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A tepid ‘Yes’ on sales tax levy for law, justice/Olsen for bench

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

Let’s face it: it’s hard not to support “law and justice.” So on its face, Kitsap County’s proposed 0.15 percent sales tax hike (3 cents on a $20 purchase) to put more police officers on our streets has an innate, visceral appeal. And Bainbridge Police know exactly what they would do with the money: add two patrol officers dedicated to traffic enforcement; put a cop back in local schools as a liaison to local youths; add a detective to work with vulnerable seniors, increasingly the target of scams and identity theft; and hire a half-time security officer in the municipal court and a new technician to deal with a backlog in the evidence vault.

Our primary season is (sigh) just too short

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

Adlai Stevenson couldn’t win the White House in two tries, but it wasn’t for want of a choice whistle-stop quip. The gentleman from Illinois once observed: “The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning.” And when a woman told him during the 1956 campaign, “You have the vote of every thinking person,” Stevenson rejoined, “That’s not enough, madam – we need a majority.”

Thank to you, it works for all of Kitsap

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

“Seems like every time you turn around,” one of our loyal readers mused a while back, “there’s another news story about some fund drive or another, somebody else with their hand out.” Far from a rebuke, we took that to be a compliment and a reflection of the caliber of this community. Island folks aren’t content to sit around and watch needs and opportunities go unmet; there’s a collective and persistent resolve to marshal resources to improve the community. So yeah, there are a lot of items in this newspaper about fund-raisers. And since you mention’s another.

Fines remind us why we have a PDC

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

We can hear it now: “Aha!” Such exclamations are sure to follow any time a political action group gets dinged for a campaign violation. This week, foes of the failed school technology levy get their turn to guffaw, as state regulators have fined the group Bainbridge Island Public School Supporters $400 for campaign shortcomings this past spring. The actual offenses were rather pedestrian – essentially, failing to get started on time – but they’re worth thinking about nonetheless. We’re actually glad to see the penalty imposed, because it demonstrates that someone at the regulatory level is paying attention, and that all of us at the local level should as well.

For one weekend, it’s 1955 again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

There is certain contrariness that seems to come with island living. Back when it was hard to get off the island, we wanted to make it easier to get away, at least for the weekend. Ironically, when it became easier to get away, it became easier for others to come here too. So we’re still unhappy, only the reasons have shifted a bit.

PFD brings sports field opportunities

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

It’s an unwritten rule in this business that if you want to find a journalist, just look for the nearest buffet. We are by and large a downtrodden lot, so the prospect of complimentary vittles will generally bring hacks running from miles around. So when the folks at the Kitsap County Public Facilities District rang up with an invitation to their annual picnic this past Monday evening at Battle Point Park, we felt professionally obliged to grab the note pad, don the fedora and investigate. As if the excellent spread wasn’t enough (and it was), the occasion also feted the work of islander Andy Maron, who is leaving the organization’s board after five years.

Put this one in the books

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

The good and learned patrons of the Bainbridge library will perhaps excuse a breach of decorum that took place amongst the hallowed stacks this week. The usually staid library environs saw an unusual disruption Wednesday and Thursday, when librarians attired in 1950s garb broke into extemporaneous song with such Eisenhower-era standards as “Davy Crockett” and the Mickey Mouse Club theme. The pageantry marked the 50th birthday of the Kitsap Regional Library, the countywide system with which our library is affiliated.

Downtown trees require care from all

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

It’s no particular secret that as community icons go, islanders place a premium on downtown trees. You only have to think back a few years to the public outcry that arose when the city planned to ax a pair of broad-leaf maples on Winslow Way near the ferry terminal. The trees were diseased, damaged and weakened by neglect and poor pruning – they’d been topped at some point, and frankly looked like (heck) – and yet their imminent demise struck a sour visceral chord in many folks chagrined over the changing island landscape.

Bear necessities for National parks

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:36PM

Among the better reasons to live in the Puget Sound region is certainly our proximity to a pair of wondrous national parks. We islanders are blessed to live within a morning’s drive of majestic Mount Rainier to the east, and the amazingly dense forests of Olympic National Park to the west – each as triumphant a display of evo-creation as you can find on the planet.

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.

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