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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, November 9, 1983 Opinion Editorials School patrol is only one part of a neglected security system About the only good news we've heard about school security in the past few weeks is that the issue will not be discussed publicly for another month. School Superintendent Jim Swick has decided -- correctly -- that two weeks was not enough time to compile a thor- ough report on school security or pre- sent enough evidence to support the elimination of the school security patrol. While we agree with the superinten- dent's proposal to add more electronic alarm systems to the schools, we do not agree with the plan to immediately elim- inate the roving patrol. As haphazard as it may seem to send two cars out at night with patrolmen checking doors and windows, we think the administra- tion fails to note the remarkable number of times potential vandals were shooed off school grounds, the number of doors and gates locked and lights turned out. Even if the district does eventually do away with the patrol, it is absurd to cut it off immediately before any new alarms are installed in the schools. Judging from the vandalism and burglary report issued two weeks ago, many schools are already as vulnerable as eggshells, even with the slim protection of the patrol. The proposal to eliminate the patrol has been badly handled from the start. We can only applaud School Board members for refusing to consider it un- til more detailed information -- indeed, any information at all -- is presented. We're not even sure a month is enough time to find a solution to a security problem that has been ignored for years. Frankly, we doubt there is any- one in the district who even knows enough about the problem to propose sensible and workable plans. We think security is an area best handled by experts. If the district has to take on the added expense of a consul- tant to draw up plans, it would be well worth it in the long run. We don't think that just because there are a lot of woods and fields in this area that there are fewer vandals and burglars to worry about. Security reports make it clear that Issaquah youngsters can be every bit as violent and destructive as any kid from the city. It is naive to think otherwise. In reviewing security records, we were also shocked at the number of in- stances in which school employees con- tributed to the security problem by simply neglecting to lock a door, turn out a light or keep a valuable object out of sight. Employees and students as well must be made to realize they are all responsible for safe and secure schools. Schools are no longer little red build- ings with nothing inside but benches and slates. Taxpayers spend a great deal to build attractive buildings and stock them with sophisticated equipment. They have a right to expect the build- ings, grounds and equipment will be. protected. OFFTILL OWVVLL, YEY ), SHOULD HAVE I:EN "! ii i Public meetings School Board, Wednesday, November 9, 7 p.m. Administration Service Center. A previously-scheduled discussion of the school security patrol has been postponed until the first meeting of December. The board is scheduled to discuss the district in- surance program and take a final vote on a new policy for the Certificate of Perfect At- tendance. Planning Policy Commission, Wednes- day, November 9, 8 p.m., City Hall Con- ference Room. Review of Councilman Dick Mitchell's new Comprehensive Plan zoning formula and setting a public meeting on Tibbets-Newport area plan will be dis- cussed. Statistics I City of Issaquah Building Permits Sept. '82 single ram. multi fam. commer. permits 0 0 0 value 0 0 0 Sept. '83 permits value home adds bus adds 4 3 $19,925 $31,407 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 $9,000 $94,500 Sept. 82:$52,157 year to date: $4,795,370 Sept. 83:$110,620 year to date: $7,694,834 (Values equal estimated value of construction. Figures from City of lssaquah Planning De- partment.) Business licenses: Sept. 82:26 new businesses Sept. 83:22 new businesses 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; Wllma 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. tVSP/IP-#,= Display Advertising ... ............ Monday, 3 p.m. #. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. # -__ Office Hours ............... ion.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. i' OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- "F,,OCIATIO,,," quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. A 0)visl0n of Murray Publishing Company L ;ii i Letters Worst journalism ever Terry McLafferty's article in last week's Press: "Point- Counterpoint: Fire District Race" is the finest example I've seen of irresponsible journalism. Anyone who has every written for a newspaper becomes cognizant of two facts within the first week of employment. (1) All important facts must go at the beginning of the article lest space requirements cause a portion to be cut and (2) In very long articles the reader will rarely read the entire story, therefore in constructing the piece, what the writer feels the reader "must" know is always placed in the lead paragraphs. In McLafferty's arrangement of Point-Counterpoint, the allegations made by Tom Fields, District #10 Fire Commis- sioner candidate and the Press'choice for the position, took a prominent position on page one while his opponent's re- sponses were buried on page seven. With the article appearing in the last issue before the elec- tion, it was impossible to correct any damage done by the original article. Accident or intention? At its best, this is an example of poor writing. At its worst, it is a frightening example of the deliberate manipulation of the voter. The editor must also bear a portion of the responsibility. If any editing was done, it was a poor attempt. Unless, of course, the editor also sought to manipulate the voter's think- ing. Responsible journalism would have required all allegations and their responses to be printed on the front page with ex- planations laid out on page seven. If in the minds of the writer and editor this article was responsible journalism, l must respond by asking are the readers being manipulated on other issues, as well? A couple of weeks ago, the Press carried another McLaffer- ty article regarding a double homicide in Bellevue and a suicide in Issaquah. As I read it, 1 began to feel distinctly un- comfortable without knowing why. The last paragraph of the article as I recall it, subtly slipped into the voice of the police officer covering the case. It implied that the officer was unaf- fected by the preceeding tragic events and was only concerned with the many things that had to be done before shift change when the patrolman could finally go home. No compassion on the officer's part was evident. Again I ask, was this acci- dental? Or was it another effort as almost sublimal reporting leaving a rotten taste in the mouth of the reader regarding the police? To tell an errant child "for shame" is appropriate but how do you admonish someone for the misuse of the print media? Perhaps a disclaimer should be placed in a sidebar alongside every article McLafferty writes stating WARNING: Do Not Take At Face Value. Doing So CouM Be Hazardous To Clear Thinking! Very truly yours, Lirda A. Hjelm Jumper grateful for support John Jumper and his family would like to thank the city of lssaquah, City and County Fire Depts., Issaquah Press and businesses, our neighbors and friends for all the cards, calls, flowers and especially for caring so much about John's unfor- tunate accident. Overlake Hospital took excellent care of John and he's at home recovering well from a severe concus- sion, back and neck injury. John has always put a priority as a firefighter and person to working for his community. Thanks for remembering him during this time. Sincerest thanks, .lohn Jumper and his family Live-in caretakers cut down on vandalism In response to your articles in the lssaquah Press of Octo- ber 26, regarding the vandalism in your schools. I would like to tell you what the small community of Elk Grove in central California did to stop their school from being vandalized. The school had a fence part way around the grounds. The fence was put completely around the yard, with gates in front. The School Board bought a mobile home, moved it onto the school ground and hooked it on to the utilities. They let a family move into it. This family had a dog which was kept tied in the daytime but turned loose in the evening after the gates were closed. The family got free rent in return for watching the school. Having a man and a dog on the grounds at night sure cut down the vandalism. Celia M. Otero Editor's note: There is a couple living in a mobile home on the grounds of Liberty High School. They are responsible for keeping an eye on the school after hours. Auld acquaintance not forgot On August 27, 1983 Harris Lawrence took me as a guest to the combined class reunion of 1952 and 1953 at the Holiday Inn in Issaquah. After being gone from lssaquah for so long, reunions are something special; fun, but most of all, the feel- ings which have lasted are so special that I would like to share them. I came to Issaquah at the beginning of my sophomore year, left after my senior year and spent 20 years wandering the face of the earth. 1 retired from the Army in 1973 and have lived in Hawaii for the last 10 years. Almost every year I've returned to the Bellevue-Redmond area to visit family and I always drive through the lssaquah area. It seems to keep calling me. Like many folks our age, I've had a lot of things happen to me, but l've always felt those 2V2 years (1949-51) were one of the best years of my life. After going back to the reunions, hearing your names, seeing your faces; at first not being able to associate the faces with fuzzy memories. However, it is amazing how everything slowly came into focus. Then the pleasant memories flowed and the elation is something I wish everyone would or should experience. I'm writing this because I know some folks are reluctant to attend reunions; they don't care, can't be bothered or don't have the fond memories of high school which I have. After being gone as long as I have been, almost everyone did care what had happened to me. I was truly happy to see everyone, but mostly the people made me feel important -- We all need those positive feelings. 1 saw a little ditty at my aunt's: Count your life by smiles, Not tears; Count your age by friends, Not years ..... I have more friends than I thought 1 did. You do too. Check It!! And lastly, 30 years ago I fell in loe many,!s over those years in high school. Infatuation being whaYt'::is, similar feelings rekindled my soul many times o/,ugus7, 1983. I must apologize to Marilyn (Ericks) for c''nfusiner with Darlene (Erickson) almost all evening. Donna, June, Jeannie, Marcia, LaDonna, Flossy, DeeDee, Betty, Carol, Carolyn and all you other gals and guys, I love you. Issaquah is my special place. You are special people and I will always need you. Thanks, Harris, for turning on the light. Jerry Price Class of 1951 Honolulu, Hawaii Airport owners .. haven't kept promise The owners of the Pickering Farm and Skyport represented by Eugene Ekblad and Roger Girard, written proposal by letter dated April 11, 1983 to Mayor, Culver, and this letter is a part of the public recor&Oa' with the City. The second paragraph of this letter begins, "We sistently stated that we support recreational aviation quah...". In the third paragraph is the statement willing to allow the present airport to continue its e its present location through the end of the 1984 (This offer to allow the airport to remain in its present tion is contingent upon the designation of the P property as a Development District..." The Comprehensive Plan was approved with District for the Pickering Farm. The owners got designation they asked for. The inconsistency I wish to out is that these men who made the plea in April ment District an d promised to let the airport already broken their commitment. Last month theyt tion specifically designed to close the airport by court order and judgment that the airport must south one-half of the runway. That ruling by the obtained without giving me or my attorney notice ing so we were not able to argue our case. There are a couple of old sayings that come t011 "Words are cheap," and "Actions speak louder .... There will be a motion before the court at 9:30 a'. i! vember 10, 1983' to reconsider that Order to Vacate, hereby invite Mr. Ekblad and his legal counsel to Very Mare Food Bank workers deserve The food bank volunteers don't need a slap in the f//:' : I] the people that work over there really work. There are a lot of hungry people. I don't know councilors are that think we shouldn't give food to the on the other side of the tracks.  They should get off their keesters and put a couple with us volunteers. I wonder if they would say "no" to who was on the wrong side of the tracks. Wh pie give Tommie Troutman a hand instead of a slap fa?e. She does more for this town than most of you in a lifetime. . Winnie L00tIers policy ,,, The lss"ah Press welcomes letters to the subjects of local interest. Letters should be typed and submitted no la than 5 p,m. Friday for publication for the Wednesday. No letter will be published signed by at least one individual even if the represents the view of a group. Letters should be no longer than 500 words. Press reserves the right to edit for spelling, length and libel. " Gilman Boulevard LID gets go ahead from council Acting on City Council reconsideration of the pro- funding the changes, plaints from property owners before a standing room only member Joe Peterson's call posal, including major ques- Such questions, thecouncil who wish not to be assessed crowd in Community Hall that "it's time to flush the tions of which property agreed, could be answered at all. and was prefaced by a detail- birds from the bush," lssa- owners should be required to within the legal frame, work Price tag on the full scale ing of the city's 17-year quah City Council approved pay for the work, and how of the LID appeals process, plan is more than $2 million, flirtation with a master plan the Gilman Boulevard local work already done by indi- The motion to establish the For that money Gilman Blvd. for Gilman Boulevard. improvement district (LID) ' viduals could be credited to district then passed unan- would be widened, provided Public works director Jack Monday night, calling for their remodeling tab. imously, with a landscaped median, Crumley told the audience full-scale remodeling and Outgoing member Dave Within a 30-day appeals wandering bike and pedes- that everyone from the detailing of the city's "signa- Clark questioned at the last process the city must estab- trian trails and fully land- Chamber of Commerce to tureroadway." moment whether a city-wide lish the final estimated costs scaped from State Route 900 the Issaquah Garden Club Approval came despite bond issue might not be a for the project, set final to Front Street North. has produced a theme for the considerable last minute more appropriate means of boundaries and hear com- The project was debated street, and encouraged its unified treatment. The current plans earve 110-foot right of waY. Crumley said the has about 50 to 55 moderate to strong and 25 to 35 moderate to warr approval from perty owners. It 60 the project if the coU: sisted on a strict Who's going to tell kids what they'll be when they grow up ?:, Rodi Shemeta Ludlum i It's a rare day at the office if I don't think or mutter or even shout to anyone who will listen: "Now I've seen everything!" New and exotic bits of information come to me constantly, usually through the mail. Here I discover events such as the annual convention for the Society for the Preservation and Restoration of Pop Top Beer Cans (to be held in Mosquito, Mississippi -- could 1 send a reporter?). I get a lot of stuff tell- ing about special days and weeks to commemorate the momentous and mundane in all our Ivies. Things like Goat- Milking Week and National Shoelace Day. I thought l'd been hardened. But all these items paled in significance compared to a recent notice 1 received telling about a career planning seminar -- for preschoolers. 1 looked twice to make sure 1 hadn't misread it. No, there it was in black and white. I read as far as "It's not too early to have your child... " before 1 chucked it, muttering, "Now I real- ly ha ve seen everything." Of course, maybe an early career planning course would have helped a lot of us who never gave it a thought until we had to declare a major on a college entrance form. The word was, you weren't supposed to write down what you really wanted  "Undeclared" -- because no school would accept someone that wishy-washy. The advice I got was to declare something obscure like comparative philosophy, where there would surely be room for you in the department. "You can always change your major once you get accepted," was the common wisdom. Nonetheless, nearly every girl I knew declared psychology and every boy business. Nearly all switched majors after they found out how many math calsses were required. I've been trying to picture what it would be like to actually watch a career planning seminar for kids who are just barely out of Pampers. More and more we read about how these ur- chins are budding geniuses beneath the Rice Crispies crusting in their hair. They understand so much more than we give them credit for. OK, here it is, a roomful of fidgeting tots, curiously open- ing up their colorful information brochures and happily chew- ing the brand new pens enclosed. A businesslike blonde in a dress-for-success suit and bow blouse smiles beautifically at the crowd. She has barely got into how glad she is to be there when half a dozen kids wail that they need to go potty. In between trips to the bathroom, the increasingly harried "facilitator" tries to extract from the children what their in- terests and skills are in life. Half greet her with wide eyes and stony silence. The loquacious ones are only too happy to help her get in touch with their feelings. "What do you like to do, Jason?" "Chewgum." "Yes, 1 can see that. You really shouldn't poke it in your ear like that, you know. Now, honey, what is it you like so much about gum? Is it the constant motion of the jaw, which might indicate a future career in politics? Is it the response of the taste buds, which might show an inclination to become a chef? Or could it be chewing gum gives you a certain air of the street fighter, that you want to cover up deep-Sea" securities and fear by creating a tough facade?" Little Jason stops chewing for a minute and th, pily, "I like to watch Scooby-Doo, too." The facilitator decides to take a more direct roU seminar and asks the classic question, "Boys and pose we go around the room and you all tell me want to be when you grow up." ' "Jonathan?" "Fireman!" "Very good! Eric?" "Fireman!" "Uh, fine, Joshua?" r .'L "Fireman!" "1 see. Well, Victoria, suppose you tell us what to be when you grow up. :'. "Vallerina." "Wonderful! Now, Stacey?" "Valler... valla.., uh, what she said." (She what this is, but at least it got a good response How does the career planner get across to the cherubs that there are people in this world other people's messes, people to drive the same lessly, and people to sit on Comprehensive Regiona Management Boards of Review? Remember the song on Mary Poppins" that goeS, got to learn the honest truth, despite their youth, learn.., about th$ life you lead... They must of toting up a balance book -- a thousand row. When gazing at a graph that shows the little cup of joy should overflow... " On second thought, maybe a career eminar such a bad idea for the youngsters. At least illusioned by someone besides their parents.  i"