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Letter to the Editor: Doggedly Addressing the City Council

Dear City Council Members: I apologize for not being able to make the meeting on Tuesday evening. I understand from the posted agenda that Council is still intent on passing an ordinance that makes it a punishable offense to walk your dog off-leash and under voice control within the Lynwood Center and Winslow service areas,…

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Letter to the Editor: What Is “Active Approach” to Protect Island’s Environment?

Bainbridge’s ongoing Comprehensive Plan Update is an important opportunity for the island’s residents to participate in defining the vision for a policy document that is intended to guide our City’s long-term development. In its final draft version, the Island’s new vision statement clearly articulates our collective interest in protecting the island’s natural environment by reducing…

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Letter to the Editor: Keep It on the Rock Helpline Fundraiser a Big Success

Keep It On The Rock would like to thank all the individuals and businesses that participated in Keep It On The Rock’s New Years Drive for Helpline House. We delivered several SUV loads of products that had been donated to assist Helpline House restock their empty shelves. A special shout out to Safeway, Bainbridge Self…

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Letter to the Editor: Thanks for a Resounding Yes to a Winslow Central Park

Dear Fellow Islanders: We at “People for Parks” want to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the residents of Bainbridge Island. A 69% victory for the new park in Winslow was a resounding affirmation of the Island’s commitment to preserving open space and providing recreational opportunities for future generations of Islanders. Once again, this…

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Letter to the Editor: Fire Chief Teran Thanks Community

On behalf of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department and its membership, I would like to thank the community for supporting our two measures in the February 10th election. The approval of the measures would not have been possible without your support. We are honored to serve our community and will continue to provide the excellent service…

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Letter to the Editor: Super Majority Vote for Park Affirms Community Values

On February 10, the citizens of Bainbridge Island, by a super-majority, voted to create a central park at the heart of the Island. The 23-acre Sakai property now belongs to the community to be a park for generations into the future. First, thanks to the Sakai family, John, Maryann, and Dean, for making a “Park…

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Letter to the Editor: To Leash or Not to Leash

[Note to readers: The Bainbridge Island City Council is considering an Island-wide leash law at tomorrow night’s meeting.] To leash or not to leash should not be a question. At least not one asked by the Bainbridge Island City Council. If the City Council passes an Island-wide leash law, the City is, yet again, listening…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote on the Facts, Ignore the Fiction

On behalf of PEOPLE FOR PARKS, I encourage you to exercise your civic duty and vote. I also ask that you be an informed voter and consider the facts: FACT: The Kitsap Sun’s Editorial Board gave the Parks and Open Space Bond a strong endorsement because the value in the land lies far beyond the…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote NO! Park Prop 1

Once upon a time a group, calling themselves “People for Parks,” had the brilliant idea of purchasing 23 acres of “landscape” in “downtown” Winslow for a mere $6 million. They were giddy! It was such a great deal they didn’t even see a need to negotiate the price or check out the toxic waste areas!…

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Letter to the Editor: City Has Not Adequately Addressed Suzuki Environmental Concerns

The environmental issues concerning the Suzuki property have not been properly addressed or asked by the City in the considerations of what to do with the property. The site is a very critical element of the water quality and health of Eagle Harbor. Ground water flow and surface water runoff from the site flow through…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote Yes as Antidote to Visconsi Clearcut

If you’re like us, you’d love to find an antidote for the clearcutting of more than 800 trees that made way for the Visconsi development at 305 and High School Road. Thankfully, there is an antidote. It is 23 acres of open land, much of it wooded, with a 2-acre lake, directly across the 305…

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Letter to the Editor: Vote for a Precious Park, Not Another Housing Project

Dear Friends: Your mail-in ballot for the February 10th special election has already been sent to your home. I hope you will join me in voting YES for the Parks and Open Space Bond for the following reasons: We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to save the last large undeveloped parcel of property in Winslow. We can create something…

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Letter to the Editor: Eight Reasons to Vote YES for the Park Bond

Dear Friends, Please spread the word: Vote YES on the park bond! Why? Voting YES will protect the LAST natural parcel of this size in the downtown area. Voting YES will not increase taxes. Two older park bonds were retired last month so this park bond just takes their place. Voting YES will give ourselves…

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Letter to the Editor: Unwise to Purchase Sakai Property Without Environmental Evaluation

BI Parks Department needs more time to negotiate a better deal for taxpayers. The 2.2-acre lake on the Sakai property for the February Park Bond is part of a larger wetland drainage basin. To the south on High School Road, are two gas stations and a former dry cleaning operation and two hazardous waste sites…

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Letter to the Editor: Let’s Preserve the Sakai Land for Future Generations

Whenever I visited my sister on Bainbridge Island I felt like I was on vacation—that is why I moved here 18 years ago. Now that I have raised a family and established a business in this community, it is not always like a vacation, but the beauty and lifestyle still permeate my consciousness and remind…

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Letter to the Editor: A Winslow Park Opportunity Will Not Come Again

Voters have a rare opportunity to create a wonderful park in our downtown core area by voting YES on Proposition One. The Sakai property–23 acres, including a lake—is not an opportunity we will see again. It’s now or never, so please vote YES on this park bond! A “YES” vote will not raise our taxes….

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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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