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BKAT has problems

  • Jul 6, 2015 at 11:50AM

Most know of our local public access channel in the county known as BKAT that we help pay for by an added charge to our local cable bills. Most are probably unfamiliar with the inner working. I recently viewed a government meeting on BKAT which was followed by a program known as DemocracyNow. The show was highlighting the law enforcement shootings around the country but more only in a gotcha style of programming meant more to damage rather than being factually presented in context. I admit that the recent national incidents are concerning but should they be broadcast here locally using our local taxpayer funds in an inflaming manner. That was my beginning question.

 

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State legislators still talking budget; session continues

  • Jul 5, 2015 at 11:00AM

The session that would never end is still not over. For six months – officially 168 days and counting on Thursday – the state’s 147 citizen legislators and chief executive have been passing policies and playing politics. They’re not done yet. The current special session, their third, extends through the end of July and they may need every day to achieve détente in outstanding conflicts on education and transportation bills.

SCOTUS rules that love wins out

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

After so many decades of meetings, organizing, strategizing and hoping, it’s hard to wrap our arms around the full impact of last Friday’s historic decision. It’s joyous and emotionally overwhelming to hear that SCOTUS, the Supreme Court of the United States, has affirmed, unequivocally that we are equal under the law and that our relationships and marriages will be recognized in every one of the 50 states. For many of us, it’s a day that we could never have imagined.

Kitsap Transit: Do a better job with outreach on meetings

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 6:00PM

Kitsap Transit scheduled a series of public meetings to let residents give input on the proposed Wheaton Way Transit Center in Silverdale and on the North Viking Park & Ride in Poulsbo. There were public meetings in Poulsbo City Hall, two hours later in the Silverdale Beach Hotel, and two hours after that in Port Orchard City Hall.

When your kid is afraid to go near the water

  • Jul 3, 2015 at 3:00PM

Two of my sons have suffered from a fear of the water, both for good reasons. When Owen was 4, he fell in a neighbor’s pool during a birthday party. He lay face down in the deep end until an attentive grandmother jumped in to get him. It would be nearly five more years before Owen would go more than knee-deep into any kind of water, but I never stopped confronting him with the opportunity. Yes, “confronting” him. When your child is afraid of water, suggesting that he kayak, go fishing, or Heaven forbid, get in an inner tube at a water park, becomes an all-out confrontation.

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