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Letter to the Editor: Councilman Bonkowski, Please Apologize for Violating Your Oath of Office

Please note that I originally sent this letter to Councilmember Steve Bonkowski (at his Bainbridge City Council email alias) in response to his recent letter on Inside Bainbridge. He has not replied to my letter. Steve, Thank you for breaking your silence over the Paulson/Fortner lawsuit in your Letter to the Editor to Inside Bainbridge on 20…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes for a Vital Winslow Park with No Net Tax Increase

Words fly, pro and con, regarding the acquisition of the Sakai property for park uses. Now the words must give way to action. The levy request is in the mail. Please join me in voting for its approval. Here’s what a yes vote means: The community gets 23 acres of park, usable by everyone: stroller-pushers,…

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Video to the Editor: The Sakai Land Levy Would Burden the Working Class & Seniors

The following video regarding Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District Proposition 1 was submitted by Bainbridge citizen James Olsen and narrated by Mary Dombrowski. Related Stories Letter to the Editor: Yes for Sakai Central Park Letter to the Editor: Land Trust Founder Speaks out About the Sakai Land Letter to the Editor: Land Trust…

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Letter to the Editor: Yes for Sakai Central Park

It is incredible that this amazing piece of property has become available and that our Metropolitan Park District has an opportunity to purchase it for every member of our Island community to enjoy forever. It is suitable for both active and passive recreation. As more and more of the Island’s trees are cut to make way for more stores…

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Posted in Environment, Letter to the Editor, Popular 25 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: Land Trust Founder Speaks out About the Sakai Land

We Islanders have pulled together many times over the last 30 years to save iconic pieces of open space on our Island, and through that collective community effort we have preserved the character of this Island, with parcels such as the meadow at Highway 305 and Day Road, the Grand Forest, Gazzam Lake, Blakley Harbor,…

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Letter to the Editor: Many Thanks for a Beautiful Holiday Season

As we say farewell to the beautiful holiday celebration, I would like to extend personal thanks to so many who made it happen: Karen Selvar at Bainbridge Island Farms for selecting the perfect community tree; Matt Baker and Jonathon Davis who secured the tree against wind and weather; and Denise Harris and her wonderful crew…

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Posted in Community, Holidays, Letter to the Editor, Popular 20 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: Councilman Bonkowski Defends Decision to Withhold Hard Drive

What is happening here? The Paulson/Fortner lawsuit has confused, disappointed, and divided our community and now is poised to extract over half a million dollars from Bainbridge Island taxpayers. I am pained to think that I may carry any responsibility for these circumstances. I want the community to know that I did not conduct city…

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Letter to the Editor: The Sakai Park Will Be as Cherished as Grand Forest & Gazzam

My wife and I would like to lend our enthusiastic support for the upcoming capital bond measure to acquire the 23-acre Sakai property as a public park. For eight years from 1986 to 1993 I had the privilege of serving as a Bainbridge Island Park District Commissioner. One of our proudest acts was to sponsor…

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Posted in Letter to the Editor, Parks+Trails, Popular 410 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: The Sakai Property Is a Great Opportunity for a City Park!

Ten years ago when my husband and I made Bainbridge Island our home, it was the Island trees and open spaces that spoke to us. A few months ago we attended on one occasion a Parks & Recreation meeting and on another a City Council meeting with a desire to share at both a concern…

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Posted in Community, Letter to the Editor, Parks+Trails, Popular 310 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: A Look at the Taxpayer Cost of a Central Park in Winslow

Bainbridge Island has an exciting opportunity to purchase 23 acres of open space (the Sakai property) for a major new park in Winslow—the heart of our Island. Please vote YES on the ballot coming to your mailboxes around January 23. This is our last chance to save the last major undeveloped parcel in Winslow. Of course, some people…

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Posted in Community, Letter to the Editor, Parks+Trails12 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes for Parks and Open Space Proposition 1

The Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation is an independent Island nonprofit that works closely with the Park District and other Island leaders to pursue our mission of “enhancing community by supporting a thriving system of parks, trails, and open space.” With this mission in mind, I speak for the organization to encourage support for the Winslow…

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Posted in Don't Miss This 2, Letter to the Editor, Outside, Parks+Trails12 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: HRB’s Proposal for Suzuki Property Makes Sense

Thank you to Inside Bainbridge for bringing to my attention the proposal of the Housing Resources Board for the development of the Suzuki property. Of the four proposals being considered, this is by far the most appealing to me. The city talks a good talk about wanting real housing for local workers and for residents…

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Letter to the Editor: A New Year’s Resolution for Bainbridge

With the recent injuries on Bainbridge Island roads it is time for all of us to make a New Year’s Resolution to make Bainbridge Island streets safe for all. Walkers, wheelchair users, and bikers need to wear reflective clothing and flashing lights, especially at night. Motorists, please slow down when passing a bicyclist or pedestrian,…

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Letter to the Editor: Islanders for Collaborative Policing Year-End Review

It’s been a horrible year for American policing, with story after story in the national news about officer-involved shootings, police militarization, anti-police demonstrations, and officers becoming the targets of violence. We are fortunate to live in a community where police use of force is rare, and police/community relations are respectful. But good policing—like all good…

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Letter to the Editor: A Christmas Memory of Kathy Dunn

Dear Bainbridge Friends, It is with sadness that I read of the passing of our son’s wonderful kindergarten teacher, Kathy Dunn. We remember her with great fondness. She was a wonderful influence on our son Brendan, who was a kindergartner in her class of 1983. I attach a photo of his Christmas performance in her…

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Letter to the Editor: Please Support This Vital Community Resource

For a number of years I have gotten much of my information about what is going on around Bainbridge Island, from events to local politics to weather, from Inside Bainbridge. It is a truly invaluable community resource that I and many people I know depend on. So when I realized some months ago that they…

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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 4, Letter to the Editor1 Comment

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Letter to the Editor: Our City Council’s Reckless Role in Public Records Lawsuit

Recently Kim Hendrickson published a letter to the editor on Inside Bainbridge titled “A Paulson/Fortner Win and Our Loss.” The piece is both an attack on Bob and Althea and a defense of Bonkowski and Ward. Keep in mind that both Bonkowski and Ward violated the city’s Governance Manual and refused to turn over public…

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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 4, Government, Letter to the Editor13 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: A Paulson/ Fortner Win and Our Loss

As Inside Bainbridge readers know, the city has given Althea Paulson and Bob Fortner nearly a half a million dollars to drop their public records suit. And councilmember Dave Ward has resigned from City Council. Inside Bainbridge has made an effort to explore some of the complications of this story, but it’s still understood, by many in…

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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 4, Government, Letter to the Editor27 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: Developing Suzuki Land Will Be Another Burden on Our Aquifers

Is it time to take stock of our water supply before we build more housing developments on Bainbridge Island? There seems to be a rush to sell off the Suzuki property for development to pay for a new police station with the assumption that Bainbridge Island has enough fresh water to support more housing developments….

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Letter to the Editor: Recommend- ations for Suzuki Property from a 2008 Task Force Member

I live on Commodore Lane NW, which is immediately south of the pond on the Suzuki property. I was a member of the 2008 Suzuki Task Force. Some of my suggestions below on the disposition of the Suzuki property address issues raised at the November 3, 2014, Community Workshop on the Suzuki Property. Potential transfer to…

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