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Election 2009

Judge Docter is the best candidate

Judge James Docter is the best candidate for municipal judge. He shows up at community events, encourages people with less ability to be unafraid to speak up, he listens and when he speaks, he is open and reasonable.

His opponent’s supporters keep mentioning Mr. Wolfe’s experience in being an ambassador and negotiating treaties. Did he regard his counterparts from foreign countries as traffic offenders? What is a reasonable correspondence between being an ambassador and being a thoughtful, compassionate and adjudicator of state and municipal law?

Despite his experience as judge pro tem, Mr. Wolfe hasn’t blemished Judge Docter’s outstanding service.

JOHN FREEBURG

Bremerton

Ed Wolfe is qualified

Ed Wolfe is uniquely qualified to be elected judge of the Bremerton Municipal Court. He was appointed in 2001 by Judge Riehl to the Kitsap County District Court where he has presided over both criminal and civil matters. In 2003, James Docter appointed him as judge pro tem of the Bremerton Municipal Court, where he has presided over traffic and criminal matters. He served continuously in both capacities until resigning to run for judge earlier this year. Further, Ed is a past president of the Kitsap County Bar Association, elected by his peers.

Ed has had an outstanding career in his private practice in addition to his international law experience as deputy assistant secretary of state. Ed’s extensive participation in local organizations has made the Bremerton community and Kitsap County a better place to live. Knowing a positive environment will help keep children out of a criminal courtroom, he is a founding member of the Bremerton Boys and Girls Club.

Ed has been endorsed by a number of judges and by many of our elected officials from both sides of the aisle.

Ed Wolfe will make an outstanding Municipal Court judge.

FRAN MOYER

Seabeck

Zabinski best for Port post

After hearing Roger Zabinski at the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs and Issues, I am convinced he is the best candidate for Port of Bremerton, District 1 Commissioner. As a thoughtful scientist and economist, he plans an analytical approach to the operations of the Port, which seem from recent news reports to have been some sort of political football.

With a commitment to the good of the community, he will listen to the people and search for ways to make the marinas and airport self-supporting. He believes the wishes of all the people of the Port, including those in Lake Symington and Seabeck, should be considered.

He would give a fresh, vigorous and intelligent approach to solving old problems of the Port of Bremerton with the welfare of all of us in mind.

JANICE MCLEMORE

Silverdale

Will Maupin for mayor

Will Maupin should be Bremerton’s next mayor. He is intelligent, principled and absolutely committed to the city and its future. As an engineer and manger at PSNS for decades, he understands the institution that historically (and currently) drives the city’s economy. His more than three terms on the city council demonstrate his commitment to Bremerton. He has been a leader and an effective participant in the revitalization of downtown Bremerton, while remaining sensitive to the needs of the city’s other neighborhoods.

While I do not agree with Will on every detail of city policy, in the many years I have known him I have always been impressed by his honesty, sincerity, devotion to and vision for the city of Bremerton.

I don’t currently live within the city limits, but because I grew up in Bremerton, spent most of my life in Bremerton and Kitsap County and have followed Bremerton government and politics (and paid taxes in Bremerton since my wife and I bought our first house in the city in 1978), I urge the election of Will Maupin as mayor of Bremerton.

DIRK GLEYSTEEN

Bremerton

The momentum has been downward

There’s a new buzz phrase around town, The Maupin Momentum. Mayoral

candidate Will Maupin says to “maintain the momentum.”

There’s one flaw in that alluring alliteration. During the nine years

Mr. Maupin has been on the city council, that momentum has been

downward, all the way from zero to $4 million in city debt, all on the backs of Bremerton taxpayers.

Are we going to bail out the city budget with more taxes from every level? This “momentum” feels like a downward spiral and does not address the city’s core fiscal problem or fiscal responsibility. We should turn this situation around by allowing market-driven profitable organizations to grow in Bremerton which will increase the city’s tax base. In other words, if ordinary citizens can get by on less, as many of us do, so can our city government.

JOSHUA KEELER

Bremerton

Vote no on Referendum 71

Just opened my voters pamphlet and was amazed to read about Referendum 71. I thought it was about people being made into abominations or forcing your sexuality on another. Actually, the bill will give domestic partners, heterosexual or homosexual, the financial benefits and legal obligations equal with married people. I kept looking for the derogatory motives of the for and against, but both sides sounded honest and sincere to me. Like most Washingtonians, I must be out of the loop on this one.

The reason I support keeping marriage as is now is basically for the reasons those who want to expand the rights of marriage, they see it as a right, I see it as a responsibility too many of us have failed to realize.

To me, marriage was not about getting benefits, it is a commitment to our spouse and family that we have not been doing a good job of keeping. The benefits were to help make that commitment less of an undertaking. Getting the benefits without marriage appears shortsighted.

Marriage benefits were not meant for heterosexuals who could not get better pension benefits. If we just want to give people benefits, why not just give them to all of us and not discriminate at all to the other classes of people this bill leaves out? Our beliefs on marriage remain intact regardless how this bill is voted upon, but I suggest voting No on 71. Gays and straights deserve a better chance of having a mom and dad in their house growing up. I believe having the standard set that way encourages the better possibility of it.

MICK SHELDON

Kingston

Election 2009

Judge Docter is the best candidate

Judge James Docter is the best candidate for municipal judge. He shows up at community events, encourages people with less ability to be unafraid to speak up, he listens and when he speaks, he is open and reasonable.

His opponent’s supporters keep mentioning Mr. Wolfe’s experience in being an ambassador and negotiating treaties. Did he regard his counterparts from foreign countries as traffic offenders? What is a reasonable correspondence between being an ambassador and being a thoughtful, compassionate and adjudicator of state and municipal law?

Despite his experience as judge pro tem, Mr. Wolfe hasn’t blemished Judge Docter’s outstanding service.

JOHN FREEBURG

Bremerton

Ed Wolfe is qualified

Ed Wolfe is uniquely qualified to be elected judge of the Bremerton Municipal Court. He was appointed in 2001 by Judge Riehl to the Kitsap County District Court where he has presided over both criminal and civil matters. In 2003, James Docter appointed him as judge pro tem of the Bremerton Municipal Court, where he has presided over traffic and criminal matters. He served continuously in both capacities until resigning to run for judge earlier this year. Further, Ed is a past president of the Kitsap County Bar Association, elected by his peers.

Ed has had an outstanding career in his private practice in addition to his international law experience as deputy assistant secretary of state. Ed’s extensive participation in local organizations has made the Bremerton community and Kitsap County a better place to live. Knowing a positive environment will help keep children out of a criminal courtroom, he is a founding member of the Bremerton Boys and Girls Club.

Ed has been endorsed by a number of judges and by many of our elected officials from both sides of the aisle.

Ed Wolfe will make an outstanding Municipal Court judge.

FRAN MOYER

Seabeck

Zabinski best for Port post

After hearing Roger Zabinski at the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs and Issues, I am convinced he is the best candidate for Port of Bremerton, District 1 Commissioner. As a thoughtful scientist and economist, he plans an analytical approach to the operations of the Port, which seem from recent news reports to have been some sort of political football.

With a commitment to the good of the community, he will listen to the people and search for ways to make the marinas and airport self-supporting. He believes the wishes of all the people of the Port, including those in Lake Symington and Seabeck, should be considered.

He would give a fresh, vigorous and intelligent approach to solving old problems of the Port of Bremerton with the welfare of all of us in mind.

JANICE MCLEMORE

Silverdale

Will Maupin for mayor

Will Maupin should be Bremerton’s next mayor. He is intelligent, principled and absolutely committed to the city and its future. As an engineer and manger at PSNS for decades, he understands the institution that historically (and currently) drives the city’s economy. His more than three terms on the city council demonstrate his commitment to Bremerton. He has been a leader and an effective participant in the revitalization of downtown Bremerton, while remaining sensitive to the needs of the city’s other neighborhoods.

While I do not agree with Will on every detail of city policy, in the many years I have known him I have always been impressed by his honesty, sincerity, devotion to and vision for the city of Bremerton.

I don’t currently live within the city limits, but because I grew up in Bremerton, spent most of my life in Bremerton and Kitsap County and have followed Bremerton government and politics (and paid taxes in Bremerton since my wife and I bought our first house in the city in 1978), I urge the election of Will Maupin as mayor of Bremerton.

DIRK GLEYSTEEN

Bremerton

The momentum has been downward

There’s a new buzz phrase around town, The Maupin Momentum. Mayoral

candidate Will Maupin says to “maintain the momentum.”

There’s one flaw in that alluring alliteration. During the nine years

Mr. Maupin has been on the city council, that momentum has been

downward, all the way from zero to $4 million in city debt, all on the backs of Bremerton taxpayers.

Are we going to bail out the city budget with more taxes from every level? This “momentum” feels like a downward spiral and does not address the city’s core fiscal problem or fiscal responsibility. We should turn this situation around by allowing market-driven profitable organizations to grow in Bremerton which will increase the city’s tax base. In other words, if ordinary citizens can get by on less, as many of us do, so can our city government.

JOSHUA KEELER

Bremerton

Vote no on Referendum 71

Just opened my voters pamphlet and was amazed to read about Referendum 71. I thought it was about people being made into abominations or forcing your sexuality on another. Actually, the bill will give domestic partners, heterosexual or homosexual, the financial benefits and legal obligations equal with married people. I kept looking for the derogatory motives of the for and against, but both sides sounded honest and sincere to me. Like most Washingtonians, I must be out of the loop on this one.

The reason I support keeping marriage as is now is basically for the reasons those who want to expand the rights of marriage, they see it as a right, I see it as a responsibility too many of us have failed to realize.

To me, marriage was not about getting benefits, it is a commitment to our spouse and family that we have not been doing a good job of keeping. The benefits were to help make that commitment less of an undertaking. Getting the benefits without marriage appears shortsighted.

Marriage benefits were not meant for heterosexuals who could not get better pension benefits. If we just want to give people benefits, why not just give them to all of us and not discriminate at all to the other classes of people this bill leaves out? Our beliefs on marriage remain intact regardless how this bill is voted upon, but I suggest voting No on 71. Gays and straights deserve a better chance of having a mom and dad in their house growing up. I believe having the standard set that way encourages the better possibility of it.

MICK SHELDON

Kingston

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