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Expand the fire board/Parks: Robinson

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

There’s a quip in here somewhere about “the fire department that runs itself.” But general disinterest by the lay public in vacant fire board positions in recent years nags a bit at this newspaper’s “good government” reflex, as candidates within close proximity of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s ranks step forward to lead it almost by default.

An evening of faith, trust and...hope

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

That clatter you may have heard coming from the direction of the high school campus Thursday evening was not the crash of pads out on the football field. More likely, it was the sound of several score jaws in simultaneous plummet to the high school library floor, as Tom Hemphill urged school officials to put a $100 million construction bond before voters next year.

Kordonowy for mayor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

A couple weeks back, incumbent mayor Darlene Kordonowy and challenger Nezam Tooloee were invited to luncheon with this newspaper’s community board; nothing formal, just a chance to discuss current issues with island leaders representing social services, business, environment and the arts, folks whose observations would in turn help shape the newspaper’s mayoral endorsement.

For council: Vancil, Stoknes, Doerschuk

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

Put aside the environment, at least for the next few paragraphs. The defining challenge facing the next City Council will be following through on recommendations for revitalization of our downtown core, as envisioned through the Winslow Tomorrow planning process. We need community leaders savvy on the issues and ready to make tough decisions that will shape our community and cultural hub for decades to come.

Even free boats come with a soaking

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

There is an adage in the maritime world: The two greatest days of boat ownership are the day you buy one, and the day you sell it. Another old saw expresses it thusly: Question: I’ve been thinking of buying a boat. Would I enjoy boating? Answer: Put on your rain gear and stand under a cold shower, then take out your wallet and throw your money down the bathtub drain. If you enjoy that, you’ll enjoy boating.

Ferry system funds depend on I-912 defeat

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

Wednesday in this space, we registered our strong opposition to Initiative 912, which would eliminate the recently passed 9.5 cent-per-gallon gasoline tax. And before we could say “penny wise, pound foolish,” the executive council of the state’s Ferry Advisory Committees issued its own statement, reminding voters that ferry-dependent communities like our own will be among those hardest hit should the initiative pass.

No on I-330, No on I-336, No on I-912

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

Whom do you distrust more: the lawyers eating $50 steaks at that downtown grill, or the doctors and insurance company fat-cats double parking their Mercedes at the country club? The rhetoric surrounding initiatives 330 and 336 on the upcoming general ballot counts on uninformed voters to decide complex issues on the basis of petty biases; both initiatives tend to work against the interests of health care consumers, and both deserve “No” votes.

City, fire relief contingent the best response

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

Anybody can give money. We on Bainbridge Island certainly have a lot of it to give, and we tend to offer it up fairly generously – as any number of wildly successful fund-raising drives attest. Pritchard Park and other big-dollar capital campaigns, the tremendous annual support for the Bainbridge Foundation, the periodic, more personal causes that come out of nowhere and earn the spontaneous support of the community – all demonstrate the willingness of individual islanders to offer up their resources for a good beyond their own immediate needs.

A great effort that started over coffee

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

Back in the days when door-to-door milk delivery was the norm, so too was the regular appearance on islanders’ doorsteps of neighborhood ladies soliciting for local charities. Among those making the rounds, Ernest Biggs recalls, was his wife Ann Louise. It was the late 1950s, and collection for island nonprofit organizations was haphazard, in-person, and more or less year-round.

Campaign signs could be reined in a bit

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

During his days as an eco-terrorist – a period that lasted for approximately one month many years ago, when he was about 12 or 13 – a young man who would later go on to minor local note as a community newspaper editor was responsible for the destruction of many political campaign signs.

Time for the incumbent to say something

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

Experience counts. With that rubric and an established political base, incumbent mayor Darlene Kordonowy breezed through Tuesday’s primary election with a comfortable margin over three challengers. Not unexpected, given the paucity of purpose exhibited by two of the candidates (unless you count “The Right to Keep and Bear Campaign Signs”). Voters likewise were thoughtful in advancing freshman councilor Nezam Tooloee as Kordonowy’s November opponent, setting up what should be a general election season rich in ideas and vision for our island community.

Don’t build a barrier against the community

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

Welcome, Bainbridge, to Fortress America. At least, that’s the meaning some folks ascribe to the appearance of an ominous “security fence” around the back lot of the Winslow post office. One of our favorite local activists describes it thusly: “Sacred island ground (has been) blasphemed with a razor-wired, chain-linked fence that invokes military-industrial violence and fear-mongering.”

Hike marks a successful quest for space

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

As you enjoy this newspaper over your breakfast of high-fiber cereal and high-octane coffee, some of your friends and neighbors will be tramping over hill and dale on new woodland paths at the island’s south end. As reported Wednesday, the first-ever “Shore to Shore Walk” commences at 10 a.m. this morning, to mark the opening of an expansive trail network spanning an array of contiguous open space parcels acquired by the city.

Take a hard look at ferry operations

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

You don’t have to be an old-timer to recall a day when boat repair was common on Eagle Harbor. The perspective of a single decade will do. As late as 1995, you could stroll the shoreline trail east from Waterfront Park and see a dozen or more sailboats sitting high and try on cribbing, their hulls being cleaned or painted, and vessels undergoing more extensive refurbishment.

Study up on school levy: you’ll be tested/Ann is No. 1

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

It’s not often that voters have to think three elections ahead. Many folks may still be trying to sort out the mayoral primary – those all-mail ballots must be sent back to the elections office by Sept. 20, and we think you should go with Kordonowy or Tooloee – with the final mayor’s contest and council seats to be decided on the general ballot mere weeks thereafter.

Be glad those petty crimes get attention

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

You can make a case pro or con over the “law and justice” sales tax hike on the upcoming ballot, but here’s an argument “against” that we wouldn’t have thought of: the Review’s “Police Blotter.” We had lunch with one of our Bainbridge Police detectives recently, who related a conversation with a longtime islander.

Send Kordonowy, Tooloee on to mayoral face-off

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

Four years ago in this space, we asked: What is a mayor? Our answer at that time: sage of City Hall, and shepherd of the City Council; island emissary to regional boards like Kitsap Transit and the health district; seeker of consensus, and court of last resort; a listener, a leader. The people’s official.

A tepid ‘Yes’ on sales tax levy for law, justice/Olsen for bench

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

Let’s face it: it’s hard not to support “law and justice.” So on its face, Kitsap County’s proposed 0.15 percent sales tax hike (3 cents on a $20 purchase) to put more police officers on our streets has an innate, visceral appeal. And Bainbridge Police know exactly what they would do with the money: add two patrol officers dedicated to traffic enforcement; put a cop back in local schools as a liaison to local youths; add a detective to work with vulnerable seniors, increasingly the target of scams and identity theft; and hire a half-time security officer in the municipal court and a new technician to deal with a backlog in the evidence vault.

Our primary season is (sigh) just too short

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

Adlai Stevenson couldn’t win the White House in two tries, but it wasn’t for want of a choice whistle-stop quip. The gentleman from Illinois once observed: “The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.” And when a woman told him during the 1956 campaign, “You have the vote of every thinking person,” Stevenson rejoined, “That’s not enough, madam – we need a majority.”

Thank to you, it works for all of Kitsap

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

“Seems like every time you turn around,” one of our loyal readers mused a while back, “there’s another news story about some fund drive or another, somebody else with their hand out.” Far from a rebuke, we took that to be a compliment and a reflection of the caliber of this community. Island folks aren’t content to sit around and watch needs and opportunities go unmet; there’s a collective and persistent resolve to marshal resources to improve the community. So yeah, there are a lot of items in this newspaper about fund-raisers. And since you mention it...here’s another.

Fines remind us why we have a PDC

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

We can hear it now: “Aha!” Such exclamations are sure to follow any time a political action group gets dinged for a campaign violation. This week, foes of the failed school technology levy get their turn to guffaw, as state regulators have fined the group Bainbridge Island Public School Supporters $400 for campaign shortcomings this past spring. The actual offenses were rather pedestrian – essentially, failing to get started on time – but they’re worth thinking about nonetheless. We’re actually glad to see the penalty imposed, because it demonstrates that someone at the regulatory level is paying attention, and that all of us at the local level should as well.

For one weekend, it’s 1955 again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

There is certain contrariness that seems to come with island living. Back when it was hard to get off the island, we wanted to make it easier to get away, at least for the weekend. Ironically, when it became easier to get away, it became easier for others to come here too. So we’re still unhappy, only the reasons have shifted a bit.

PFD brings sports field opportunities

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

It’s an unwritten rule in this business that if you want to find a journalist, just look for the nearest buffet. We are by and large a downtrodden lot, so the prospect of complimentary vittles will generally bring hacks running from miles around. So when the folks at the Kitsap County Public Facilities District rang up with an invitation to their annual picnic this past Monday evening at Battle Point Park, we felt professionally obliged to grab the note pad, don the fedora and investigate. As if the excellent spread wasn’t enough (and it was), the occasion also feted the work of islander Andy Maron, who is leaving the organization’s board after five years.

Put this one in the books

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

The good and learned patrons of the Bainbridge library will perhaps excuse a breach of decorum that took place amongst the hallowed stacks this week. The usually staid library environs saw an unusual disruption Wednesday and Thursday, when librarians attired in 1950s garb broke into extemporaneous song with such Eisenhower-era standards as “Davy Crockett” and the Mickey Mouse Club theme. The pageantry marked the 50th birthday of the Kitsap Regional Library, the countywide system with which our library is affiliated.

Downtown trees require care from all

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

It’s no particular secret that as community icons go, islanders place a premium on downtown trees. You only have to think back a few years to the public outcry that arose when the city planned to ax a pair of broad-leaf maples on Winslow Way near the ferry terminal. The trees were diseased, damaged and weakened by neglect and poor pruning – they’d been topped at some point, and frankly looked like (heck) – and yet their imminent demise struck a sour visceral chord in many folks chagrined over the changing island landscape.

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