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Would you rather pay for road or track?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

The issue, if we might appropriate the name of a popular motoring magazine, is one of “road and track.” It is certainly a timely coincidence that brings both the controversy over a higher state gasoline tax, and plans for a NASCAR race track in South Kitsap – to be at least partially funded by public dollars – to the news pages these days.

Step up during filing week/Good/bad press

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

Why settle for writing a letter to the editor, when you can be the subject of letters instead? If you’re up to the challenge, filing for local office commences next week at the elections office in Port Orchard in advance of this fall’s elections. Bainbridge Island positions on the ballot include mayor (incumbent: Darlene Kordonowy); council seats from the south ward (now held by Christine Rolfes), two in the central ward (incumbents Bill Knobloch and Debbie Vann), and north ward (held by Debbie Vancil); school board positions No. 2 (Susan Sivitz) and No. 5 (Mary Curtis); fire board commission seat No. 3 (Glen Tyrrell); park board position No. 5 (Kirk Robinson); and, lest we forget, one Fort Ward sewer district seat and three posts on the Crystal Springs water district, representing those neighborhoods on local utility issues.

More thoughts on fire levy/Lights, action

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

How long is “temporary”? And who’s to say that it is, in fact, not permanent? We may have created some confusion in recent reportage on the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s upcoming levy lid lift proposal -- set to go before voters in an all-mail ballot on Sept. 20 -- to raise $2.271 million over six years for the purchase of new fire trucks and apparatus.

An investment in friendship and peace

  • Jul 16, 2005 at 12:00AM updated Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

The mid-1980s won’t go down as a high point for U.S. diplomacy. Worked into a lather by a left-leaning, land reform-minded government in Nicaragua, the Reagan administration imposed a trade embargo on the tiny Central American nation, declaring it “an unusual and extraordinary threat to national security” – a threat the magnitude of which, dissenters noted, could be measured by the fact that there was exactly one elevator in the entire Nicaraguan nation. But such were the times, and there followed the U.S.-funded Contra insurgency, the arms for hostages scandal and Oliver North. And as usually happens amidst such nonsense between governments, it was really the peasants who got hurt.

Enjoy these few moments in the sun

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

We suppose it is a black day for isolationists. Our beloved but closely held community of Bainbridge Island and its many virtues and charms are splashed across the glossy pages of a magazine that claims a readership of 7.6 million people. Good schools! Nice views! And homes that, while madly inflated by any reasonable standard, are still way more affordable than those in California! To the anxious mind, the article might as well say, “Move here now!”

A lazy ‘yes’ for all-mail voting

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

A politically charged punk rock group once lampooned the American rallying cry as “Give me convenience or give me death.” In a nation that has pioneered “drive-thru” service for everything from dinner to liquor to marriage to pharmaceuticals – and there’s a continuum for you – it is indeed a challenge to imagine any sphere in which pampered consumers might not demand the right to save a few steps.

Make an effort to retain paths, connections

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

Pedestrians are a lot like water. Turn them loose, and they’ll naturally find the quickest way to flow to their destination, their paths unlikely to stick to established routes if there is a more convenient way – through a wooded area, say, or between buildings and along corridors not obviously fenced off to deny passage.

School bond campaign starts now

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

The challenge, as it has been accurately described, is largely one of overcoming appearances. People drive past an elementary school, and by golly, there it stands. Unless they happen to have an offspring inside, they may well have never set foot inside the building, and will have no idea of its age or condition; and unless that offspring’s classroom environment is compromised by a lack of space or amenities – like the developmental kindergarten program at Blakely, housed in a dumpy portable with no plumbing – they are probably unaware of physical problems that have beset the building over time.

Big spenders once again/BHS needs

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

Did you drive home a bargain? Or perhaps you’re sailing or motoring around the harbor in one right now. You can thank Uncle Sam for the bumper crop of cars and boats available at this past weekend’s Rotary Auction and Rummage. A change in the federal tax code moved islanders to donate an unprecedented number of vehicles to the annual fund-raiser, and the unusually full car lot helped drive the auction’s take to yet another record.

Dead ends are where you find them

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

Perhaps nowhere is the idealized vision of Bainbridge Island more colorfully manifest than along its remaining country lanes. Everyone has a few favorites – Mandus Olson Road flanked by horse pastures, a handful of shady streets in the Eagledale and Manzanita neighborhoods, pastoral Island Center Road, narrow and winding Spargur Loop. Walk or bike such placid byways on a summer afternoon, with the sunlight dappling the ground through broadleaves above, the crunch of gravel underfoot, and the mind can easily drift back a decade or five. It is “rural Bainbridge Island” at its least diluted.

Time to start over at Spargur Loop

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

When a public park lacks even a sign announcing itself as such, the public’s not getting its money’s worth. But the case of T’Chookwap (nee Spargur Loop) Park is a decade-long tale of general failure by local public agencies to defend the community interest, a tale that might finally be brought to a close with two words: For Sale.

Americana at Rotary Field/Tree fund/Clean it out

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

It really was that kind of evening. Leaning against the fence, watching young baseball players toss the horsehide around a perfectly groomed diamond amid a festive small-town atmosphere, one gentleman observed, “You almost expect to see Norman Rockwell out drawing in right field.” Some 500 of your island neighbors left the TV behind Wednesday evening to share the elation and exhilaration of community, converging on Winslow’s Rotary Field for the Bainbridge Island Little League Majors championship game.

New park restroom needs closure

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

Somewhere in this tale, there is a quip about the “privy council.” Indeed, when the question of how best to build a new restroom in Waterfront Park goes before our city’s seven legislators next week, it will be the third time this year the council has, one might say, spent time on the john. (It’s also, by one count, at least the 15th time the park’s amenities have been debated in one city meeting or other since the decrepit old restroom was torn down three years ago.)

For graduates, wise words then and now

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

“It certainly isn’t nice of me to come barging into the pleasant Seventh Heaven in which you recently graduated 48 seniors of Bainbridge High School now are ensconced. The world is yours. They’ve just handed it to you. All you’ve got to do is keep your nose clean, stay out of trouble, don’t get in any rows, don’t argue, accept the world as you find it, avoid new ideas, be wary of change, do what the people in authority say, don’t do any thinking for yourself...

New valuations, for better or for worse

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

As preemptive disclaimers go, this one would be hard to miss: “REMEMBER: RISING REAL ESTATE VALUES DO NOT MEAN RISING TAXES.” County Assessor Jim Avery has been at the game long enough to know that when notices of new (and demonstrably higher) property valuations go out, somebody somewhere is going to take alarm – even if it doesn’t really mean they’ll be paying higher property taxes next year. Homes and land are, as Avery notes, emotionally charged commodities, “not like selling potatoes at Safeway.”

A fine study, with surprising findings

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

The volunteers came from as far away as Port Orchard. Some of the juvenile salmon they netted in the waters off Crystal Springs came, to everyone’s amazement, from much further away – Green River, White River, the Nisqually, Issaquah, Miller Bay. Scanned like a grocer item by an electronic wand, a metal marker embedded in the tiny hatchery fish could show each one’s point of origin – in some cases, from distant coastal facilities seemingly too remote and off-course for the surprisingly intrepid salmonids.

Another round of explosions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

You haven’t really felt close to death until you find yourself in the proximity of a Suquamish fireworks stand, as giddy customers set off rockets in the parking lot. A single errant projectile, one muses, and the Fourth of July would come early and in unusually fulsome display. We have no idea whether such scenes are commonplace, and hope for the sake of community well-being (even in a slow news week) that they are not. Even so, such unsanctioned ordnance has its fans, as evinced by the obviously brisk trade at Suquamish roadside stands this time each year. Firecrackers, mortars and devices bearing such ominous monikers as “Zenith Strike Force Missile,” “Super Magnum Artillery” and “Goliath Extreme” will be hauled off tribal lands by the bushel over the next month, to culminate in a noisy expression of national pride on July 4.

Consider the park’s future

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

It’s not just about the soccer fields. Bainbridge needs better ones, and more of ’em. Everyone (including this newspaper) has been saying that for years. But a proposal to install lighted, artificial turf fields at Battle Point Park is nonetheless worthy of careful thought by the community as a whole, not just the constituencies of youth sports advocates, amateur astronomers and the immediate neighbors. Those 90 open acres on the west side of the island are a finite and precious commodity, a fact underscored by the frequency with which users groups seek to stake out a corner for their own particular interests.

Views from a slippery slope

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:35PM

The slippery slope looks something like this: After the first but wholly safe step of free “expression” of religion by citizens and politicians, there follows an eventual “entanglement” of private belief and public policy, as each encroaches upon the other. Taken to its extreme, we might then see an “endorsement” of a particular faith by those who find themselves in power – an endorsement that is, by inference, to the political disadvantage of others.

Don’t give up on voters or technology

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:34PM

It was a lot of money, for purposes inadequately explained and poorly understood. Let that be the epitaph for the school district’s $8.9 million technology levy, which garnered only 43 percent support Tuesday. The plan to put up-to-date computers in classrooms, digital instruction technology in the hands of teachers, and supporting infrastructure in buildings proved to be the first Bainbridge school levy failure in three decades. Why?

Bumper crop of thoughtful students

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:34PM

“Sustainability.” Hardly in use 10 years ago, the concept is common currency now, conveying both a gentler use of the planet’s resources and a more deliberative approach to growth and its consequences. It’s a warm and fuzzy blanket of a word, enveloping everything from fair-trade coffee to high-density development -- and most recently on the island, the Winslow Tomorrow planning process. We were reminded this weekend of perhaps the first time the term caught our attention: an intriguing modifier sandwiched between “Masters” and “Business” in a press release from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, a first-of-its-kind program co-founded by business consultants Gifford and Elizabeth Pinchot.

National park affiliation: let’s bring it home/Slow growing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:34PM

Hard to believe it’s been three years since islanders veritably filled City Hall, drawn by a visit from the National Park Service, the unveiling of plans for a Nikkei Exclusion Memorial – and most tantalizing, the possible intersection of the two. And yet here we are, the fruits of that fine afternoon manifest in a formal (and eminently readable) NPS study of the memorial project and the potential for federal participation – a study authorized and funded by an act of Congress, no less. The just-released study suggests that the planned memorial to the wartime internment of Japanese Americans is appropriate for national park funding and management, not as its own entity, but as an adjunct to established sites already telling the internment story.

Sounds like a good cause

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:34PM

If you’ve grown weary of war in one part of the world, allow yourself a moment to think about peace in another. Elsewhere in this issue, we chronicle the recent work of PeaceTrees Vietnam, through which one-time combatants are salving the wounds of the long-ago conflict in Southeast Asia through friendship missions and aid. We should at the same time note that Bainbridge Island has another excellent relief organization active there, Clear Path International, whose mission is wholly complementary – relief from the random destruction of leftover land mines.

Don’t smash the machinery

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:34PM

Sudden technological leaps bring social and economic unease. Skills and professions may be rendered obsolete overnight, familiar ways rendered quaint. The poster boy for anxiety in such times would have to be Ned Lud, a possibly apocryphal figure credited with leading several minor uprisings in England around 1811, in which machinery (primarily in the fledgling textile industry) was smashed to bits by roving bands of displaced workers. The movement even added a word – Luddite – to the popular lexicon, for folks wary of technological change.

Vote ‘Yes’ for school tech levy

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:34PM

Forty years ago, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore noticed ongoing, exponential leaps in the development of the integrated circuit. His observation – generally expressed as the tendency for chip capacity to double every 18 months or so – came to be known as Moore’s Law. His observation is perhaps equally useful as a metaphor for the magnitude of economic and societal shifts that have come with the proliferation of home computers and popular access to the Internet.

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