Bainbridge Island Review


Better hang on to those protest signs | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

April 18, 2013 · 7:08 AM

To the editor:

With regards to the recent protests in Winslow and at the city council meeting by the Gary Tripp Goon Squad, I have to urge you all to please save your signs! You’re going to need them elsewhere soon.

It’s pretty clear that the current “Tea Party council” is in the process of disassembling the dreaded, corrupt city. Starting with divestment of the water utility.

Perhaps the police department should be next. According to recent reports, they don’t seem to be doing any policing anyway. I’m sure the county sheriff can handle that for us. Then the city could “divest” itself of that prime piece of real estate at the corner of Winslow Way and 305. I have always felt that would be a great location for a Burger King! I can smell the aerosolized charcoal now.

As luck would have it, the contract for our municipal judge expires in October. Who wouldn’t love to stop paying $96,000 a year for a part-time adjudicator of traffic violations and passport applications? However, be careful with this one, she will sue if it isn’t done right.

Speaking of suing, the only downside to all this is that Dennis Reynolds will have to get a new hobby. After his long days at the office suing people, he will have to come home to Bainbridge and, perhaps, knit or garden.

I’m sure the actual vote to de-incorporate the island will be a surprise to most of the non-waterfront property owners. Based on what I have seen of the council meetings, I suspect it will go something like this:

After checking Ms. Blair’s vacation schedule, Mr. Bonkowski will add it to the agenda at the last minute. Once it comes up at the council meeting he will motion for a vote with no discussion, staff preparation or public comment. The motion will carry, and voila! We will be back to being unincorporated Kitsap County.

Which brings me back to why you will be glad you kept your signs. The Kitsap County SMP is as onerous a regulatory plan as the Bainbridge SMP. Road Trip!


Diamond Place


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