Letters to the Editor

From March 25

Thank you

Rotarians’ labor brings Central Park to Bremerton

Kudos to the East Bremerton Rotary Club! This outstanding group should feel proud of the community work they do so that others enjoy the fruits of their labor. The Rotarians have just complemented the entry into the Illahee Preserve on Thompson Lane with the construction of picnic tables placed in the most attractive natural setting. Thank you for your contributions to our community.

Come to the Thompson Lane Entry into the Illahee Preserve, where you will be able to picnic beside the newly created walking trails. East Bremerton’s “Central Park” awaits your arrival.

Walking trails are much needed in Kitsap County. Thanks to the hard work of these caring volunteers, we now have a destination point that will take us back in time and remind all of us of the beauty of nature and a special place to share with our families.

The Illahee Forest Preserve is only moments away. Bring the family for a stroll through this Kitsap County Heritage Park and don’t forget the picnic lunch.

If you would like to become a volunteer or would like to tour the Illahee Preserve, please call the Preserve’s Stewardship Committee at (360) 479-1049.

IRWIN and JUDITH KRIGSMAN

For members of the Illahee Forest Preserve

Guild raises money for cancer research

Kitsap Friends of Children’s Guild want to say a huge thank you to all of our friends and neighbors who stopped by and shopped or gave a helping hand to our Monster Garage Sale held at 2109 Eighth St. in Bremerton this weekend. Together we raised $967.76 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Group at Children’s Hospital! Please join us on May 20 at the President’s Hall when we hold our third Annual Rock the Cure Music Festival and Jam with Mercurius, Hatchet Wounds, Lost Shaker Assault, Valley of the Dinosaurs, Flexxx and the ever rockin’ Bill Brown and the Kingbees. Tickets go on sale April 20. Thanks Bremerton! You rock!

JULIE MYERS

Kitsap Friends of Children’s Guild

Critical Areas Ordinance

Property owners deserve compensation

In December, Kitsap County adopted the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). Private property in our county is now controlled by some of the most egregious government regulations in the country. Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners (KAPO) has filed a formal appeal against the county alleging a variety of errors and incorrect actions on the part of the county in adopting this ordinance.

This appeal is not aimed at reducing or negating the effective protection of critical areas in Kitsap County. What we are challenging is the authority of government to deny the use of thousands of acres of private property by its lawful owners without any compensation.

KAPO cordially invites the public to join our members Friday, March 31 for a presentation by our attorney Sandy Mackie of Perkins Coie who will make a presentation “GMA and Critical Areas – Rights and Responsibilities. There is a better way.” Mr. Mackie will also discuss KAPO’s appeal of the CAO.

The event starts at 5:30 p.m. with a social hour at the Silverdale Hotel. Dinner is $25 per person. Please call Gerry Taylor at (360) 692-8109 or donald_taylor@wavecable.com for reservations and further information. Seating is limited and advance payment is required.

Please join us.

VIVIAN HENDERSON

Executive Director

Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners

The environment

Stop pouring money into Puget Sound

I’m sick and tired of the government spending millions of dollars on studies of how to rejuvenate Puget Sound.

The first item these great thinkers blamed were septic systems leaching into the Puget Sound. Now, it seems that their desire is to blame waterfront owners for not having pristine beaches.

I believe, it doesn’t take a mental giant to figure out how to rejuvenate the waters of Puget Sound.

First of all bottom dragging uprooted and removed any forms of sea life which could have provided oxygen to Puget Sound. Muddy bottoms are not conducive in the generation of oxygen.

As a former scuba diver, I observed the bottom of Puget Sound as mud and without sea life. Wherever there are rocks, old sunken dead heads, or pilings, undersea life is abundant.

Look at the pilings around ferry terminals and witness the sea life in layers of barnacles, sea anemone’s, starfish, and muscles hanging from the pilings.

Action is needed to provide surfaces for sea life to thrive and generate life on. By simply placing reefs of rocks or sinking old ship hulls to the bottom of Puget Sound, rejuvenation would begin.

Spend the money on action not studies.

DEAN JENNIGES

Bremerton

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