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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, December 7, 1983 i Opinion Editorial Letters Curbs, banners and trees make up a good town Issaquah is special. It has curbs. Of course you know it is a pretty little town, don't you? But what makes it so? Is it the setting between the mountains? Yes. ls it the historical building'! Yes. Is it the curbs? You bet? Next time you drive around the state, take a look at how many small towns don't have curbs. There are plenty, especially in Eastern Washington. Curbs show that lssaquah people cared about this place years ago, when they first started planning. This weekend another bit of Americana brought memories of other times to mind. It was a banner for the Special Olympics. Now banners are one thing Eastern Washington has plenty of. Issaquah had more of them once, too. Remember when a high school wrestler was state champ? His name was sky-high for weeks. Glad to see the banner back again, other than just for Salmon Days. And then there is the town Christmas tree. Issaquah has been struggling for the past few years to have one. The fire station used to have one out front, but it was a bit out of the way. For the past few years there have been trees by the Mercantile Building, but they kept blowing over and getting scrawnier. Last year's never got any lights. A living one was planted but it died. This year the Chamber of Commerce came up with a real beauty. It's at the Front and Sunset intersection where we can all see it. And we can feel good that we're not too big for a town tree. We're glad to be here where we can appreciate curbs, banners and town trees. OFIRIS'F'N00$ PRESENTS ALREADY? THE POSTAL SERVICE CERTAINLY IS GETTING EFFICIENT,,, Public meetings Development Commission, Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 p.m., Community Hall. Agenda items include a conditional use per- mit for the New Life Christian Fellowship, another Gilman Village expansion, design review of the Bailey-Baer duplex plans, design approval of a new Burger King restaurant, approval of additions to Jay Berry's, and design review of the Twin Firs/lssaquah Rentals project. Planning Policy Commission, Wednes- day, December 14, 8 p.m. Community Hall. School Board, Wednesday, December 14, 7 p.m., Administration Service Center. Pro- jects for the 1984-85 special levy will be pre- sented by the Feasibility Committee. The administration will also present projects to be included in a possible capital projects levy. Meeting follow-up School Board, November 22. The Sunset PTA donated $280 to pay for an assembly presentation by Poet David Greenberg. The group also donated $450 to buy library materials and books... The lssaquah Lions Club donated $50 to Issaquah High to help send one person to Care Unit's drug and alcohol intervention program... The Liberty High Boosters donated $100 to send a student to Impact training, a drug and al- cohol intervention program... The Sunny Hills PTA donated $450 for ceramics materials, $100 for new library materials, and a totat of $8114 to buy materials and equipment for P.E. and recess. About $7,000 of that money was raised in a student Walk-A-Thon. The Clark PTA donated $500 for the school to use on "educationally enriching experiences" such as field trips and assembly speakers... Several pieces of school equipment were declared surplus: a computer which will be bought by the Belle- vue School District, seven modems which will also be sold to Bellevue, a "Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery," which will be sold to Children's Orthopedic Hospi- tal, a 1968 Ford Fairmont, four engine blocks and various engine parts, starters, flywheels and starters valued at $300... The district will call for bids on up to eight new 78-passenger school buses. Michael Currie was hired as Director, of Maintenance, effective November 21. He re- places Arnie Pitzen, who resigned in Octo- ber. I I 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; Wilma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Mytle Winslow, bookeeper; Roxaine Reynolds, Norma Starks, Fred Marler, contributing writers; Debbie Brusius, photographer and darkroom technician. DEADLINES New ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. ,f.vsP4Pt, o Display Advertising ...' ............ Monday, 3 p.m. z, Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m.  Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. 9a.m.-5 p.m. 4SSOcoArm x *' OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. I I A Oavlsion of Murlay Pubhshmg ,ompany A developer we can trust I would like to publicly compliment -- and thank -- the Terra Highlands developers for their careful attention to en- vironmental matters and sensitive consideration of the social good. Though the Trails Club does not involve itself in all the details of developments, we do pay attention to those that relate to the wildland-trail recreation potential, and therefore read the environmental impact statement for the proposed Terra Highlands P.U.D. with great pleasure. Provision is made, in the dedication of open space, for the local portion of the proposed Precipice Trail, and for a public access from Newport Way to this trail and also the proposed trail up Big Tree Ridge, the historic Stage Road (Military Road, Summit Road), and Anti-Aircraft Creek to the Cougar Mountain Re- gional Wildland Park which King County is now in the pro- cess of establishing. We particularly welcome the Terra Highlands precedent as a model for other developers on the Issaquah side of Cougar Mountain. On the south and southwest sides of the mountain, we already have gained three trail corridors by developers' dedications, a process that makes good sense for developers, government, and the people. By contrast, the City of Issaquah to date has been cut off from "its own" state park, on Squak Mountain, through obstructive action by land-speculators. Blocked at every point in attempts to locate a trailhead close to downtown Issaquah, State Parks switched to the Highway 900 side of the mountain -- and was met by another speculator demanding his pound of flesh. It is people like these who give the very necessary and honorable occupation of developing land for human occupa- tion a bad name. We point to Terra Highlands as an example of how such things can be settled for the good of all concerned. Harvey Manning President Issaquah Alps Trails Club Security patrol not allowed to do what it should It has been good to see a number of citizens express their concern through the Issaquah Press over plans to eliminate the school security patrol. What they are saying is fine, but not enough because they have little first-hand knowledge of the subject. I can say 1 have because I started the program and working with E. O. Neuman and later Harvey Hand, we developed the policies, rules, and standards which security enforced and under which security officers conducted themselves. I was chief security officer for eight years and then left the district because by that time both Neuman and Hand had retired and I found that cooperation with and support Of security was rapidly being withdrawn. The following is meant to offer a better understanding of security and what it does: ............. I. School administrators probably feel that by saying the security program is not cost, effective, taxpayers will im- mediately buy this as good management. If security is not cost effective it is because of poor management and not using the department to its fullest potential. The Issaquah School District, like most school districts, has the mistaken idea that because the bulk of their employees are certified educators they have the ability to perform other jobs and make wise business decisions. This most often is not the case. They were trained to be educators and are not business people. This attitude is costing us money. Schools are big business The original intent of security was by no means just to dis- courage vandalism, burglaries, or illegal acts on school pro- perty. It was also to take note of and correct or report equip- ment failures on boilers, electrical heating Systems, and refrigeration. Security was required to inspect schools for anything that might lead to damage of the facility. This in- cluded everything from inadequate heat in the non-electric schools which might cause freeze ups to leaking roofs or poor practices at the teacher level with electrical appliances. Another duty was keeping and carrying a complete up-to-date file of use or rental agreements allowed by the district for use of school facilities after school hours by private groups. All schools were checked on the inside at least once every day or night and many twice a day on weekends. Not only was I chief security officer and safety officer but also acted as supervisor of night custodians and was required to pinch hit for the maintenance supervisor when he was away. It worked, the job was done better, and there was no doubt that security was not cost effective. Today, security chief George Cameron is told not to enter 4 any buildings or to place himself in a position which would jeopardize his safety, in which case he had better not even walk around a building after dark. 2. Besides the more obvious things that security guards against, there are many more services it does. For example, it helps protect people who are making authorized use of school facilities such as jogging on the track, playing tennis, or shooting baskets or just plain playing with their kids. I wish I could say exactly (there are many) the times that I have found women afraid to stay on the premises until a bunch of rowdies were removed, or how many times neighbors have requested that gangs who were not kids be removed from school proper- ty near their residence. The times that security has taken kids home following a dance or game, at midnight or 1 in the mor- ning because parents failed to pick them up. The booze parties broken up. The all-night stake-outs. The parents called to pick up their kid who was bombed out on booze, drugs or both. The cars parked and protected in the bus yard during football games. Fire and emergency lanes kept open during all functions. And much more. I am surprised that the administration cannot see what a plus all this is for the desired public relations school districts strive for. : By the way, George Cameron has been told to stay away from all games and dances. 3. About uniforms, badges, guns, radios, P.A. systems in cars, and flashing lights: I know when Ernie Neuman sold those in power on a securi- ty program, he was worried that it would look too official and rock the old P.R. boat. Hence security started without all these things. It soon became apparent that the job was done better and was safer for the security officer and certainly was more fair to the subject or person being apprehended, questioned, or whatever if he knew the person confronting him had the authority to do so. The police liked it better too. Personally I liked a rather low profile, but still incorporating most of these things. No big flashy guns and not a lot of other hardware. I rarely wore a visible gun in the daytime. The cars with lights, radios, and P.A. systems are a must. Many is the time I've broken up problems with just a P.A. system. George Cameron now has no uniform, no badge, no gun, no flashing lights and no P.A. systems. He does still have a radio. 4. I read in the Press that Larry Galloway and Gary Newbill are going to offer an electronic alternative to a security patrol. I go along with the Press when it said no one in the district knows enough about the problem to present a sensible worka- ble plan. Certainly a Kent plan, a Renton plan or a Federal Way plan will not work for Issaquah unless it's just in the city with good response time. Also all three districts mentioned have security people bestdes thelystems,, Someone :las to respond and Unlock the doors to go after Vi61atbr's.  " In any eventpatrolmen are needed and they more than pay for themselves if given the chance and if encouraged to discuss their work. I don't think any office in the Administration building is so sacred that it cannot be entered for a business- like discussion, but I understand in Cameron's case, this has never been allowed. ! would like to see George Cameron get a chance to present his ideas in any planning discussions. He knows more about the subject than anyone in the district and is an excellent of- ricer. It is shameful and uncalled for the way he has been degraded, Robert N. Evans ( Echo Glen raises record funds I would like to thank the Issaquah Press, Safeway Stores, Issaquah Police Department and the Issaquah community for their continued support of the Echo Glen Children's Center (Wenatchee Cottage) firewood fundraiser. The winner of the November 11-13 fundraiser was Dr. James Owens of Seattle. A record sale of 290 tickets were sold enabling the juvenile offender outdoor program to update some of their required equipment. Without all of your support this endeavour would not be possible. Sincerely, Patti Berntsen ..... Community Resource Coordinator Reconsider open space ratio :i :, In Mr. Ekblad's recent letter entitled "Picketing not for sale," many points were raised, none of which dressed or answered the simple question of Person-Say-One-Thing-And-Do-Quite-Another. Toss all of Mr. Ekblad's ill will toward the large number of in the community for resisting his development plans, I( past his disparaging and untrue personal remarks about see through his pathetic attempts to soft-sell the Mayor the City Council, and one startling fact remains: Mr. Ekt did file a lawsuit in which he clearly stated that he was to sell his property despite repeatedefforts to do so. Although Mr. Ekblad addressed many irrelevant and portant issues,,he chose not to tackle the real question: Ift owners of the Picketing Farm and Skyport have no of selling, then why are they suing to clear the title and in the documents that they havetried to sell? Issaquah City Council, I reaffirm my concern your consideration of any action which would allow development on the Pickering Farm property. If you the 50/50 open space to impervious surface ratio you sure more control over any development of that area. AnY: crease in that maximum allowable development would, granted only after approval of a specific dew posal for that area. You then would be approving duct.., not the promises. ; Jamey Woodward Issaquah Parac] Citizens for Creative Kindness helped in sad time I would like to express our most sincere thanks for tremendous outpouring of sympathies, flowers, letters, memberances and prayers in honor of our Dad, Harry Wolf. He was proud to have been able to help this in which he had lived for the past thirty three years. It is hard to express the sadness we all feel in wonderful person, but the pain is eased by knowing wd so many kind friends offering their support. We preciate you all. Elaine  Mack, Jack, Jean and Pat (Wolf) Village needs lights Gilman Village is a special, quaint, historical spot many small shops which were restored from of the houses were/are lrom peop|e wtio manY years. (We need signs on the shops with the names the former residents.) , The charm and uniqueness is apparent as you wall weathered walkways. The paned store windows aroma are inviting during the sunny days, but difficult to see that the Village is open, especially nights when the stores are open until 9 p.m. .Our family enjoys shopping and eating at Gilman Vii but it would be great if there were lights around the Vi and parking lot. Many more people would shop and eat if it were more inviting after 5 p,m. Another added could be covered walkways to shield the blustery weather: Gilman Village is an added attraction for Issaquah. keep it bright and alive with sh Edith D. Letters policy The lssaquah Press welcomes letters to the editor oh subjects of local interest. Letters should be typed and submitted no lat.c than 5 p.m. Friday [or publication for the folloWflJ Wednesday. No letter will be published unless It/e [ signed by at least one individual, even if the lettr. represents the view of a group. Letters should be no longer than 500 words. The Press reserves the right to edit for spelling, gramraar, length and libel Rodi's Rules for Christmas Cookie Baking: i II I I I i Ii Rodi Shemeta Ludlum i l., Assume the proper state of mind. Don't try to rationalize buying sugar in 10,pound sacks by telling yourself it's only once a year, it's for the kids and it's Christmas. Guilt will ruin everything. Accept the fact that cookies will rot your teeth and pad your hips and have absolutely no redeeming social value. Any cookie that does contain anything worthwhile at all (i.e., whole wheat flour, raisins, peanut butter or oatmeal) cannot be considered a true Christmas cookie and should be banned until January. There are exceptions of course: walnuts and almonds may be added, but as decoration only. Use sparingly to avoid dangerous protein levels. 2. Repeat slowly at least 100 times: "Christmas is for kids... Christmas is for kids..." This is helpful when the urchins beg to help mix, measure, beat and crack. Of course they want to mix up your recipe card file, measure your patience, beat each other and Crack the bowl. And the little dears love to sift dry ingredients. It's astonishing how flour can dust every exposed surface of a room yet manage to drift right by its true destination -- the bowl. And about those bits of egg- shell in the batter. Don't kill,yourself picking them out. Beat the suckers right in with the butter and sugar. Every- body needs calcium: 3. Eliminate' the middleman: eat batter. It's good to limi t fingerfuls of batter to about five following the addition of each ingredient. At that rate you stand to lose a few dozen fingerfuls and will have fewer cookies to worry about baking. But then again, no one will understand if you've been mixing batter all day and there are no cookies to show for it. Keep batter eating down to half a bowl and everyone will be happy. 4. Exclaim over the beauty of children's cookie decora- tions, no matter how painful it may be. Magazines are full of gorgeous cookies decorated by mythicJ/l, professional children with perfect senses of proportion and color. Normal kids may be whizzes with a marker pen and crayons but total washouts with little silver balls, red Sugar and jimmies. Take a deep breath and see Rule #2. 5. Never trust a child to tell you when cookies are done bking, You may think this is a convenient arrangement  keep the kid out of mischief while you roll out the tenth hunk of batter. But forget it. Kids know every color of the rainbow, but they do not know what "golden brown" is. "What are the cookies doing now?" "Getting fat." "Are they bubbling?" "Yeah, they're breathing. And they're sticking together' Were we supposed to make snowman cookies?" "What color are they now?" "I don't know -- just cookie color." "Tell me when they start to turn brown." "OK." A few minutes later, your nose tells you they are the color of Santa's lumps of coal. "Wow They reallygot nice and brown, huh? Can I Ot one now? I can have all of them? Oh boy!" 6. Protect decent cookies from thieving hands. '1 Many husbands are deprived of homemade cookies a, year long and loiter at the kitchen dQar, salivating, as %f first tray emerges from the oven. You've worked haro/ these little gems and don't need to see him inhale haiL. dozen right away. Shoo him away with a rolled-up rte  paper if you have to. Once you feed him, he'll never away. If he persists, sacrifice one that got broken or slightly burned. If you speak firmly, he'll be grateful for these small concessions. Only the truly obnoxious will insist u exercising what they call their "rights" to eat unbroken' unburned cookies. Explain in no uncertain terms (it's . tt| helpful to gesture occasionally with the rolling pin) tha  . . lla ' ,t cooknes are for guests and friends and that we can ca!., i ' left over after that. If he snorts at that, remind him t,0' 11 Santa and all his reindeer must also be fed He do esn A want a lump of coal in his stocking, does he? ,y