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6 Wednesday, November 5, 1997 West Seattle Herald/White Center News West Seattle Herald/White Jerry Robinson Roger Hollings Gloria Kruzner Laurie Hastings Margaret Seefeld 8ob Tomow Publisher General Manager Editor Classified Classified Circulation Manager Eric Francis Sports Editor Matt Lewis Account Executive Tim Patnode Account Executive Barbara Eller Production Manager Christopher Dalan Graphic Designer Madeen K. Wooding Graphic Designer e-mail: f a few months ago, facility. Donna Anderson stood Tabitha Meira's small at the Delridge Commu- mangled leg is testament to the nity Center, snuggling her two problem that continues to exist daughters close at a reception on this heavily traveled road- honoring her son Marcus. Her way. little boy was killed several The children of Delridge years ago in a hit-and-run Youth Group and other con- car/pedestrian accident on cerned residents formed a Delridge Way. One of the girls human chain last week near never met her older brother, the community center to Anderson was confident that remind drivers of Marcus, her lobbying efforts, culminat- Tabitha and the countless ing in memorial benches being others who have been victim- situated on the playground last ized on this roadway. summer in her son's memory, We don't want to run another had decreased the potential for story about a life cut short or a accidents on Delridge Way. scarring injury. We just want The city had established more drivers to use caution around traffic lights to ease pedestrian pedestrians and in school access, she reasoned. People zones. Kids shouldn't be too seemed to be getting the frightened to access area message near the popular playgrounds: Slow down! WAHToM 121,;P.r:c Ro ;=oR N TIVE-AHERICAfl CUffO L YM Le ? PICK UP STUFF.2? WHo 9 9 pasass_aqes n't cover the loss of his passing, or the disap- - " pointment I feel in myself for having not Wishing he'd made the effort. Wehad much to talk over, he and I. We likely would have revived and ceie, taken time brated our lives as small boys, but more importantly, helped me understand how as an Editor: adult I've grown to view and understand oth- The obituary section of the Seattle paper let ers. me know that I'd lost a West Seattle child- Even as distant as we'd become, his passing hood friend today, after he struggled for many disorients my life experience somehow. It's a years with muscular dystrophy. We were reminder of my mortality and how fragile our close as pals could be when we met in the existence truly is. But it teaches me some- second grade and I can even remember exact- thing more about friendships. It teaches me ly how we met, almost 40 years ago. again, that you get in return what you put into His family had a really great old house off this life. It reminds me that I really do need to Marine View Drive in Arbor Heights, with a make the effort for all those folks that come to big yard full of trees for climbing, playing mind, as people I need to make an effort for. ball and just being kids. My friend threw me My old pal has gone on now. But I can still the only official touchdown I ever caught at remember his red bike with fat balloon tires Lincoln Park, playing peewee football for and racing him shoulder to shoulder down Marine View Drive. Near as I recall, we fin- West Seattle. Those, and so many more mem- ished that race in a tie, and our childhood ories, are rushing back to me today, in a painfully sweet manner, friendship was born. By late in our high school years at Chief Lanse Denniston was an old friend of mine, Seaith, we'd drifted apart, as kids seem to do. just as he was a friend to a lot of folks around West Seattle. I wish I'd known him better. I'd see my old friend from time to time over the years and witness his battle and his physi- Greg Mills cal transition. The last time was maybe 18 Burien months ago with his dad and brother, on the ferry to Southworth. And as ever, weSeattle needs Chatlie promised each other to get together and maybe take in a ball game. hv I've known that the responsibility was mine And here's w ~J to get together -- that the ravages of his ill- Editor: hess kept him from getting about as he would Why Charlie Chong is suited to be mayor have liked. But life is full with family and of Seattle. Consider: work, or so I'd say to myself whenever he 1. Chong's genuine honesty, integrity and came to mind. hands-on leadership is a breath of fresh air But today that excuse doesn't wash. It does- needed to keep Seattle the most livable city in our country. 2. Chong's productive common-sense solu- tions to complex problems (Remember the snow plow?) is needed to keep our city safe and clean, our roads without potholes, our city spending within budget. 3. Chong's multicultural, grassroots, neigh- borhood-activist background keeps him informed on issues dear to the heart of the ordinary Seattle citizen. He is knowledgeable of issues that we ordinary citizens care about, i.e., traffic conditions, potholes, affordable housing, etc. Seattle needs Charlie Chong! Annie G. Tigtig North Admiral The anti-Chong Times timing! You call whom, and for Whether a porter, the manipulation of the: abhorrent ! .,.~ Pursuin Papers election Editor: Is there anyone bers a news That was in 1938, and not prejudiced item so we could I No equal time in 'blatant manipulau'on' I don't knoW went broke or Editor: paper. Later we What has happened to the democratic and it seemed process? Absentee ballots were sent out on guys and not even one decent Friday. On Sunday, The Seattle Times gives a glowing endorsement to Paul Scheil. On though the one Monday the Times' editors mercilessly rip the sub Charlie Chong. not ope It's Thursday evening as I read Times' rather sorry thai columnist Terry McDermott's belittling col- honest newspaper: umn on Chong. And yet in this same time Let's get period (Sunday through Thursday), The so we Times gives no equal time to Chong or those " you telling us who support him. And a large percentage of .absentee ballots are dutifully returned. Nice h "Probably just the standard answer -- pay off bills and take a nice, long trip. " Mike Godbey North Seattle "1 would give half to the charities that I'm concerned with. The other half1 wouM use to travel." Ruth Ward Admiral "My church needs a new parking lot, so 1 would do that. Then I'd travel: i love travel- ing." Joan Durbin Admiral "1 generally don't think that smalL I guess # would make life more comfort- able..That's not a lot of nu, n,ey ~ymore. obert Frambach Alki Point