Letters to the Editor

Letters - Sept. 2, 2011

More to do

The well written article on page 12 of the Aug. 26 edition gets right to the root of the “lack of safe roads for non-motorized travel” problem.  Unfortunately, the root cause may not be so much about a lack of space than a lack of can do attitude by those charged with the responsibility to provide safe transportation facility solutions.

Director of public Works Randy Casteel said,  “When it comes to the fate of rest of the hundreds of miles of road in the county, most rural county roads, there’s no place to put bike trails.”

Don Kronyak

Kitsap County

Share the road

In regards to the Aug. 26 article on bicycling in Kitsap County, there is some additional information on bicycle shoulders that may prove interesting.

The two personnel interviewed, Dave Brumsickle and Lee Derror are very respected bicyclists in our community. And, what was stated is spot on. There are too many flat-out dangerous areas to “Share the Road” and worst, in my opinion, is that there are automobile drivers who just don’t get the potential severity of their actions and maneuvers – while some of them unfortunately do.

Virtually every bicyclist will tell you a similar story. Of course, what is not an easily measurable metric, is how many citizens won’t start to bike and walk along the roads because of this and miss out on wonderful sports and the fitness they bring.

Historically, this didn’t need to happen, but there was little “Share the Road” vision in the past. Since it’s difficult to change difficult motorists’ point-of-view, the best risk mitigation is creating bicycle paths and widening the shoulders. This we can change.

Though the current economy is significantly affecting this, it is changing and must change! And if you don’t think this matters, bicycling and pedestrian safety is a significant driving factor as to where high tech companies locate. I have seen some northwest communities which are aggressively implementing widened shoulders and reaping the successes of it (e.g., Corvalis Ore. , Hillsborough Ore., Kirkland, etc.).

I was in Port Townsend Sunday and saw a very respectable amount of marked bicycle lanes. Jefferson County has a good reputation on this that Kitsap should capture.

One can tell by the significant number of organized rides taking place in Kitsap County that our terrain and beauty make it a potential mecca for bicycle riders from throughout the northwest (for both road and mountain bikes). With that comes tourism and high tech industry and the dollars they bring.

The West Sound Cycle Club’s (WSCC) Tour de Kitsap was a success and up in numbers even in the rain. The Cascade Bicycle Club’s “Kitsap Color Classic” happens on Sept. 25th and on its website it states “Pedal along the gorgeous Kitsap Peninsula and check out our three loops through some of the best riding country in the state! Friendly communities and terrific fall scenery make this a fun, must-do event.”

It should be noted that the West Sound Cycle Club mapped and rated all shoulders widths in Kitsap County’s through roads last summer (a year ago). These results have been shared with the Kitsap County Public Works Transportation Department. They are serving two purposes. First, they are being used by the county to draft a new user friendly bicycle/pedestrian map akin to the neighboring counties. Secondarily, they will be used to assess where the disconnects are, looking for where paving and widening shoulders can have the most impact in making a useful grid of bicycle loops/paths for the future of the county. WSCC and Kitsap County are actively working on partnering up on bicycle efforts such as these.

The efforts taking place in Poulsbo and Sinclair inlets for bike paths are excellent and admirable for the cohesive efforts to get the county and communities to embrace them.

We can’t change the past, but we can direct the future.

Rick Feeney

WSCC Advocate & Bicycle Alliance Washington representative

Thanks for the day

I want to personally thank the Kitsap County Fair for continuing the proud tradition of sponsoring Veterans from the Retsil Veterans Home at this year’s rodeo.  We of the Bremerton Elks Lodge #1181 are humbled by their generosity and for allowing us to take them to this rodeo year after year.  We were especially impressed that Saturday night the rodeo announcer took the time to honor them in his remarks during the event.  We saw them stand proud during his comments and the applause of the crowd was intense.  We, as are they, are eternally grateful for their service to our country.  Thank you for continuing your sponsorship to the veterans of our community.

Steve Jankowski

Exalted Ruler, BPOE 1181

Post 68, gone

After 76 yeas as an icon in East Bremerton, American Legion Post 68 is now gone.

Most articles, as of recently, have emphasized the “flag incident” and Post 68’s bankruptcy. Space prohibits a complete background on why the post was shut down, however, in February 2010 Bingo ceased;  April 2010 the Department fired Pete Almond and his officers then installed officers who are not qualified then immediately closed the post and discharged all employees; that commander and adjutant resigned after one month; John Correia became commander and took over a post without any active business beyond the lounge; department holds and audit of the books and reports hundreds of thousands of dollars unaccounted for, the lounge and bar eventually close and the Bremerton Police place an investigation of the pervious post administration on hold stating that the post did not give them the audit they requested. The post’s bankruptcy proceeding started in March 2011. On March 30, the Department suspends the post’s charter over the flag incident, without proper notice to the post membership.

Bottom line, the post is left in shambles and the responsible persons are no being held accountable.Those officers who tried to resurrect the post are taking the heat when the culprits go free.

Paul Young


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