Letters to the editor

Affordable housing

To the editor:

We need to address the lack of adequate affordable housing on Bainbridge Island.

I’m lamenting, once again, that the most recent report of a City Council-mandated citizen panel Task Force on Affordable Housing appears to have been consigned to the storage shelves of City Hall.

Glaring evidence that homelessness and affordable housing have appeared to have dropped off the city’s list of priorities is that in the January 2021 edition of “COBI CONNECTS” there is plenty of news about things like roundabouts, a remodeled intersection, a Green Building Task Force, Climate Action Plan, etc. These are all good, however, I could not find any mention of our community’s ongoing crisis of the lack of affordable housing.

What will it take to awaken the council’s and our community’s righteous indignation about this situation? Will it take a homeless person’s death by freezing in a tent or car parked out of sight in the woods? Will it take a homeless person sleeping under a cardboard box at City Hall? Will it take a housing crisis of one of your neighbors, a friend or someone in your family?

Here’s what I’d like to see from the council:

• Show us what plan you have to do something more about homelessness on Bainbridge Island. The Affordable Housing Task Force’s Final Report has given you facts and recommendations for action.

• Do more than mouth good intentions about affordable housing. Commit more of our community’s money where it can help produce affordable housing on the ground.

• Don’t allow the mantra that putting ”affordable housing in my neighborhood will reduce my property’s value” to overwhelm the fact that not everyone this island needs and relies upon to make our community whole earns enough money to buy a house or afford a rental unit that doesn’t consume a large portion of their monthly income.

• Untangle the plethora of laws and negative attitudes that create barriers to affordable housing.

• Don’t accept that homelessness will go away by itself.

Give this crisis your devoted leadership and make the creation of affordable housing a priority in 2021.

Ed Kushner

West Port Madison

Native artwork

To the editor:

I read recently that Poulsbo’s new roundabout will include Nordic and/or maritime-themed artwork. I am hopeful that the installation will feature the art and culture of the indigenous people whose land we call home. This would be an excellent time for the Poulsbo City Council to consult and collaborate with the Suquamish Tribe to come up with an appropriate tribute to the first peoples of this area.

Such an effort would be a step toward healing the divide exacerbated by the killing of Stonechild Chiefstick, and build on the city’s recent workshop on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Mary Gleysteen

Kingston

Happy New Year

To the editor:

This has been a difficult and unusual year for all of us; the pandemic leaves few untouched by its life-changing effects.

Through all this, we want to thank residents of Bainbridge Island and Kitsap County for their determination to go above and beyond to show support for local artists, small businesses and restaurants. As you know, many have altered their ways to accommodate and make the workings of their businesses viable to stay relevant. Thankfully you have stepped up and honored these changes showing your continued support.

We are hopeful that 2021 will be a better year. Please stay safe and healthy; we look forward to seeing you behind your mask. Have a Happy New Year.

Gregg Mesmer and Diane Bonciolini

Bainbridge Island

More in Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor

Appreciate coverage To the editor: I write in appreciation of the coverage… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

No bike trails To the editor: Please do not put mountain bike… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Do we need it? To the editor: Want. Want. Want, but do… Continue reading

Bike trail information off the mark

I’d like to comment on the article in last Friday’s Review, titled… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Save forest again To the editor: The Jones family moved to Meadowmeer… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Harrison boondoggle To the editor: The March 12 “second opinion” provided by… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Affordable housing To the editor: I ravenously read the March 5 Bainbridge… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Council unreal To the editor: I’m in favor of providing our police… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Health security To the editor: Given that more than 500,000 Americans and… Continue reading

Letters to the editor

Ambitious plan In November 2020, the Bainbridge Island City Council approved an… Continue reading

Pie in the sky vs. road safety now

Four years ago, to meet comprehensive planning requirements of the state Growth… Continue reading

letter

Girl Scouts Our Girl Scout troop 44331 on Bainbridge Island will not… Continue reading