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3 thoughts on “Meet the Candidates: PO Mayor’s Race

  1. I would like to see a candidate that understands that the city’s youth are its most valuable resource and proceed with that in mind. More law enforcement is good, but more emphasis should be given to preventing the need for additional law enforcement, especially in regards to the city’s youth.

    Of the top 10 or 12 economic countries in the world right now, 5 or 6 of them are Scandinavian. Why? Because everyone is skilled, everyone is well-educated, everyone does well, or has the opportunity to do so. Economic prosperity follows.

    I don’t see Port Orchard as a community that values its youth. At all. The South Kitsap School District does, on the other hand, but should they have to take the lead? And should they have to do it all? I think the City Council has to do a little more than say the bond is a good thing.

    And things get worse for the kids. The indoor skate park is gone, the outdoor skatepark is gone, there are still no lights at the Retsil soccer field. You can legally buy drug paraphenelia where the indoor skatepark used to be. At the foot of hill coming from the high school. Talk about a mixed message.

    I hope the mayoral candidates realize that by looking out for the youth in the community and demanding that outside investors do as well, will stimulate long-term economic growth.

    Maybe that’s something everyone can agree on.

  2. Well said, Karen!

    I’m a SKHS grad and someone who moved away from SK to raise a family for the reasons you listed above. Couldn’t agree more.

  3. I don’t know about the other Scandinavian countries…but Norway has a few oil platforms in the North Sea, among other things…making Norway rich in natural resources.

    I have opinions about Scandinavian people, in particular, Norway…. among the most inventive, strong work ethic, sense of humor, athletic, never quit attitude … but not,

    “…everyone is skilled, everyone is well-educated, everyone does well, or has the opportunity to do so. Economic prosperity follows.”

    Not so.

    Norway, rich in natural resources, was impoverished to the point millions of Norwegians emigrated to America and other countries (New Zealand for one)….and the Norwegian immigrants brought their strength, ingenuity, work ethic, intelligence and desire to make a new life here in America..

    An oil platform or two brought prosperity to Norway and for many, a crippling ‘caste’ system changed with prosperity. The government owns the oil wealth…

    The comment, …”…You can legally buy drug paraphernalia…” in PO is hard to believe.

    …in my opinion,
    Sharon O’Hara

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