Letters to the Editor


It’s right to judge thugs

To those who live near the Little White Church next to State Route 16 adjacent to the Bethel-Burley overpass, we really appreciate the compliments about the grounds.

We also appreciate the fact that others have come and used our facilities for memorial services, weddings, worship services and support groups.

However, there are those troglodytes who just seem to have no regard for private — much less sacred — property as they steal ladders and hoses, sound systems and plants.

There are others (male and female) who love to come in and spin their wheels and spin their vehicle in circles while their tires damage the pavement surface and rip up striping.

We even had somebody (or somebodies) rip the doors off the storage shed when it wasn’t even locked.

When I caught one troglodyte stealing roses, I asked why he didn’t ask first. He made reference to his higher power telling him that he should get the flowers for his girlfriend and he didn’t need to ask.

What a great way to insult God and everyone I know who participates in 12-step programs.

Some may take issue with a pastor being judgmental and calling others names. Well, look up the term and one finds a description that truly captures the character of the subject: “A cave dweller who belongs to an earlier civilization.”

I think the definition goes a bit easy on what is truly meant, but it will do for now.

By the way, there is redemption for trogs too.


St. Bede

Episcopal Church

Cheney has

done plenty

While I strongly encourage our community to support the South Kitsap Helpline, I am outraged by the manner in which Independent columnist Mary Colborn pointed a finger (“Helpline’s problems are all our problem,” Sept. 6) at Dr. Bev Cheney, recently retired South Kitsap School District superintendent, for a number of things she failed to do in her volunteer efforts with SK Helpline.

Bev quietly gave of her own time and efforts to SK Helpline, not as part of her superintendent duties, but because she is a caring and compassionate person who wanted to give back on her own time.

Her powerful positive example has inspired many of us to expand our own efforts to help our neighbors. Once, I light-heartedly scolded Bev for working so hard for the district and then giving so much of her free time to things like Helpline.

Her response was a reflection of the caring and gentle giant she is.

She said, “I live here, too, and just want to give back like anyone else.”

SK Helpline is a beneficiary of my Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) payroll deduction because it my quiet way of honoring Dr. Cheney.

Ms. Colborn has made it quite clear, in other public arenas, that she has bitter feelings towards leadership in the South Kitsap School District.

She is certainly entitled to her opinions and feelings, but it is irresponsible and hurtful for the Port Orchard Independent to allow her to use her community column to take inexcusable and blatantly personal pot-shots at individuals who have given so much of their positive time and energy to the needs of South Kitsap families.

Finally, at least compel Ms. Colborn to get the facts straight. Contrary to Ms. Colborn’s accusations, Dr. Cheney was a champion of the effort to get Boys and Girls Club and a summer lunch program into South Kitsap School District.

It started two years ago at Sidney Glen, where the pilot summer program was a wonderful success, including a summer lunch program that fed hundreds of children, whether they were enrolled in Boys and Girls Club or not.

This summer, thanks to Dr. Cheney’s efforts and generous community support, the programs were expanded to a second school, Orchard Heights.

While I appreciate the Port Orchard Independent’s commitment to local news coverage, I find it completely uncivilized for Ms. Colborn to use her column for an obvious personal attack.

At the very least, the Port Orchard Independent and Ms. Colborn should offer an apology to Dr. Cheney.


Port Orchard

Do you do as much?

While in a portion of a sentence Mary Colborn reported that ... “past board member Bev Cheney and husband Don personally contributed (to Helpline),” she also condemns her in the same sentence by stating “but there are a number of things she failed to do.”

The South Kitsap School District seems to be a favorite of Mary’s to complain about. Now it appears she’s charging Bev Cheney with the lack of a partnership with the food bank and the school district.

If Mary was aware of such grants, why didn’t she take on that project and actually do something about it?

What have she done to find out if a partnership with Helpline and the school district could really exist?

If Mary is so passionate about a summer lunch program, then she needs to start her research on it now.

But don’t step on people who genuinely care and have personally contributed to Helpline.

Do something in the community that can be successful and rewarding — more than just attending meetings and functions so you have something to write about in your column.


Port Orchard

It destroys

their habitat

Yesterday, coming home from Tacoma, I came upon the orange barrels for the new Burley/Olalla overpass on State Route 16.

I saw the Department of Transportation sign informing me that “my nickel” was at work.

Next to that sign, amidst the destruction of the trees and wildlife habitat was a deer, staring out at passing traffic.

It seemed ironic, near that sign stood a potential victim of habitat loss.

That made me think, “What if I didn’t want ‘my nickel’ reconfiguring that intersection?”

What if that deer felt the same way? How about the trees being bulldozed and destroyed?

Just how many folks benefit with the new intersection? Why couldn’t we just close it off?

While it benefits few, it is a huge expense footed by all.

Of course it is too late to stop the project now, (or maybe not?) but would it have truly been that much of an inconvenience for the few to travel a few more miles to the next on/off ramp?

I’ve heard the argument of emergency vehicles and accessibility. What is the difference fom someone living in the very rural areas of the county?

Have you observed the Purdy off-ramp in mid-afternoon? It’s crazy.

You have an on-ramp merging with traffic exiting the highway, and every time I have come through in the afternoon, it’s amazing to see the backups on the shoulder of the highway.

That seems more of a hazard than an intersection that could have been closed very easily. And with an affordable cost. (Oh, wait, it’s just a nickel.)

As with the Narrows Bridge, why wasn’t this project put before the voters for approval?

Has anyone entertained the thought to put a toll on the under/overpass for these folks benefiting?

Explain the difference, since even highways/freeways long since paid for are being considered to become tolled.

I think given the opportunity to state how I’d like my nickel spent, I would have chose that the commuter tolls on the bridge be reduced.

I will think of that deer often. And the other wildlife being forced from their habitat.

I will think of the stress their innocent souls suffer, all for the benefit of a few.

It reminds me of those who grumble when they see a cougar in their neighborhood, having been forced from is habitat.

Think, if you will, for just a moment how you’d feel if the bully came along and forced you from the comforts of your home.


Port Orchard

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