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"No on I-745, I-722, I-713"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"Nature, 'tis said, abhors a vacuum.We might fairly apply this maxim to state politics, where a leadership void shares blame with zealots and charlatans for the spate of initiatives before voters Nov. 7.We have in this space commented sourly on the bland term of Gov. Gary Locke; we suggest again that lacking an executive with a dynamic vision and the ability to massage sensible programs through a polarized Legislature, we wind up with snake-oil salesmen like Tim Eyman and sideshow barkers like John Carlson setting the political agenda for the state. Their tool of choice: the citizen initiative.But very few of life's problems can be reduced to a simple yes/no proposition. So we wind up with overly simplistic ballot measures - often misleading or patently unconstitutional - that cause more problems than they purport to solve, leave messes for the courts and Legislature to clean up, and further feed public cynicism. "

"Bainbridge loses a leader with death of Don Nakata, 66"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"It's been a time for tears and hugs at the Town and Country Market on Winslow Way.Tuesday night, word first reached Bainbridge that Don Nakata, 66, president of the island-based six-store corporation, had died of an apparent stroke in Lafayette, La., while on vacation with his wife Ellen. By Thursday, not only the employees but most of the city had heard.Not just our employees but our customers found that it's okay to walk through the T&C and have tears in your eyes, said Town and Country store director Lyla Derosier.He was a gift to all of us, said Wayne Loverich, part owner and director of the corporation.He was a visionary leader, a very loving, caring and generous man. "

Ready for the pennant

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"Quoth the sage:Pitching's what wins it.Agreed Graham Wright:We've got a local boy (Poulsbo's Aaron Sele) pitching, and they've got a crippled staff. The local boy's going to be our edge.Kitted out in full Seattle Mariners regalia, Wright and his family were among the throng of islanders heading across the water on Friday's 11:10 ferry, to see the hometown nine face the Chicago White Sox.In tow was the family broom - shaken free of garage spiders - in anticipation of a game-three victory in the divisional playoff. They're gonna sweep, Kathleen Wright predicted, already looking ahead to the next series against the Oakland A's or New York Yankees. "

Phil vs. Phil for 23rd

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"The two major-party candidates for state House of Representatives, position 1, in the 23rd District both support greater legislative oversight of the state Department of Ecology.Both support overhauling education funding. Both oppose Initiative 745, Tim Eyman's Son of 695. Both describe themselves as pro-choice. They're even both named Phil.So what are the differences between Democratic incumbent Phil Rockefeller and Republican challenger Phil Rasmussen?Judging by their performances at a Tuesday Eggs and Issues debate, sponsored by the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce, the differences mainly relate to priorities. "

Council to spar over housing

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"The Bainbridge Island City Council will hold a special meeting at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, to discuss the city's affordable housing ordinance.The purpose of the meeting will be to consider the inconsistency between the comprehensive plan, a 1999 council resolution, and the ordinances on the books - and particularly the uncertainty created for purchasers of affordable housing, including the Weaver Creek sweat-equity project. "

Not taking comfort in school zone

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"A point of clarification is in order.After our Wednesday story on speeding drivers and related traffic problems around Blakely Elementary School and other island public schools, more information came across our desk.To help clear up any supposed ambiguities about the 20-mph speed limit that goes into effect when children are present, Bainbridge Police were kind enough to send over a supplemental paragraph from the Washington Administrative Code. "

Scenes from a golden age

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"A creaking door. Ominous footsteps. A scream. A murder.All inside your head.That was the power of old-time radio, when a few foreboding words and a well-timed sound effect could chill a million listeners to the bone.A lot of people my age remember it, and a lot of people have no idea what real radio was able to do, said Frank Buxton, local stage and screen veteran and collector of old radio programs. We get a lot of young people who are just fascinated.Buxton and company bring the magic of a bygone entertainment era back to the island this weekend, with their annual autumn production of On the Air: From the Golden Age of Radio. Two shows are slated Saturday at the BPA Playhouse. "

'Student Xing': Who slows down?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"The phrase is, at first glance, pretty straightforward:When children are present.But with motorists roaring through the Blakely Elementary School zone at all hours - even when class is in session - parent Susan Brink isn't sure that a law meant to slow traffic for the safety of students is doing what it's supposed to.It's not when they're off to the side in the (school) yard, not when they're approaching - it's when they're in the road, Brink concluded, after talking to several law enforcement agencies about the 20-mph speed limit in school zones. It just seems wrong, especially since these are little kids. You can't count on them to use the best judgment.Brink, a resident of Mabrey Lane just north of the south-end K-4 school, walks her first-grade son Cameron to the school grounds each morning and walks him home in the afternoon, because she distrusts passing motorists. Other parents on her street drive their kids to school - despite the fact that the campus sits just 100 yards away.The problem, under informal scrutiny by a number of parents in the area, reflects a variety of conditions - constant traffic, poor access for pedestrians and bicyclists, and a law that seems to mean different things to different people. "

Island School to double in size

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"Education is all about expanding beyond limitations. And at the Island School, the most confining limitation has become the physical size of the facility. Our program is dictated by space, said Head of School Kelly Scribner. It should be limited only by our imaginations.Within the next month, the 23-year-old private elementary school on Day Road East will begin an expansion project that will roughly double its 4,400-square-foot size. The new structure will be built immediately to the south of the existing building, with a courtyard separating the two. The addition will house five classrooms and additional bathrooms.Once that building is finished, the current structure will be extensively remodeled to create office space for the administration, a large art room and a workroom for parents and teachers to meet and plan. "

Transit's 'mosquito fleet' plan swatted

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"Kitsap Transit's plan to operate passenger-only fast-ferries has come under a withering cross-fire from both labor and state ferry officials, leaving supporters to question the plan's viability.I had been enthusiastic about the plan, said Rep. Phil Rockefeller, D-Bainbridge Island, after a presentation on the proposal last week on Bainbridge Island. But the criticisms were persuasive. If this is not a viable plan, let's find that out now. The critique came at a Friday subcommittee meeting of the legislative Joint Task Force on Ferries, which was formed to address the $145 million annual revenue loss to the ferry system resulting from Initiative 695. "

School zone standards worth a look

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:15PM

"Show up at the roadside in front of Blakely Elementary School with a note pad and a camera, and boy, does one draw a crowd. We hadn't been there five minutes Monday afternoon, before we met half a dozen parents eager to talk about what they perceive as unsafe conditions for youngsters traversing the school zone.While opinions on addressing the issue varied, all were in agreement that the biggest threat to the safety of students around the school grounds is speed, speed, speed. "

Hats off to Harry

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"Among the many, many evenings William Weld spent in the Moran School theater, one in particular stands out.It's the night the projection booth caught fire.It was 1930 or 1931, and each weekend stars like Gloria Swanson, Rudolph Valentino and Margaret Sullavan graced the theater1s silent screen. On this night, it was Hollywood's hottest couple, Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell.Weld was not yet the projectionist at the little theater on Manitou Park Boulevard, although his turn would come -- instead, as curtain boy, he had only to draw back the massive velvet drape that hung across the theater screen as the house lights went down.Up in the booth, several young Moran School students ran the twin projectors for an audience of their classmates.And as fate would have it, one of the massive reels of nitrate film stock -- prone to breaking and extremely flammable -- jumped the sprockets in mid-feature, and the film was set ablaze by the projector's arc lamp.To the horror of those in the booth and unbeknownst to those below, the fire spread to another bundle of film in a canister on the floor.Then a telltale flickering light appeared on the theater screen, and Weld and the rest of the audience looked back to see smoke and flames coming from the tiny projection windows above their heads."

Campaigns heat up at island forum

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"Eliminating government waste will save so much money that services can be increased even as taxes are cut, Republicans told a Bainbridge Island audience this week.That's wishful thinking, countered Democrats - if taxpayers want government services, they will have to pay for them in the form of taxes.If there's waste, let's look at it, said Sen. Betti Sheldon, D-Bremerton. But we need to be careful about throwing out whole programs. When you really look, you find that there's a person behind every program.The partisan battle lines were drawn at Wednesday's candidate forum sponsored by the Kitsap County League of Women Voters, which drew a capacity audience to the Bainbridge Commons. "

Here's a new initiative- outlaw waste

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"At this week's League of Women Voters candidate and issues forums, we heard again the familiar siren song:Cut state taxes, increase services, and make up the difference through efficiencies.Sounds like a free lunch. And we could have it, we're told, if only the politicians and bureaucrats in office would get the message and run government better.Well, maybe. But we have a hunch that cutting government waste is easier said than done.Nobody - government or otherwise - ever spent a nickel on a program. Every penny the state spends goes directly or indirectly to a living, breathing person. Any spending cuts mean paying less money to those living, breathing people. And the money isn't waste to the person who's getting the check. "

Olsen outlasts the 'true crime' genre

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"Don't read Jack Olsen's new book.Don't read it, that is, unless you want to be seized by the soul's lapels from the first sentence and have one of your most sacred illusions ripped free - the illusion that government agencies work only to protect honest, hardworking Americans.Instead, Olsen, through the eyes of three men who together lived and overcame a 27-year nightmare, shows that the once-unimpeachable Federal Bureau of Investigation - conspired with local law enforcement agencies to put an innocent man behind bars simply because its leaders disliked his perceived political bent.The Bainbridge Island author demonstrates beyond doubt through reams of documentation in his latest crime-journalism epic, Last Man Standing: The Tragedy and Triumph of Geronimo Pratt, that your worst nightmares about your protectors - once the stuff of silly thriller movies and lurid spy novels - has real-life roots. "

Blaze strikes ferry in repair yard

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"Lt. Tim Dahl (right) helps a firefighter with heavy coils of water hose, as they respond to a fire aboard the ferry Walla Walla Tueday morning at the Washington State Ferries maintenance yard on Harborview Drive. No one was injured in the blaze, apparently caused when a welder's sparks ignited some chemicals in the below-decks area of the boat. The fire, which gave off thick black smoke, was quickly extinguished. "

"Groups bid to curb sewers, growth"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"Three citizens groups have proposed an amendment to the city's comprehensive plan, to sharply curtail the conditions under which sewer service could be expanded.In so doing, the groups hope to slow the rate of population growth in areas outside Winslow.But the city's planning staff has recommended against the change, saying that the resulting growth restrictions would violate state law.The proposal goes against the Growth Management Act, said associate planner Libby Hudson. It uses (an absence of) sewer extension as a way to limit growth rather than zoning for densities. "

Do more roads equal less traffic?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"A spokesperson for Tim Eyman's November ballot initiatives told a Bainbridge audience Monday that their passage would bring relief from property taxes and traffic congestion.But he had no response to opponents who argued that the the measures will not perform as advertised. There isn't more room to build new roads, said Willem Maas, an opponent of Initiative 745, which would channel 90 percent of all transportation money into road construction and maintenance.While proponents argue that the new money would mean new roads and less congestion, initiative spokesman Marcus Hoffman said he did not know where new roads could be built, nor how much it would cost to add the amount of mileage - 4 percent more than now exists - that initiative proponents say would have a meaningful impact on traffic congestion. "

Who gets into 'R' films?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"Set your own gross-out policy at home.That's the message from Bainbridge Cinemas, in response to children and parents puzzled by a policy on which patrons will be admitted to horror film fare.The question surfaced after a number of island youths were denied entry to the Pavilion five-plex for weekend screenings of The Watchers, starring Keanu Reeves as a woman-strangling serial killer, and Urban Legends: The Final Cut, an even-more-graphic sequel to a popular teen horror film.But Bainbridge Cinemas co-owner Jeff Brein said that there's no policy banning kids under 17 from those films, or others like them. No matter how graphic R-rated fare is, Brein said, ticket-sellers and ticket-takers will admit any child who is accompanied by a parent or has a parent-signed permission slip on file at the box office. "

Time for an old-fashioned barn-raising

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"You've got the materials, the tools and the skills, and your neighbors need your help.What a great opportunity to help build up a community, as the construction phase of the Marge Williams Center project gets under way.The big news is that things are finally going to start happening, construction manager Norm Down told us this week, over coffee at the Blackbird Bakery. Norm and two of our other favorite people - Wendy Johnson and Ed Kushner - were also on hand, to give us an update on the project and put out the call for volunteers. "

Builders race to meet IDC's growth

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"It's hard to know which is growing faster - Bainbridge's newest office building, or the tenant-to-be that has already outgrown it.The 20,000-square-foot building on Hildebrand Lane was started just over a month ago, and should be finished by mid-November. By the time IDC, the tenant, moves in, it will have between 80 and 90 employees, making it one of the island's largest private employers.Without this building, we would not have been able to stay on the island, said IDC president Dan Allen. Everybody - the people at the city, the architect, developer and contractor - has collaborated to make this happen. "

"Harrison, Woods set for showdown"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:14PM

"Bainbridge Island and North Kitsap County will be ground zero in the battle to take control of the Washington state House of Representatives.That's because Democratic challenger David Harrison of Bainbridge Island wound up in a virtual tie with incumbent Republican Beverly Woods in Tuesday's primary election, suggesting a down-to-the-wire race in which the Democrats have a real chance at gaining a seat.I've received calls from all over the district and the state, Harrison said Thursday. I'm one of the few, if not the only challenger ahead of an incumbent. This will be one of the three or four hottest races in the state, he said. "

Whither Hildebrand?

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"True or false: Hildebrand Lane is one of the city's busiest streets.When you look at all the businesses lining the road - three banks, a motel, a video rental outlet, and the state liquor store, among others - to say nothing of the new office building going up, you'd think this is a no-brainer. Obviously, it must be a true statement.But the correct answer is false. Hildebrand is busy, alright. But it's not a city street. "

Belgians get 'Snow' tour

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"Marchel Bouchez was nestled at home watching a favorite TV show about the movies that April evening. It was on Channel 5. It was in French - except for a word that struck her ear with a rare dissonance. It made her pay attention. The word was Seattle.She listened intently. There was a contest. The prize was a trip for two to Seattle - airfare, hotel, a rental car, and special tours! Virginie, come quick! she shouted, and grabbed a pencil.Her daughter Virginie was studying in the next room. She had been a Rotary International exchange student to Port Angeles High School in Washington state less than two years earlier. The family lives on the outskirts of Mons, Belgium, about an hour's drive south of Brussels, and about 5 kilometers by narrow old streets from the quite small center of the city of 60,000.The TV announcer in Brussels asked, In which of the following films has Ethan Hawke starred...? Bouchez jotted down the contest phone number and gave it to her daughter who was pondering the question. Virginie dialed and told the operator, ...Snow Falling on Cedars! Fifteen days later, a letter arrived at their home, announcing that Virginie was going to Seattle. "

Splitting the blanket

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 3:13PM

"So, did everyone enjoy their final blanket primary?Looking at the voter turnout - which may hit, what, 48 percent in Kitsap County, when all the absentees are counted - Washington's venerable one-ballot-for-all free-for-all went out less with a bang than a yawn.Still, it may have provided a good example of why the blanket ballot was so loathed by the major parties. Local Democrats were quick to blame GOP crossover voters for the ouster of incumbent Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido (dare we call it...Charlotte's ebb?), bested by challenger Dusty Wiley while Republican Jan Angel nested comfortably in the wings without a primary opponent. We have no idea if it was an organized effort by the GOP; we suspect Democrats would have been happy to do the same thing given the chance, were it not for the county's ongoing shortage of Republican incumbents. "

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