Hail Ratapalooza, but not vermin themselves

A week ago Saturday, RatsPacNW sponsored its Seventh Annual Ratapalooza at the VFW Hall on Mercer Island. (Evidently the Convention Center and Benroya Hall were booked). Ratapalooza is, of course, a festival for rat aficionados featuring rats of all shapes and sizes. This year’s event included rats wearing tiny Halloween costumes, a rat named Snoodles wearing a reindeer outfit, and an appearance by Tanya Hardin’s (no relation) polydactyl rat Hannibal, a black Berkshire rat, which has seven toes (three more than usual) on its front feet and six toes (one more than usual) on its back feet.

Student ‘elections’ don’t really matter, do they?

While the rest of our nation deliberated over its choice for Most Likely to Succeed, the isolated, insulated democracy that is Bainbridge High School recently held its own elections.

  • Nov 15, 2008


Election ’08

  • Nov 14, 2008



  • Nov 14, 2008

Leave park to park district

Were the design charrettes that the city has been conducting during the last few months on the restoration of Strawberry Plant Park a waste of time? It appears so.

  • Nov 14, 2008

Let’s hope America’s ‘fresh wind’ prevails

Hope is not a prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, an orientation of the heart. It transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizon.

All touched by Junkoh

When Alex Harui began his tribute to his father last Saturday in the jam-packed gymnasium at Sakai Intermediate School, he said: “No doubt you are here because, in some way, Junkoh touched your lives...” Yes, no doubt.

  • Nov 11, 2008

Invest your B&O taxes downtown

First, a confession. My husband was recently recruited by a large coffee company across the water, and I have relatives addicted to their products. I appreciate the importance chain stores play in the lives of many Americans.

  • Nov 11, 2008

Living in the moment: Fervor in Altagracia

Altagracia, Oct. 26, 2008

  • Nov 7, 2008

Everything will will be just fine

You’ve got to love Bill Conerly, the Portland-based regional economist who was invited by Viking Bank to the island this week to give a pep… Continue reading

  • Nov 7, 2008

Hope returned one November eve

“The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addressed the Hawaii Legislature in 1959, two years before Mr. Obama was born in Honolulu, and declared that the civil rights movement was aimed not just to free blacks but ‘to free the soul of America.’” – Nicholas Kristof, New York Times, Nov. 5, 2008.

  • Nov 7, 2008

Help these wishes come true

As a child, I was always surprised at those characters in fairy tales who were granted three wishes by some magical genie or talking fish. They always managed to fritter away each wish, thoughtlessly and impulsively, and always ended with nothing or worse.

  • Nov 4, 2008

Parks Go light on Strawberry

This letter is regarding the Strawberry Plant Park design process, specifically the proposed “composite design concept 1 and 2.”

  • Nov 4, 2008

Gotta love the blame-it-all-on-Starbucks theory

It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity. – Dave Barry

Hopefully help is on its way

Many of us on Bainbridge Island may not have noticed, but there are a large number of islanders who are already feeling the pain of the economy’s meltdown. While the haves dramatically outnumber the havenots here, this recession – if that’s what this is – is beginning to get a grip on many an islander.

  • Nov 4, 2008

To the heart of Bainbridge Island

I can’t think of a single person who goes more to the heart of Bainbridge Island than Junkoh Harui. No biography can capture all that this gentle man has meant to so many – to our gardens, to our souls.

  • Nov 4, 2008

Casting votes, now and then

This week, as in years past, we’ll turn on radios and television sets on Tuesday evening, Nov. 4., to listen as the election results come in.

  • Oct 31, 2008

On Bainbridge, sun still shines on Junkoh

Twenty-five years ago, Junkoh published stories of his childhood in his newsletter.

  • Oct 31, 2008



  • Oct 31, 2008

Want to be heard? Vote

No need to preach the above to Bainbridge Islanders. Especially this year, when the island’s Democrat-dominated constituents figure to cast their ballots in unprecedented numbers. It’s a presidential general election year, of course, which usually means more people vote than usual. Plus, Sen. Barack Obama is a local favorite on an island where the number of registered voters for Tuesday’s election is bordering on unbelievable.

  • Oct 31, 2008