Opinion

Poulsbo city councilwoman aims to free up SR-305 ferry traffic

Poulsbo City Council member Becky Erickson dispatched an email Thursday with a copy of a proposed joint resolution she wants the governments of her city, Bainbridge and the Suquamish Tribe to approve and send to the state Department of Transportation. Cutting through all the “whereases,” the gist of it is to sequence the lights on SR-305 to the road end at Highway 3 “to maximize traffic flow (north and south)... during commute hours... in such a way as to reduce the excessive queuing times and move the traffic flow through the corridor in a timed pattern to avoid traffic flow interruption.”

  • Jun 10, 2008

The envelope (with all the money), please!

I listen to the City Council with rapt wonder. How they discuss money, taxes, expenditures and budgets!

  • Jun 10, 2008

They’re counting on us to succeed

Step by step we are working to restore the health of Puget Sound, the rivers and our Pacific Coast. We’re working through the Puget Sound Partnership clean-up effort and also implementing the Tribal/State Ocean Ecosystem Initiative – an ecosystem-based approach to management of our Pacific coastal waters – to make this part of the world a healthier place for all of us to call home.

  • Jun 7, 2008

Let’s make it all in one fix, please

It is the responsibility of cities to maintain their roads, sidewalks and utilities. It is also a top tax priority of our community that the city provides safe, efficient utilities. Some have suggested recently that we should just fix the sewer main on Winslow Way and then in later years we can rip up the street again and repair the other utilities, road and sidewalks. The fact is that all three utilities on Winslow Way - water, sewer and stormwater – are cracked, failing or deficient. Significant sections of the sidewalk are also in disrepair. The current proposed Winslow Way project would correct all of these failing and deficient infrastructures.

  • Jun 4, 2008

Parents hope there’s no end to adoptions

For an island tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, Bainbridge often finds a way to become involved with national and international issues, primarily because of the type of people it attracts. Take Russell Regan for example. Regan and his family adopted a Guatemalan child in the 1990s and he eventually started an adoption agency based on the island. Today, some 30 children from that impoverished Central American country live on Bainbridge with their adopted parents.

  • Jun 4, 2008

Island’s no. 1 eyesore gets a new manager

This is no surprise, of course, but here’s the latest on what is going to be done with the old Unocal property at the corner of Winslow Way and Olympic Drive, you know, that eyesore that serves as the gateway to Bainbridge Island: Nothing is going to be done anytime soon. Maybe never, since the lot has been empty since the oil company eradicated its gas station in the early 1990s.

  • May 21, 2008

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
Bainbridge Judo Club in 1938. (Front row

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
Bainbridge Judo Club in 1938. (Front row

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