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

Park failure puts open space in doubt

Something you don’t see every day on Manzanita Bay: straw men fishing for red herrings.That is nonetheless what islanders witnessed last week, with City Council… Continue reading

  • Sep 5, 2007

Investing in the local arts/Sorry we’re late

Investing in the local artsSure, you may go home with an objet d’art. But what is the real objet d’auction?For the four island organizations supported… Continue reading

  • Aug 31, 2007

History vs. reclamation: which trumps?

Concrete, as they say, is forever.But as chance and history would have it, the mill town of Port Blakely came and mostly went before the… Continue reading

  • Aug 29, 2007

What do we do if they don’t want to sell?

Would Winslow get all the money?To some, that was the fear. In the first few years of the all-island city created by voters in 1991,… Continue reading

  • Aug 25, 2007

About those advertisements

Not that it really has anything to do with the editor – who has no say in the advertisements that appear in this newspaper, or… Continue reading

  • Aug 22, 2007

Share the pain of Puget Sound cleanup/Ballot time

The locals call them “the old men” – affectionately, of course – and these stately neighbors do indeed enjoy their daily repose.“The old men” are… Continue reading

  • Aug 18, 2007

A narrowing of two races

Often unable to reach consensus, beholden to small constituencies when broader concerns are at stake, mistrusting of professional staff, mired in endless process – these… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2007

Growing up with the bomb

In this week that commemorates the 62nd anniversary of the use of atomic weapons against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, we turn this… Continue reading

  • Aug 11, 2007

Growing up with the bomb – part I

In this week that commemorates the 62nd anniversary of the use of atomic weapons against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, we turn this… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2007

The tax rolls: is land rolling off of them?

Does free land come at a price?Wednesday in this space, we considered the recent donation to the city of a million-dollar Ferncliff parcel, given for… Continue reading

  • Aug 3, 2007

Gift of land a test case for island values

Are the environment and affordable housing an either/or proposition? We received a letter the other day that gave us pause. It read:“What a shame Ms.… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2007

Building up our libraries by the book

He really likes libraries.When he was 10 years old, his family moved to a new house just down the street from the town library, and… Continue reading

  • Jul 28, 2007

Accidents are just around the bend

The timeline was unimaginably cruel.On June 23, they got married. In early July, they purchased a JetSki personal watercraft to enjoy the summer weather together… Continue reading

  • Jul 21, 2007

What Briggs owes now is some candor

Tie her up, put a gag in her mouth and keep her on ice until the trial’s over.A rather film noir-ish treatment to be sure,… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2007

Water, water everywhere (even here)

Back in the day, when the Northwest summer finally settled over Bainbridge like a warm, fuzzy blanket, there was no question where island kids would… Continue reading

  • Jul 14, 2007

Bainbridge: new hotbed of Eymanism?

They are ruining our community.They can’t be trusted with our money.They should put it all to a public vote.Funny times are these, when the rhetoric… Continue reading

  • Jul 11, 2007

Facts harder to reach than conclusions

Faced with the bare facts, any media hack would draw the same conclusion: there’s a difference in news value between a threatening letter directed at… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2007

Angel could put Kitsap Dems to test

Was that partisanship in the air at the Kitsap County Commission this week? We’re shocked – shocked! – at such a notion.Yet efforts to find… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2007

Conservation begins here

It’s not the most positive review when the value of aconservation project is measured in bird poo.Yet such was the assessment by one expert from… Continue reading

  • Jun 27, 2007