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Page 4 Cheney Free Press I I Thursday, June 6, 1985 $ 2 Review Board&apos;s del00y jusf ,,00K,NG SURE <4 KIDS DON T HIT THE HIGHWAYS served citizens we L 3"ONiCoHT'AFTER,TION,,, After a year of controversy, backed up by a good deal of name-calling, the issue of the extension of a City of Spokane sewer line into the West Plains appears headed for resolution. A Spokane Superior Court judge recently upheld the Spokane County Boundary Review Board's action last year blocking part of the sewer extension, but the judge also suggested the decision be overturned because county commissioners had changed the land-use designations for the area. The Boundary Review Board will consider that proposal again Monday, June 10, and likely will decide to allow the sewer extension to go through. Their action, though, should not be based on recent statements by the city of Spokane and, among others, The Spokesman Review, which have demonstrated a certain blindness to the need for careful development. Pressure was recently put on the Boundary Review Board to reverse their decision prior to the court ruling. The argument at the time was that the point had become moot, because of the county commissioners' action, and that any further delay was a needless waste of time and taxpayer money. The fallacy of the argument, masked as it was at times by the vituperative rhetoric used to make the point, is that an early decision by the Boundary Review Board would have made the judge's decision a moot point too-something Washington cities would have appreciated, but would have been a disservice to both the board and to the citizens it serves. Washington's cities have mounted major offensives the past few years to have the oversight powers of the state's boundary review boards limited, saying that all too often a single board can stand in the way of community progress. That is a legitimate argument, but one that should keep its focus of debate in the Legislature, where the boards were created. For the present time, as indicated by the recent judicial decision, the boards have the authority to act in what they see as the public's interest in cases of land use. That is a legitimate function of the board, especially as it operates in a system of checks and balances that can keep the public interest at heart in matters of development, where single decisions can have profound effects on the environment, property values and personal lifestyles. It is interesting that the latest wave of name- calling aimed at the Boundary Review Board came because the board wanted to wait a mere month for the judicial decision. It was 30 days that served the citizens of Spokane County well. L e tiers to the Editor Cemetery vandalism a Cheney contradiction Contradictory? Yes, indeed! Contrasting deeds that contribute both pride and shame to the residents of the city and surrounding area of Cheney. Cheney can be very proud of its Eagle Scouts and they should be highly commended for the fine structural entrance they erected at the Fairview Cemetery. Upon entering the cemetery on Memorial Day, an annual practice, to clean and decorate family plots, there were those greeted with the pleasant surprise of the new structure and it is with a deep sense of gratitude, appreciation, and commen- dation they would thank and praise these young Boy Scouts of America for their fine performance and contribution. Sadly enough, that pleasant feeling was soon to be replaced with one of outrage when they viewed the tragic and all too numerous scenes of desecration, the results of vandalism by hoodlums. The latter who have brought shame to themselves as well as to the community and who could surely take some lessons from the Boy Scouts. Parents, are you meeting your responsibilities? Can you say with certainty that your boy or girl had no part in these astrocities? One can't help but wonder how many parents care or ever bother to know their kids whereabouts, activities and associations. What kind of depraved young people are we bringing up and some of which will be our leaders of tomorrow ? Some of this depredation was accomplished by power of a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Does your son or daughter have access to the same? Ask yourselves if they are truly trustworthy and reliable. It might be well worth your while to check them out before further involvement or implication in felonies occur. Should this heinous perpetration and furor tend to awaken parents and community from their seeming apathy and sharpen their concern, hopefully saving their youngsters from involvement in such crimes, even the perpetrators from further involvement and possible conviction and heartache, then all is not in vain. Some of the stones were overturned by sheer combined man-power. Drinking parties and vandalism have no place in a cemetery. The participants in the many drinking parties have made targets of their empty bottles, placing them atop the markers, shooting and often missing the target and damaging the stones and leaving much broken glass. Any sound of gun shots should alarm the residents in that area and immediately be reported. How many headstones were overturned? What other damages were incurred? Who cares? It is a sick world we live in and very distressing. Every citizen of Cheney and its outlying area should be concerned and take a tour of Fairview Cemetery and observe the dastardly detriment. II is tOO bad that those who perpetrated these felonious acts cannot be made to repair and restore the cemetery to order. Anyone with any knowledge as to who the guilty ones are should come forward with such information that could lead to possible arrests or restitution. There are undoubtedly many of those graves where no living descendants remain to care for the gravesites anymore. What will be done in those cases? What is Cheney going to do about it? The cemetery lies just outside the city limits, but it is most probable that these deplorable acts were committed by some of its own area residents and therefore there is a responsibility that rests with Cheney. There are those who would say these acts may have been those of some of the university students, not Cheney people, but wait a minute-is not the university an institution of Cheney, a source of pride, a recipient of support? Then responsibility must also ensue. Another thought to be considered-how could all of this aclivity be carried out so near to the many new residences wilbout someone showing concern, some question as to what was going on. Surely a four-wheel-drive vehicle performing in the manner as was done would have been audible and many of those acts could have been viewed with little effort. Any activity up there should be investigated in the future. If it were done at night, there had to be lights used. Those who go to place flowers on a loved one's grave do so through the daylight hours. Any going and coming at night should be considered suspicious and immediately reported to the Cheney Police and to the Spokane County Sheriff's office. Let's all be concerned and like the Boy Scouts, with combined effort do what we can to help make our world a better place. Let's all share responsibility. It will take the combined effort on the part of EWU, the other schools, our churches, clubs, lodges, groups, police dept., and private citizens to right these wrongs. Will Cheney adopt the commendable attitude of the Boy Scouts and care? Will there be an effort to bring order out of chaos in memory of those pioneers who gave of themselves and contributed so much to lay the very foundation of your beloved "Cbeney?" It will be interesting to see. It truly is a shame that a few can bring stigma to a community where so many good people reside. There should be much indignation. Anita E. Holt Fairfield, Wash. G Free Press i i ill Publisher ........................................................ Jerome It. Jan Editor ............................................................... Robert Slier News & Feature Sialist ...................................... Stephlnls Dyson Adverlislng Manager .............................................. Baara Boots Rates: In Spokane County, $12.00 per year; within the state, $15.00 per year; outside the state, $20.00 per year; senior citizens, $10.00 per year. For other rates call 235-6184 or 747-7395. Name: ................................................................ Address: ........ P.O. Box 218 Cheney, Washington 99004 <,.,.-m Fruit frost loss hard to by Adele Ferguson How bad, really, is the damage in eastern Washington from the April crop freeze? I don't know, since for every report I get crying alarm, I get another one pooh poohing the whole thing. Here, you judge, with the first com- munication from a longtime cherry grower in the Lower Yakima Valley, who asked that his name not be used, I suppose because he took a crack at some of the legislator-farmers who lost crops. "I have been in the cherry business all my life. My father, grandfather and great-grandfather all raised cherries in the Sunnyside-Granger area. Although I have some other income, the majority of my present family income comes from 20 acres of producing cherries. "My cherry crop, like most in this area, is gone, because of low tempera- lures on April 21. As you can probably imagine, this will put a severe crimp in our family's finances for this year, a not uncommon plight among fruit growers in this area." It's not uncommon for cherry grow- ers, however, he said. It's the sixth cherry crop failure for his father and himself since 1941, the most recent being in 1981. Other years were lean, but cherry growers expect that. The taxpayers shouldn't have to assume the loss, he said, and no tears should be shed for Sens. Max Benitz of Presser and Irv Newhouse of Yakima rimll mum l in Send letters to: Editor Cheney Free Press P.O. Box 218 Cheney, WA 99004 Letters should be signed and Include a phone number for verification. The volume of news for the Free Press receives each week for publication makes necessary an organized schedule for receiving and printing stories and photo- graphs. Generally the rule is the earlier items are received ' the better the chance for publication. The Free Press requests that contributors observe the following deadlines which will be strictly enforced: SPORTS, LATE BREAKING NEWS, OBIT- UARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCiES- Tuesday, 10 a.m. CHURCH NEWS, WEDDINGS, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL OTHER SOCIAL NEWS- Monday, noon GENERAL ADVERTISING- Monday, 5 p.m. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING - Tuesday, noon All letters must be signed, with the writer bearing sole responsibility for their contents; libelous letters will not be printed. POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to Cheney 'Free Press, P.O. Box 218, (heney, Washington 99004. Published at 1855 1st Street, Cheney, Washington 99004. Second Class Matter entered at the Post Office at Cheney, Washington, under the Act of March 3, 1879. Published every Thursday morning by the Times Publishing Company, Davenport, Washington. and Rep. Forrest Baugher of Parker, all of whom lost crops. The fact that a lot of farmers expanded is irrelevant. He did too, but that isn't the taxpayers' responsibility. "Why do some of you in the press insist on perpetuating the myth that, without government help, farmers will stop producing and we will run out of food? Farmers have been losing their farms for centuries. There always is someone to take their place." If the banks have made bad loans, they should learn not to extend credit beyond a reasonable expectation of a farmer's ability to pay his debts, he said, but the vast majority of fruit growers are on sound financial footing despite the heavy loss of this year's fruit crop. "The taxpayers should not be asked to subsidize farmers who made wrong managerial decisions." Now, the other side of the picture, from Ronald B. Tukey of Washington State University's cooperative exten- sion service: "What is being missed is the devastating impact this crop loss has on the off-farm sector of agricul- ture and the general economy. The loss of labor-intense crops pears and sweet cherries wages and fewer local businesses. "It is not just the fruit the people, nesses who depend on production of fruit to economy. "The public does not loss of 20 to 30,000 tons means that fruit harves earn $200 per ton or $2 to $3 t year. Those who sort and pa( stamp the boxes and load t semi-trucks will lose anoth million in income. "Workers who produce the 2 to 3 million of glue will run short of and drivers of those $75,000 | that roll the highways fruit won't earn the or $2.5 to $4 "The tragic effect loss is the loss of upon "This is the story the hear and yell that they are going that society listens." Gov. assessment of the damage 1 wa enough. How bad it will guess, depends FINANCIAL PLANNING By Robert L. Zins, CPA and Janice K. Penar, CPA i iii i i REAL ESTATE INVESTING (Get Rich Quick?) You've probably seen the dozens of books and seminars with vat on the title How To Make A Million Dollars In Real Estate. Cod really get rich quick by investing in real estate? Investing in realil l takes knowledge, time, energy--and a bit of luck. If you have I things and some perseverance, investing in real estate won't mall rich quick, but as one writer said, it might make you rich slowly. A Investing in residential rental property is probably the most a real estate investment for individuals. Your return will include the you receive, the tax writeoffs you get, and any appreciation in the ty over a period o1 time. If you decide to buy rental property for an investment, here art suggestions: 1. Buy property where you live rather than in some other part country. You can.manage your property more easily and will p0 have a better feel for property values. 2. Look for a bargain. Find a piece of property that needs only c repair to appreciate in value. Don't buy property needing major such as new wiring, plumbing or structural renovating, i 3. Select property where the rents will cover the mortgage paY', taxes, insurance and other costs. 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