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Page 2 - The Issaquah Press, Wednesday, December 14, 1983 Opinion Editorials Letters What do Kiwanis want00 Wagons Ha ! Will Issaquah support wolves? Are we talking about camaraderie or community? The question of allowing women to join the all-male Kiwanis Club -- or any other all-male service club, for that matter -- has prompted more heated discussion in this office than any other topic in recent memory. At issue is the changing role of women from sup- porters to leaders, the privilege of either men or women to get together away from the opposite sex and most funda- mentally, the ability of men and women to share a true communication with one another, person-to-person instead of male to female. We don't have any brief answers for some of the basic questions of life, but we do think it's time clubs such as Kiwanis did what Ann Landers calls, "Wake up and smell the coffee." In Issaquah there are countless women who qualify for membership in Kiwanis by virtue of their "good character and standing in the community," the basic criteria for members of the group. To qualify in every other way and then to be excluded on the basis of sex alone is not only archaic, but it's proving to be harmful to the group. All-male groups miss out on the talent and energy of women and alienate potential male members whose conscience does not allow them to join a group that dis- criminates. We believe there should be ways for all-male and all-female groups to get to- gether socially. There is a special com- munication between fellow men and women that may be difficult to achieve in a mixed group. But Kiwanis members will say over and over that theirs is not a social group -- it exists to serve the community. Ironically, all new members are handed aprons, the tradi- tional symbol of a woman's role as one who serves others. Despite the service orientation, what men seem to fear most about the ad- mission of women is the loss of the social part of the club -- the easy, uninhibited, back-slapping character of the weekly meetings. The mood might indeed change if women were admitted, but the net effect would be greater ser- vice to the community. If men are truly concerned about making Issaquah a better place to live, shouldn't they be willing to sacrifice a less important aspect of club membership for the greater good of the community as a whole? And now for something completely different Who says there's nothing but bad news in the papers these days? Readers will get a respite from gloom and doom next week when the Press publishes its annual Christmas Good ,News issue, containing every tiding of comfort and joy we can dig up. You can help by sending Letters to the Editor on the cheerful subject of your choice by noon Monday, December 19. Whining and sniveling about inept government, irresponsible press and irritating little boys on motor- bikes are strictly prohibited. Instead, think of the government worker who sanded your icy road, the newspaper that spelled your name right and the ltt- tie boy who fed your eats while'yoU went on vacation. Think positive. And then write. One of the most popular features of our Nation's Bicenten- nial Celebration was the Bicentennial Wagon Train Pilgrimage to Pennsylvania. Washington Bicentennial Wagon Master, Ken Wilcox, and the horsemen's organizations that he is involved with, Back- country Horsemen of Washington and the John Wayn e Pioneer Wagons and Trail Riders, believe that wagon trains should be promoted on the state owned Milwaukee right-of- way (John Wayne Pioneer Trail). Public interest in the two Wagon Train Treks in 1983 and inquiries about future treks, from residents of this state and other states, indicates that such treks would give a great economical boost to the communities along the route. At least 150 miles of the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is ready for use right now. The remaining 60+ miles needs bridge decking and guard railings and other maintenance items. In short, with very modest expenditures, the 212.9 mile r/w will be ready for recreational use. In 1989, Washington will celebrate its 100th birthday. Many of the early settlers of the state came by wagon train and horseback. What better way could we honor our pioneers and attract visitors than by scheduling and offering rides on Wagon Trains between Idaho and Easton or way points. Transpo '86 will also bring many visitors into Washington, on their way to Vancouver, B.C. A ride on a Wagon Train would give these visitors a real taste of the old west as well as a change of pace and a chance to spend a few dollars in the restaurants and shops along the trail. The horsemen ask the legislature to disregard this inade- quate Dames & Moore study, to enact legislation designating the entire railway a recreational trail, under Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission, with direction to work with the horsemen and the State Tourist Bureau, to get the wagons rolling, full of visitors... John Wayne Pioneer Wagons & Trails Riders Chic Hollenbeck, State Director Developers can be little guys We are not big developers! After many years of waiting and planning, Hi-Lo Center will become the butterfly as she emerges from her cocoon, to be transformed into a pleasant multi-service family shopping center known as Gilman Square. We are all small merchants who have been here (most of us) for at least twelve years. If one were to believe some of the media coverage, "big developers" excludes the small family merchants who really comprise this-friendly hard-working group of people who deserve to be considered in this expansion. What's even more interesting is that so much hasbeen said about widening back streets when the real truth of the matter is that someone just realized they bought property on a "back street" and for this fact alone "Hi Lo should no longer be held in bondage! !" The Miller Family Puget Sound Baking Co. 1 am writing to you regarding an incident during the Issa- quah Salmon Days Fair. The organization I am involved in, "Wolf Haven," had been asked to come to the fair. This let- ter is to inform the people of Issaquah that we did not leave the fair early because of bad feelings toward them, but because we were asked to leave. We submitted our entry form, stating that we needed booth space for our educational material, on saving wolves from ex- tinction, and space for the kennel for the two wolf pups that we would be bringing. We then waited for a response. The week before Salmon Days we called the fair board and were told that our application had been approved. On the first day of the Salmon Days Fair, we set up our in- formation booth and prepared the wolf pups for a day at a fair. We were very excited about being in a new area and wondering what the people's attitudes would be toward "sav- ing the wolf." We were thrilled with the response of the general public in the Issaquah area. Within a few hours, we had pages of signatures of people wanting to help make the wolf national mammal and all who passed our booth were very impressed by the wolf pups, especially the children. They were able to disregard the tales of "The Big, Bad, Wolf," and actually pet and have their fingers licked by real wolf pups. We were truly enjoying our visit to the Issaquah Salmon Days Fair, until about 3 that Saturday afternoon. One of the Chamber of Commerce fair board officers informed us that he had received some complaints and that we would have to remove the wolves. We were shocked! We asked him what the complaints were and who had made them. He said that he had been told by the Health Department that the food booths set up near us had complained about the smell from the wolves and that people had complained about how the wolves had been frightening the children. We found both complaints very hard to believe and the Chamber of Commerce officers kept apologizing over and over for the whole situation. As we were packing up to leave the fair, someone from each food booth near us came and told us that they were not the ones who had complained against us. They could not smell any foul odor and they were glad we were set up next to them, since so many people came to see the wolves and then would automatically come to their booths for something to eat. And as I said before, all the children who came up to see the wolf pups really liked them. I do not recall one child being frightened by the "non-existant, Big, Bad, Wolf." We have been to many fairs with the wolves and have never received any complaints. In fact, we received an award from the Thurston County Fair for having one of the best displays. Obviously, someone in Issaquah doesn't like our purpose or our methods or is simply a spoil sport when it comes to something new and exciting being introduced into town that they don't have anything to do with! Whatever the reason, we are depending on the people 9f Issaquah who (;10 beliye in the importance of saving wolves, wilderness and other wildlife to do whatever is neccesary so that arrangements will be made, as the Chamber of Commerce assured us, so that Wolf Haven and our ambassador wolves will be allowed to participate in the Issaquah Salmon Days Fair next year. Sincerely, Linda Kuntz Wolf Haven, Trustee the same park? In every parade there are the horses and the folks follow behind with broom and shovel. The latter seems role, at least so long as Ms. Keesling of Woodinville around King County spreading misinformation about t Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, which in quaint manner she calls the "Issaquah Alps Park." Let it be noted that this park is now starting to thanks to County Executive Randy Revelle and the Council. The down payment is only that but is distinctly tiny sum, it flat-out puts the money where the mouth been. The reason King County government is proceeding is that knows how to read the vote. In parts of the county Cougar Mountain was known to the voters, Pro Parks a majority. The "crown jewel" plainly was a winner. Ms. Keesling likes to pour over ancient documents quote them at length, endlessly. The acreage figures she for the park and the size of the ultimate expenditure have been chiseled in stone. Even the Issaquah Alps Club constantly is revising its recommendation, acres as opportunities are foreclosed, adding as they are ed. The King County administration is new since Pro par and doubtless has recalculations in progress. As for how much the land is worth on Cougar which lands are you talking about? Those that lie above mined-out seams of the Bagley, Muldoon, No. 3, No. Jones, Primrose? Some of these lands are considered even the owner to have a negative value. Are you talking about I lands in Klondike Swamp, Lame Bear Swamp, Swamp, Long Marsh, Indian Marsh, Far Country Marsh the lands on The Precipice, De Leo Wall, Licorice Fern Or the summits of Wilderness Peak, Clay Pit Peak, which as write lie under half a foot of snow? Land values from the vantage of a Woodinville real-estate broker may be accurate. Ms. Keesling cannot seem to understand that Mountain is not an Issaquah affair but a Woodinville too. Residents of San Francisco and environs do not mouth Mt. Tamalpais as a Marin County affair, they "Tam" as their close-to-home trail country. I mention because it lies the same distance from the San hall as Cougar does from the Seattle city hall. narve, President, Issaquah Alps Letters policy The lssaquah Press welcomes letters to the subjects of local interest. ...... Letters. should be, yped.and submitted..no.lat' than 5 p.m. Friday for publication for the Wednesday. No letter will be published unless it is, signed by at least one inaJvidual, even if the letter represents the view of a group. Letters should be no longer than 500 words. Press reserves the right to edit for spelling, grammar, length and libel. Tahoma Plan heads for Council Sewer discounts 00a00oma-00aven 00a0000Oona00urr0nt00ou00t00 Va.ey, Continued from Page 1 potential for hooking up to Hook-up charges within move. the system, the actual cost of the county island will remain The council also voted to the pipe in front of your the same as those paid by change the method of cam- house, current city residents, vary- puting those costs. In the The hook-up charge is like ing from 8 cents per square ordinance it says that the the extra fuel you would burn foot of commercial building number of feet of frontage to make your third arm to 20 cents per square foot of along the sewer line shall be work, he says. When you residential building, used. The council agreed that hook up to the sewer you put But Monday night the method was out of date, and wear and tear on the system, council agreed that the "ex- said that 50 per cent of the contribute to the overall tension fees" could be reduc- fees will be based on frontage area-wide sewer costs, and ed by 75 per cent for any pro- and 50 per cent based on the require city-provided main- perty owner who would agree total size of the lot to be tenance, to not fight an annexation served. Heights Community Plan, which includes land use plan- ning guidelines for the Issa- quah "county island" has moved into the halls of the King County Council, pen- ding final approval. According to county plan- ners, final approval of the plan is still two to three mon- ths away, with public hear- ings at the county level still unsch,mled. Formal comments from the City of Issaquah have still not been forwarded to the county officials. policy to cooperate with city area, and that's where planning wishes for the most community imput island, the city's comments been received. are expected to carry a great In the south end; fears deal of weight on some new mining aspectsof theplan, downzoning to rest At least five current developments to one development requests for tial unit per acre, land within the island are be- five per acre, have been ing held until the will of the heart of most protests council is made clear, ac- plan. cording to county planners. Anyone wishing to The main features of the ment on the plan, or plan mostly concern land to copies, may review the the south of Issaquah's at the city library and general interest area, ment directly to their reaching far into the Maple councilman, Bruce Laing. It isn't easy for the ignorant to live with the know-it-alls Public meetings Planning Policy Commission, Wednes- day, December 14, 8 p.m., Community Hall. Agenda items include continuation of rezoning proposal for land adjacent to Boehm's Candy, and continuation of public hearing on Newport subarea section of Comprehensive Plan, including redrawing of boundaries. 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 Feasiblity Committee. A pro- posal for a capital projects levy will also be presented. 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; $15.00 per year outside King County;S6.25 for senior citizens. Deborah Berto, managing editor; Rodi Shemeta Lucllum, associate editor; Terry McLafferty, reporter; Brian Bretland and Joan Blincoe, display advertising; Wilma Coleman, classifieds; Marilyn Boyden, circulation; Mytle Winslow, bookeeper; Roxaine Reynolds, Norma Starks, Fred Marler, contributing writers; Debbie Brusius, photographer and darkroom technician. DEADLINES News ............................. Friday, 5 p.m. _tSeAPth Display Advertising ... ............ Monday, 3 p.m. "*'e( Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m.  Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. ga.m.-5 p.m. q OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the Issa- "t#$OClAltO\\;r" quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897. A o,v,=on ot Murray Pubhshmg Company i i I Rodi Shemeta Ludlum i "Those who think they know everything are very annoying to those of us who do." --seen on bumper stickers, T-shirts and little statues. Do you ever sit up nights contemplating how little you really know about the world around you? That there are probably only one or two subjects you can talk about for more than five minutes without running dry? (And who wants to hear about your hives and root canal work any- way?) Does it occur to you that you may not even be a qualified game show contestant, much less a guest on Merv Griffin? Well, it occurs to me all the time. It bugs me. Journalism is a good field for the ignorant because reporters are supposed to act as sponges of sorts, soaking up all kinds of wisdom from the people who are supposed to know what's going on and then translating it so it makes sense to people as ignorant as we are. It won't do for us to know too much -- wet sponges are not as absorbent, you know. I could probably live happily enough in this kind of intellectual fog if it weren't for the know-it-alls who crop up at various times of my life and ruin everything. They often come in pleasing shapes and sizes, the result of healthy living and rigorous self-improvement programs. They are open-minded and live well-rounded lives that include the meticulous study of the mating habits of blue bottle flies, black belts in karate, fluency in Russian and Greek and an inborn talent for making perfect omelettes. Where do these people come from and how do they get that way? For some reason, they're mostly male. My brother showed know-it-all tendencies at an early age, though he has now been outdistanced by the real pros. He used to sit for hours and,read the Book of Knowledge and the encyclopedia and even the dictionary in search of obscure facts to dazzle his sisters. We thought he knew everything and our confidence was not shaken in the least when he nearly blew his hands off making a bomb. After all, he was the one who discovered how to set off the Magic Fingers vibrator in hotel beds by just using a pop top. He could drive the stellar jays crazy with his bird imitations and talk just like Donald Duck. You couldn't ask for a more awesome brother. It was only after he spent a few nights in jail for not paying a glove compartment full of speeding tickets that we figured maybe he didn't know quite as much as we thought. Often know-it-alls come in the form of trivia nuts. They especially delight in shattering popular myths by researching The Truth and then retelling it mercilessly. It is from this type we discover the shootout at the OK Corral didn't really happen at the OK Corral, but down the street near some photography studio whose proprietor unfortunately happened to be out of the office at the time. These people will tell you who was supposed to star as Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz" and how they really found Vivian Leigh to play Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind." Just the kind of stuff we all need to know to make it through the day. I was pretty impressed with myself when I finished read" ing every last Sherlock Holmes mystery, but then I dis- covered mere reading is not enough for the true One must then begin a systematic reading of all the r criticism, the biography and collected letters of the autla0 and at least correspond with the Baker Street IrregularS. One must pay a visit or two to London to soak in the atmosphere. One must haunt the bookstores for leather" bound first editions. One must collect Holmesian artifacts a deerslayer cap, a sturdy walking stick and magnifying glass. Holmes himself was a most annoying know-it-all, no chance to tell people every intimate detail of their just by fixing his beady eyes on their broken fingernail scuffed shoes. He was always pouncing and identifying stray bits of cigarette ash and clumps of mud, subjects which he regularly published monographs. I'm not ashes and mud can't be objects of total fascination, no wonder the guy never found a wife. One of my co-workers happens to be one of the most versatile know-it-alls I've ever encourltered. Obscure questions are often tossed back into the newsroom in tlae unlikely event they might be answered and this'guy has fielded many a toughie. Who was the blonde in ,,Paint Your Wagon"? (He didn't know, but the Seattle did and he'll never forget it.) Where can I find a rose for a map? What do we know about the Texas ment ABC 123 computer? Are there any left-handed on the Seahawks? He could win a washing machine and a dinette set o game show and even give Merv a good 10 minutes dissertation on the subject of his choice. The great thing about TV is that the minute we get bored, we can just switch it off.