June 10, 2008 · Updated 5:44 PM
"Craswell deserves appreciation. On behalf of numerous Kitsap Citizens we would like to thank Jim Craswell for the dedication and the standards he supported and maintained during his six years on the Kitsap County Human Rights Council. Jim is completing his final three year term. He has worked diligently and has earned the respect of the present and past board members during the past six years . Jim worked with county, state and local governments providing statistical information to the Council. He added much needed credability to this Council. He represented all, regardless of their race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, physical or mental disability. He brought to the council much needed balance and direction.He played a vital role in helping Bremerton revisit their job application process and made it accessible for lower income citizens. Jim received harsh criticism from a vocal minority and a political active clergy in Bremerton and North Kitsap. Yet he always returned rhetoric with substance, hatred with forgiveness, ideological dogma with logic and patience. MICK SHELDON Former Kitsap County Human Rights Council member Kingston "