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Stupid boat thieves and other amusing tales

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:14PM

Here are some of my favorite news stories of 2007, this time not all about animals. • OLYMPIA — A vigilant Olympia man went to great lengths to recover his stolen 35-foot speed boat, chartering a plane to scour highways in Jefferson and Mason counties. His 2005 Cobalt speed boat was stolen on Aug. 7 from a repair shop.

Questioning SEED

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:14PM

Kudos to newly elected Port of Bremerton commissioner Larry Stokes for expressing reservations about the port’s dubious Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) project.

Why would we spoil the place to which we’re connected?

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:14PM

Do you ever Google yourself? Check to see if you’ve done anything new that you should be aware of, a la Tyler Durham? OK, sorry. I won’t give you anymore “Fight Club” references, but seriously, have you done that, Googled yourself and your family and friends?

The one to vote for when any woman will do

  • Jan 24, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:14PM

What this bunch of presidential preference primaries is going to boil down to is which is higher, the number and fervor of women who want to brag to their descendants that they voted for the first woman president and the number and fervor of those who want to brag they helped elect the first black president. If Hillary Clinton is the Democratic candidate, she’ll be elected. Democratic party leaders don’t think so, which is why they’re promoting Barack Obama.

Oke, bridge will always be linked in our memory

  • Jan 24, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13PM

Our views on the new Tacoma Narrows Bridge have been repeated countless times in this space over the years. And since the bridge was ultimately built and currently stands in defiance of our views — and those of more than 80 percent of the 26th District’s voters — there seems little reason to belabor the point now. Except for the proposal being considered in the state Legislature this spring to name the span after Port Orchard Sen. Bob Oke, who died last summer just before it was opened.

Occasionally, a profile in courage

  • Jan 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13PM

Once in a while, it does a soul good to keep an eye peeled for signs that our local government officials are using common sense when considering one or another proposal. Change can be a wonderful thing — or not, depending on the nature of the change and the probable outcome.

Why couldn’t the bridge’s name be sold?

  • Jan 26, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13PM

Erstwhile Tacoma Narrows Bridge opponent Randy Boss, now that the project has actually been constructed, has lately become an outspoken critic of the growing momentum in Olympia to name the span for the late State Sen. Bob Oke. But at least no one can say his quest is entirely personal, since Boss has come up with an idea that could make far more sense economically than turning the bridge into a shrine to the Port Orchard lawmaker who was so instrumental in getting it built, only to die of cancer just weeks before its completion last summer.

We mistook the messenger for his message

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:12PM

Do you know the term “Bodhisattva?” Lisa Maliga in Pagewise, Inc. gives a beautiful definition from Tibetan Buddhism, “Bodhisattva refers to a person motivated by compassion who seeks enlightenment not only for him/herself, but for everyone.” The goal of a bodhisattva, Maliga explains, is “to achieve the highest level of being — that of a Buddha.”

Murray keeps exceeding my expectations

  • Jan 30, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13PM

I said it before, and I admit it was back in 2006, but I am beginning to appreciate U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. She spoke at a Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce luncheon the other day. She spoke for 45 minutes without notes, and she was courteous, even downright friendly to me, although I have nicked her numerous times.

I’m excited about clean technology

  • Feb 2, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13PM

As I sat listening to the governor speak last week at the Priorities for a Healthy Washington lobby day, a thrill rose from my toes, because I was looking at and listening to some of the most exciting legislation that I had ever witnessed. The stuff was good. The stuff was really, really good.

State’s baffling primary yields honest results

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13PM

Depending on the outcome of yesterday’s Super Tuesday vote in the 2008 presidential primary, Washingtonians may or may not get to play a meaningful role in selecting their party’s standard bearers. But even if they do, it’s only going to happen by means of a confusing process calculated to appeal primarily to hardcore party activists and policy wonks.

Club offers support, validation for moms

  • Feb 6, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13PM

During the interim between when a column is submitted and when I read it in a paper, sometimes my perspective shifts. I’ll see the words in print and gasp, “Oh my. What did I say? Will they understand? This reads much more self-serving and cocky than I meant it to.”

Pit bull attacks are happening in South Kitsap

  • Feb 9, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13PM

In the past few months, two small dogs being walked by their owners have been attacked in South Kitsap by a pit bull. Their owners have also been attacked.

Locke’s speech both insulting, embarrassing

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13PM

Had former Gov. Gary Locke’s remarks last week at the annual fundraiser for Kitsap County’s Boy Scouts merely been tactless, the appropriate response would have been for the event’s organizers to simply conclude it was a mistake to invite him in the first place and make a note not to repeat the same mistake next year. But Locke’s performance went so far beyond the pale that we feel obliged to heap just a little more scorn before moving on.

Green means go — but I’ll look first

  • Feb 13, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:13PM

I’m going to change one of my driving habits. From now on, when I am at an intersection and the traffic light turns green, I am not going to pull out until I see that all cars coming from my left or right are stopped.

Independents’ voices being stifled again

  • Feb 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:12PM

Unless voters in Kitsap County who have no declared party affiliation want to be left entirely out of future presidential primary elections, they need to do more than toss their ballots in the trash or mail them without declaring a party on the ballot envelope. Unlike the previous presidential primary elections in 1996 and 2000, the ballots of nonaffiliated voters (who usually call themselves independents) were not even counted this year.

Is SEED plan on its last legs? Let’s hope so

  • Mar 1, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:12PM

Multimillion-dollar public projects, like battleships, can’t be expected to stop on a dime. Consequently, we’re satisfied — encouraged even — by the Port of Bremerton Board of Commissioners’ decision this past week to table, at least for now, the controversial Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) project. Our preference would be to pull the plug on the whole boondoggle immediately, but a stay of execution at least represents a promising start.

Of pharmacists, tax cuts and good conduct

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:12PM

ITEM — John McCain, the likely Republican nominee for president, says there will be no new taxes “under any circumstances” during his administration if he is elected the nation’s chief. Democrat Barack Obama says if he’s elected, “I’ll be a president who puts a middle-class tax cut in the pockets of Americans.”

A genius blooms among the bonsai plants in SK

  • Feb 27, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:12PM

“Danger, Will Robinson! Warning! Warning! Your sculptures are in danger of being underappreciated in Kitsap County!” Maybe? Or maybe not? Maybe we didn’t realize that you, William, son of the mega-talented Dan and Diane Robinson, were the creator of these works of art that we have long admired.

Indecency is in the eye of the beholder

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:12PM

As if the product being served up at Espresso Gone Wild wasn’t already stimulating enough, the Gorst establishment several weeks ago adopted a policy of outfitting its baristas in bikinis — and occasionally less. Talk about your morning eye-opener.

Botkin's blunder

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:12PM

Former Kitsap County Commissioner Tim Botkin’s dismissal as head of the Port of Bremerton’s Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) project was a no-brainer, and not just because we think the whole idea is an expensive mistake in the first place. In an effort to keep the controversial project alive, Botkin last week sent out an e-mail urging supporters to put pressure on Port Commissioner Cheryl Kincer, who appears to be SEED’s swing vote on the board. Problem was, Botkin’s e-mail also implied Kincer simply didn’t understand the complexities of the issue.

There’s a good reason for my dizziness

  • Mar 5, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:12PM

The first time I had labyrinthitis, back in 2000, it was something, according to medical authorities, that you usually only get once in a lifetime. When it hit me again in January, I asked the physician how come and he said, “That’s in one ear.” It turned out it was in the other ear this time.

Is SEED an investment or a gamble?

  • Mar 8, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:12PM

None too soon, the Port of Bremerton commissioners decided to take a second look at the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development project (SEED). While there are people who support SEED with an almost religious fervor, it is probably safe to say that most people are reluctant to foot the bill on faith alone.

SEED deserves a fair hearing; will it get one?

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:12PM

Not to keep beating (what we fervently hope will soon be) a dead horse here, but comments made by Port of Bremerton CEO Ken Attebery in an Indepedent article last week (“SEED flying on auto-pilot for now,” March 8), leave us wondering how serious port officials are about giving their pet project an honest review.

Phony vet got off easy, if you ask me

  • Mar 12, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 12, 2013 at 4:11PM

“This letter is from the many friends of Roy J. Scott, who has been a Port Angeles resident since 1998, whom you made the headline topic of a column,” writes a Port Angeles reader whose name is either on a second page I mislaid or he/she didn’t sign it. “A columnist is not expected to be unbiased,” continued the reader, “but taking more time to learn all of the facts before publishing a flip comment would make your work more credible with the thinking readers of the Peninsula Daily News.”

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