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Put the cash where the road should go

  • Apr 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:07PM

Let’s fight for, not against, each other

  • Apr 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:07PM

We seemed to have survived March with all it’s madness that showed up in so many varieties this year. Is it just me, or does lunacy seem particularly abundant?

During idle times, saving squid comes to mind

  • Apr 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:07PM

This past week was Spring Break for our island schools. Many island families headed south for a little R&R at warm weather destinations such as Hawaii, Mexico or Palm Springs, while others headed off to cooler climes for a little spring skiing. Other families hit the road for that annual high school ritual – the College Tour Road Trip.

SR-305 needs more police presence to slow traffic

  • Apr 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:07PM

It’s surprising that there aren’t more bicycle-vehicle collisions on Bainbridge Island’s seven-mile stretch of State Route 305 when considering the thousands of vehicles and hundreds of two-wheelers that race to and fro the ferry terminal each day. Collisions are common on a busy road that is generally an accident looking to happen, but the last major bicycle-vehicle accident occurred nearly four years ago when a car driven by a Bremerton woman – distracted by a cell phone – struck and threw an island man 85 feet. Chris Stanley was seriously injured but miraculously lived to tell about it.

The glory of downsizing your life

  • Apr 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:07PM

Recently, people rush up to me on Winslow Way with questioning but uneasy looks on their faces. “Are you really happy in your condo?” they ask.

An island life lived ‘the flexible way’

  • Apr 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:07PM

Art Koura, almost 90, misses Bainbridge Island. In 1919, his parents, Otohiko and Hatsuko Koura, strapped on their infant son and came here to pick strawberries. They liked it so much that a year later they left their Seattle home to try farming on the island. Six years later, they had as many children and seven acres on High School Road. The farm was successful, and Otohiko became president of the Community Association from 1936 to 1941.

Who comes to Helpline House?

  • Apr 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

Many islanders come through the doors of Helpline House every day. Here’s a sampling of the real people who stop in both to give, and to receive.

Earth Day? Let’s make it a daily event

  • Apr 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

Ericksen’s no throughway

  • Apr 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

A recent Review editorial suggesting that Ericksen Avenue may eventually become a throughway fails to recognize the history of the street, the merits of local history and cultural tourism, the popularity of the pedestrian walkway, the special and historic trees along the lane, and the irregular mismatched intersection of Ericksen Avenue and Bjune Drive at Winslow Way.

Insults should rise above simple name-calling

  • Apr 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

There was a great brouhaha in the media recently over a couple of alleged insults directed at national political figures. An advisor to Barack Obama was forced to resign from her position in his campaign when it was reported that she had referred to Hillary Clinton as a “monster.” And long-time Clinton friend and advisor James Carville came under substantial criticism when he referred to Bill Richardson as “Judas” for having forsaken Hillary and thrown his support behind Obama.

Change works for anything – even ferries

  • Apr 19, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

State Rep. Christine Rolfes likes to say that while some politicians want to change the world, her goal is to merely revamp Washington State Ferries. In other words, her political world, since it has been her primary concern since being elected two years ago.

No spending without justification

  • Apr 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

“The farther back you can look the farther forward you are likely to see.”

Memorial belongs here

  • Apr 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

Passage of the bill that will eventually establish Bainbridge Island’s Japanese American internment memorial as a National Park Service historic site received a unanimous vote in February in the House of Representatives: 419 to 0. How times have changed, and it took only 66 years. In February 1942, the House unanimously approved — by a voice vote — an executive order that incarcerated more than 120,000 West Coast Issei and Nisei because Japan and America were at war.

Memorial belongs here

  • Apr 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

Passage of the bill that will eventually establish Bainbridge Island’s Japanese American internment memorial as a National Park Service historic site received a unanimous vote in February in the House of Representatives: 419 to 0. How times have changed, and it took only 66 years. In February 1942, the House unanimously approved — by a voice vote — an executive order that incarcerated more than 120,000 West Coast Issei and Nisei because Japan and America were at war.

Some postman is grooving to all our love letters...

  • Apr 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

A woman who worked for the German postal service in the West German town of Giessen was recently arrested and charged with having 29,000 pieces of undelivered mail at her home. The letters date from as long as 15 years ago, although most were mailed within the last five years. Postal investigators and law enforcement officers believe that the woman stole the envelopes, hoping to find money in them, although it is not yet clear how many of the letters were actually opened. A spokesman for the postal service said that the letters will all be delivered to the original addressees with a note of apology from the post office.

Affordable housing project needs help

  • Apr 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

Hello neighbors.

Are we ready for affordable housing?

  • Apr 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

Ah, the land of plenty. It had to come to this. America’s class system has been around for centuries, but the division became more obvious in the 19th century with the creation of opulent resorts, first in the east with the likes of Saratoga Springs, Palm Beach and Newport, then slowly moving west to Aspen, Jackson Hole and Carmel. What all of them had in common were beautiful settings and a work force that could not afford to live there. These days, we have a modest variation of the theme spreading in certain neighborhoods throughout the country, including Bainbridge Island, where an increasing number of the city’s workers live west of Agate Pass.

Boating safety is the island way

  • Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

Boaters are a gregarious group. They will happily regale you with stories about adventures, idyllic cruises and enticing destinations. For generations, they’ve passed along key tips and information to new boaters either verbally or by example. That was a great way to learn how best to navigate Eagle Harbor traffic, liveaboards and the ferry’s comings and goings. Sometimes though, a newcomer’s boater education had some gaps.

City survey a waste of time and money ?

  • Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

This just in: The majority of Bainbridge Islanders are old, well-educated, well-off, hard working, happy with the present but pessimistic about the future, worried about the island’s water supply and population growth, content with the current balance between city services and taxes, divided over the city’s performances of late concerning planning, development and its finances, want more bike lanes, walking paths, trails, affordable housing, keeping the island rural and pretty much the way it is right now.

The saddest story out there? Just look to Iraq

  • Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:06PM

A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles in a year. Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol per year. That means, on average, that Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon. Makes you kind of proud to be an American, doesn’t it?

Revisiting Minidoka: A pilgrimage in time

  • Apr 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:05PM

There’s a community to which Bainbridge Island will forever be tied by history, a community with a message for every American. It’s as much a part of our island soul as Manitou Beach, Yeomalt, Restoration Point, Island Center, Blakely or Eagle Harbors, all of Port Madison, Strawberry Hill or Hermana Isla de Ometepe. I heard about Minidoka, Idaho sparingly as a student, more over the years. In 2007, I could not stay away.

Blah, blah, blah say those who fail to listen

  • May 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:05PM

Civil discourse, long a bedrock of our democratic society, appears to have suffered a stress fracture of late. It’s difficult to ascertain the actual cause of why so many people have begun to verbally assail their fellow citizens merely because they have a difference of opinion about one topic or another. Perhaps it’s because we, the people, are frustrated by our governance and some of us have a predilection to bluster when exasperated. Whatever the cause, the result may lead to boorish behavior that is often so ludicrous that it belongs in a comedy act.

Infrastructure must be a priority

  • May 3, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:05PM

Infrastructure is often referred to as the backbone of a community. We take for granted the streets we drive on, the water that comes from our faucets, and the storm drains that keep our streets from flooding. We rarely think about infrastructure until it fails.

Change? Yes, but what kind?

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:05PM

In the past four years I’ve attended all the meetings for the Winslow Tomorrow visioning process, participated in the charrette and attended many city presentations on the possible designs that would grow from the results of the visioning process. Lately I’ve attended many council meetings, listening to why nothing can be done to apply any of the results of this process. Partially this is due to the economic climate and partially it’s the result of the gloom-and-doomers who, without attending any meetings or reviewing the possible designs that resulted from the process, have concluded that the whole thing was an attempt to “pull the wool over the public’s eyes” to allow large-scale development of Winslow Way.

City’s financial failure must be addressed

  • May 7, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:05PM

The unfolding financial crisis at the city makes it clear that we have failed the most basic tenets of local government. The value of government is to address common needs that cannot be met by individual citizens, such as life/safety and infrastructure needs by carefully spending the tax money it receives. It is important we learn how we got into this deficit position and how we get back on a responsible fiscal track.

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