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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?

Live a little, and bring the relay here

  • Mar 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

Part marathon, part barbecue, part workout, part campout, part Frisbee toss, part neighborhood social, part memorial service, part rock concert. And 100 percent fun, all for good health and a good cause. That’s the easiest way we can describe Relay for Life, a round-the-clock event to raise awareness and funds for cancer research sponsored by the American Cancer Society.

Security deserves a serious look

  • Mar 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

Island living is no periapt of proof against knuckleheads, no elixir against idiocy. For all our collective faith in Bainbridge “otherness,” most of the maladies of the outside world do manage to breach our defenses at one time or another.

Talk about a waste of good waterfront

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

A few years ago, some wag over Bremerton way sold T-shirts lampooning that city’s proliferation of waterfront parking lots. Truly, nowhere was the economic malaise into which the town had settled post-Silverdale Mall more evident than in the drab expanses of asphalt overlooking picturesque Sinclair Inlet.

WASL: not really for all the marbles

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

It was supposed to become the be-all and end-all of high school learning, the exam that would demonstrate conclusively a student’s mastery of essential subjects. Instead, in the very year that the Washington Assessment of Student Learning is supposed to get real teeth – pass it, or you won’t get diploma – it becomes just another test. Bainbridge High School sophomores this week are hunkered down under the proctor’s watchful eye, the first class (2008) for whom proficiency on the WASL is a graduation requirement. Except it isn’t. But maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

People are still island’s best resource

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

What do we mean when we talk about “community values”? While the generally shared desire for a quiet refuge unspoilt by change comes immediately to the fore of any discussion of a Bainbridge Islander’s DNA makeup, there’s a human component as well.

Taking a less Hobbesian view of government

  • Mar 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:40PM

Where human nature was concerned, Thomas Hobbes wasn’t what you’d call sanguine. In his political treatise “Leviathan,” the Enlightenment philosopher posited a world of constant struggle, an eternal “war of all against all” in which only a strong central authority could protect society from its own basest inclinations toward turmoil.

Yet another lesson in poor sportsmanship

  • Mar 4, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:39PM

If we’ve learned one thing in our years stewarding the sports pages of a community newspaper, it’s this: Nobody screws up youth sports like adults. “My kid isn’t getting enough playing time.” “My kid deserves more recognition.” “How come the newspaper never writes about my kid?”

A ‘paper village’ finds its future

  • Mar 1, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:39PM

Even if a code of personal nonviolence leaves you disinclined to shoot the messenger, sometimes you might like to give him a good kick in the shins. A lot of folks used to feel that way about Charles Wilson – remember him? – back when he was shilling for an 1,100-home development around Blakely Harbor, ca. 1992. Nobody except a few local contrarians much liked the idea. But bless his heart, Charles had an uncanny knack for finding chinks in the mail of island preservation, and could spin any yokel’s “yeah, but” into a plausible reason why his vision for island growth – that is, significantly (and profitably) higher density on his company’s land – made the most sense.

‘Yes’ on bond for school construction

  • Feb 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:39PM

A little over a year ago, the school board was poised to put a $40 million construction bond before voters. It was a big number, and with it came questions of equal magnitude, most notably: Where was the master plan guiding the district’s investment in long-term capital needs? “For all we know,” one citizen observed, with remarkable prescience, “you may need even more.”

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