- do- ing the best we can and learning by our mistakes. It is in this spirit of cooperation and understanding we ask for your sup- port. Very truly yours, Jack Porter Parade Chairman Donna Graves President Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Load politicians in a cattle car I agree -- politics can ruin a good parade! The letter in the October 12 issue of the Pressmakes a good point. Salmon Days as a town festival is unique and gives Issaquah the opportunity to "put its best foot forward." One of the highlights of the weekend is the parade. The parade has grown from very local participation to a point that it is becoming a showcase for county and state activities. This is in large measure due to the efforts and dedication of Jack Porter, the Parade Chairman. He has had more success than any of the previous chairmen in attracting parade participants from areas outside Issaquah. But no one is perfect. Jack erred. He declined to allow political candidates to be a part of the parade. How crass! Babes, children, adults, all of us tend to be awestruck by the power and importance of the political machine. Who cares about the visiting bands, Seafair Pirates, floats, marching units and that other clap-trap. Give us a politician anytime. I therefore suggest that Mr. Porter be instructed to stop this blatant discrimination. Policy should be established to invite both political aspirants and incumbents to participate in our Salmon Days parade. 'They should be encouraged to attend! What's wrong with signs or banners hung on vehicles to identify the candidate and the office to which he aspires? Mr. Porter should be instructed to highlight this group as a unit, placing them at the climax of the parade. For transporta- tion? 1 wonder how many cattle trucks it takes to load how many politicians? Dave Kingery Who gets what we pay for? How touching. "You get what you pay for," says King County Executive Randy Revelle. And then he proposes a full 8% sales tax that will reward him with a hefty 22.7% salary increase while saddling us with burdens we don't want: Such as a $900,000 downpayment on Issaquah's $12,000,000 ('82 prices) Cougar Mountain park, the "crown jewel" of the Pro Parks bond issue rejected by voters last year. If Randy insists on other-method taxation for parks voters have already said "No" to, he at least should spread the open-space riches over the entire county, lssaquah's new 13,500-acre Tiger Mountain State Forest, accessible by Metro bus, is only a skip and jump from Cougar Mountain, and both are a very short drive from the 3.3-million-acre national forests accessible from Snoqualmie Pass. Such as "beefing up" the King County Fire Marshall's of- fice, which is already too big for its britches. In addition to usual fire-fighting activities, that office has recently assumed planning-agency status by instituting a required form that destroys well-owners' rights to rotest for water mains, and by dictating that [ shall be opened as shortcuts for fire engines. Such as $152,000 to explore creation of an New Works" which sounds suspiciously like an of the I oT0-for-arts program which brought projects as the rocks in Seattle's Myrtle Edwards finned potatoes on the median in Lake City. Such as supporting growth control launching a proposed General Development take precedence over adopted community plans bigger impact on property owners and lifestyles ty han anything we've seen yet. Even tenants will bc both financially and otherwise. Randy Reveile, we can't afford you. And we d0n' what your proposing we pay for. Forget that sale crease.' Lion's Trophy is prized The students, parents, teachers and Cougar Mountain Academy would like to express and appreciation to all members of the Issaquah for helping to make the 1983 Salmon Days memorable event. It was especially gratifying to all of us as beautiful trophy donated by your club, which tunate and so pleased to receive. Our giant salmOn by loving hands for the fun and enjoyment Issaquah. Your trophy will be placed in a prominent locati0nl and will serve to remind us of a very pleasurable, table day of community participation. Our students in particular, have learned that bring reward. Few more significant lessons can Again, our sincere thanks and our very best wishes continued success of your club. Cougar Mot The Issaquah Press will accept letters candidates for the November 2 edition. We will give equal space to the pros and cons of each permitting. Letters must be limited to 500 double-space, and submitted by 5 p.m. Friday, Scariest of all are the evil things you don't ever see Rodi Shemeta Ludlum . I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul, freeze dTy young blood, Make thy two eyes like stars start from their .spheres, Thy knotted and combined locks to part, And each particular hair to stand an end Like quills upon the fretful porcupine. --William Shakespeare, Ghost to Hamlet Halloween is supposed to scare the dickens out of us, but frankly, it's hardly ever done that for me. For one thing, my system is prepared for shocks, though mostly it's dis- appointed by dime store masks and adorable urchins dressed as clowns. And then again, I don't invite heart palpitations by venturing into any man-made haunted houses, amateur or professional. One plunge into a bowl of cooked macarone ("EEK! Maggots!") was enough of a hair-raising experience for me, thanks. I've never minded scaring other people, however. For years, I labored for hours every Halloween to turn my blooming and lovely self into the most abominable-looking stark-white, blue-lipped, hollow-eyed, kinky-haired, black- robed fright imaginable. My brother hung damp toilet paper stained with red felt pen all over his face, stuffed a pillow behind one shoulder and shuffled hideously along with me on our haunted walks. We had the immense satis- faction of terrorizing every kid in the neighborhood who'd ever been a pest on our babysitting jobs. 1 was repaid for this dastardly deed many years later, early one Halloween evening as I cleared the dishes in the kitchen. There was a big window in the kitchen door, which led to the side of the house. And in that window was a big black.., thing. Looking at me. With weird eyes. The door started to open, and the enormous black thing, easily l0 'feet tall, or so it seemed, had the utter gall to breathe huskily all over my clean dishes. It flashed through my mind that 1 was not likely to fight off a gorilla with the dripping frying pan frozen in my hand. My dad, who is 6-3, and was almost as big around at the time, still laughs about how l defended home and family from doom by backing slowly into the stove and gasping "H-h-h-h-Who are you?" My first recollection of stark and utter fear will always be the night I saw the witch on "The Wizard of Oz" for the first time. "I'll get you, my pretty -- and your little dog too" may not be Bill Shakespeare, but those shrill words went straight through my gut and echoed through many a long, dark night. My brother couldn't bear the witch or the flying monkeys and my sister trembled through the whole thing and wasn't even sure about Glinda. My sister and 1 shared a room while we were growing up and when we got big enough to handle Elvira Gulch in all her forms, we moved on to "Hound of the Baskervilles." I read it first and spent the good part of many nights hissing, "What was that? every time a' tree branch scraped our window screen or the heater clicked. She read The Hound soon afterwards and we began to leap simultaneously at scrapes and clicks. We did have a lovely set of rosary beads that glowed ultra violet in the dark and fought over who got to wear them around the neck during those long nights. Finally we broke down and slept in the same bed with the protective beads between us. Soon afterwards, .we agreed that each other's sharp elbows and cold feet were infinitely worse than any fire-breathing hell-hound. But even after the fear of a hound leaping three stories to worry me about the throat faded away, there were times when the closet seemed to positively boil with unspeakable creatures of all kinds. The creeps would start with me waking suddenly from a deep sleep. The house would be silent. What woke me up? Something was waiting for me to move. 1 would not move. 1 would not breathe. Something in the closet caught my eye. Did it move? Yes, surely. And it stepped on a creaky board. 1 sank millimeter by milli- meter underneath the blankets, breathing what air there was every minute or so. 1 had no intention of watching the thing crawl to my bedside, knife in one hand and hatchet in the other. I wished the thing would just hack me to pieces and be done with it -- 1 was running out of air and all my muscles were tired from shaking. At home, I could sometimes reason myself out of a fit of the willies by reassuring myself that the house was locked and no one could get in and that big brave Morn and Dad were just down the hall. Not so on a camping trip. Oh sure, Morn and Dad were there, but since when has mere canvas ever kept out a ravenous, razor-clawed, red-eyed beast? And no Coleman lantern ever intimidated the slimy, wart- infested slithery things who lived at the bottom of the pit toilets and came out only in the middle of the night, awakened by the arrival of a midnight snack. You open your eyes and there it is, right next to your bed. It Is not purring. Skeletons in the closet aren't the only things you awake at night. / It's no wonder Halloween hobgoblins don't give much more than a momentary spasm -- seen one, all. It's the ones l don't ever see that will Clarification There may have been some misunderstanding October 5 column on getting a haircut. best hair places are the great huge ones in fancy stores" was not meant to imply that small shops inferior, only that there are more weird goings-On more to watch -- in a big salon. Evergreen shedding is natural If your fir, cedar or pine each fall about tree seems to be "dying from whose inside the inside out," don't worry, turning brown It really is just getting rid of off. excess needles, says Ken Rus- "This is a sell, forest pathologist for the drop," he said, Department of Natural Re- that outside sources, performing the Russell said his agency earlier done bY receives a number of calls needles. ,-ii /f