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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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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 Editor22 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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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 1, Environment, Government, Letter to the Editor, News1 Comment

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Letter to the Editor: Support One Call for All Thanksgiving Weekend at Bay Hay

The Bay Hay & Feed Buy Local/Give Local “One-Stop” Shop this Thanksgiving weekend is back by popular demand. For purchases made on November 28 and 29, Bay Hay & Feed will donate 15% of all sales to the community pool of One Call for All. Here is your chance to get your holiday shopping done…

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Letter to the Editor: Visconsi’s Two-Page Newspaper Ads Go Too FAR

Have you seen Visconsi’s two page ads telling us how wonderful their new shopping center is going to be? You know, the one with artist’s renderings that make it look like a visitor’s center from one of our national parks? Along with the dreamlike renderings, Visconsi continues to recycle a claim that featured prominently at…

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Posted in Business, Community, Don't Miss This 5, Environment, Letter to the Editor16 Comments

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Letter to the Editor: This Ice Hockey Mom Is Grateful (and Having a Blast)

Most of the time I know what to get, or what to do, to say thank you. A special flower, an arrangement from our garden, a surprise drop-in for tea, fresh bread, a card . . . but there are some folks who are so downright humble and generous that I don’t know what to…

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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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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 5, Letter to the Editor, Schools5 Comments

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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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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 2, Letter to the Editor11 Comments

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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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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 5, Environment, Letter to the Editor6 Comments

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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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Posted in Community, Don't Miss This 2, Letter to the Editor7 Comments

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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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Posted in Business, Community, Dont Miss This 4, Health+Fitness, Letter to the Editor11 Comments

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


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