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Letter to the Editor: Recent School Shootings Show That BISD Needs SEL

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and yet is is also marked by another dreadful reminder that everything can change in the moment it takes for a troubled high school student to shoot a weapon. None of us wants to believe such things can happen here, yet we all know tragedy does not discriminate. Social…

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Letter to the Editor: Serious Safety Concerns at Sakai

I’m writing to voice my major concern over the parking lot safety at Sakai. I currently have two fifth graders attending the school and have one older daughter who was there for the past two years. My children take the bus almost every day. I fully believe the bus is the safest and easiest way…

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Letter to the Editor: North Islanders Need Station 23 Staffed

Islanders on the North End, hear this! It recently came to my attention that the fire station on Phelps Road is not staffed with full-time emergency personnel. It contains equipment and occasionally volunteers that are on call at the facility. 911 calls for the North end are primarily staffed by the Madison Avenue station, and…

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Letter to the Editor: More Trees Coming Down in Winslow & Short Notice for Public Input

A new housing development is in the works for the mostly forested SW corner of Grow and Wyatt Way in Winslow. A developer would like to build 19 housing units on the mostly forested 4.5-acre parcel. Public meetings are required for this sort of development. A public meeting will be held to discuss the preliminary…

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Letter to the Editor: Why Kids Need Recess

I’ve been listening in on the national conversation about the amount of time that children spend at recess or in unstructured play and have come to believe that there is a big piece of the conversation that is missing. Some schools have decided to cut back on recess as a way to spend more time…

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Letter to the Editor: This Democrat Is Crossing Party Lines for County Prosecutor

Before you vote reflexively for the Democratic candidate in the race for County Prosecutor, take heed from this Democrat: This is one race where it would be best to cross party lines. In the primary, 20-year incumbent Russ Hauge received just 37.5% of the vote. The closest challenger was Tina Robinson with 32.4% of the…

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Letter to the Editor: Stark Consider- ations for the Future of Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island’s Comprehensive Plan has recently begun its periodic mandate of review and updating. The Comp Plan is required by the State’s Growth Management Act. In basic terms, it sets forth a number of goals and policies that are intended to reflect the values held by most Island residents, and to guide how our City…

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Letter to the Editor: What If We Stop Being Complicit in the NFL’s Immorality?

What if, for one day—a Sunday, a Monday night, or now even a Thursday night—everyone turned off the NFL, didn’t go to the game, didn’t wear the jersey of fan. What if, for one Sunday, civilized people everywhere said that a non-profit that profits in the billions on the lives of its participants and leaves…

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Letter to the Editor: Virginia Mason Is Listening to the Community

I want to provide the community an update about Virginia Mason Bainbridge Island Medical Center. We have no immediate plans to move from our current location on Winslow Way, where we have proudly served the island for decades. What I can tell you is that, as the needs of our community evolve, so must the…

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Letter to the Editor: A Simple Solution to Chronic Traffic Delays on 305

The other night we spent 30 minutes going a few miles on 305 from Koura Road to the casino. When we got to the casino, we saw just one car coming from Suquamish. Friends of ours who live near the Bloedel Reserve cannot get home various hours of the day. Elected officials have proposed a multi-million round-around for…

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Letter to the Editor: ‘Affordability’ and Hidden Agendas

There is a lot of discussion on Bainbridge about so called “affordable” housing. Beware of people who present themselves as humanitarians, and champions of “affordability”: often they have a hidden agenda. I would compare the smoke screen of affordable housing, as it applies to the pro growth agenda, to how agribusiness in this country embraces…

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Letter to the Editor: Speak Your Mind About the Visconsi Mall at Tonight’s Council Meeting

Please consider going to the City Council Meeting, Monday, August 25, at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall to stand up and express yourself regarding the Keybank/Visconsi Mall. Arrive early and sign the Public Comment sign in sheet only if you wish to speak. The Public Comment sign in sheet will be…

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Letter to the Editor: Lessons for Bainbridge from Ferguson, MO

Reading about the militarization of the police in Ferguson, MO, it is clear that the surplus weapons and armored vehicles made for our wars abroad have come home, and that police in some or even many places now have force disproportionate to civil needs. We need to know if this is a potential problem here…

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Letter to the Editor: How We Can Still Fight the High School Road Development

Some new things are happening . . . and not happening. What is not happening, at least so far, is the cutting down of trees to make space for the Key Bank/Visconsi shopping center. Contrary to our earlier information, this mass arborcide has not yet commenced. Unfortunately, this does not mean that the developer has…

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Letter to the Editor: Key Bank Is the Driving Force Behind Visconsi

The role of Key Bank as the driving force behind the Visconsi development was verified at last January’s hearings before the BI Hearing Examiner. It was Key Bank that originally approached the land owner, hoping to to build a new bank building at the NE corner of HWY 305 and High School Road. That idea…

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Letter to the Editor: Kilmer’s and Kennedy’s Message to Islanders About Citizens United

I was at a fundraiser this morning with U.S. Representatives Derek Kilmer (from our district) and Joseph P. Kennedy III (from a Massachusetts district) at a private home on Bainbridge where I asked if they could inspire us or give us hope that we can get our democracy back from the those who are able…

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Letter to the Editor: To the 23rd Legislative District Democratic Leaders—NO CONFIDENCE

I am an idealist with high standards and expectations to match. I value diversity, freely acknowledge that democracy is messy, and suffer no illusions that we must all always agree in order to be successful. I do not know how many registered democrats live within the 23rd legislative district, but I’m pretty sure that the…

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Letter to the Editor: Former Council Member Hytopoulos Criticizes “Insular Partisanship”

I’ve watched this primary election unfold as a voter, a Democrat, a former elected official, and co-chair of a campaign, and I must say that it’s been a quick and painful education in partisan politics. When my former colleague, Bob Scales, announced his candidacy for Prosecuting Attorney, I didn’t hesitate a moment before offering to…

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Letter to the Editor: Why Former Council Member Debbi Lester Is Voting for Kitsap Prosecutor Hauge

Prosecutor Russ Hauge’s support is solid: Governor Inslee, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, former Congressman Norm Dicks, Congressman Derek Kilmer, House Representative Drew Hansen, former Bainbridge Island Mayor Dwight Sutton, Kitsap County Sheriff and Police Chiefs’ Association, Kitsap County Deputy Prosecutors’ Guild, 23rd, 26th, & 35th Legislative District Democrats, Kitsap County Democratic Central Co., and Kitsap County…

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Letter to the Editor: Bainbridge Island Needs to Lead the Way with a Tax on Carbon

Planet Earth is in the midst of an environmental crisis that will have dire consequences for human civilization. Overpopulation and the net addition of over 228,000 more humans per day is a huge driver behind rapid environmental decline, but how we live, and the systems we depend upon, are also key to the wanton excess…

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