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A6 Wednesday September 16, 1998 lsaREPORTER , Cc REPORTER, u. I a How can unpaid council “SERVING THE MERCER ISLAND COMMUNITY SINCE 1947 hand-Ia $19 million? 5: Jane A: Meyer, Editor and General Manager Offlignx 3;: HA MAD T he LED thi Linda Margan’ Assooate Editor ployees. After all, who would hand m I in. Peter A. Horvitz, President over $19 “"1110” .doua’ to mime Who W WM pu Thurston Twigg-Smith, Chairman Emeritus are "0‘ eye“ quahfied ‘0 get pally" HOW MD ‘ “E- mu “H W: Catherine Shen, Publisher can Ibellevc that people who will work L “SKY i th. for free can handle $19 mrllion dol- W Publishedme County Journal Newspapers W ab These people have huge corpora— . ‘ lions breathing down their necks to put I " 'v «in telephone towers. They have huge E: ' land development companies that want , island semergency mm. m p N They have a huge, complicated diffi- m‘ ssistance fund is an portant safety net eail‘knovvthe " aterfront-oiivriers. .* '. . . , , , There arealtsorts of reasons why the stereotypie'doesfl’t : Buta stery last‘weemboutthe invisible mjnOrity,‘ the pop- of familhs QEI by on Mercer island, made isiaii’d‘i‘esidefi‘ts; of a single working mother‘who had to sell some of tier furniture to come up with cash to pay rent and utilities. ~"i’g;tpld Of a family that subsisted on pancake mix for weeks gain the next paycheck. , . ;::jit’s a segment of the population that hasn’t benefited ' from the economic‘bOOm. in‘the region. And while the Cdunty's hote‘conomy has brOUght more new jobs, there’s ’: little growrh in affordable housing units. Rental vacancy rates are'iOw onMercer island, and rents are increasing, with the average rate increase at 6.5 last year, the highest in years. I The one safety net—albeit a small one — for Mercer island’s struggling families is the Mercer island Youth and Family Sen/ices. emergency assistance program. . ' ' it collects donations from. Mercer. Island individuals, and churches and helpsaboutthree dozenfamilies a yearwith basic expenses like gr0ceries, utilities and rent. Deb Bigeiow started the'program and has kept it going through fund rais- ing, distributing $12,000 to $14,000 each year. That kind of nest egg is certainly not enough for any form of ongoing assistance, but it can provide families a stop- } gap help in times of crisis. . , - 7A5 rents" i‘ncreaSe and” Mercer island becomes ieSS-af- ‘ ___,e important for families on the edge. stereotype: island. Poverty f ‘ The island of Perrieredriri,king..BMW—driving yuppie“ ' the contrastbehfieen the and thegreaiityfor (it told otjamiliescrowded into makeshift basement,“ ,; apartmentsrandsometmTesewn living gout of theiiicars. it i r 1.4 i ; of working’pare’ntsswmrcan‘t keep up'rent'paymentsr 16d laudable, assistancetundwili " r ‘ culr‘comrnuniry center that is over bud- get by 100 percent. How can I trust pie who work for free to carry this .' widen? Get real. ’I won’t yore for the community cen- ‘ @Ffilltllsomeone responsible is in “of- Virginigé. Hale i...” ,....,.,,.,,, to the Roanoke inn ,. “Where i stand as a? neighbor _‘ " . ‘ I am net aWare of the specifié‘points .. A addressed in the matter at hand but I aware ofinumerous previous com- plaints which have been made against .flw Roanoke Inn by Mrs. Petersen .. dation, rejected by all reasonable peo- ple in the neighborhood and frankly tendtodisrupttheotherwise peaceful and friendly Roanoke neighborhood. I have lived in the Roanoke neigh— borhood since 1965 and I consider the Roanoke Inn a piece of Americana and an asset to the neighborhood and Mercer Island. The place has undergone a trans- formation fi‘om a roadh0use or tavern to what it is today, a quaint, unique and interesting attraction; aplaceto come with friends for a meal or a visit. It is more friendly today than ever before. More couples visit the place than ever before. The flowers are beautiful and the own— er has gone out ofher way to accom- modate the neighborswith prompt and effective response to any of our com— plaints. By way of contrast, any casual ob- servation of the Peterson property next door will readily reveal the messand disregard for the neighborhood that the condition of that site present. It is by far the least attractive parcel in the area been so for manyyears, in my opinion.,.COnstmction lumber is stored there under blue plastic tarps; a sawmill “ . 'l’l'ieseeomplaints have beeri~refut—?r win 099?, found to be without found ‘ M...»— .. . as“... h yum-WW flagrant disregard of the law anticom— mon sense, asthe Petersons. have done. I realize that this description of the . Peterson property may be incidental to the matter at hand but I would like you to know where I stand as a neighbor with a view of both properties. Personally, I feel that the unrelenting reggae music which booms out over the neighborhood from the Peterson’s back deck is far more intrusive to my per- sonal lifestyle than anything that has come from the Roanoke Inn in the past 33 years. And heck, when you buy a place next to a pub, you have to expect a few cars and some people once in a while. We all know that. It seems to me that ig- norance is no excuse in this case. After all, the Roanoke Inn has been there for more than 80 years. Bruce Cosacchi Happ birthday to Ml Recyc ing Center and CSE We would like to extend our con- gratulations to the Mercer Island Recyclingcenter and The Committee ‘, To Save The Earth on their 23rd an— r, V. .1 M View “miffireeeplea burn margarita; 'tal c’onSc‘iousness and responsibility is Theiricdmmmnent toehyirdnined unparalleled, as is their support of the Mercer Island High School ASB, the PTSAS and other elementary and sec- ondary school projects. 3' Hopefully their enthusiasm and en- deavors will continue for at least an— other 23 years. ” Seth M. Rosen Fibres International Community center Ian should be defeate The proposal to spend $19.5 million to build a new community center should be resoundingly defeated by the tax- payers ‘of Mercer Island. Moreover, the emerging possibili- ty that city Officials will try to avoid con- ducting an Environmental Impact Study in connection with this major traffiogenerating project should not be tolerated. Voters should also question why city ordinance 98-98 implies that the city accomplish the project “without limitation” as to costs and why pur- Suiugvthe’ project has been declared an “emergency.” deferred maintenance and minimal remodeling'and expansion, but since whendof‘we need suchthings as a, two-story court arena and numerous pri— vate offices. It is very evident that this palace has been designed with an eye to also being a conference center for off—Island groups which will further complicate traffic congestion and park— ing problems in that area. The quoted cost of $144 per square foot is misleading‘because it only re- lates to the shell of the building. On top of all the other direct costs Of such a pro— ject, we are also being asked to re— purchase public land that we already own. . No mention is made that when land purchase money is turned over to the school system, it will be applied to reduce the recent bonds-or reduce the additional school remodeling funds that we will shortly be asked to provide. And, if such a project is well planned and managed by people who . know what they are doing, request- ing a 20 percent contingency fund is ludicrous. As justification for this'extrava- gance, the city’s statement about low _' f‘ Reasonable people do niversary. The existing facility may need some a was“ -_ ’ ’ . . ‘ ,, I v ,, y‘. -»~_ , Community Fund ‘ e ps C arItab e causes c ose to. ome éyrlbhn Gordon Hill L 'l’lease.con3ider the vital work'that the 2 Over the years, pubhc—ntinded.citizens have stepped forward with energy, and cre- pro under by the Mercerversary Auction, and ’ 've‘ ideas that have enhanced the quality of fe for all of us. 2, They've recognized that Mercer Island many pressing charitable needs —— humani— grim, environmental, educational, airsand , alth needs 4» that are often masked by its Community Fund Were: , passed, the fund has grad- mances, public art, housing support and day— By giving generously to the Community , ration for »- ‘ r - To keep the Cdrninunity Fund before the ually grown to $147,000, care toys have all been backed by ‘ Fund, you declare your support for the best of Wme alsoknow that thchealth of acom— . citizens so people would be reminded of its spinning Off $16,000 this Community-Fund grants. . the Island. - ._ rpImity isn't measured by its income level. value when they were thinking about bequest year for deserving Island GORDON This year the fund has been accepted as an This is your opportunity to invest in the g The of any community is measured V by well its people cane for each other aodiriyest in the , jects that would have difficulty securing Mercer View, the Fire nate their gifts to the Mercer Island. come a part of what makes Mercer Island, 3 years ago, the City of Mercer V . monies from other sources; ‘ Department, all of the ele- Community Fund. ; A Mercer Island. _ g ‘ lslarirlfeelebrated "Mercerversary," its 25th - To use themonies for social services, en- , mentary schools, Youth The current board of 15 committed com- You join those many public-spirited citi- g Asa-member of the Vironmental and cdmmunity needs; ‘ Theatre Northwest, the munity members, chaired by Mary Keith, has zens who have built a tradition of solving organizing committee, Lola . 9 To spend only inmost on Current pro: Sunnybeam School, music and drama perfor— launched the Fund’s 199$;993Annpal Appeal. problems and meeting needs that is the envy . establishing a charitable r jects; ‘ I " mances at Luther Burbank, D.A.R.E., "Next week, many of you will be receiving of other communities. litunfition M‘ywoiild live on past the. festivi— ' To continually educate the community Summer Celebration, Patty's Play Center, and , a letter in the mail requesting your donation. You can be part of the reason why Mercer ties. The need was clear. Because of its ebo- nomic base, Mercer Island rarely qualified for outSidc monies and had to work very hard to- fund” worthy projects. was the initial funds C, ,‘aevqr‘u r... .. I.»— «q‘VU‘Q ~q'lv‘ m... guidance of a board of 11 citizens chaired by Gordon Rasmussen, the Mercer Island Community Fund was launched as an all-inclusive 501.93 non-profit foundation. the form of grants to zations. The original of the Mercer Island and wills; _ To use the funds for Seed money for pro- about the activities and status of the Community Fund. , I. r The fund has bocnmanaged since the be- ginning by the Seattle Foundation, and the in- SPAKG our ON TE IANo Ifiéj“w~«w' programs. The As the years have terest on investments is distributed twice a year in Island non—profit organi- Community Center at i» The health of a community isn't measuredby i‘tsrincome level. The strength, A Fund money. The grants, though modest, often support , Mercer Island Community Fund has support- as an opportunity to underwrite the future health of your community. No other orgahization funds such a broad many, many others have all received grants from the Mercer Island Community Fund. In fact, almost every non-profit organiza— tion on the Island has received Community Q key programs that might not find funding , elsewhere. Life saving equipment, classes, scholarshi s, building funds, computers, sound equrpment, plays and musical perfor- agency of United Way of King County. That means that donors to United Way can desig— (If you aren‘t on the mailing list, donations may be sent to Mercer Island Community- Fund, HQ. Box 751, Mercer Island, WA 98040.) . or range of charitable causes so close to home. With your donation, you can back organiza- tions that may have difficulty finding funding elsewhere because they are on Mercer Island. community in which you have chosen to live. When you make your donation, you be— Island is such a desirable place to live. ‘ John Gordon Hill, a longtime‘isiand resident, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mercer island Community Fund. assessments amelioratesanmner» 3 ii sirablejplace to live.?,0;ne. reason is V . A! _ . V _ , , p _‘ inthe past. Rlease think about the on-go— i . thatsomany outfielder have of any community IS measured by how well Its people care for each other. ‘ 'mgneesison hslslandrthatthecommunfiy. grab a strong sense of commumty. . . ~ Fund wrll continue to back. Please regard this 'NO. Most presidents had some kind Of scandal, but. they could hide it; We"ve access to information ’No i don’tthin‘k so. He’s done a few things morality-wise that aren’t so'good, but as a leader ’i think he should be impeached —— Unless he can prove to me that he didn't commit perjury, ’NO. He’s a good president. Everybody makes a mistake in his life, and if he does, he '1 think he should be. He shouldn’t be held to any lower standards than the, ~ people he represents.‘ 'Yes. By lying to the , Americanr‘public, abusing r . his power and perjuring ; himself, he’s endangered unease“ ii i r.suauescusssusnusussa, “ ' ' , . . I , , ' l l 5,. the ConstitutIon.‘ I john mason should be forgiven. thCh 1 think he dId. he 5 pretty good. they dIdn t have before. . Judith Wachs “SHERMAN , ,Savita Ba aI MarIt Bu Bruce Kunder He 5 domg a great 10b- :7 NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST OWNER, TWiLiGHT FAMILY HOME HOMEMAKE ACCOUNTANT Mike McCrae \ i . , , 5 . CONSTRUCTION WORKER i :4.- .' ‘ v w r g s. v . ~. “he: we"weapons “WWW: " “‘3‘ ‘t ‘Wwv'it'll'1ri’l‘r‘5‘5“fiw'i’m " “"'i"¢;1‘3‘dg’ "‘l"“‘"’1‘"“w“ “ml” ‘ " ‘