Is your dog really man’s best friend?

I skipped church the other day and instead took the dog down to Pritchard Park for an early morning walk on the shoreline.

Judge’s race is a humdinger

Of all of the Kitsap county political races being played out this fall, perhaps the strangest is the competition between Jeanette Dalton, a defense attorney in Kingston, and Bruce Danielson, a Port Orchard attorney who specializes in civil litigation and also as a court-appointed arbitrator. They are seeking election on the Superior Court Position One bench.

  • Oct 15, 2008

A visit to San Marcos, Ometepe

“Number 9 across. Pineapple. Five-letter word,” I announced to Dorita, wedging myself backwards to face her in my bus seat. “Is there another word for pineapple?” After remaining stumped for a few minutes and realizing it was impossible to write legibly due to the bumpy bus ride, we moved on to the horoscopes. Dora subtly protested that Catholics don’t believe in astrology, but she gave up with a laugh after I started reading aloud.

  • Oct 14, 2008

Help keep island’s parks thriving

Earlier this year two surveys were conducted on Bainbridge Island to gather information about how islanders prioritize public services. Both surveys (sponsored separately by the city and the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park District) found that residents value open space above most other public services and would be willing to pay to continue to provide these kinds of amenities. In response to these survey findings, the Metro Park District Board, in its usual decisive fashion, voted to place a measure on the Nov. 4 ballot to support open space, trails and parks. A victory for Proposition One will support a truly comprehensive parks system for current and future islanders.

  • Oct 11, 2008

Sustainability? Don’t give up

It’s not by accident that the president of the Seattle City Council is a man whose goal is to save the planet by bringing sustainability to one neighborhood, one city, at a time. For Richard Conlin, life is all about climate change, and he’s wise enough to know that the effort will be successful only if each community pulls together to nourish its own environment back to a healthy exsistence.

  • Oct 11, 2008

It’s a time of renewal and repair | Interfaith Column

A Hasidic rabbi once said that the soul is like a rare and valuable coin that can become tarnished and lose its luster without proper care. However, if we shine and polish it, it becomes brilliant again. And when our soul – our true self – shines, we are happy.

  • Oct 8, 2008

Loss of a light doesn’t mean darkness

The poem says the Buddha said

Key to park lid-lift? Trust

Rumor has it that Bainbridge Islanders love their parks. Their properties are not perfect, of course, and probably never will be. There could be more pocket parks in Winslow, more trails connecting parks and open space, better access to some of them, and more ballparks and playgrounds for youngsters.

  • Oct 7, 2008

How about a ferry tax?

It will probably never happen, but you’ve got to admire the audaciousness of the Transportation Commission for suggesting that the state may need to tax Puget Sound-area counties in order to help pay for the cost of operating state ferries.

  • Oct 3, 2008

Is change precursor to healing?

Change is in the air. I love those silly old phrases that nobody much says any more.

  • Oct 3, 2008

Border Patrol sets dangerous precedent with checkpoints

The Peninsula Daily News reports of recent U.S. Border Patrol highway checkpoints on the North Olympic Peninsula near Forks, Discovery Bay and the Hood Canal Bridge. The Journal of the San Juans reports Border Patrol ferry checkpoints on domestic-only ferry runs from San Juan Island to Anacortes since February. An additional checkpoint location will soon be added on state Highway 20 in Skagit Valley. Also there are reports of recent Border Patrol spot checks at the Agate Pass Bridge (outside the Clearwater Casino), plus ICE Fugitive Ops teams at Wal-Mart in Poulsbo.

  • Oct 1, 2008

Are Hal and God one and the same?

I’ve been thinking a little more about Hal, the world’s largest particle collider that went online recently in Geneva, Switzerland. As you may recall, Hal is a multibillion dollar experiment intended to recreate the Big Bang. If the experiment is successful, it will shed new light on the origins of the universe and the nature of matter, and will immeasurably enrich our understanding of space and time.

  • Sep 30, 2008

Err on side of transparency

A representative of the city’s Planning Department wrote a guest column last week (“A rebuttal on Strawberry Plant” ) in response to the previous edition’s editorial (“Is the process truly public?”), the thrust of which was that the editorial was full of misconceptions and misinterpretations.

  • Sep 30, 2008

Vets need more help

If you’re a veteran (active duty for six months or more and an honorable discharge) who needs assistance in the form of basic services, a Stand Down is scheduled for Wednesday in the President’s Hall at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds. It’s an event that started on an annual basis but has increased to twice a year because of need.

  • Sep 26, 2008

A rebuttal on Strawberry Plant

Your Sept. 24 editorial (“Is the process truly public?”) regarding the design charrette for the Strawberry Plant property included some misconceptions and misinterpretations of this event, and we are providing this response to offer more information and correct public perception about the process and the project.

  • Sep 26, 2008

How about ‘Mr. Twirly Beams’?

There is a theory which states that if anyone ever works out exactly what the Universe is for, and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarrely inexplicable. There is another theory which says that this has already happened. – Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

In lieu of madness, orderly seasonal transition

“This is the brink of fall,” a Southern friend once said in September. She spoke poetically.

  • Sep 23, 2008

Is the process truly public?

An editorial on May 28 involving the future of Strawberry Plant Park (and Blakely Harbor Park) concluded with these questions: “Should we keep it like it is, preserving and retaining the human footprint? Or should the money available be used to return the areas to a reasonable facsimile of its natural habitat?”

  • Sep 23, 2008

BIFD seeks more volunteer firefighters

What do a teacher, business owner, engineer, lawyer, construction worker and biochemist have in common? They are all volunteer firefighters in the Bainbridge Island Fire Department. Thus, while the careers held by our volunteers are very diverse, our volunteers are united by their motivation of service to the community.

  • Sep 19, 2008

Come harvest, ‘weeds begone’ is a distant memory

Those who labor in the earth are the chosen people of God.