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A4 "'EI)NESI)AY ()(YI'OBER 27, 2004 4, PRESS EDITORIAL -rzz Great choices for the 5th Legislative District T his is a very proud year for the 5th Legislative District. There are six excellent candidates, all with sound experience befitting a state represen- tative. The citizens of the 5th District cannot go wrong with any of them. As tough as the deci- sions are, ballots must be marked and winners must be declared. After careful consideration, The Issaquah Press recom- mends the following candidates: Cheryl Pflug- Senate Cheryl Pflug served five years in the House before getting bumped to the more powerful Senate to replace Dine Rossi when he resigned to run for governor. She eased right in to the new position with her eye still on the target -- to do her best to help constituents in the 5th District. Pflug doesn't always have the right answer, but she's the first to say so. And she does her research. As Issaquah con- templated the proposed road known as the Southeast Bypass, eflug acknowledged what Issaquah's own city leaders will not -- that Highway 18 is a better route for north/south traffic. She has led the charge for funding the widening of Highway 18 and says she will continue to do so until it is done. When Issaquah needs a friend in Olympia, Pflug is one who gets things done. Last year, when state budget cuts once again threatened the Salmon Hatchery, she went to work. Not only did the hatchery survive in the 2004 budget, but Pflug made sure the funding issue won't come up again this year. That's the way it has been since Pflug was in'st elected. She puts service above self, and is empathetic to the com- munities she represents. We recommend she return to the Senate for another four years. Jeff Griffin - House Pos. 1 Jeff Griffin and Jay Rodne have a lot in common. They are both among today's heroes -- Griffin a fire captain, Rodne a U.S. Marine. Both have been elected to pubhc office -- Griffin served five years as a District 10 fire commissioner and Rodne served two years as a Snoqualmie city council- man. But Griffin has the broader experience. We find Griff'm to be one of the best informed of new 5th District candidates we have seen in years. It's no wonder -- he is a 20-year resident of the district and an active commu- nity volunteer. And Griffm has a proven track record as a champion of open meetings and open records, a critical foundation of our government. As a Fire District 10 commissioner, Griff'm led negotiations with cities to form the larger cooperative fire department we now know as Eastside Fire & Rescue. Those mediation skills will serve him well in Olympia as he works to build a consensus for change. Barb de Michele - House Pos. 2 What are the top concerns of voters in the 5th District? High on the list are education and transportation. Barbara de Michele just happens to be an expert on both. After serving eight years on the Issaquah School Board, she knows education inside-out. She knows what it takes to run a public school system that produces welheducated chil- dren even when money is tight. More importantly, she knows what changes are necessary at the state level to give districts like Issaquah a fighting chance at fair funding. But de Michele is not the one-issue candidate some accuse her of being. AS a community relations planner for the King County Department of Transportation and an avid bus rider, she walks the talk. And even when she was at her busiest with her job and the school board, she was providing lead- ership via Kiwanis, the arts commission and the Issaquah Youth & Family Network. De Michele has both community savvy and a wealth of knowledge on state issues. Combine the two, and you have a winning combination for a top-notch legislator. i .... THE ISSAQU/00 PRESS PUBIJISHED EVEHY YEI)NESDAY SINCE 1900 45 FRONT STREET S. " PO BOX 1328 ISSAQUAH, KING COUNTY, WA 98027 $24 PER YEAR / $40 TWO YEARS / $16 PER YEAR FOR SENIORS ADD $12 OUff'SIDE KING COUNTY / $15 OUff'SIDE STATE THE ISSAQUAH PRESS OPINION TryYoT00 Lue00? \\; '*, % '., ,, t, i:/ "g. i/' ,k /t o- BL. lID B 'qD "5" TO THE EDITOR T 2: Thank you Community fund-raiser helped raise nearly $500 fur teacher with cancer We would like to offer gracious thanks to our 300 school families and the local community for supporting the recent fund-raiser in con- junction with the Sammamish Papa John's Pizza. This great community enjoyed their pizza while raising funds for our first-grade teacher that is being treated for breast cancer. The nearly $500 raised will help her pay med- ical expenses. In recognition of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month and our fabulous teacher, we will be holding another fundraiser with the Sammamish Papa John's Pizza on Nov. 10. Please mark your calendars and mention teacher Lori Wyler's name when you order your pizza and a contribution will go toward helping her pay for chemotherapy. Thank you! Proposition No. 1 Plan benefits those who live inside and outside the community Citizens of lssaquah are being asked to ap- prove Proposition No. 1, which provides fund- ing for an ITS (Intelligent Transportation Sys- tem) project. I believe that the package of travel enhancement features will significantly im- prove travel time and traffic flow along the city's main roadways, thereby benefiting not only the citizens of Issaquah, but those travel- ing through Issaquah and doing business in Is- saquah. As a long-time supporter of businesses in Is- saquah (including your fantastic Salmon Days festivals), I have watched Issaquah monotoni- cally progress towards gridlock. This has re- sulted in huge traffic delays, hurting business, wasting fuel and generally being deleterious to the environment. The proposed ITS project will reduce con- gestion, be good for business, and thus in- crease sales tax revenues to the city. So, some of the bond expense of the program will be recaptured by the city in the form of in- creased tax revenues from "outsiders" such as myself. On behalf of myself, and not necessarily other members of the Sammamish City Coun- cil, I strongly encourage the voters of lssaquah to do the right thing for the region and vote for Prop. No. 1. Don Gtnad, It is time to take action on traffic Thank you for your recent articles on Propo- LETTER OF THE WEEK Schools foundation luncheon nets S I The Board of the Issaquah Schools Foun- dation/Communities In Schools of Issaquah (ISF/CISI) would like to offer our sincere ap- preciation to the 700-plus community mem- bers who contributed a record-breaking $167,000 at the Seventh Annual Kick-Off for Kid's Luncheon on Oct. 21. Words can not express how much your fi- nancial support of our efforts means to us and the students of the district. Your participation reinforces the knowl- edge that our communitv cares the quality of education We were happy to share the ISF/CISI with you during hope that our messa other community concern and passion for our cation. Thanks again. sition No. 1. I am glad Issaquah is considering putting in a synchronized traffic system, which is Prop. No. 1 on the ballot for Nov. 9. Even the opposition says this is something that should have been done a long time ago. Why put.this off?. We need this system now so we can ease the traffic problem in lssaquah. We don't need more years to go by before we adopt this sys- tem. Vote yes for Prop. No. 1. /ss, m ITS will improve commutes by 25 percent I think it is great that lssaquah could have an Intelligent Transportation System, which is a 21st century computerized traffic signal system. This would reduce traffic delay up to 25 percent and make commutes faster. The new system would synchronize traffic lights and installed traffic cameras could be monitored so traffic engineers can respond quickly to traffic-blocking accidents. Any mod- em-day city should allocate ful?ds to take ad- vantage of the information technology for the betterment of the lives of its citizens. Especially in recognition of the fact that we have problems with traffic backing up all around the down- town area, which, as we all know, is increas- ingly getting worse. Reducing traffic this way is something every- one can agree on. Vote yes for Prop. No. 1 on Nov. 9. I lallmn Issapah Hold City Council accountable - vote no lssaquah voters have a unique community buildingopportunity with Proposition No. 1. While a Yes vote increases the taxes we pay for the transportation benefit of others who don't live here, it also demonstrates that we are willing to bail out an incompetent city gov- ernment and reward their continued failure to plan on our behalf. What a great message this sends about our community -- failure is re- warded! On the other hand, a "no" vote demonstrates the reality that our city is facing; one that our City Council has ignored. We of them in this time of scarce must shift priorities, is already available, and elected to do. Last year, our mayor said have to do more wi less sue, the citizens will their pockets for the lieve that something is digm, vote no on Prop. No. 1. Initiative 872 Allow voters to vote fur the person, not the party Initiative 872 should be tive YES so that we the can vote for the person US Supreme Court was ing with those who are mary elections, the US Constitution do not mary, it advocates a vote party. 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