Opinion

High gas prices another reason to shop locally

As if shelling out well over $2 per gallon for gasoline isn’t crazy enough as the nation’s fuel situation worsens, we trust other Bainbridge denizens are

thinking what we’re thinking: that the days of free-for-all motoring are finally on the wane.

It’s not like the extra cost at the pump is going to something worthwhile, like a gasoline tax for road improvements. So on principle alone, the threat of $3-a-gallon gasoline on the summer horizon should give us reason enough to reconsider everything from planned vacation road trips to our periodic shopping expeditions to the big-box retailers of Silverdale.

Indeed, why drive to Central Kitsap to save a few bucks on sundries at MegaLoMart, when the money you save will just be spent on gas? It’s a question we should all be asking

ourselves.

Bainbridge Island has some fine retail establishments, and no mall anywhere is going to match local outlets in the customer service department. Keep your dollars local this summer.

And for commuters, there’s always the bus. As reported last week, Kitsap Transit fares are so far impervious to the surge in fuel prices. Even the ol’ bicycle’s looking pretty good these days, and who couldn’t benefit from more time spent riding it?

Some folks may need one more reason to shop locally, and to kick the habit of random, single-occupancy vehicle trips to wherever. We’ll give them 25 – as in $25 to fill up a 10-gallon tank. That’s a pretty persuasive argument, no matter what kind of mileage you’re getting.

‘Dear Editor’

At its best, a newspaper gives voice to the many views and personalities that make up a community. Nowhere is that more manifest than in the Letters columns, the readers’ own forum.

Back in February, as part of the Arts and Humanities Council’s inqiury on the media, the excellent Island Theatre troupe presented “Dear Editor,” a lively and dramatic reading of selected letters from Review readers dating back to the 1940s. The event packed Island Center Hall and earned plaudits all around. It was a brilliant evening (and we’d think so even if we didn’t work here), recounting as it did so many decades of island history through the colorful and often

moving correspondence of our readers.

Hoping to preserve the presentation for posterity, the

reading was videotaped for Bainbridge Island Broadcasting; unfortunately, we’re told, the finished product was marred

by poor lighting that made the tape unviewable. But even

missteps bring opportunity, and we’re pleased to learn that “Dear Editor” will be reprised twice next week (presumably, with better lighting), June 12-13 at the Hat Factory studio on lower Madison, just up from Parfitt Way. The figurative curtain will be raised at 7 p.m. both evenings; admission is free, although a $5 donation to support the local arts is encouraged.

The wealth of reader wisdom never disappoints, nor will “Dear Editor.” After all, you helped write it.

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