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Christmas sermons past

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

With the editor taking a few issues off from sermonizing, who better to turn this space over to than legendary island clergyman the Rev. Vincent Gowen, who in days past sometimes filled in as the voice of the newspaper and provided this Christmas commentary to the Review back in December 1958:

Let it snow (if only for a little while)

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Those dreaming of a white Christmas tend to fall into two distinct camps: children, who look forward to snow with great anticipation, and adults, who face the prospect with a certain pragmatic dread.

Boilerplate, schmoilerplate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Iconoclast to the last, the late Frank Zappa is said to have once admonished his children, “whenever you read something, ask who paid for it.” Frank’s sage words echoed around the recesses of the editorial noggin this week, as the public relations effort to promote a NASCAR track in South Kitsap revved up and charged out of the pit.

Happy holidays, culture warriors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Years ago, when the editor was just a young scamp, the advent of the Christmas season always brought an elaborate holiday display to the household fireplace mantle, assembled with great care by the resident mom. Central to the display (amongst the angels and the nativity scene and the obligatory tiny, snow-covered village) were four painted ceramic figures that together spelled “NOEL.”

Everyone has a favorite teacher

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

We were going to pen something supportive of this week’s BEST Night Out to support Bainbridge public schools (see story, page A2) – until a quicker (and probably better) writer came along and stole our ink. So we’ll gladly hand over our space for this issue to Tom Tyner, for some wisdom and wit in the inimitable Latte Guy style.

Racetrack plan finds some odd bedfellows

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Politics, it is said, makes strange bedfellows. But imagine yourself, a card-carrying, knee-jerk somewhat-left-of-center newspaper, waking up one morning snug and warm to find your arm draped over the raspily snoring figure of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation. GAAAAAHHHH! What did we drink last night? How did we get here?

A journey most heroic begins here

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

“Progress,” Thor Heyerdahl once observed, “is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.” The Norwegian explorer certainly understood the spartan sensibility, achieving international fame in 1947 by sailing a fragile balsa raft some 4,300 miles from South America to Polynesia.

Stormwater management benefits us all

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Some folks spend their lives on the sunny side of the street. And meteorologically speaking, with 30 inches of annual rainfall at the island’s north end and 40 at the south, Bainbridge Island is not that side; Arizona, we ain’t. Ergo the need for the city’s Storm and Surface Water Management utility -- SSWM in acronymic form, or “swim” in conversation -- to channel runoff from upland properties to the welcoming waters of Puget Sound.

Not a bad return on investment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

“What,” a potential land donor once asked open space commissioner Dwight Sutton, “do we get for giving away our property to the public?” Sutton was candid as to the many rewards: “Great publicity,” he said, “and our eternal thanks.” And that, evidently, was more than enough for those islanders who helped the city’s land preservation program by making their holdings available at bargain-basement prices – sometimes free.

Old friends and old times

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Back in the Review’s old building on Winslow Way, when the newsroom still had the luxury of a back door for discreet work-hour escapes, nobody availed themselves of the portal quite like Jerry Elfendahl. Not going, but coming. The sudden squawk of tires in the parking lot invariably heralded our favorite historian’s approach, followed moments later by his wild-eyed appearance in the newsroom and an excited, “Grab the camera and get in the car! You won’t believe it!”

Downtown: It's all about investment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Told this week that Wal-Mart will be opening its new Poulsbo store in early 2006, one of our local correspondents mused, “Wonder if they’re opening a welfare office next door?” Much maligned for its labor practices – “Always Low Wages” and “Always Poor Benefits” come with those “Always Low Prices,” its myriad critics say – the world’s largest retailer has taken plenty of lumps of late. Probably a few more still, with the timely appearance of a film and lecture (as reported on today’s front page) examining the potential impacts on our local business community of the corporate behemoth settling in just up the highway.

Islanders still 'welcomes' you

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

If you’ve driven onto the island from points north anytime over the past year, you’ve no doubt followed the evolution of the new “Gateway Park” near the bridge. The service project of Bainbridge Rotary transformed a cheerless triangle of field grass into a minor landmark, offering a pleasant visual greeting for visitors and a nice wayside for motorists and others seeking respite from highway travel.

A good first step toward our arts future

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

It has been said that when meeting an artist for the first time, you will almost certainly annoy them by asking, “But what do you do for a living?” Likewise, contemplation of a new performing arts center in downtown Winslow is sure to be nagged from the get-go, for better or worse, by considerations of money. A new community hall? Sounds neat, but how are you going to pay for it? Absent the sudden appearance of some deep-pocketed patrons, new and improved cultural buildings would seem destined to languish at the wrong end of the island’s litany of pressing public needs – schools, for instance.

Bygone days of 'Suicide Lane'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

We’re not sure “Suicide Lane” ever appeared on an actual road sign. But the phrase was once part of the local atlas nonetheless, and referred to a demonstrably dangerous stretch of Eagle Harbor Drive. Straightening and better maintenance eventually curbed traffic mishaps there, and the name fell out of common use; most of today’s islanders have probably never heard it. But over on page A5, John McKillop digs into the archives to offers a droll take on the island’s last Great Raccoon Threat, and in passing, the phrase “Suicide Lane” returns to light.

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.

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