Council may be going back to the future | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

Last week the Island breathed a collective sigh of relief after the city council vote to end the discussion on the bridge to nowhere.

After years of a dysfunctional council packed with old-time silverbacks with personal agendas representing the worst of small-town politics with their backroom deals and disregard for the Sunshine Laws, to be followed by the fiasco on a new sorely needed police station, then wasting $100,000 on a useless feasibility study for an island power scheme there was hope that finally a citizen-focused transparent council was in place.

Unfortunately, the actions at the recent council meeting by Councilwoman Blossom indicate that the past is not yet behind us.

Councilwoman Blossom owes the citizens and voters of the Island a clear explanation as to the actions and reasoning that caused such a change in her position on the bridge to nowhere. The actions at the council meeting clearly reveal a level of coordination between council members and their supporters in using an arcane parliamentary rule to subvert the previous council decision.

Were inappropriate private communications made between council members that violate the state’s Sunshine Laws? Or was this a personal epiphany for Councilwoman Blossom?

If it was the latter then fine. If it was the former then here we go again.

BILL SAMS

Manitou Beach

More in Letters to the Editor

Stalking the Sound to Olympic Trail | Letter to the editor

To the editor: There’s an elephant loose on the island and it’s… Continue reading

Showing our hearts for great island parks | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Are you seeing hearts at our local trails and… Continue reading

Great walk but a boondoggle | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I recently found the new 305 trail open so… Continue reading

Bainbridge needs more safety, not less | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I wanted to write in response to Kent Scott’s… Continue reading

Clarification on levy funds | Letter to the editor

To the editor: In the League of Women Voters/Kitsap press release about… Continue reading

Remember the voice of the people | Letter to the editor

To the editor: An Island voice spoke clearly when it elected three… Continue reading

Kitsap assessor, treasurer to address property taxes | Letter to the editor

To the editor: If you are concerned about the effect of the… Continue reading

Council may be going back to the future | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Last week the Island breathed a collective sigh of… Continue reading

Moratorium makes sense for BI | Letter to the editor

To the editor: We strongly support the six-month building moratorium. Current city… Continue reading

Join the volunteers at Bargain Boutique | Letter to the editor

To the editor: One hundred thousand. That’s quite a number, and one… Continue reading

Lower speed limits are needed | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I am a proponent of public safety on Island… Continue reading

We can all help our neighbors | Letter to the editor

To the editor: In recent weeks, a homeless woman — let’s call… Continue reading