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Local ‘nut-jobs’ complain again about celebration | Letters | July 15

In this week’s Bainbridge Review (July 7), a letter was published by a disgruntled individual regarding the celebration of our nation’s birthday, also know as the 4th of July.

The capstone for the letter submitted by the Sugarmans was “Explosives put a damper on the holiday for many.” I’m certainly used to the biased reporting that your paper supports, but this headline is a bit over the top.

“Explosives” you say... How about fireworks? “For many” – where’s the support for this? It appears to me that (as usual this time of year) there are a few “nut-jobs” that complain about the celebration of the fourth and the expression of patriotism.

How about a more unbiased presentation in the future (if that’s possible)!

Joseph Faltermeier

Bainbridge Island

(Editor’s note: The word used in the letter and the headline was “explosions,” and our policy is to write a headline that reflects the letter.)

Community’s devotion to Auction shows again

The Bainbridge Island Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale, now entering its 52nd year, is a phenomenon to behold. It is one of the best examples of reuse and recycle of goods in the Northwest, and of an entire community taking ownership of a great philanthropic effort and ensuring its success.

The Rotary Auction takes a year of planning and 10 intensive work days. To accomplish this, over 1,000 community volunteers donate countless hours working at Woodward, collecting over 100,000 items for sorting, cleaning and pricing.

The beehive of activity is well coordinated, with our “worker bees” constantly on the move, making sure every chore and detail is completed with pride and energy.

The 2011 auction grossed $366,435.Raising these funds could not happen without the generosity of the community and the selfless dedication of hundreds of volunteers. It’s a dedication that seeks no reward or recognition and is priceless.

On behalf of the Bainbridge Island Rotary Club, please accept our sincerest thanks for the depth of your commitment, the quality of your service, and the product of your devotion. All proceeds will be used to improve lives and enrich our community.

Larry Smith, chair

2011 Rotary Auction

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