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In this world, fares are fair

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

Reality Number One: Washington State Ferries need more money to operate, and more money still to make capital improvements. Reality Number Two: The state doesn’t have the money, and there are a lot of other demands for any new transportation bucks, leading to... Reality Number Three: Fares have to go up.

Cable deal the first step

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

Did the city – and by extension, the Bainbridge Island community – get a good deal? Will transfer of the local cable television franchise to AT&T Broadband serve island consumers?

Ferry parking plan already too ripe

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

Asked what long-term investments he makes these days, an elderly friend of ours recently quipped: “I don’t even buy green bananas anymore.” We certainly don’t fault our friend’s focus on quick returns for his portfolio. But such strategies make less sense in our civic sphere, as when, for example, the city is asked to consider a rezone to add 200 ferry-related parking spots west of Highway 305 near the Winslow Ravine.

Our civic dialogue is a 2-way street

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

Browsing through back issues of this newspaper while looking for something else, we paused to re-read the many letters on the Madison/High School roundabout. What struck us in retrospect was not the degree of opposition – we remembered that – but of the vituperation.

Playing poker with AT&T

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

We islanders are a demanding lot, and that includes our demands for technology. We want our cable television company to offer top-flight service and an expansive (but inexpensive) viewer package, and broad-band internet access. And we want at least one channel for our own local programming.

Downtown parking needs uniformity

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

Does downtown Winslow have a parking problem? If so, a dearth of spaces is only half of it. Consider these signs posted around town: “Customer Parking Only”...“1 Hour Parking For This Building Only”...“Private 2-Hour Customer Parking Only.” And the ubiquitous “LOOK – GATEWAY TOWING (etc.).”

It’s time to muster some real initiative

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

Something about Thanksgiving made us think of Tim Eyman. Must’ve been the turkey. As we were picking up our birds this week, the irrepressible Eyman handed us another gobbler in the form of his 2002 tax-cutting initiative, and the promise that he would churn out a new measure every year.

A welcome look back

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

Are we “oldtimers” yet? If not, we do feel a bit closer to the coveted status of credentialed Bainbridge local, having attended the premiere screening Friday evening of a new video on the history of Fort Ward.

City budget: Let’s stick with the facts

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:15PM

By its very nature, a city budget is a bit of a bore, a bloodless document full of endless numbers. In glancing at the preliminary budget for 2002, though, we were immediately struck – perhaps even smote – by the fact that the largest single expense category is something labelled “support for developers.”

We can use better service

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

Note to AT&T Broadband: Islanders like their Mariners games. All of them. Second note: They’re perfectly happy to drop cable for satellite dishes, when the service of the local provider falls short.

Theft of flags is simply senseless

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

The flag had flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C., was given to the family by one of this state’s better known senators, and had been draped over the casket of a decorated World War I veteran before his interment. For the Ed Brunton family, it was an heirloom as well as a symbol of their patriotism. And if you happened to drive along Ferncliff near Grand Avenue sometime in the past month, you probably saw the enormous flag – 5 feet by 8 feet, it measured – draped from a front yard willow tree.

Bottom line for special ed

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

It’s hard to imagine a more will-motivated effort than the special education program in our nation’s public schools. As profiled in a two-part series in last week’s Review, the program’s aim is lofty indeed – educating students with physical, mental and emotional handicaps to the same level as their peers.

Ferry ads are bad band-aids

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

For most of us, the ferries are a part of the island’s charm. Those of us who don’t commute can still find the ride something of an adventure, particularly on those sunny days when the view ranks with any panorama on the planet. For commuters, the ride can be an extension of the office for work, the living room for visiting or the library for quiet reading.

Our picks

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

The Review’s endorsements for contested seats and ballot issues in the Nov. 6 general election:

Vote ‘Yes’ for open space

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

As a matter of law, Bainbridge Island is a city. As a matter of fact, though, much of it looks like countryside, with farms, fields and forests dominating much of the landscape outside of Winslow. But like every place else, the island is growing, and no matter how we plan our growth, some of it will inevitably push into those presently empty spaces.

Kordonowy for mayor

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

What is a mayor? 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.

Vancil, Llewellyn and Knobloch

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

Surveying the field of city council candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot, voters may ask: Whatever happened to the simple goal of public service? We wonder. Over the past few elections, we’ve watched council races veer into the politics of reaction against previous policies, decisions and trends. In 1997, the successful theme was “fiscal responsibility.” Two years later, candidacies were largely defined by skittishness over growth. We see this year’s races as an extension of the latter contests; among the six candidates, two are Ferncliff-area residents galvanized by controversial developments in their neighborhood (following the successful bid by Michael Pollock two years ago on the same theme).

Gray, Sivitz and Cencom deserve votes

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

If the number of candidates is any indication, the most sought-after elective position on Bainbridge is the fire commission seat that Alan Corner is vacating after two six-year terms. The race drew a total of four hopefuls.

Preparation: we’ve been here before

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

An unexpected package in the mail. A handful of powder or dust, spilled on the floor in a public area. With America at war against nebulously organized terrorist factions abroad, and reports of possible contagion spread through our national post, we find in even the little surprises and petty annoyances of life the taint of fear and suspicion. Even on our tiny island, a seemingly unlikely target for the warped aims of international terror, we are touched by a world gone suddenly somewhat mad.

Two down, three up on measures

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

Washington voters are asked to do only a moderate amount of legislating this year. Other than Tim Eyman’s annual mischief-making, two initiatives and two referenda on the Nov. 6 ballot take aim at generally good ends, although we have reservations about one of them.

Now is the time for compromise

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

The Granite 13 freeholders have lost a few chips off the old bloc. Readers will recall the 13 as those drafters of a proposed Kitsap County charter whose demand – non-negotiable, some maintained – has been that five county council members be elected only by voters in their geographic district in the general election. The group has held sway on that issue on the 21-member freeholder board. Opponents of that proposal, including Bainbridge freeholders Andy Maron and George McKinney, favor the present arrangement – candidates must live in the geographic district they represent, and primary elections are limited to voters in that district, but in the general election, everyone in the county votes for all commission candidates.

Decant rant -- we've been here before

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

‘City finds home for public works yard,’ the headline read; in the dozen paragraphs that followed, a gaggle of city officials dutifully extolled the virtues of a Sportsman Club Road property, for the development of a new facility for repair shops, highway materials and heavy equipment.

Stand fast, stand free

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

An island woman dropped by our office the other day to talk about how the recent terrorist attacks had affected her. She is by trade a pet caretaker – a dog-walker. What she said was that in the wake of the attacks, a lot of islanders are cancelling their vacations. No dogs to walk, no business for the lady. There has been a lot of that going on. While we haven’t done any systematic study, nor do we know anyone who has, we’ve been hearing anecdotal evidence about the impact of the attacks on the island economy.

To mayoral candidates: How would you lead?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:14PM

We concede the point: Mayoral candidate Darlene Kordonowy knows the Bainbridge Island Comprehensive Plan line by line. Her opponent, Chris Llewellyn, understands it less in detail, more in concept. Anyone disagree? Then perhaps we can get on with the process of selecting a mayor, based on what the mayor actually does. These thoughts are occasioned by last Wednesday’s mayoral debate before Bainbridge Chamber of Commerce members, in which the two hopefuls cited their accomplishments and pedigrees – and in one embarrassing instance, tried to trap the other into misstatements over the specifics of the comp-plan. It looked like Gore vs. “W” redux, the wonk versus the teddy bear.

Diversity issue pops up in new guise

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:13PM

News that the city’s infrastructure requirements frustrated a local couple’s efforts to build a day-care center on Madison Avenue, reported elsewhere in this issue, reminded us of a journalism professor years ago who defined an “event” as “a process made visible.” In this instance, our concern is not with the event. In today’s less-than-robust market for commercial real estate, Doug and Kathy Hartley should be able to hold onto their present Knechtel Way location for the First Years day-care operation, or perhaps find another home. Nor can we quarrel with the city’s decision to require sidewalks and a paved street, the items that drove up the Hartleys’ construction budget by roughly 20 percent, forcing them to scrap the project. Because the Hartleys specialize in caring for the very young – lots of tots in strollers – sidewalk access seems a reasonable requirement. But it calls our attention once again to an underlying process – the difficulty of maintaining diversity on an island whose desirability makes it a magnet for the affluent.

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