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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.

Don’t build a barrier against the community

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

Welcome, Bainbridge, to Fortress America. At least, that’s the meaning some folks ascribe to the appearance of an ominous “security fence” around the back lot of the Winslow post office. One of our favorite local activists describes it thusly: “Sacred island ground (has been) blasphemed with a razor-wired, chain-linked fence that invokes military-industrial violence and fear-mongering.”

Hike marks a successful quest for space

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

As you enjoy this newspaper over your breakfast of high-fiber cereal and high-octane coffee, some of your friends and neighbors will be tramping over hill and dale on new woodland paths at the island’s south end. As reported Wednesday, the first-ever “Shore to Shore Walk” commences at 10 a.m. this morning, to mark the opening of an expansive trail network spanning an array of contiguous open space parcels acquired by the city.

Take a hard look at ferry operations

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

You don’t have to be an old-timer to recall a day when boat repair was common on Eagle Harbor. The perspective of a single decade will do. As late as 1995, you could stroll the shoreline trail east from Waterfront Park and see a dozen or more sailboats sitting high and try on cribbing, their hulls being cleaned or painted, and vessels undergoing more extensive refurbishment.

Study up on school levy: you’ll be tested/Ann is No. 1

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

It’s not often that voters have to think three elections ahead. Many folks may still be trying to sort out the mayoral primary – those all-mail ballots must be sent back to the elections office by Sept. 20, and we think you should go with Kordonowy or Tooloee – with the final mayor’s contest and council seats to be decided on the general ballot mere weeks thereafter.

Be glad those petty crimes get attention

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

You can make a case pro or con over the “law and justice” sales tax hike on the upcoming ballot, but here’s an argument “against” that we wouldn’t have thought of: the Review’s “Police Blotter.” We had lunch with one of our Bainbridge Police detectives recently, who related a conversation with a longtime islander.

Send Kordonowy, Tooloee on to mayoral face-off

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

Four years ago in this space, we asked: What is a mayor? Our answer at that time: sage of City Hall, and shepherd of the City Council; island emissary to regional boards like Kitsap Transit and the health district; seeker of consensus, and court of last resort; a listener, a leader. The people’s official.

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