Opinion

Survey one step toward reconnecting

There appears to be a curative stratagem occurring these days on Bainbridge Island, where politicians, social service professionals and caring individuals alike have decided islanders… Continue reading

  • Jun 10, 2008

Ferry system focusing on safety issues

Figuratively speaking, David Moseley, only 16 days into his new job as Assistant Secretary of Transportation, stood hat in hand Monday evening as he addressed… Continue reading

  • Jun 10, 2008

A symbol of growing pains

Learning to live with the pains of community growth can turn friendly neighbors into enemies, especially on Bainbridge Island. There are many such examples, but… Continue reading

  • Jun 10, 2008

Serenity needs community aid

Unfortunately, Serenity Court, a valued member of the Bainbridge Island community for more than 30 years, may be forced to close its doors sometime during… Continue reading

  • Jun 10, 2008

Put the cash where the road should go

At least some members of the City Council believe the city would be wise to impose a $20 fee on vehicle owners when they buy… Continue reading

  • Jun 10, 2008

SR-305 needs more police presence to slow traffic

It’s surprising that there aren’t more bicycle-vehicle collisions on Bainbridge Island’s seven-mile stretch of State Route 305 when considering the thousands of vehicles and hundreds of two-wheelers that race to and fro the ferry terminal each day. Collisions are common on a busy road that is generally an accident looking to happen, but the last major bicycle-vehicle accident occurred nearly four years ago when a car driven by a Bremerton woman – distracted by a cell phone – struck and threw an island man 85 feet. Chris Stanley was seriously injured but miraculously lived to tell about it.

  • Jun 10, 2008

The glory of downsizing your life

Recently, people rush up to me on Winslow Way with questioning but uneasy looks on their faces. “Are you really happy in your condo?” they ask.

  • Jun 10, 2008

Who comes to Helpline House?

Many islanders come through the doors of Helpline House every day. Here’s a sampling of the real people who stop in both to give, and to receive.

  • Jun 10, 2008

Insults should rise above simple name-calling

There was a great brouhaha in the media recently over a couple of alleged insults directed at national political figures. An advisor to Barack Obama was forced to resign from her position in his campaign when it was reported that she had referred to Hillary Clinton as a “monster.” And long-time Clinton friend and advisor James Carville came under substantial criticism when he referred to Bill Richardson as “Judas” for having forsaken Hillary and thrown his support behind Obama.

  • Jun 10, 2008

No spending without justification

“The farther back you can look the farther forward you are likely to see.”

  • Jun 10, 2008

Memorial belongs here

Passage of the bill that will eventually establish Bainbridge Island’s Japanese American internment memorial as a National Park Service historic site received a unanimous vote in February in the House of Representatives: 419 to 0. How times have changed, and it took only 66 years. In February 1942, the House unanimously approved — by a voice vote — an executive order that incarcerated more than 120,000 West Coast Issei and Nisei because Japan and America were at war.

  • Jun 10, 2008

Some postman is grooving to all our love letters…

A woman who worked for the German postal service in the West German town of Giessen was recently arrested and charged with having 29,000 pieces of undelivered mail at her home. The letters date from as long as 15 years ago, although most were mailed within the last five years. Postal investigators and law enforcement officers believe that the woman stole the envelopes, hoping to find money in them, although it is not yet clear how many of the letters were actually opened. A spokesman for the postal service said that the letters will all be delivered to the original addressees with a note of apology from the post office.

  • Jun 10, 2008

Affordable housing project needs help

Hello neighbors.

  • Jun 10, 2008

Are we ready for affordable housing?

Ah, the land of plenty. It had to come to this. America’s class system has been around for centuries, but the division became more obvious in the 19th century with the creation of opulent resorts, first in the east with the likes of Saratoga Springs, Palm Beach and Newport, then slowly moving west to Aspen, Jackson Hole and Carmel. What all of them had in common were beautiful settings and a work force that could not afford to live there. These days, we have a modest variation of the theme spreading in certain neighborhoods throughout the country, including Bainbridge Island, where an increasing number of the city’s workers live west of Agate Pass.

  • Jun 10, 2008

Boating safety is the island way

Boaters are a gregarious group. They will happily regale you with stories about adventures, idyllic cruises and enticing destinations. For generations, they’ve passed along key tips and information to new boaters either verbally or by example. That was a great way to learn how best to navigate Eagle Harbor traffic, liveaboards and the ferry’s comings and goings. Sometimes though, a newcomer’s boater education had some gaps.

  • Jun 10, 2008

City survey a waste of time and money ?

This just in: The majority of Bainbridge Islanders are old, well-educated, well-off, hard working, happy with the present but pessimistic about the future, worried about the island’s water supply and population growth, content with the current balance between city services and taxes, divided over the city’s performances of late concerning planning, development and its finances, want more bike lanes, walking paths, trails, affordable housing, keeping the island rural and pretty much the way it is right now.

  • Jun 10, 2008

The saddest story out there? Just look to Iraq

A recent study found that the average American walks about 900 miles in a year. Another study found that Americans drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol per year. That means, on average, that Americans get about 41 miles to the gallon. Makes you kind of proud to be an American, doesn’t it?

  • Jun 10, 2008
Revisiting Minidoka: A pilgrimage in time

Revisiting Minidoka: A pilgrimage in time

There’s a community to which Bainbridge Island will forever be tied by history, a community with a message for every American. It’s as much a part of our island soul as Manitou Beach, Yeomalt, Restoration Point, Island Center, Blakely or Eagle Harbors, all of Port Madison, Strawberry Hill or Hermana Isla de Ometepe. I heard about Minidoka, Idaho sparingly as a student, more over the years. In 2007, I could not stay away.

  • Jun 10, 2008
Revisiting Minidoka: A pilgrimage in time

Blah, blah, blah say those who fail to listen

Civil discourse, long a bedrock of our democratic society, appears to have suffered a stress fracture of late. It’s difficult to ascertain the actual cause of why so many people have begun to verbally assail their fellow citizens merely because they have a difference of opinion about one topic or another. Perhaps it’s because we, the people, are frustrated by our governance and some of us have a predilection to bluster when exasperated. Whatever the cause, the result may lead to boorish behavior that is often so ludicrous that it belongs in a comedy act.

  • Jun 10, 2008

Infrastructure must be a priority

Infrastructure is often referred to as the backbone of a community. We take for granted the streets we drive on, the water that comes from our faucets, and the storm drains that keep our streets from flooding. We rarely think about infrastructure until it fails.

  • Jun 10, 2008