Some history on the east-west connection | Letter to the editor

To the editor:

Having lived at what is now Vineyard Lane for 27 years and having worked as a trail designer for the Province of British Columbia and the National Park Service, I often mused about the highway and how it cut Winslow in half. It was clear an east-west connector trail was a way to solve the lack of connectivity. The high banks at the site were natural bases for any bridge that crossed the highway, but there would have to be another, smaller bridge connecting to the Tawresey development so folks could walk to Ferncliff.

We had bought the property from the Yamashitas whose land had been split by the highway. The overgrown former strawberry fields seemed a good place to plant our first vineyard. I would have proposed the east-west trail but we were taxed out of the site before I could make a public proposal.

I have to say I had in mind a much less expensive, narrower design than the new trail to McDonalds. I do not necessarily advocate for a bridge to be built now, but felt some historical perspective might enlighten the debate. Thanks to all concerned.

GERARD BENTRYN

Bainbridge Island

More in Letters to the Editor

Paying public officials what they are worth | Letter to the editor

To the editor: In the Oct. 5, 2018 edition of the Islander,… Continue reading

Bainbridge council is making a short-sighted choice | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I just returned home from my volunteer job at… Continue reading

Election Day is only the beginning | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Great news that voters are turning out in higher… Continue reading

Don’t make others deal with your trash | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Oct. 15, 5 p.m.: Post office garbage can was… Continue reading

Trump missed his roll in journalist’s murder | Letter to the editor

To the editor: If Jamal Khashoggi died in a fist fight, where… Continue reading

Focus on inclusion, not identity politics | Letter to the editor

To the editor: While I was unable to make the event due… Continue reading

‘Bully’ label came from old political squabble | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Three citizens have complained to the city’s Ethics Committee… Continue reading

Trump shows violence comes in many forms | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Trump forces himself on Pittsburgh after the mayor, Jewish… Continue reading

A radical shift in immigration policy | Letter to the editor

To the editor: On Oct. 10, 2018 the Trump administration published the… Continue reading

Americans deserve stronger response | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I believe Americans need to take steps to address… Continue reading

The emperor has no clothes – and no clue | Letter to the editor

To the editor: Mr. Olsen has a valid point: “the jaundiced elite… Continue reading

Prop. 1 may not be perfect but vote yes | Letter to the editor

To the editor: I’ve been a recreational bike rider on Bainbridge Island… Continue reading