The General Election is behind us, but essentially all of the issues addressed so far in the various [yes, too many] parts of this website remain urgent and deserve our attention – for the sake of our community, our civilization, and our planet.
SHARE YOUR VOICE ON OUR FORUM
The only part of this website that can truly support that function is the Forums section. Despite the fact that it currently includes 12 separate Forums, most of which contain multiple topics, it has been sadly underutilized except for a short burst of activity in its early days. A number of us want that to change, and we believe we can help get some conversational momentum going by encouraging all readers to offer input on an issue that has just recently been given a lot of attention in local news.
Explore the future of Port Gamble …
That issue is the future of the town of Port Gamble – and the Bay that bears its name. This website has a new Forum for discussing the many aspects of this issue. The subject is far from trivial, and affects not only residents of North Kitsap, but in some ways all who live near the waters of Puget Sound and Hood Canal or depend upon their health. The topic has a long history, with complex cultural, ecological, and zoning issues that are affected by local, state and federal regulations.
There is a lot of background material available on the web for those who are serious about studying the issues. While we would welcome more feature articles providing in-depth background on this subject – or just a compilation of important web links for further study, we are not trying to promote any single point of view. Our goal is first and foremost to help open up county-wide dialogue.
The issue is often portrayed as a battle between town and forest property owner, Olympic Property Group (OPG) and the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (PGST), whose members reside upon, and/or own, much of the remaining property on and around Port Gamble Bay. And while it is likely that many currently active members of the NK99% agree with several of PGST’s stated objections to OPG’s current plan, our primary objective is to give everyone a neutral podium (belonging to neither OPG, PGST nor the county) from which to argue their case.
… And/or post on another topic important to you
We invite everyone to join in this discussion. Or find another topic that beckons for your input. If it is one not already represented by a topic in one of the Forums, create a new Topic in the appropriate Forum. If you think we need a new Forum, submit your request for one in the Critical Issues for Consideration Forum.