Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Rare shark find

Catch and release? You bet!

Your cover story “Rare Shark Find in Liberty Bay” was fascinating. Imagine a nine-foot-long shark in the ’hood!

Your journalist, Jennifer Morris, gave a plethora of details — great education for kids, fishermen, naturalists.

And her closer was a hoot:

“Ferrar (a scientific technician with the Department of Fish and Wildlife) said the area is closed to sixgill (shark) fishing. If one is hooked, it is to be released immediately.”

Picture one of us hapless fisherman hooking this leviathon, while mooching for salmon with 20-pound test nylon line.

a) What are the chances a 300-lb fish stays on for more than a headshake?

b) If the behemoth stays on up to the boat, what are the chances one of us, “mano e sharko,” even thinks about releasing it — versus getting the hell outta there fast!

The idea of “releasing it immediately.” Hilarous!

Stephen A. Wald, Ph.D.


Commissioner Josh Brown

Justice comes with a price tag

On Friday Jan. 25, I was at a KAPO meeting of concerned property owners where Josh Brown was the guest speaker. I recall him saying that Kitsap’s courts cost local tax payers $60 million a year. This is said to be about 70 percent of the general fund programs which includes general government and community services. His over-simplified conclusion was that criminals cost the county a lot of money.

Not to discount the 27-year-old commissioner’s infinite wisdom, but it seems to me that the county’s enforcement of bogus laws that are repugnant to the state constitution has lead to many law suits against the county. The Kitsap Superior Court seems to have little regard for the constitution, thus anyone determined to find justice is forced to appeal to yet a higher court.

Most good people however, give up on justice because they can not afford it.

County Commissioner Josh Brown appeared to be appalled that the county should have to spend $4 million a year on public defenders for “criminals.”

Apparently, he is more comfortable with Stalin’s form of justice where one is assumed guilty and sentenced without trail. It seems as though he lives in some kind of ivy tower.

Having lived in the real world, and experienced some of the injustice being perpetrated by Kitsap County’s legal system, I have a different perspective than commissioner Brown.

To me, providing legal defense to those who cannot afford it is much better than rail-roading innocent people into sentencing where they can now be sold into slavery to work for private companies.

My conclusion, with my 53 years of wisdom, is that the price of injustice, is far higher than the price of justice.

Dan Goebel,


Poulsbo Place

Graphic did not represent the truth

Regarding the photo with the ‘Finding space for Poulsbo Place,’ (Jan. 23). I still feel that the photo is very misleading.

The photo should show not only the present building in Poulsbo Place II but what the builders want the city to amend the Master Plan to accommodate.

Your wording under the photo states ‘Pictured are the most current phase of Poulsbo Place II homes to be constructed,’ which is correct but the FIRST caption states that Poulsbo Place I and II caught a glimpse of detailed new plans for development in the neighborhood and there is no photo to show the size of the buildings that would give the glimpse of detailed new plans for the development in the neighborhood.

This is not giving the citizens of Poulsbo all the information to make a well-informed opinion.

Please print a corrected article that actually shows the new ‘glimpse’ of detailed new plans for the development in the neighborhood.

So after printing the correction and the new photo the Herald will be representing the total truth.

If you need photos, I have them and would be happy to share them with you.

Jean E. Ford,


Controversy is sure to dissolve; nature should last forever

“Hot under the collar” Poulsbo Place residents sure know how to say “NIMBY” (Not In My Back Yard). What a waste of time and energy! Disgruntlement over “Poulsbo Place II” will surely dissolve, like a Wal-Mart cough drop.

Imagine what Suquamish people witnessed, for example, as boatloads of foreign people arrived to claim uplands, streams and forests indigenous families had dwelled upon for thousands of years prior to contact with migrant settlers.

Constant always is nature, the true continuum, sustaining all.

Clearly, North Kitsap will continue taking in people from elsewhere, as the “Poulsbo Places” of cities must embrace a longer-term vision of survival (for better or worse) into the future.

So what if Poulsbo Place nor Poulsbo Place II look like they belong in Poulsbo. What really does? How about places like Dogfish Creek!

Those living in Poulsbo can be proud of Dogfish Creek, a habitat restoration accomplishment, however bittersweet because — amidst all the development — salmon can still return upstream.

The “Poulsbo Places” in the making are reminded to please grow with care. Care is needed to keep the beautiful streams and habitat that still remain as homes for the salmon.

Deanna Jacobsen


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