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A4 WEDNESDAY~ DECEMBER 2~, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS OPINION PRESS EDITORIAL ,=, Athletes bring pride to the community Even the avid high school sports fan has to be con- tinually amazed at what the teams at Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high schools can do. This weekend, both Skyline and Liberty will go for the gold -- the state championship 4A and 3A foot- ball rifles, respectively. More amazing, this is not unheard of. In 1980, Issaquah and Liberty both played for state titles in their divisions. Liberty won the 3A title in 1988. Last year, Is- saquah and Skyline played each other for the title. This will be Skyline's fifth state playoff in the last six years! The Spar- tans have won three state titles during that time, and also won in 2000. This is football country, for sure. Football pros across the country are aware of the Spartans, and if Liberty can usurp Bellevue on Friday night, they'll be talking once again. But Issaquah School District athletes are not just in the football program. Two weeks ago, Skyline girls took the state soccer title for the second year running, with Issaquah on their heels in second. Skyline's girls swim team also brought home a state title this year, with Issaquah in fourth place. Is- saquah's boys cross country team was third in state, and girls volleyball was fifth. And that's just this fall! Junior football, Issaquah Soccer Club, Little League, Is- saquah Parks basketball program, Sockeye Swim Team, Gliders running club and other local sports clubs have all be- come feeder programs for the high schools. Parents, coaches, volunteers and fans are all responsible for the in- credible support of the young athletes. Don't let the support stop now! Wear your school colors and show your spirit at the Tacoma Dome this weekend as two of our schools play their season's last game. Good luck, teams! Win or lose, in the eyes of the commu- nity, you've already earned your due respect. OFF THE PRESS They are deserving of our thanks and prayers in a line of traf- fic next to a patrol car Sunday at a stop light. Some- thing came over me and I rolled down the window. The officer rolled down his. "We just want to let you know we love you," I said. "Thank you for everything you do. We're always praying for you," my wife said. Issaquah is one fortunate town. In the years I've covered the accidents, fres, D.A.R.E. classes, DUI patrols and weather emergencies of snow, flood and wind, the police have been the best, and they've stayed safe. In Issaquah's history, not one offi- cer has died in the line of duty. I don't have to look at a city di- rectory to know any of these peo- ple, past and present. Stan Con- rad, Paul Fairbanks, Nathan Lane and Keith Moon. Steve Cozart, Christian Mufioz, Ron Adams, Chris Felstad and Roger Enders. Paul Ayers, Scott Trial, Jeff John- son and Karin Weihe. Scott Behrbaum, Dag Garrison, Bob Porter, Darren Benko and Kevin Nash. Bill Jarrell, Dave Draveling and Brian Horn. They've got great personalities, fascinating hobbies, sparkling laughs, wonderful fami- lies and a couple of tattoos. Wherever they serve, police and firefighters are doing a serv- ice for you and me that we can't survive without, yet which few of us would want to do on a bet. There is plenty of humor and boredom in being a cop, as one can see by reading our po,lice blotter every week. There s fun in joLmng young people in a dodgeball tournament at the com- munity center and during Salmon Days. There's the annual adop- tion the police department GREG makes of a faro- FARRAR ily for Christ- Press Photographer mas. They wait tables at Red Robin every year for the Special Olympics. But there are also the acci- dents, the belligerent or violent suspects, and having to wade into the messy lives of dysfunc- tional individuals and families. And then there's the unthink- able. Only a month ago, we pho- tographed an Issaquah Police contingent at the somber funeral procession for slain Seattle offi- cer Timothy Brenton. And Sun- day, four Lakewood officers were killed while just having coffee. Four parents with a total of nine children between them. Lakewood's a big town of 57,000, but Issaquah and Sam- mamish have a combined popu- lation of 70,000. There are a lot more people here to protect than ever before, with much more di- versity than this town historically has ever had. All this is just to say one thing. Our police and frefighters are working harder than ever, deal- See POLICE, Page A5 14S V H/SClg Cr GP.eP City problems Street corner eyesores, signage are higher priorities than new park I read about the amount of time and effort that city officials are planning to devote to the new downtown park. This is designed to be a jewel for the city of Issaquah and I think it is a wonderful idea. However, I think there is another problem that needs to be addressed before the park. That is the intersection of Gilman Boulevard and Front Street North. Of the three exits off Interstate 90 this is the one that most people identify as the way into Issaquah. And what do you see when you arrive? On the northeast corner is a closed Arco sta- tion with a chain link fence around it. On the southeast corner are a Skippers location, a building torn down and another chain link fence. On the other two corners are Chevron and Shell gas stations, but behind the Chevron and next to Oil Can Henry's is a closed Shell station. This one does not have a chain link fence around it - instead we are treated to a selection of dead or in-repair cars surrounding it. City officials need to encourage these owners to clean up their properties - sell it or whatever to make the entrance to our lovely city more appealing. The second part of the problem is signage. How do we find things in Issaquah? The Village Theatre, the hatchery, the community center and pool all deserve some signage helping visi- tors find their way. The only signage I see is for Boehm s, which is an institution and deserves the signage at the intersection and on the free- way. However, the Triple X is also an institu- tion. It is the last root beer stand in the U.S. and brings a lot of visitors to Issaquah. Signage directing visitors to the Triple X would cer- tainly be appropriate. And back to the new, to be, downtown park. Without signage, how will folks find it? And without a more attractive entrance to our fair city, why would anyone choose Issaquah to visit? I~W~ /~own lssaquah LibrarZ Parking spaces in front need to be better utilized, more clearly marked With the increased library use, the use of the five space quick parking area in front of the li- brary has increased, too. However, when someone parks in the middle of the space to save a few steps (even if they re- ally need the exercise) and will not think of others by moving on up to the end of the space, it makes it difficult for the next person to easily park. The new book deposit machines do not make for a quick deposit either, so the car spaces are being held longer than previously. If the selfish use of the quick parking contin- TO THE EDITOR ups, by taking a bite out of the middle, then it may be necessary to put up a gas station type reminder sign -- "Please move to the most for- ward parking space." It would be helpful if spaces were marked. A few times, trucks have parked while servicing the business across the street. Ken Sassier lssaquah Elks Lodge Thank you for hosting fundraiser for city employee's ncer-stricken wife I wanted to share with you the generosity, compassion and support we found in the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1843, located in Issaquah. Our co-worker's wife was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. Because of her inability to continue working as she receives treatment, we knew that his family would be struggling finan- cially. We decided to host a benefit for his family that included a friendly poker tournament and a silent auction, and asked the Elks Lodge for their approval to host the event at their lodge in Issaquah. They were so gracious and sup- portive of our event, stating that this epito- mizes their mission and goal toward helping the community. This is truly a wonderful organization, repre- sented by a compassionate membership and an even greater willingness to serve our commu- nity. We can't thank the Lake Sammamish Elks Lodge No. 1843 enough! Greg Keith Bonney Lake (work in lssaquah) Klahanie Park Too many questions remain about proposed transfer to King County King County plans to transfer Kiahanie Park to Sammamish by the end of the year. The transfer has caught a lot of Kiahanie residents by surprise. It is happening very quickly with minimal public awareness and input, all for the sake of saving money. The transfer raises a lot of questions: How can King County give a park in one community to another where there is no repre- sentation? Why won't King County let Klahanie take care of the park, at least until all of Klahanie is annexed to either Issaquah or Sammamish? Why would Issaquah allow Sammamish to annex the park (the crown jewel of Klahanie) from the Klahanie potential annexation area, if it still wants to annex Klahanie? What recourse does Klahanie have if Sam- mamish doesn't take care of the park or makes changes that negatively impact Kiahanie resi- dents? Sammamish has offered a nonresident seat on its park board. Does this position have any real power? Do Klahanie residents realize that Sam- mamish plans to change the grass fields into fenced, lighted, artificial turf fields that will be operated more hours in the day and more days in the year? Are the residents prepared for the traffic, noise and lights resulting from the extended use? Is the artificial turf safe for the environment? For the childrenT Does Klahanie realize that the sledding hill, picnics and pick-up-games are in jeopardy? Does the artificial turf, fence and lights con- stitute the green space that King County ini- tially required the Klahanie developers to pro- vide in order to have high-density housing? Is everyone aware that the park includes the forest and bog behind Audubon Ridge, not just the play fields? Lastly, shouldn't Klahanie have a major say in what happens to the park, when the resi- dents are going to both be the main beneficiar- ies as well as bear the consequences? Let's slow down the potential transfer and make sure Klahanie has a seat at the King County table. Sarah Jalde War protesters Originator giving new president's policies a chance before starting up again Bill Fowler's letter, "Protestors: Where did the anti-war sentiment go?" in the Nov. 11 Press states, "I wonder where all those protes- tors have gone. Could it be that motivations for these protests were in fact veiled political cam- paigning?" I was the one who began the anti-war See LETTERS, Page A5 LETTERS 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 preferred. Letters must be signed and have a daytime phone number to verify authorship. Deadline for letters is noon Friday for the fol- lowing week's paper. Address: RO. 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