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Page 2 - The lssaquah Press, Wednesday, December 28, 1983 Opinion Editorial Start a new habit Old habits die hard, unless there's a compelling reason to change them. The recent ice and snow on area roads is the compelling reason drivers have sudden- ly slowed down and are actually travel- ing at the speed limit on popular race- courses such as the stretch of Front Street near Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sunset Way past the funeral home, Second Avenue near the high school and around the Newport Way bend. There's something about traveling in an east-west direction when the car is pointed north that makes even the most carefree driver grip the wheel and break out in a cold sweat. Seeing the ditches littered with autos is also a good deter- rent. As long as we're making resolutions at New Year's, let's remember the speed limits after the ice is gone. And have a Happy New Year! 11 No Kidding ! Signs don't lie, you know, but this one at the site of the new Meadows Retail and Office Complex on Gilman Boulevard has to be the understatement of the year. Photo by Debble Bruslus. 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 Ludium, 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. _,twsPPt, p Display Advertising ............... Monday, 3 p.m. " 'o. Classified Advertising ............. Monday, 3 p.m. . Office Hours ............... Mon.-Fri. ga.m.-5 p.m. 4,f SOCIATiO r,..,, OFFICIAL PAPER FOR THE CITY OF ISSAQUAH Entered as second class matter at the lssa- quah Post Office under Act of March 2, 1897 A Division o| Mutfay Publishing Company Letters Help prevent mailbox thefts The area in which you live has again been subjected to tampering and theft of mail from rural mail boxes. Your cooperation is solicited in assisting me in identifying the per- son or persons responsible for these thefts. Please be alert to unknown persons stopping at your mail box or that of neighbors. Make written note of license numbers, description of vehicles or individuals, and the day and time of observation if you have cause to believe they are tampering with the mail box or its contents. Of most importance in eliminating these thefts is your cooperation in promptly taking your mail from the box as soon as possible after your carrier has delivered it. Unless ab- solutely necessary, do not place any mail into the box for car- rier pick-up until just prior to his arrival. If you will be away on vacation have a neighbor care for the mail until you return, or consult with this office. For your information, postal laws provide for a maximum fine of up to $2,000 or imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or both, for mail theft. The willful destruction of'a mail receptacle carries a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprison- ment of not more than 3 years. If you have information which could be of assistance in this matter please notify the Post Office at 392-3377. Through your cooperation we hope to eliminate these recurring pro- blems. Parents of minor children would you please explain toevour children the seriousness of tampering or playing with the mail boxes while waiting for the school bus or other neighborhood activities. Sincerely, Preston Wilburn Postmaster lssaquah Post Office Big Mac has heart Each year, the Kiwanis club of lssaquah holds a Christmas luncheon for the clients and staff of Community Enterprises of lssaquah, (CE1). It has been our custom to hold this lun- cheon at CEI and to furnish the food and drinks. This year, in a tremendous expression of true holiday spirit, McDonald's in Issaquah generously donated hamburgers, shakes, and fries for the entire affair. We Kiwanians would like to express our deep appreciation to McDonald's for this magnificient donation. Sincerely, David Kingery 1st Vice President Kiwanis Club of Issaquah Helpers keep food program alive 1 wish to thank Irv Green, John Lorin, Ken Choben and Vic Honell for their constant help in my Food Program for the seniors of Issaquah. 1 also wish to thank the Issaquah Fire Department for the use of their lawn in the back of the depart- ment on Tuesdays and Fridays where the food I gather from three Safeway stores and Albertsons is placed where any senior in Issaquah can help themselves. Happy New Year to all. Marian Rebney Downzoning in Tahoma Plan The King County Council plans to make changes in the area " zoning of the Issaquah-Hobart Road. It is under the plan en- titled "Tahoma/Raven Heights Community Plan." Do you want the property along the Issaquah-Hobart Road changed from one dwelling unit per acre to Single family (Rural) one dwelling unit per five acres. That is what they are proposing! Also, large areas will be designed "Natural Resources -- Forestry and quarry mining." I went to a public hearing at the County City Building in Seattle and almost every speaker complained about the poor coverage of new plan. In case you wish'to present your opinions write by January 6 to: King County Council, Attn" Tahoma/Raven Heights Community Plan, Room 402, King County Courthouse, Seat- tle, WA 98104. If you care to look the plan, the Issaquah Library, 50 Rainier Boulevard North, has a copy of the plan Or you may purchase one for $4. Mrs. Sam Short Free society is threatened Mr. Lech Wilesa's courage against Soviet repression in Poland identified him as a Nobel Prize Winner. He has step- ped beyond communist duplicity and diagnosed totalitarianist ideology as the common enemy of the people and a scourge on the human race. By navigating through s!ogans and diatribes, Mr. Walesa honorably builds the bridges,other's irresponsibly burn behind them. Whether from the right of the left, in- sidious totalitarianism and its fascist political organ present the great threat to free world participatory democracy, and repressive nuclear missiles are merely the icing on thatcake, as insanity begets its continued long crawl to armageddon. Solipsism is the philosophical expression that other people are like oneself and solipsism is one foundation of the totalitarian regime. We regard the two-party system and the adversary relationship as a necessary deterrant to solipsism and essential for serving the fundamental interests of justice. History has repeatedly shown us the brutal results of charismatic dictatorship and the one party rule. We prefer to permit a "devil's advocacy" position than to allow no open forums for debate and discussion before the public, however, Job is not to suffer continued undue harassment from Satan or the counselors. Our ancestors fought for freedom in a pluralistic society and died for the sake of consensual ideals shared by a//human souls. Verity is not votable, whether by a majority or minori- ty. When, in your midst, arrogant individuals claim to deter- mine truth for the rest of us, gently reprimand them and en- courage them to mend their ways, in order that their word may yet be made whole. A free society cannot tolerate threats to that freedom; one of the most hazardous threats is slavery which masquerades as freedom and calls itself free, when in fact, as things are not what they seem to be, very often behind that mask of freedom lies a cloak and dagger game which can- not be free. :' "' .......... "  .......... pity tfia A toast io Ge'orge Ol;vvell on this lq'ew ear, i't's a George was a bitter misogynist, but his writings are an inspira- tion to anyone with talent to pursue the wi'iting craft. His ser- vices will long outlast petty sandbox bickerings of peanut politicians with aspirations of self-aggrandizement. Truth had a touch of immortality, they saM. Sincerely, :, Jeff Boscole Exa's wassail party attracts a It all started when 85 year old Exa Pollock remarked in cap iy Decmeber that she had so many friends in Hutchison House that she would like to have an open house in her apartment, just before Christmas. It should be a "Wassail Party." Everyone would be welcome form 2 p.m. to 4 p,m. on Wednesday, December 21. The invitation was put up on the bulletin board and everyone began talking about it and trying to figure out what "Wassail" (a hot spiced cider) was. But as the time drew near and the weather worsened, she began to worry that her daughter, Eulalie, and husband, Roger, would not be able to get to Issaquah from their home in Richland. Eulalie was to be the one to help put the whole party together, so Exa was sadly thinking of cancelling the event. Her friends declared that "The show must go on" so theY all got together to contribute their help in the form of decora- tions, cookies, chairs, etc. Eulalie and Roger did get to Hutchison House at 12:30 and found Exa's apartment ready for the party. To the friends' relief, she took over and they went back to their own apart- ments to dress to be guests. The afternoon was a huge success with nearly 50 people coming and going out of Exa's apartment during the after- noon. Among the guests were: Curtis and Hazel Hues of Enumclaw, Exa's brother and sister-in-law, And Rev. Bill and Margaret Price, Exa's pastor and wife. One of the residents remarked to Curtis that Exa was such a happy person to be around and he replied, "Oh, she was always like that!" Orma Brown The price of progress I was thinking the other day about computers... How they are going to revolutionize the work place. And I was remembering what I read about the sewing machine. It too, was supposed to make life easier, and more pr0- fitable for everyone. It did too, for a few people. The garment factory owners. Until that time, a woman could make a good living as a seamstress. After the sewing machine, she became just another factory drone. Working long hours, for little money. A few women now are are working at home with this new machine. They are doing the work that they would ordinary to at the office. And like the sewing machine ladies, they are being paid on  ly for piece work. They work long hours, get none of the workers' benefits. No medical, unemployment benefits, den- tal, or paid vacations. And like the sewing machine, the computer is supposed to free us from the drudgery of hard work, but it seems to me, like the sewing machiner.i; will only ao. mo'n tle end. And less creat,ve work. The machine w"i]'[ ta;plaee of a good typist, file clerkl bookkeeper. What would have taken three people to do, now one overworked employee can now do. I don't see how this will help anyone but the employer... I'm not against progress, I'm just a little leary of what pro- gress does to, not for, people... Mickey Beaudair Finding the perfect chocolate Rodi Shemeta Ludlum I like chocolate as much as the next person, but I'm not usually addicted to the stuff. It takes a little willpower to breeze right on by a pastry shop or a Baskin-Robbins, but unless there is chocolate right under my nose with someone urging me to take a piece, it's not a temptation. So what happens at this time of year? People stick chocolate right under my nose and urge me to take a piece. Not wishing to be rude, I take one.., or two.., or twelve. One bite and it's all over. I'm not talking about hunks of plain chocolate, though Hershey bars and chocolate Santas do have a certain appeal. I'm talking about those gorgeous, shiny, elegant boxes of assorted chocolates wrapped in a big red ribbon and bursting with mint creams, nut crunches, caramel chews and white fudge. The criticial word here is "assorted" -- if I got one huge box of maple nut creams there wouldn't be any problem. I'd eat one or two, get sugared out and then put them away. With an entire box of different chocolates, however, it's completely different. All those lumps and bumps and squares and circles beam up, daring me to guess what's inside. Part of the irresistible appeal of chocolates has to be the thrill of finding your favorite on the very first try. It's easy to cheat and settle for second best -- anyone can spot the almonds or peanuts covered with dark chocolate -- but a real pro can reach unerringly for maple nut or mint cream. I find my favorite on first try about one time out of 87, which is the main reason I eat half a box. I'm no quitter. I'll stay up all night if 1 have to in search of a mint. And if I hit a few horrid ones along the way, well, that's just a part of living. Have to take the thorns with the roses. Or in my case, the cherries with the mints. Considering I'm not crazy about three-quarters of the chocolates found in assorted boxes, it's amazing I can put so many away. The very worst possible choice is the chocolate-covered with syrup that drips down the chin and all over the sleeve of the white holiday blouse. That one gets chucked out right away, no matter how many starving childen there are in China. Other unpleasantries encountered along the way include very chewy caramel (sticks in your teeth, threatens your fillings) any form of ----after only a dozen tries fruit (fruit belongs on trees and in breakfast cereal, not in chocolates or ice cream) and anything with coconut (tastes like string). It's such a challenge to try and break th chocolate code. I'I1 often avoid anything with 90-degree cd'ges, figuring it has to be something hard like caramel. I'll:go for the rounds, unless they look like they might Ie hiding the dreaded cherry. I've never figured out any' system for the ones they wrap in colored foil. I used to think the foil was used to help preserve something that might go rotten -- like some disgusting fruit -- but now I think they're just wrapped at random to thwart us all. Curses, foiled again. Sometimes the ones with nuts., and coconut are so obvious, it's easy to grab lumpy nut ones right away and leave the hairy-looking coconuts in case company drops by. But with my last box, the lumpy one I thought was peanuts turned out to be raisins (almost as horrid as cherries). The stringly-looking one was just covered with chocolate jimmies and I missed out on a coffee nip. Despite the high failure rate of the guess-and-bite method, I think it takes all the fun away to have the Which one Is safe to eat? innards revealed on a map inside the cover, like they do with Whitman Samplers. 1 rearrange them as quickly as possible, to the consternation of other, less adventurous nibblers. Some of my co-workers have informed me of exploratory drilling method, whereby a finger nail is gently rotated on the, bottom of the chocolate until a patch of i white, or red or pink is revealed. One quick sniff, they say, and a decision can be made to pop it in the mouth or leave it for grandma. I've also been told that some chocolate makers make special swirls or lines on top of certain types. This is OK, I think, as long as we are allowed to eat most of a box in order to crack the line and swirl code. It would also be nice if they changed the designs periodically to keep the consumption high. And now, if you'll excuse me, I have a tortuous decision to make between the last two goodies in my box -- a dark chocolate rectangle (almond cream or toffee jawbreaker?) and a milk chocolate roundy one with tiny lumps (ground nuts or bits of string?). It's a tough, thankless job, but someone's got to do it.