By David Morse

You may see some very angry letters in the paper from fellow commuters.  Mine may be one of them.  When it all comes down to it, what we want and what would benefit the community is “regular and reliable” ferry service.  More frequent boats would be a huge plus ~ but we’ve dealt with that for the past 7 years.  I don’t see things getting better and it’s time to move on.

We’re angry.  We’ve invested lots of time, money and effort into trying to make Bremerton a better place.  We moved to a town which was pretty down-and-out.  Did many of us from Seattle move to the “nicer” but boring parts of Bremerton?  No.  We purchased in the older parts of West Bremerton, the areas with the more interesting houses and sketchy neighborhoods.  When we leave, our homes will become rentals and the downward cycle begins again…

We’re sad.  We liked the community.  We made connections here and became true “customers” of local businesses.  I’ll make it very clear to those shop-keepers that I’m moving because I can’t get to/from work and not because of the town.

Yet… we’re disappointed.  Did the town/county support US when we needed help getting to our jobs?  It’s been 10 years of being told that we’re “rich city folk” who want “luxury ferry service” to our “high paying jobs.”  It’s our income which we spent over here which helped keep some businesses afloat.  Where has the city council been?  Was ANYONE from the city at the ferry terminal last week when things utterly broke down?

We’re exhausted.  We get up at 4.30 AM to get to work by 8 AM.  Get off at 5.05 PM and I walk thru my front door after 8 PM.  It wasn’t like this when we moved here…. but we stayed because we liked our homes and the community.  When we watch our boats snatched away every time there is a problem elsewhere, we’re scrambling – and with no help from the city or WSF.  WSF put its “temporary” schedule up on their website on FRIDAY.  Bainbridge crashed their boat the previous Sunday.

The main issue, “regular and reliable” ferry service is going to get lost in all the arguments over class & money.  Those of us who invested in this town and are now leaving realize that we gave it our best shot – it just wasn’t the time.  We’ll pass the torch onto those who do want to make things better and have the time to do so….  11 years was enough for me.  I can’t do this for the rest of my working career.  We wish the town well in its endeavors.

I’m completely burned out.   Back in Seattle, my condo is just but 4 blocks from Seattle Central and possibly I could work with students… or volunteer… or do all those things I used to enjoy doing but haven’t because 20+ hours/week is spent merely getting to/from work.

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