Roundup – Decisions series begins/Minors admit to vandalism/Get ready to caucus today

Decisions series begins

In keeping with the Bainbridge Public Library’s Big Read initiative, the 2008 Great Decisions at the Library series, which begins this morning, will take on the topic “Talking to Our Enemies.”

Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has been living in a new era of diplomacy. The world’s only “superpower” finds itself dealing differently with both friends and enemies in the absence of a major competing nation. How, in an age or terrorism and nuclear proliferation, should American diplomats engage with countries like Iran and North Korea? What approach should the U.S. take with groups like Hamas and Hezbollah?

Organizer Kathleen Thorne will moderate these and other questions starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Bainbridge Public Library, preceded by coffee at 9 a.m. To assist with advance preparation for the discussion, relevant news articles and general information are posted on the BIAHC website,

Minors admit to vandalism

Two middle school students admitted to spray-painting obscenities and anti-Semitic slurs on Blakely Elementary School last weekend, after being contacted by Bainbridge Police Thursday.

According to a police department press release, the pair said their actions “were not motivated by hatred or bias.”

The students were not arrested but the case was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office to determine if charges will be filed.

Bainbridge School District Superintendent Ken Crawford said the students involved were Woodward Students, who he believed had attended Blakely Elementary.

He said that along with disciplining the students, the district will likely seek restitution for damage to the buildings. The district is awaiting a quote for the cost of restoring the Blakely facilities, which will include removing graffiti from the brick surfaces and repainting the portable building and signs.

Crawford said the students will receive counseling.

“Because of the hateful nature of the language we are going to facilitate some sort of intervention or empathy building with these students,” he said.

The graffiti was discovered by Blakely staff Monday morning, sprayed onto nearly every exterior wall of the school.

The obscene language was covered to protect Blakely students until it could be removed.

According to Bainbridge Police Detective Christian Hemion the suspects were contacted after their names were mentioned by several community members.

Hemion said that in their interview, the suspects named an animated cable show as their corruptive influence.

“For what it’s worth, they blamed South Park,” Hemion said.

– Tad Sooter

Get ready to caucus today

Both Democrats and Republicans caucus for presidential nominees today, beginning at 1 p.m.

Republicans meet at the American Legion Hall on Bucklin Hill Road. Democrats meet at one of five island locations depending on their precinct.

Information on finding precincts, a list of caucus locations and a handy precinct map created by islander Walker Willingham are all available on the Review’s website:

Washington democrats will allocate all their delegates at the caucuses. Republicans will split delegates between the caucuses and Feb. the 19 primary.

More information is available at the Kitsap County Democrats’ website, and the Kitsap County Republicans’ website at

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