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Modest fixes for parking at least half right

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

As a committee looking at the issue properly notes, Bainbridge has two downtown parking areas – retail Winslow, where shortages of free on-street parking limit the growth of businesses, and the ferry terminal, where parking is costly but also scarce. While the areas are quite different conceptually, they lie in close proximity geographically. Too often, Seattle-bound drivers who can’t find a spot at the terminal (or want to dodge the daily toll) park downtown, adding to problems there.

Orderliness not answer to ferry mess

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

For those who love order, the arrival of an evening commuter ferry on Bainbridge is not a pretty sight. Bicyclists pedal furiously uphill in a losing effort to maintain their slight head-start over the motorcycle armada. The first few foot passengers sprint up the loading trestle for reasons that have never really been clear. Then come 200-plus cars, and as many as 2,000 more foot passengers, all taking whatever they perceive to be the shortest route home.

Find new reasons for thanksgiving

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

Was the table half empty, or half full? In a tough year, it might have been tempting to let our gratitude for the bounty laid before us on Thanksgiving be tempered by the challenges that would remain before us thereafter.

Future is now for Eagle Harbor ferry yard

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

After a consultant explained the advantages of moving the Washington State Ferries maintenance yard from Bainbridge to Seattle, the reaction around the room was, “What’s the catch?” As reported Saturday, two concerns on the far side of Puget Sound would love to play host to the WSF facility – both the Port of Seattle and Todd Shipyards are offering to build a turnkey facility to replace the aging Eagle Harbor yard.

As the crow flies, so may you ride

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

If the crow couldn’t fly, we suspect he’d ride a bicycle. And, being the creature generally credited with finding the shortest distance between two points, no doubt he’d find some value in several new shortcuts for those inclined toward more organic modes of travel.

Throw open the doors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

One observer took a light-hearted tack: “So are we looking at a complete meltdown of city government? If this was some foreign country, we would be sending in the Marines to help defend the embassy.” Another, a conspiratorial one: “Council is saying, ‘Fire Lynn (Nordby) or we will abolish his position and put you in charge/accountable.’ Fork in the road for the Mayor. If Mayor keeps Nordby, Admististrator’s job abolished: Mayor in charge, City continues to melt down. Next election is run on ‘let’s change to a Council/City Manager form of government.”

Quit arguing, start deciding on shorelines

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

In what may be a fruitless effort to rechannel our Thursday evenings to a pursuit other than a shoreline hearing, we would propose that all parties enter into the following stipulations: First, that while current science suggests that it would be A Good Thing if we could return our shorelines to pre-settlement conditions, no one can say for certain what impact those changes would have on salmon populations, especially if only the shores of Bainbridge Island were restored.

Looking for truth on the small screen

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

French filmmakers of the 1960s called it “cinema verité.” The theory was that by using untrained actors, house-next-door locations, and few (if any) cutting-room edits, directors could achieve new levels of realism and authenticity in the cinematic experience. Fast-forward to 2002, in which islanders enjoy their own humble version of the “true cinema” – Bainbridge Island Broadcasting’s coverage of public meetings. Therein, citizen legislators are often observed through a single, endlessly panning camera, discussing local issues in often tedious detail: civic debate as slow-motion tennis match.

Ideas need some passion, or they fail

  • Nov 9, 2002 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:21PM

If it smelled like a tax hike, it didn’t stand a chance. Unless, that is, it was a blank check for firefighter and police pensions, perhaps another illustration of how 9-11 changed America’s political landscape. And backing from business leaders and elected officials seemed like a handicap, rather than a boost. Unless the boost came from President Bush, whose intervention tipped virtually every close race for the Senate into the Republican column.

We're getting just what we planned

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Winslow is growing up. Whether that strikes you as good or bad – plans for a particularly tall project on High School Road have incurred the wrath (and appeals) of neighbors – may depend on how you view the success of the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan.

Make simple majority a top issue

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Tuesday, we will celebrate and enjoy the concept of “50 percent, plus one vote.” At polling places and through mail-in ballots, voters across the state will exercise the privilege of democracy to decide issues as diverse as local legislative races, a multi-billion dollar transportation plan, arcane rules covering the management of pensions for firefighters and police officers, and whether to build a monorail that would snake through downtown Seattle. For better or worse, simple majority rule will prevail.

Fairhurst, Charles Johnson for court; other state races

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Voters face two contested Washington State Supreme Court races on the Nov. 5 ballot. The Review endorses incumbent Charles Johnson for Supreme Court position 4, and Mary Fairhurst for position 3, an open seat.

Rockefeller, Appleton in 23rd District

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Voters in the 23rd Legislative District have one easy choice and one tough call Nov. 5.

Re-elect Botkin; Yes for county services, sports facilities

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Economies wax and wane, but populations and demands for public services are less fickle. They just go up. Ergo the challenge for elected officials and public agencies trying to maintain services in times of flagging revenues. The need for police and fire protection, efficient courts and effective social programs doesn’t recede just because the stock market dives or an anti-tax initiative passes.

Vote Inslee for 1st District

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary wisdom and courage. Both were evident in Rep. Jay Inslee’s recent vote against giving President Bush the authority to use unilateral military force against Iraq. It was the kind of stand that can define – or jeopardize – a congressional career, particularly on the eve of an election. But Inslee stood by his principles, and voters should reward him with another term representing the 1st District.

On process, product and progress

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

As postscripts go, it spoke volumes. Leaving the council chambers last Thursday, minutes after the Bainbridge Planning Commission sidetracked proposed changes to local shoreline policies and regulations for further study, one attendee asked another: “So, what exactly did they just do?”

Drive could gain strength through numbers

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

It’s not often we can say this about the Bainbridge Island community, so it may sound a bit foreign. Brace yourself, here it comes: We can do better.

R-51: It's better than nothing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

We admit it: We are less than enamored of Referendum 51, the $7.7 billion transportation measure on the Nov. 5 statewide ballot. But lacking any clear or imminent alternatives to solve the state’s oft-cited transportation woes, it looks like R-51 or nothing. We urge islanders to give a “Yes” vote on the measure.

Are they roads or highways? Drivers decide

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Traffic was typically light, road conditions dry, visibility just fine in the gray autumn afternoon. Yet Wednesday brought the tragic death of a motorist on Blakely Avenue, a stretch of roadway marked by good sight-lines and posted with the seemingly reasonable speed of 40 mph. So as police sorted through physical evidence at the scene, and took statements from witnesses and others, the inquiries boiled down to a single question: Why?

Voters can’t readily judge their judges

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Two of the most important votes Washingtonians will cast on Nov. 5 are for contested positions on the Washington Supreme Court. The sad but unavoidable truth is that the vast majority of those votes will be completely uninformed. We are not suggesting that the state’s voters are ignorant or capricious. But they can’t effectively see what judges do.

City gets a shiner while mayor ducks

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

It’s hard to have vision when you’re squinting through a black eye. More’s the shame when the shiner is in part self-inflicted, as the city seems to have managed with proposed regulations for Bainbridge Island shorelines. Ducking all punches so far has been Mayor Darlene Kordonowy. She ought now to step forward, and either put up her dukes or throw in the towel before the city is thumped into a concussion around her.

State finances so bad they could improve

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Phil Rockefeller dropped by our office this week to catch us up on a number of things. He’s running hard for a third term, he said, and is buoyed by his 60-plus percent showing in the primary. Which prompted us to wonder aloud why anyone would want to go back to Olympia this fall to tackle what looks like a $2 billion budget deficit for the next biennium.

Let’s not flush an affordable neighborhood

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

For most of the folks present at Thursday’s update on the south-end sewer saga, the news was good. Kitsap County Sewer District 7, which operates the Fort Ward treatment plant, does have the capacity to accommodate the four south-end neighborhoods that have asked for sewers. Costs can be allocated in such a way that those who don’t want to hook up now can defer the vast majority of their expenses until later. The costs of roughly $30,000 per home are feasible. And the city council seems willing to move ahead. But for the folks from Emerald Heights, the news was a disaster.

Shorelines: the trouble with trees

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:20PM

Trees are a curious commodity. We islanders find them priceless – our gold standard, it seems, is green – but we invariably wish that our neighbors had even more of them than we have ourselves. We hold them to be beyond mere monetary value, yet they bring out the economic determinist in us all.

Finally, a good reason not to kill your TV

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:19PM

We can think of many reasons to dislike cable television. Cost comes to mind. Then there’s programming. And, of course, the tendency of the medium itself to root rumps to sofas, causing good limbs to atrophy and numbing otherwise curious minds into stupor and inertia. Other than that, cable’s great. And as reported earlier this week, islanders have cause to actually celebrate the buyout of the local cable franchise by mega-provider AT&T.

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