Opinion

City’s financial failure must be addressed

The unfolding financial crisis at the city makes it clear that we have failed the most basic tenets of local government. The value of government is to address common needs that cannot be met by individual citizens, such as life/safety and infrastructure needs by carefully spending the tax money it receives. It is important we learn how we got into this deficit position and how we get back on a responsible fiscal track.

  • May 7, 2008

Perhaps you read about … Happy Mother’s Day

I’ve never been there, so my impression of what Florida’s like is drawn entirely from books, films and the news stories that originate there. Among the places in Florida I’ve never been to is Melbourne, a city of some 78,000 people located midway down Florida’s eastern coast, about 60 miles southeast of Orlando. Melbourne, which served as a training ground for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, was named in honor of its first Postmaster, a gentleman named Cornthwaite John Hector. Hector was an Englishman, but he had spent much of his life in Melbourne, Australia.

  • May 7, 2008

There’s no doubt: helmets save lives

Most people have accepted the fact that a helmet is a necessary safety item whether the wearer is operating a bicycle, motorcycle, a whitewater kayak or a board of one type or another. There are exceptions, of course, including a large majority of the bicyclists in Eugene, Ore., where going helmetless on city and University of Oregon streets is the cool thing to do. Those Oregon Ducks have a tendency to live on the wild side.

  • May 7, 2008

Change works for anything – even ferries

State Rep. Christine Rolfes likes to say that while some politicians want to change the world, her goal is to merely revamp Washington State Ferries. In other words, her political world, since it has been her primary concern since being elected two years ago.

  • Apr 19, 2008

Ericksen’s no throughway

A recent Review editorial suggesting that Ericksen Avenue may eventually become a throughway fails to recognize the history of the street, the merits of local history and cultural tourism, the popularity of the pedestrian walkway, the special and historic trees along the lane, and the irregular mismatched intersection of Ericksen Avenue and Bjune Drive at Winslow Way.

  • Apr 16, 2008

An island life lived ‘the flexible way’

Art Koura, almost 90, misses Bainbridge Island. In 1919, his parents, Otohiko and Hatsuko Koura, strapped on their infant son and came here to pick strawberries. They liked it so much that a year later they left their Seattle home to try farming on the island. Six years later, they had as many children and seven acres on High School Road. The farm was successful, and Otohiko became president of the Community Association from 1936 to 1941.

  • Apr 12, 2008

Let’s fight for, not against, each other

We seemed to have survived March with all it’s madness that showed up in so many varieties this year. Is it just me, or does lunacy seem particularly abundant?

  • Apr 10, 2008

Jackson set a standard for service

In describing the late Arnie Jackson, the first word that comes to Dave Hannon’s mind is “gruff.”Hannon recalls a time years ago when Jackson led… Continue reading

  • Jan 16, 2008

Shuttle a fine idea that never catches on

Get on the bus, the adage goes.Islanders do just that – to a point.Every morning, we queue up at roadsides the length and breadth of… Continue reading

  • Nov 24, 2007

Thanksgiving misgivings

In this spirit of this week’s holiday, we pull a chestnutfrom the Review’s editorial page archives and wishreaders a Happy Thanksgiving.* * *One element of… Continue reading

  • Nov 21, 2007

Waldo, Brackett for City Council

There’s nothing quite like a City Council race to show how narrow the island’s political discourse can be. Most years, candidates can be counted on… Continue reading

  • Oct 20, 2007

An expensive argument for faster process

Four justices said the city was in the right, while foursaid it wasn’t. The ninth justice seemed to side with the city on the points… Continue reading

  • Oct 13, 2007

In bad times, an optimist

Trudi Inslee rang up last week, asking if the Review would like an advance copy of Congressman Jay Inslee’s forthcoming book on his vision for… Continue reading

  • Oct 10, 2007

Build a canvas for the future

There’s a quality to an aging sidewalk that someoneonce artfully described as “the patina of age.”It’s the rough, pockmarked texture of old concrete that conveys… Continue reading

  • Sep 29, 2007

A short look backward into the mirror

The benefit of a good museum is that it can provide insights not just into a community’s past, butoften show how little actually changes.Visitors to… Continue reading

  • Sep 22, 2007

Let peace be transcendent

Someone famous once observed that “writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”His point was that it defies reason to try and describe one medium… Continue reading

  • Sep 19, 2007

Dissenter in the campaign vs. creosote

Creosote-treated pilings bad, removal good.That’s the essence of the city’s position on thescattered remnants of docks and piers dotting the Bainbridge Island shoreline. An estimated… Continue reading

  • Sep 14, 2007

Marina plan is a first step – and only that

It’s an unfortunate day when an islander of lesser means waves the white flag and moves away.Some Eagle Harbor liveaboards say they’re about todo just… Continue reading

  • Sep 12, 2007

West Sound wants service, then efficiency

Ferries with fewer riders generate less farebox revenuethan ferries with full seats.That was the less-than-startling finding of an audit of Washington State Ferries, released this… Continue reading

  • Sep 7, 2007