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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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Posted in Community, Environment, Letter to the Editor, Popular 33 Comments

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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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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 3, Letter to the Editor, News, Politics9 Comments

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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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Posted in Community, Dont Miss This 4, Environment, Letter to the Editor31 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: Bainbridge Youth Services Says Wow!

Bainbridge Youth Services’ Board members and its Executive Director would like to thank the nearly 100 volunteers, more than 25 businesses, and the entire community for making this year’s 4th of July Fun Run a huge success. This year’s Fun Run attracted more than 900 participants—more than we’ve ever had in the 35-year history of the…

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Letter to the Editor: The Director of the Bloedel Reserve Invites You to Visit Sans Car

For twenty-five years, the Bloedel Reserve has tried to solve the one question that riddles every business on Bainbridge Island outside of Winslow: How can we get walk-on visitors from the ferry out to the Reserve? We’ve dreamed of purchasing shuttle buses and considered making arrangements with RideShare companies, but nothing panned out. So imagine…

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Posted in Community, Culture, Dont Miss This 4, Garden, Letter to the Editor, Transportation0 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: Visconsi Boycott Update

Our group, Stop Unwanted Development On Bainbridge Island (SUDOBI), was organized to oppose the imminent forest-clearing and construction of the “Key Bank/Visconsi Shopping Center” on the Northeast corner of High School Road and Highway 305. Previously, this development had been resisted by a different group, and SUDOBI stepped in recently to continue the effort. We…

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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 3, Environment, Letter to the Editor4 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: Why We Should Remove the High School/Madison Roundabout

The Bainbridge Island roundabout located at the intersection of Madison Avenue and High School Road is very popular with the locals. The picture attached to Julie Hall’s recent article, To Signal or Not to Signal? Roundabout Rules of the Road, shows it adds to the beauty of the neighborhood, and as the British say, “It keeps…

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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 3, Letter to the Editor, News, Roads16 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: The Demise of a Forest

Over the past year I have made a point of photographing the forest and historic structure located on the site planned for Key Bank and Visconsi’s new shopping complex. Now that the City of Bainbridge Island has ignored public sentiment, and treated our Comprehensive Plan as if it were written with invisible ink, the site…

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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 1, Environment, Letter to the Editor9 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: Bainbridge Fireworks Needs Your Support

The Bainbridge Fireworks Organization needs your help to raise $31,000 for the 2014 show. Without the community’s immediate help, we will not reach our goal this year. Here are three ways to make a donation to this year’s fireworks event: Mail a check to Bainbridge Fireworks, 1175 High School Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110. Make…

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Letter to the Editor: Let’s Make Open Government Nonpartisan

I have been following the public records lawsuit brought by Bainbridge Islanders Althea Paulson and Bob Fortner with great interest. I bring a personal perspective. In 2011, I had my own turn defending Washington’s open government laws, and the experience was quite unpleasant. I was fired from a city position as a result of several…

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Letter to the Editor: 3 Council- members Are De Jure Supporting the Behavior of the 2

Open Letter to Council members Tollefson, Roth, and Townsend: To imply by inference in the artfully worded second paragraph of your recent letter that the case began because of those “Bainbridge Islanders, both on and off the city council, whose emotions were high” and because of  “Island interest groups who had little faith in some…

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Letter to the Editor: Saddened by Inaccurate & Divisive Message of 3 Councilmembers

Last August, we filed a Public Records Act lawsuit against the City of Bainbridge Island and certain individual councilpersons, after learning they had been conducting City business from their personal email accounts, and had failed to produce these records after receiving our public records request. As we said in our press release at the time,…

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Letter to the Editor: City Council Asks for Review of Court Ruling

As many already know, the Kitsap Superior Court recently issued a ruling in a Public Records Act lawsuit brought last year by two Bainbridge Island citizens against the City and two current members of the City Council. The City has decided to ask the Court of Appeals to review the trial court’s ruling. As the…

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t Make the Rotary Your Garbage Dump

by Katy Bigelow [Bainbridge Island's 2014 Rotary Auction is June 28. Donations will be taken June 20-25, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.] You all know what a Big Deal the Rotary Auction is (go Rotary!). And most of you know it takes a huge team to sort and organize all the donations that come in to…

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Letter to the Editor: The City Is Betraying Our Community for the Sake of Profit

Bainbridge Island’s Comprehensive Plan is an idealistic document made up of seven elements. That idealistic nature, and because state law requires development regulations to be consistent with comprehensive plans, create a nightmare for our city government. It’s a nightmare because COBI is addicted to revenues generated by development to fund its bloated payroll. That development-friendly…

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