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Let’s find a better way to plan our city

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

In principle, we find the continuing battles over Ericksen Avenue deplorable. After no fewer than 11 public forums last year, the City Council approved a design that attempted to balance the neighbors’ desires to preserve the old-timey feel of the street against the needs of walkers and cyclists, who find the street’s narrow, shoulder-less contours nearly unusable.

It’s time for legislators to do their jobs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

As the clock ticks down towards the March 14 wind-up of this year’s legislative session, the House and Senate are staring each other down on the transportation package.

Non-motor plan may be too detailed

  • Mar 6, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

As reported elsewhere in this issue, the City Council is about to tackle the non-motorized transportation plan, and will consider, among other things, whether to incorporate that document into the Comprehensive Plan.

Real victims from chasers of rainbows

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

As this space has previously noted, those who invested their money in the HMC/Znetix fiasco are not the most sympathetic lot in the world. Without the benefit of prospectus, financial records, earnings history or any tangible assets, they sunk many millions of dollars – as much as $91 million, according to federal investigators – into a pipe dream.

Seniors have space right next door

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

Asked why they hold morning klatches at a coffee shop instead of joining their age-group peers at the Senior Center, some local oldtimers reportedly said they’d be happy to drop in – if there was a pool table.

Dept. of Loose Ends

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

WOOLIES BULLIED: Our coverage of recent dog attacks on island sheep prompted a number of calls to the Review office this week. A reader on Springridge Road reported that he’s still recovering financially from a similar attack on his animals 18 months ago, after ongoing veterinary and legal bills. A woman on Torvanger Road, in the neighborhood where sheep were mauled a week ago, expressed concern for the safety of her young children. Just this week, she said, a roaming German shepherd came bounding into her yard in wild pursuit of a cat.

City imposes needless rule on child care

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

We were distressed by the travails of an island pre-school operator (reported in last Saturday’s edition) who is now looking at her third location in a little over a year. Day care, after all, is a vital necessity in a world where more than half of parents work – it’s particularly critical to single mothers. So it seems incumbent on the city to make matters as easy as possible for day-care providers.

End the tyranny of the minority

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

The answers are: A) 59 B) 57 C) 58 And now the questions: A) What percentage of American voters chose Ronald Reagan in the 1984 presidential election – a margin invariably described as a “landslide”? B) What percentage of Washington state voters in November 2000 said “yes” to anti-car-tab Initiative 695, a margin invariably described as “overwhelming”? C) What percentage of Bainbridge Island voters gave their support to the park district levy on the Feb. 5 ballot – a number sitting comfortably between “overwhelming” and “landslide,” yet unavoidably described with an altogether different term: “defeat”?

Smoke seeps out from under door

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

Misunderstood and blown out of proportion by the press; embarrassing and badly handled by all parties involved; an unfortunate but inevitable collision as a new mayor and new city council figure out exactly how they’re going to work together.

Charter flop shows lack of compromise

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

When freeholders held their only Bainbridge meeting to discuss the Kitsap County charter, one islander noted that a lot of folks will vote against any change – particularly if they think it will cost them money.

Rockin’ time

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

Why sing the blues, when you can play them instead? Thanks to some can-do spirit, and a good ear for rockin’ tunes on the part of local restaurateurs, three island causes prospered.

Rich of coffer, poor of ethics

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

Some call him the “Initiative King,” but it’s more apparent than ever that a better title would be “Knave.”

A decade later, it’s the same story

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

The all-night binge took place in a tent on the beach at Blakely Harbor, with featured inebriants including beer, marijuana and cocaine. With each hit, the four Bainbridge High School seniors present would declare, “See you in the emergency room” – a gleeful disavowal, one recalled, of “everything we learned in school and the media about the evil of drugs.”

Fight comes at cost of community

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

What price, “principle”? Sometimes, it seems, a needlessly high one. As reported elsewhere in this issue, a Superior Court judge has ruled that the city misconstrued state land-use law when it shut down a home-construction project in Murden Cove for lack of a specific permit.

The blue skies of Bainbridge

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

There are those, we suspect, who have little sympathy for the thousands who invested in Bainbridge-based Health Maintenance Centers, on the basis that anyone who wants to be a fool should be entitled to do so.

Keep the ball in play – ‘Yes’ on park levy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

Last summer, their boys’ season-long heroics and trip to the World Series earned the Bainbridge Island Little League a parade down Winslow Way. Just six months later, thanks to the antics of some parents, the island’s youth baseball and softball organizations are fouling the ball off their own feet. Complaining about the “poor quality” of ball fields and other facilities, parents associated with the leagues are leading a pointless campaign against the upcoming park district levy.

Boilerplate letters are out of hand

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

Maybe they should change their name to the Committee for Better Mis-Representation. That’s our first thought, with allegations this week that freeholder Matt Ryan has been “ghostwriting” letters to the editor in support of the proposed Kitsap County charter – letters that supporters were to sign and claim as their own. As reported elsewhere in this edition, the issue came to light when an e-mail message to that effect was errantly sent to an alleged newspaper in Bremerton. By Thursday evening, Ryan and South Kitsap’s Jim Martin, who chaired the pro-charter Committee for Better Representation, had fallen on their swords and left the campaign.

Charter isn’t smarter –vote NO

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:16PM

You live on Bainbridge Island and you vote, and some folks elsewhere in the county resent you for it. That’s the only conclusion to be drawn from arguments in support of the Kitsap County charter, which goes before voters on Feb. 5 (absentee ballots are already in the mail). Far from the fair and balanced document its proponents claim, the charter is a partisan document that will disenfranchise voters, decrease representation and and balkanize a county that should instead be coming together for common interests. We urge islanders to vote NO on the Kitsap County charter.

Council should go slow on major changes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

The new city council’s first meeting this week reminded us a little of those fishing shows on cable television – you knew something was going on, but it was mostly below the surface.

Ferries have a boss, perhaps a champion

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

With ferry system employees and labor officials arrayed around the room, and the question of ferry system privatization before him, there was only one right answer. Mike Thorne found it.

Aim effort at housing that more can buy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

Events this week remind us once again that while Bainbridge needs more affordable housing,some homes that pass under that name are more affordable, and therefore more needed, than others.

Give some thought to the charter

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

Who cares what someone in Poulsbo thinks? Or Silverdale? Port Orchard? We should, and until further notice, we do. Elsewhere on this page, readers will find a selection of letters to the editor from our brethren (and “sistren”) from the peninsula, all commenting on the proposed Kitsap County charter.

Sutton leaves a legacy of quiet civility

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

During Mayor Dwight Sutton’s four-year term, the city of Bainbridge Island – the all-island version – has reached what could be thought of as young adulthood.

Reframe the debate on Net filtering

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

If educators set out to stock a school library, would they purchase a thousand books without regard for content, put them out for general student use, and review them for appropriateness after the fact? We believe the process is more thoughtful, more deliberate. Yet that is essentially the method we have chosen in providing student access to the Internet in our schools.

In this world, fares are fair

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

Reality Number One: Washington State Ferries need more money to operate, and more money still to make capital improvements. Reality Number Two: The state doesn’t have the money, and there are a lot of other demands for any new transportation bucks, leading to... Reality Number Three: Fares have to go up.

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