Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor | Feb. 24

New Southworth Drive bridge is paved, so why isn’t it open?

To the editor:

How come the bridge at Curley Creek on Southworth Drive is not open?

It has been paved and driveable for a week. All they are working on is landscaping and guardrails.

If they were working on that stuff around the old bridge they would have the road open. At least one lane.

There is no reason that it should not be open now!

Kitsap County Public Works website says that they are going to open it in two weeks. They need to get it open now.


Andy Cloward

Port Orchard


Family thankful for help with child’s medical bills

To the Editor:

In November our daughter, Olivia, was diagnosed as a Type 1 diabetic and was hos-

pitalized with severe ketoacidosis for five days. During this difficult and emotional time, we were trying to wrap our heads around this disease and learn how to properly care for a toddler with special needs.

Soon after we left the hospital, reality set in that we would soon be receiving massive amounts of medical bills. It didn’t take long for us to realize that our family wouldn’t be able to do this on our own.

A close family member set up an account for Olivia so we could start receiving donations. Very quickly after that we started to receive donations and word from people on how they would like to help out our family. We were surrounded by so much support and love it was incredible.

It is times like these when you realize what a great community you live in. In the last three months we were able to raise enough money to relieve us from our hospital debt and also have a good start on her medical supplies for the next few years.

We want to thank everyone who helped out our family during this time. It is without a doubt that we wouldn’t have been able to do this on our own and for that we are forever grateful for your generosity.


David and Chelsea Robinson

Gig Harbor


On the right to marry, and Lary with one ‘R’

To the Editor:

Thanks for reading my mind as well. The right to marry and make a legal commitment to the one you love should carry more weight than words in a book. The problem with words is they’re often misinterpreted. Yes, even in “that book”!

In some families the bottom line begins and ends with the Bible. There is no substitute for some of these “believers”. And that’s okay as long as it doesn’t affect or try to influence what I believe. I’m not putting down my faithful friends who go to church regularly and are true  Christians, who read their Bibles on a regular basis. I need them to keep praying for me and lighting candles. However there are some narrow minded faithful who think there is only one way to believe: Their way. And that’s their right. I’d just like them to keep it to themselves and may God bless them for doing so.

There are those who believe sex should only be between a man and a woman. I’ve been married to a man for almost 64 years, but I have known committed same sex couples who have been together for many years as well.

And while I’m putting all my begs in one ask-it, I am irritated with those who believe our former mayor should have been crucified, or at least not re-elected, because of one mistake. (Shakespeare had it right: “The evil that men do live after them; the good is oft interred with their bones”.)

I think Hizhonor, who was elected by an embarrassingly small margin, will be pretty busy in the weeks ahead keeping an eye on his goodie-two-shoes keeping in lock step with those supporters. I wish him well, but not too much. I kind of liked Lary with one “R”. I think he got a raw deal.


Rosie Atkinson, SK resident 50+ years

Former writer, Port Orchard Independent


Traffic congestion is the real problem in EMS response time

To the Editor:

When it comes to emergency service (E.M.S., fire department), it is true that seconds count. Does it take more tax dollars to reduce emergency response time? My answer is no. South Kitsap Fire and Rescue gets adequate property tax dollars to run it’s deparments efficiently.

How can response time get better when south Kitsap’s traffic is getting more congested all the time. Please don’t tell me all the round-a-bouts are going to increase emergency response time. We are surely to the peak of minimum response time when it comes to the traffic situation.

Truthfully this so-called “Seconds Count” thing is a scare tactic aimed toward the elderly people of our area.

After receiving my last property tax statement to see my yearly tax going up $130 and my home value decreased 20 percent in the last four years, I will not support any type of tax increase (schools, library, port, state, EMS, etc.)


Rob Daugherty


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