Letters to the editor

No bike trails

To the editor:

Please do not put mountain bike trails in the Grand Forest where people are walking. I was walking at Fort Ward park when someone on a bike almost hit me. He fell over screaming, “What’s wrong with you? I hollered on your left. Are you deaf?”

Well, as a matter of fact I am hard of hearing. I cannot hear anyone or anything coming up behind me. As a result of this encounter all I got was a skinned knee, but it could have been much worse. Some people have hearing difficulties and someone on a bike coming up behind them creates a safety hazard.

If parks and rec put mountain bike trails in the Grand Forest that eliminates two parks for me. Fast-moving bikes should not be in the same area where people and dogs are walking.

Helene Montroy

Bainbridge Island

Honor McAllister

To the editor:

We lost Island treasure Bob McAllister in 2014. This extraordinary teacher had a lasting influence on drama students at Bainbridge High School. Many went on to careers in TV, movies, education and the professional stage. I used to attend Bob’s plays long after my graduation in 1985.

After he passed away, I suggested that the Large Group Instruction facility be renamed in his honor. This was rather shortsighted, on my part, since the district needed to replace the entire building.

We can still honor the memory of Bob McAllister by naming the new theater after him. This would pay tribute to his 30 years of dedication to students at BHS.

Birke Duncan

Bainbridge Island

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