A primer on the power of community

Ralph Munro and his brothers have long financed a college scholarship fund to help out needy Bainbridge High School students. Recently, they took a legacy from their father George and set up a private foundation to continue that effort.

They discovered, though, that with the rock-bottom rates of return on safe investments, accounting and tax-prepartion costs were eating away at their principal, reducing the amount they could give away. So, as reported in this issue, they gave the money to the Bainbridge Island Community Endowment, slicing the overhead costs, but still letting them use the money for scholarships.

The lesson – the well-intentioned among us can do more for the community when we pool our resources and act as a community.

Munro hopes other donors will follow his lead. We do too.

He’s with us

We ask, you answer.

Or sometimes, we ask and you don’t answer. Or we ask and you answer, then decide you don’t want your picture taken.

But islanders tend to err on the side of candor, and we trust that will be the case as a longtime staple of Review fare

reappears this week: Street Talk. The informal poll of island views – five respondents are chosen at random to answer a topical question – returns on the initiative of Sean Fraga.

A sophomore at Bainbridge High School, Fraga is on the debate team and on the staff of the Campus Voice, the high school paper. He has appeared in numerous productions at BPA, and is consumed, on occasion, by acting and theater. His interests include politics, current events and world affairs. Sean enjoys Spanish and history, among other subjects, and, in his spare time, kayaks, takes photos and “enjoys life.”

Now Sean will bring his burgeoning talents as correspondent and photographer to the Review, working the Street Talk beat through the school year. You’ll see him at the post office, outside local galleries and coffee shops, next to the market – wherever islanders gather to chat about the issues of the day.

Be nice to Sean, and answer his questions. And smile when he takes out his camera.

Your picks

This issue brings to print the first few reader endorsements for the Sept. 16 primary election.

Reader endorsements will be printed amongst the rest of the Letters fare through Sept. 10; submissions for the November general races will appear thereafter.

Also, the Review has been archiving election-related stories – including candidate profiles – on our website under an “Elections” banner. Those stories will stay posted through November, for reference as readers make their choices and mark their ballots. Find them at www.bainbridgereview.com.

Our primary election coverage will continue with a candidate page this Saturday – their answers to our questions – and our primary endorsements on Sept. 3.

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