Step up during filing week/Good/bad press

Step up during filing week

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.

Several incumbents have already declared their intentions to seek a second term, while others plan to step down and still others are on the fence. But don’t let the openness of a given seat be a consideration, hopefuls; if you’ve got ideas and issues to bring to the table, by all means, run. Information is available at www.kitsapgov.com or 842--2061.

We hope to see contested races for every position on the local ballot to guarantee a lively and meaningful campaign season. One choice is really no choice; we trust the Bainbridge electorate will give itself some options.

Good/bad press

Money giveth, Forbes taketh away.

Some readers reacted with alarm and consternation recently when Money magazine anointed our island the nation’s “Second Best Place to Live.” Anxiety over our “discovery” by the rest of the world no doubt brought the dread of an influx of new residents from points south and east.

But before you could say “there goes the neighborhood,” Forbes magazine this week branded Seattle – and we dare say, by extension, its island suburbs – as the nation’s No. 1 Overpriced Community (for the second year in a row, no less, and ahead even of New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles). Quoth the learned minds at Forbes:

“The city does poorly on all counts, but was at the bottom when it comes to job growth, and the cost of living is very high. ‘It’s true the housing prices here have just gone through the stratosphere,’ says Charles Knutson, spokesman for the Seattle Chamber of Commerce. The city got hit hard by the tech bubble, and took a big employment dive. ‘We’re coming out of that, but if you’re looking at a line chart, there’s a huge gap between income and housing costs.’”

So take heart. Whereas a week ago the folks from California and back East were looking covetously at Bainbridge Island thinking “location, location, location,” they’re now thinking “price, price, price.”

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