North Kitsap Herald Letters to the Editor | Nov. 15
November 14, 2008 · Updated 3:40 PM
Council’s painted into a corner
Re: “New city hall could be a lesson,” Herald, Nov. 1.
In the city’s ongoing struggle to find a way to finance the new city hall, I almost find myself with sneaking sympathy for its plight.
We are looking at a mayor and a council who, having painted themselves into a corner, are now faced with the dismal prospect of having to cut a hole in the wall of the room in order to get out.
Is she missing something here?
I think I am really missing something ... please explain. Could our City Hall have been built and operating with plenty of parking space if it had been built on Lincoln and 10th? Did I miss something when I read that they had bought the property? Did I miss something when I read that the major problem in downtown Poulsbo is parking? Did I miss something when I read that the cost of the project just keeps going up and up? Did I miss something when I read that the downtown merchants worry about the parking and yet we are going to build a city hall in the middle of a cute little tourist town? Did I miss something when I read that they want to re-direct traffic because the downtown businesses are worried about traffic?
Am I missing something when I read that we don’t have money to continue with the project and let’s put it on hold after spending who knows how much of the taxpayers money on research, plans and etc?
Seems rather strange but a lot of our city, state and national problems really worry me but let’s just keep having public meetings, putting things on hold and maybe someday something positive will come out of all of this. I don’t think it will be in my life time but who knows?
Kudos for taking a stand
Hooray for the Park Commission! Someone has to stand up for the few remaining “high quality” habitat areas in Poulsbo. The planning director says the commission has overstepped its bounds by suggesting that the city revise its comprehensive plan to save the Johnson Creek watershed from development.
It seems to me that the Parks Commission is an entirely appropriate body to stand up for the wildlife and fish in our city. I applaud the members for taking a stand. Perhaps some of our city council members will take note that exceptions are necessary for the urban growth area in order to preserve the qualities that make Poulsbo such a special place to live.
Let’s save what we’ve got
Bless the Poulsbo Parks Commission for having the courage to recommend preserving a Johnson Creek wildlife corridor. Others argue that we must develop where we can to accommodate “inevitable” growth. The trouble with this is that it becomes a rationale for promoting growth. Thousands of spec homes are plotted, requiring huge sums to be spent persuading people to move here and buy those homes.
I’m reminded of a bumper sicker in California that said: “We’re not trying to save ALL the redwoods; just the 8% that are left.” Poulsbo needs to preserve some of its few remaining wild places while they still exist.
Fundraiser was a success
On behalf of the Kathleen Sutton Inspirational Fund, the KSIF board would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our many generous contributors and supporters who helped make the KSIF sixth Annual Fundraising Auction on Oct. 4 a huge success.
Because of your generosity and the incredible support of our wonderful community, we raised over $27,000.
This money will enable us to continue our mission to defer transportation costs for women undergoing breast cancer treatment in Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties. These expenses are something insurance does not cover.
We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.