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A good day for our Earth/Book learnin'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

Hardy and rugged they looked, tramping out of the woods on the western portion of Blakely Harbor Park. Armed with stout tools and led by the intrepid Al Philips, the able crew spent Monday morning hacking away at the green scourge of English ivy that envelops much of the park’s forested acreage. While we keep a pair of anvil pruners in our truck for just such occasions, we could only look on enviously as we drove past Philips and his outfit en route to the office.

Don't cut off conversation on planning costs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

The concept is appealingly simple: The city should charge fees for services to those who use them, unless “provision of the specific service in question provides a general public benefit.” As reported elsewhere in this issue, a seven-person citizen committee has been tasked with applying that mandate to the question of fees charged to builders and developers.

Forget 'change,' plan for 'exchange'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

What’s all the hubbub? At Tuesday’s well-attended roundtable on the future of Winslow, talk focused on creation of a “street plan” to give us all a better idea what our urban core might look like as it fills out. We were going to praise the proposal as worthy of a little hubbub, until we recalled that that term comes from from an old Scots Gaelic interjection (“ub ub ubub”) referring to “the confused shouting of a crowd.” And that seemed more appropriate to, say, a hearing on Ericksen Avenue...which is perhaps why we need a street plan in the first place.

Speed up broadband with KPUD

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

They’ve turned their attention from the flow of water to the flow of information. So news that the Kitsap Public Utility District wants to extend its fledgling fiberoptic network across Agate Passage, into Winslow and perhaps beyond, is exciting indeed.

Click it or ticket, for safety

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

Does the freedom to neglect your own safety outweigh your responsibility to show a little common sense? Where use of our public roadways is concerned, society has decided that the answer is “no.”

Wetland exceptions not unreasonable

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

Is it reasonable use, or unreasonable abuse? As reported elsewhere in this issue, the city is taking another look at the so-called “reasonable use exception” – the policy by which construction can encroach on a wetland or other “critical area” if, without the encroachment, no construction is possible. Folks in several neighborhoods have raised the issue, alarmed at the specter of construction on swampy parcels in their area. But while there’s something to be said for re-examining policies that may be taken for granted, we’re not sure the policy as it exists is unreasonable or abusive of our island environment.

Best answer yet for vibrant downtown

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

With the same sense of hope that we greet the new baseball season, we also bid a welcome to Harbor Square, the latest incarnation of a mixed-use project that could transform the landscape of downtown Winslow. Two previous plans have been launched on the prime five-acre tract north of the ferry terminal. Both foundered – in part because of community opposition, but mostly because of the improvidence of first developer, who borrowed heavily and pledged the land as security. Those debts sank “The Landing,” as it was then known, and forced a foreclosure sale that took the parcel out of the hands of the next would-be developer as well.

Does your neighborhood still matter?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

How might the muse have visited Robert Frost, had the poet lived on Bainbridge Island? Indeed, one sees a bit less charm in the verse, “Good vegetated buffers make good neighbors.”

Council makes good move with budget

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

The city council’s plan to restructure its budget process, to increase participation both by the public and the council, itself was greeted with optimistic caution in these quarters. Our optimism arises from the basic concept. While the council is the policy-making arm of our government, the budget is where the rubber meets the road. Abstract objectives are well and good, but what the city actually does in a given year is what finds its way into the budget.

Make sure dollars come w/o strings

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

It’s the best of causes, for the worst of reasons. While formation of a new, non-profit foundation to raise private dollars for Bainbridge Island’s public school system should be cause for celebration, the very fact that it’s necessary is cause for lament.

Don’t let us get lost in committee

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

Islanders, as we’ve proven time and again, take a keen interest in public participation. In fact, Saturday’s environmental conference was largely devoted to the question of how local eco-activists might better bend the ear of government.

Just who are ‘Parents for Better Parks?’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:17PM

Did an organizational meeting for a pro-park levy campaign, held on park district grounds, violate state campaign laws? That was the charge leveled by islander Tom Hujar, representing a group called Bainbridge Parents for Better Parks, at a public hearing on the upcoming levy Thursday evening. Calling that earlier meeting – held March 11 at the Strawberry Hill Center, and attended by two park board members, district Director Dave Lewis and several private citizens – “a clear violation of public disclosure law,” Hujar called for sanctions against district staff and an audit of park operations.

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.”

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