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KPBJ Letters Policy: It is our policy to try and print every letter that we receive. Occasionally, space considerations prevent this, however, all appropriate letters we receive do appear here on the KPBJ.COM website. Please send letters to: P.O. Box 1101, Port Orchard, WA 98366, or visit this online form.
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Melody Sky Eisler should be elected to the Poulsbo City Council. The City of Poulsbo needs a passionate, professional and informed leader like Melody Sky Eisler to join the elected officials guiding our future.

In the years I have known Melody, I cannot imagine a better candidate to represent the growing needs of this community. Melody is one who truly studies and researches each issue, ensuring careful consideration for each decision this City Council makes and how those decisions would impact our Poulsbo families.

Melody has already given countless hours of her time to her community, not only as a librarian and through her efforts in Leadership Kitsap, but in her day to day devotion to this city. Melody is one who is familiar with the hard work required to improve her community. She is an intelligent, thoughtful, caring, generous person who always conducts herself with the highest degree of integrity in both business and personal matters. read more »

 
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The opposition to Proposition No. 1, changing the form of government in Port Orchard, continues to state that this change will cost more with no corresponding benefits to the City. In a recent letter to the editor, Mr Whittleton states, among other things, “There is no statistical data available to show that the council/manager plan of government is better than a mayor/council plan.”

On page 8 of an IBM white paper (Smarter, Faster, Cheaper: An Operations Efficiency Benchmarking Study of 100 American Cities), in a paragraph entitled “Management Matters (And It Matters A Lot),” the following conclusion regarding efficiency is drawn from this study of 100 American Cities read more »

 
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When Proposition No. 1 passes in November, Port Orchard will join almost all other Washington cities its size and become a non-charter code city. This will also move our community toward greater consistency in our local government with a council-city manager form of government.

Professional city management eliminates the loss of momentum due to reorganization and focus that occurs with each newly elected mayor. Grants, which are great ways to multiply resources, will be more easily accessed by a city manager. Professional management has networks to share ideas without political interference and business thrives with consistency in government. In addition, it is reasonable to expect a manager to net a 2-5 percent reduction in operating expenses due to improvements in office efficiency alone. These are a few reasons why many cities like Port Orchard use a council-city manager form of government. read more »

 
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To the Editor:

Port Orchard residents deserve a certified professional manager.

I served on the City Council for two administrations and closely observed a third. Each new mayor wants to hire their own team of managers. It takes 1? years to fire the old and hire the new. It takes a minimum of half a year to begin working as a team, so every administration wastes two years (50 percent of their term) before they even start to be effective.

In one case, the mayor selected poor managers and they accomplished little in four years. One mayor selected excellent managers within the first year who worked well with the council, and the many ribbon-cuttings this year are the result. This mayor used the typical 1? years to establish the team, but the managers/council team hasn’t jelled as yet. read more »

 
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For the first time in the past 10 years there is a transportation bill in the state House that if passed could sustain the ferry system for the next 10 years. Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Bellevue) has been a bulldog this session and is trying to pass a new revenue package that would support much-needed improvements to a number of transportation areas including the ferry system. Her package of bills, totaling $8.4 billion, would provide $856 million in new revenue for the ferry system.

If this package of bills were to pass, the ferry system would be financially sustainable for at least the next 12 years. These bills have passed out of the House Transportation Committee and, hopefully, will be considered during the upcoming special session. read more »

 
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To The Editor:

At Kitsap Bank, we work every day with our local small and medium-size businesses who have been realigning their budgets and priorities, as a result of the recession. We’ve worked with borrowers who have fought through, by prioritizing and restructuring their business and their debts, all the while paying a higher B & O tax bill to help state government through the downturn.

Therefore, it is nice to see our state Senate take a bipartisan approach and produce a budget that honors the spirit of our Washington small businesses, and keeps the promise made in 2010 that those higher B & O taxes on small businesses would, in fact, be temporary. It’s not easy to craft such a budget. It would be easier to keep the tax going, once we’ve become accustomed to paying it. read more »

 
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To whom It May Concern:

The headlines of the February 1, 2013 edition of the Kitsap Sun indicate “Bridge tolls set to rise again.” This means that if tolls are increased as projected, our busses will pay a $4.50 crossing fee. Our busses cross the Narrows Bridge an average 25 times per day. Currently, the Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter, Inc. pays a $4.00 crossing fee, for an average total of $3100.00 per month. A $.50 increase will increase our fees to nearly $3500.00 per month.

Tolls were raised from $2.75 to $4.00 on July 1, 2012. Soon thereafter, the Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter, Inc. filed with the WUTC for a $0.25 increase in our fares to recover the increase in tolls (TC-120816). Our tariff increase request was suspended and an investigation was ordered. read more »

 
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The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a U.S. government supported organization, recently finalized its recommendation to discontinue PSA-based screening for prostate cancer for all men. We feel this was a recommendation that failed to recognize several important facts about prostate cancer, and that dealing with it in a “one size fits all” manner will ultimately lead to more American men dying from prostate cancer.

Data from Medicare itself shows that from 1993 to 2007 (when PSA screening became routinely used), deaths from prostate cancer decreased by 40% and patients presenting at diagnosis with metastatic disease (cancer spread beyond the prostate gland) decreased by 75%. It should also be noted that the Task Force based much of its decision on a seriously flawed study while it ignored two other large randomized trials that did show a significant benefit to PSA screening. read more »

 
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In his blog post “For Manufacturers, Action Speak Louder than Words,” Don Brunell makes a strong case for the important role manufacturing plays in the Washington state economy and steps Congress and the president can take to further strengthen the manufacturing sector. However, one other step needs to be added to his list: strong trade enforcement.

The failure by our elected leaders in Washington to aggressively enforce the rules of free trade has seriously damaged American manufacturers. The biggest rule breaker when it comes to trade is China. It consistently fails to play by the rules it agreed to when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001. China continues to manipulate its currency, steal intellectual property and provide illegal trade subsidies to its companies. read more »

 
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