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For much of this year, we have seen that reducing our energy consumption is our first line of defense against rising energy prices, while also recognizing it as critical for increasing our nation’s energy security, fostering economic prosperity and combating global warming.
Last Tuesday I took care of two important civic duties. I voted and gave blood in the same afternoon. When someone tells me they “gave blood,” I immediately view that person in a new light. I see them as someone engaged in a noble and honorable act, someone making a selfless sacrifice for the benefit of their fellow man.
There’s a good chance the Bainbridge City Council will decide in three weeks to place a measure before city voters sometime next year to ask them if they prefer a council-manager form of government over the current mayor-council system.
Community Charity is needed during bad times With the recent interesting economic news, many islanders are probably giving a hard look to their charitable giving plans this year. I hope that the red envelope from the good folks at One Call For All reminds everyone that charity is needed most when it is most difficult to give.
Despite a global economic crisis and declining city revenue, Mayor Darlene Kordonowy has proposed yet another unsustainable budget. Over the next two years she plans to add more than $30 million to city coffers by raising taxes, rates and fees, and by going even further into debt.
The city recently inquired about American Marine Bank’s financial state of affairs since the municipality may have $1 million deposited in the Bainbridge-based bank at any given time in order to cover monthly expenditures. Members of the council’s Finance Committee basically wanted to know if AMB could guarantee that the city’s deposits are properly insured – a good question considering the economic nightmare that is occuring nationwide and globally.
For more than 350 years, Friends (Quakers) have been known as peace activists.
Recent letters in the Review regarding the Metro Park District’s levy lid-lift (Proposition 1) contain some misconceptions.
I’ve been waiting for several weeks now for Treasury Secretary Paulson to call me to ask for my ideas on how to save the U.S. economy. I know the man is very busy and all, but all I’d need is about half an hour.
One thing we need – fast – is a correction to the housing market, not the stock market. Consider:
The timing couldn’t be worse for the island’s Metro Park & Recreation District Board decision to ask voters to restore the 2009 regular levy rate to 75 cents per $1,000 assessed value. The board decided to go forward with the measure before the current economic situation worsened last month.
I skipped church the other day and instead took the dog down to Pritchard Park for an early morning walk on the shoreline.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
The poem says the Buddha said
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.
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.