Opinion

Picking up North Kitsap

Where does it all come from? One moment it’s not there, the next it is. No one really ever lays claim to it, even fewer ever step up and do anything about it. Yet, its very presence says something about each community in North Kitsap. Are we incorrigible slobs, or do we care about a basic quality of life that many seem to overlook? Cleanliness. Trash is still a problem in North Kitsap. It’s an oddity, too.

The weight of editorial ink

This space apparently has heavier ink than that which appears on every other page in the North Kitsap Herald and because of that, people tend to take more notice when their names are mentioned here. That lesson was learned by an aspiring editor because of statements made in the March 17 editorial about Poulsbo’s Critical Areas Ordinance.

Communication and transportation

With workers plugging along Highway 305, widening the available roadway from two to four lanes, and improving the way motorists get through Poulsbo it is interesting that, across North Kitsap, Kingston residents are having a very different experience with the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Now the real work begins for council

In what could best be described as anti-climactic fashion, Mayor Kathryn Quade and the Poulsbo City Council closed the latest round of public hearings on the city’s proposed Critical Areas Ordinance Wednesday night.

My run-in with the one-eyed horse

As my family and good friends know, and as many of my professional acquaintances are starting to figure out, I am a self proclaimed horse geek and I’ve been riding for about eight years now...

The most important meal of the day

When Kingston residents first heard that breakfast was not making its triumphant return to their community as hoped — and by breakfast we mean, of course, the Kingston Inn — the response was not one of shock but rather resignation.

District, Ravens must find common ground

Distrust and ill feelings are running rampant between North Kitsap School District officials and members of the Spectrum Alternative School community, the latter group is claiming that it has been shunned, ignored and is now being forced to shove its square peg through a round hole at Kingston High School.

Welcome growth in North Kitsap

When the trees started falling in Little Boston in 2006, we were concerned. For those who drive past the site on a regular basis, watching the clearcutting start and then spread like an ugly scar across the North End was difficult, even heart wrenching. After all, here was a gorgeous stand of trees that the environmentally minded Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe had purchased and it was being felled.

No big booms for Little Norway?

It takes a lot of green to put the red, white and blue into Poulsbo’s pre-Independence Day celebration but organizers of the annual Fireworks on the Fjord might be stuck with a dud this July. Losing its title sponsor, the event will be hard pressed to raise $11,000 in the next month to ensure the show does indeed go on above Liberty Bay.

NKSD’s rock and the hard place

The North Kitsap School District has its work cut out for it, which is a bad thing and a good thing. It’s a bad thing in that determining library and counseling staff levels at the schools it represents is an ominous chore. It’s a good thing because apparently NKSD’s budget is so tight, officials there lack the funding to purchase the scissors needed to cut out their own work in the first place.

WSF fares blasted out of Kingston

It seems Washington State Ferries and the Washington State Transportation Commission might want to consider sending their representatives to meetings in Kingston in flak jackets and armed with tasers. Or, at the bare minimum, the best running shoes money can buy.

Will North party like it’s 1949?

So the Agate Pass Bridge is set to close nights for the month of March, restricting and ultimately making the chaotic travel between the beautiful land of North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island even worse. Washington State Department of Transportation’s plans for a 21-day closure were likely quashed quicker than it takes an Islander to order a non-fat, triple shot, machiatto, while buying first class plane tickets to Barbados on an earpiece cell phone.

Is the Brown witch hunt over?

Don’t bet on it. It won’t be long until the mud starts flying again. It’s too bad because this seems to be becoming an irreversible — not to mention irresponsible — trend here in Kitsap County. Folks decry the integrity of our elected officials and then take a scoop of mud and fling it at the nearest one.

Some advice for Valentine’s Day

Today flowers and chocolates will be cascading throughout the North End as most everyone takes the time to spread the love of Valentine’s Day. For some the day is just another excuse to say, “I love you” in a special way, but other sentimental days far outweigh Feb. 14 such as anniversaries and of course, her birthday.

Silence isn’t always golden

It’s February and Black History Month. Last week, after I had written about the trials and triumphs of our own Miss Poulsbo Jasmine Campbell, I started thinking about my own dealings with people of African American descent. My own “black history,” if you will, reaches back to kindergarten to one of my first black friends, Eddie Henderson.

Fore! (ward) on White Horse?

Water concerns don’t seem to be running off as planned, or even hoped, as North Kitsap residents continue to get teed up — and off — about the White Horse golf course. Indianola residents who have been digging in against the 18-hole, 450-acre Goliath, replete with gigantic houses that make Poulsbo’s “monster homes” seem about as large and intimidating as a gecko versed in the Queen’s English, are still unsettled by the development and what it may mean to their water supply — not to mention their sense of community.

Kingston split is disconcerting

Proposition 1 will be decided next Tuesday and with it, the fate of passenger-only boats connecting Kingston to Seattle — for the foreseeable future at least. Yet the North Kitsap community that stands to gain the most doesn’t have all its oars in the water on the issue. There are strong rowers, mind you, but by and large the Little City by the Sea is far from giving forth a unified effort. A recent meeting with Kitsap Transit should have turned into a rally for the new service, instead it was apparent that many were reluctant to support the plan. This is not a very good sign.

Poulsbo should keep its police

Local control. There’s nothing like it when it comes to public service because the results are in the hands of those who most directly have something to gain or lose. Giving it up is a critical error, yet it is one the city is considering with the men and women who protect its residents — the Poulsbo Police Department.

Territoriality here in North Kitsap

Last week when the North Kitsap Herald Advisory Board met with Proposition 1 supporters Dick Hayes and Sonny Woodward, the latter made a comment that raised eyebrows. It was something to the effect that even since the days of the Mosquito Fleet, North Kitsap has had issues of “territoriality.” A problem, he said, must be resolved.

Proposition 1 deserves support

From Christmas light slowdowns to run-ins with Bainbridge Island’s “Lawnmower Man,” for North Kitsap residents whose daily grind includes not only traffic along Highways 104, 305 and 307 but ferry trips across the Puget Sound, getting to and from work is job in itself. That’s their problem, right?