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‘No!’ is concise, but not much of a strategy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

“NO MORE CONDOS!” the stark, printed flier demands of passersby. “Where are we really headed? Will Winslow Tomorrow equal Condo City? It’s unsustainable!” The author of the power-pole polemic – a document now papering buildings and bulletin boards in downtown Winslow – goes on to decry the state’s “Growth Mandate Act,” arguing that Bainbridge Island growth is not inevitable, but rather is being “nationally marketed” by unspecified (but no doubt dark) forces.

Give, give, give (and then buy, buy, buy)

  • Jun 21, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

Back in the day, when the average island family could get by with a one-car garage – down from today’s apparent standard of three – the clutter that accumulated therein was a bit more modest too. Even our modes of transportation were simpler.

The legend of ‘the Bear’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

As Team Town & Country participates in this weekend’s Komen Foundation Race for the Cure in Seattle, and more islanders still walk for the cause of cancer research at Battle Point Park, it seems a good time to share an inspirational tale. As related by island journalism icon Walt Woodward, our story concerns “the Bear,” a Seattle kid who became a baseball legend and whose All Star-caliber Major League career (so expansive, it’s barely alluded to here) made him an American household name. This is what happened at both ends of his baseball life; you might have heard of him yourself.

It adds up: vindication for Barbie

  • Jun 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

Poor Barbie. The lissome ideal of junior distafficity set her elder sisters’ knickers atwist a decade ago with a single innocent, off-the-cuff observation: “Math class is tough!” That they were the first words she uttered – along with “I like shopping!” and “Will I ever have enough clothes?” – after 30 years of silence only magnified their seeming import, prompting a nation of feminists to brand the doll a bimbo, a traitor to her gender, a vapid blonde stereotype in size minus-5 pumps. This week, though, she is vindicated. Judging from the most recent batch of WASL test scores, math is tough, or at least tougher than language arts. And not just for Barbie, but for Ken too.

‘Peace 2006’: worth a try

  • Jun 10, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

A youthful prank, a midnight rave, a statement of principle, a splash of paint on the roadway at the Head of the Bay. It reads: “PEACE 2006.” Inscribed within one of the numeric ovals are the tines of a well-known fork, creating the symbol of a past generation’s youth movement and counterculture. Yet the center tine is lighter, thinner, as if it were added by afterthought to cover a momentary semiotic lapse. Thanks to a slip of the brush, “peace” looks to the casual viewer like the symbol of the Mercedes automobile, young idealism already descended into smug adult materialism. Just what is it to which our Bainbridge High School Class of 2006 aspires?

Where does shuttle end, transit start?

  • Jun 7, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

Is it a workers’ shuttle or a transit route? Even before it gets out of the garage, a new program to whisk downtown business employees to and from a remote park-and-ride has an identity crisis. Billed as something more than a shuttle service for Winslow merchants – shoppers could ride it too, some say, although that’s not really been made clear – but something less than a full-fledged Kitsap Transit run, the service is doubtful until proponents figure out exactly what it is and who it should serve.

Not quite local, Mitzel’s was still a favorite

  • Jun 3, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

If ever an establishment put the “family” in family restaurant, Mitzel’s American Kitchen was it. A Review reader this week recalled her move to Bainbridge 20 years ago, when it was the Poulsbo restaurant, not an island eatery, that was an unexpected Elysium at the end of a long, long drive.

Scotch broom pretty, but pretty noxious

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

About the two-dozenth time the car’s paint was raked by rows of bristled shrubs spilling out from both sides of the driveway, it finally settled in: Time to do something about the Scotch broom. Out came the pruners and a robust garden fork, and an hour later the drive was once again clear for passage. It’s a scene that no doubt has played out on non-suburbanized properties across the island, as the ubiquitous weed shoots to yellow-flowered abundance with spring.

Police/court building just won’t be cheap

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

“I just don’t want to see you fall on your face,” one of our more asiduous readers chuckled – although his anatomical phraseology was a bit more colorful, and we’ve known him long enough to suspect that he actually enjoys putting an occasional bruise on the editorial rump. Our impish critic took issue with the casual assertion last week that a proposed police station/municipal court building would cost “almost as much as” City Hall.

Whatever happened to the Congress?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

In writing the tagline for a guest columnist this week, we were poised to say, “is a former member of the Winslow Tomorrow Community Congress.” “Don’t write ‘former’,” our correspondent chastened. “That concedes a point we’re not willing to concede yet.” Seems there’s a minor kerfuffle brewing in City Hall over the future – or perhaps “present” would be more accurate – of the citizen group that drove last year’s downtown planning initiative.

Location, Location, Location (again)

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

So, you consider yourself a keen observer of City Hall. Here’s a quiz for you: What do the following names have in common? Sakai, Ulloa, Bucsit, Sterling, BP, 600 Ericksen, Nystrom. Okay...time’s up. And the answer: They’re all Winslow properties that were touted at one time or another as the best location for, yes, City Hall. (Everyone get that one? Maron, Averill, Stollman, Nordby – go to the head of the class!)

McDonald’s: our love/hate relationship

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

At first blush, renovation plans for a well-known Winslow building sounded like they might bring a sophisticated, cosmopolitan edge to the island skyline. The tantalizing description of form – “a little more modern, a little retro” – called to mind the calculatingly contradictory locutions that connoisseurs use to describe favorite wines: “Simple...yet complex. Delicate...yet robust.” Turns out they were talking about the High School Road McDonald’s; the analogy went out the window, as did most hope for a tasteful structure. The owners planned to revamp the island’s only drive-thru eatery, and designs on file with the city planning department showed a glowing, poly-hued facade and giant golden semi-arch sweeping over the building like a vintage automobile’s tail fin – taken together, an architectural statement that might best be described as intergalactic.

T’Chookwap: still a park, not a preserve

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

It would be nice to think that T’Chookwap Park is about to settle into a future of quietude and repose – perhaps even public enjoyment. The tiny Spargur Loop parcel overlooking Port Madison is one of the more serene plots of public ground on the island, high on a bluff on a country lane that could hardly accomodate two Volvos abreast. Serene, because its so out of the way that few folks outside the immediate neighborhood are ever likely to go there – and perhaps also because, lacking so much as a sign announcing it’s presence, others wouldn’t know it was a public park even if they chanced upon it.

First the race, then the relay against cancer

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

Race for Life, Relay for the Cure. Er, wait. That’s not right. We’ve participated in both events for the cause of cancer research and treatment over the years – that’s Relay for Life, and Race for the Cure – and sometimes even we get their names turned around.

Cardboard cut-outs/Cabin fever

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

Discussion of last weekend’s housing forum having run its course, our epistolary companion and erstwhile colleague steered the email exchange to another topic of recent interest: gasoline conservation.

Housing forum really doesn’t prove anything

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:41PM

Asked in advance what hopes he might have for the Community Housing Coalition’s summit on affordable housing, a local political observer was heard to reply, “Oh, I’m sure it will do the usual fine job of identifying the problem.”

Just another monkey at the typewriter

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

Put enough monkeys in front of enough typewriters for enough time, the mathematical proposition goes, and sooner or later one of them should bang out “Hamlet.” If not Shakespeare, then perhaps the Cultural Element of the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan, or just a mayoral proclamation – lesser reads, perhaps, but of a certain local literary value nonetheless. Islanders can contemplate the merits of each during activities beginning at 10 a.m. this morning at the Bainbridge Performing Arts Playhouse.

Don Palmer kept it clean

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

For a community icon, Don Palmer didn’t spend much time in the public eye, and that seemed to be how he liked it. We recall a City Council meeting some years ago in which Palmer’s Bainbridge Disposal operation was on the agenda, and Don paid a buddy $20 to speak on his behalf – for an award presentation.

Is harbor too big for city to manage?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

The “Port of Bainbridge Island”? Ten years ago, at least one islander believed establishing a new, freestanding agency to manage local harbors was a good idea. Business consultant Norm Down, an old hand at navigating the regulatory straits of aquatic lands and shorelines, proposed formation of just such a port district back in 1996. His idea was that the agency would issue bonds to purchase and develop the former Wyckoff property at Bill Point to create parks, marinas and areas for water-related businesses.

We used to aspire to more

  • Apr 19, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

Peasant: “What happened to the war on poverty?” King: “You lost.” – The Wizard of Id Anybody remember the Great Society? One, two, three...okay, it was awhile back, a gen­e­ration or so calendar-wise and a veritable epoch ago politically. But a few throwbacks might still recall a time when Americans felt a collective desire to fix social ills – poverty, urban blight – and counted on the federal government to set the pace.

That it may not happen again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

Eloquence, it has been said, is that which leaves us too mute even for applause. And orators were in fine form at Thursday’s Japanese American internment memorial dedication in Eagledale. Particularly moving were addresses by the Rev. Brooks Andrews and Rabbi Mark Glickman, which readers should look for when the event is broadcast on BITV. Also among the fine commentaries was this by Donna Mohr of the Interfaith Council, who was so kind as to provide the text of her address that we might share it with readers.

Waterfront Park users deserve better

  • Apr 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

Hold your nose. That’s the only advice for folks doomed to another year of uncomfortable relief in a Port-o-Loo in Waterfront Park. Their sad lot owes to the combination of official inertia, parsimony and ineptitude that continues to conspire against construction of a functional restroom in our downtown’s signature public area.

How did we miss the pole?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

We should probably get to more public meetings than we do these days, especially given that, hey, it’s our job. So there’s a certain professional chagrin at having the proposal for a 60-foot communications tower at the Hidden Cove ball fields sneak up on us this week. Where were we? Then again, like the lay public, we in the newspaper trade count on public notice requirements for a reminder of the significant decisions coming under consideration by our local boards and councils. And never in a thousand years would we have guessed that a communications pole could be approved for a Bainbridge park without a public hearing by park officials themselves.

When the fox smiles, count the chickens

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

Common sense suggests that as stewards of the henhouse go, the fox isn’t the best choice. So our city is wise to keep the shotgun at hand as Washington State Ferries assures the community that $40 million worth of work at the Eagle Harbor maintenance yard – WSF’s own project – will have no significant impact on the environment. Would anyone really expect WSF to say otherwise?

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