Letters to the Editor

Letters from Aug. 25, 2007

Feedback: I feel sorry for the bear

I just finished reading the article in your Wednesday paper (Aug. 22) concerning the shooting of the bear in the Wildcat Lake area. Why in the world do all of these people build their homes in the middle of nowhere invading the wildlife habitat? I am sure that the bear was there for the longest time and he stepped on their property just looking for food. She shot the bear and he ran away and that should have been more than enough to satisfy her. But it didn’t and they had to pursue it and finish him off.

The bear had all the right to defend himself and attack her once she was on his territory. Please do not say that the attack was unprovoked, that is absolutely a false statement. She got away with few bruises and scratches and the bear is dead. My heart goes to him!

ELIA GINN

Animal Rescue Families

Bremerton

Task force: We’re working together for parks

As chair of the newly formed Kitsap County Parks Sustainability Task Force and former county commissioner, I can understand why some are wondering how this new select task force differs from the county’s existing Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

By county ordinance, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board does not review or comment on the budget, staff or operational issues, but instead is limited to advising the county on the acquisition, development and administration of parks land.

With the budget shortfall facing the county, the Board of County Commissioners took the opportunity to create a short-term Parks Sustainability Task Force whose sole mission is to conduct an in-depth review on the budget, staffing, operations and revenues of the Parks and Recreation Department and to provide comment and advice to the commissioners.

We are fortunate that such an exceptional group of citizens has volunteered their time, expertise and insight to serve on the task force, ranging from retired parks and recreation professionals with decades of experience to the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce’s executive director.

While our backgrounds are rich and varied, we all value our parks and we’re working together to ensure they’ll be enjoyed for generations to come.

PATTY LENT

Chair, Kitsap County Parks Sustainability Task Force, Bremerton

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