Letters To The Editor

I Voted for Trump … and there’s nothing you can do about it

I voted by mail this week, so I’m done.

  • Nov 1st, 2016


Blue Heron’s history is something that cannot be replaced

The recent Beachcomber article about Vashon Allied Arts’ curator Janice Malman’s heartfelt, impromptu words at the final gallery show in the “old” Blue Heron struck me as a partial benediction for a space that holds as many memories as the intricate time lines of an ancient, venerable tree (“Curator marks transition from old to new,” March 23).

  • Mar 29th, 2016


The caucus: Why my vote is with Sanders

My favorite Clinton supporter makes our bar table a caucus of two, and we’re deadlocked. Saturday’s Democratic Caucus offered the hope of changing his mind.

  • Mar 29th, 2016


Consider the superdelegates and their role before voting in the caucus

Who are the superdelegates in the Democratic party? Party elites and significant politicians of past and present, as well as lobbyists. What?

  • Mar 22nd, 2016

Caucus participation is essential for Democrats, not so for Republicans

Democratic caucuses or the presidential primary, what is important? The presidential delegate selection method in Washington state depends on which political party you want to support.

  • Mar 22nd, 2016

There are two good choices for president

I’m going to vote for the man who’s name begins with a “T.”

  • Mar 15th, 2016

Modern guns raise concerns

I’m sure there are some things that gun enthusiasts and I could agree on: our mutual respect for the Constitution, for example.

  • Mar 15th, 2016

Too many deaths to say guns make us safer

I have never owned a gun, nor will I ever. People I know killed by guns were shot by friends, neighbors or relatives.

  • Mar 15th, 2016

Public should be informed about Medic One transition

If $1 million and eight teachers were to be pulled from the Vashon School District, without due notice to the public — there would be an outcry of rage.

  • Mar 8th, 2016

Sanders is clear choice for president

Bernie Sanders is the clear choice for moving this country forward.

  • Mar 8th, 2016

We deserve the president we get

I can’t see that it matters much who is elected president in November.

  • Mar 8th, 2016

Politics shouldn’t split island community

I attended the “Heart of Vashon: Telling our Stories” performance at the Blue Heron in January.

  • Feb 23rd, 2016

Supermajority requirement for bonds shouldn’t change

The school bond measure did not fail because it fell short of the 60 percent majority required by law.

  • Feb 23rd, 2016

Rich islanders were not bond’s downfall

I am not a rich newcomer, so John Sage’s letter spitting at such people for making the school bond fail, is apparently not aimed at me (“Prop. 1 vote represents community disconnect,” Feb. 17).

  • Feb 23rd, 2016

Architecture firm should not be trusted with gym

I held my nose and voted for the bond because our kids need a new gym.

  • Feb 23rd, 2016

Wealthy not to blame for bond failure

I was surprised by John Sage’s letter in last week’s Beachcomber (“Prop. 1 vote represents community disconnect,” Feb. 17).

  • Feb 23rd, 2016

Prop. 1 vote represents community disconnect

I’m so mad about the VISD Prop. 1 bond vote I could spit. I’ve lived on this island for 36 years. I raised my kid here from birth. Vashon Island was a real community. Once.

  • Feb 16th, 2016

Board needs to increase levy to make needed repairs

The school bond that just failed included $1.2 million for necessary repairs — a new roof, replacing a failing HVAC system, replacing windows that fall out of their frames and more.

  • Feb 16th, 2016

Election is over, but important issue is not resolved

Families, neighbors and voters on a tiny island, in a tiny school district volunteer to help and ask each other for help all the time.

  • Feb 16th, 2016

Human lives worth more than Second Amendment rights

I want to try again to express my opposition to gun sales and purchases on Vashon Island.

  • Feb 16th, 2016

Proposition 1 makes sense, deserves support

Proposition 1 will provide sorely needed improvements to the athletic fields and track. I regret Hilary Emmer's Jan. 27 commentary, "Vote 'no' on Proposition 1: Process was rushed, bond is too expensive," contained incorrect information about the bond not recycling or reusing.

  • Feb 4th, 2016

Don’t let old opinions of VISD cloud judgement

A view persists in the Vashon community that prior to the last bond vote, our school board conspired to hoodwink us by falsely promising to save Vashon High School’s Building A, only to condemn it and build an entirely new school.

  • Feb 3rd, 2016

Apparently sandwich board signs and guns just do not mix

I say get rid of all sandwich board signs unless they’re worn by a person in a fuzzy animal suit.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

Now is the time to get real about guns, gun sales on Vashon

Boy, am I glad we now have easy access to guns here on Vashon. A landlord I know went to talk with a problem tenant and wound up staring down the barrel of the tenant’s gun.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

Emotional extremism associated with guns causes problems

When people attribute outcomes to objects, I call it outcome attribution. A gun, for example, does nothing until a human interacts with it, legal immigration papers do not dictate a person’s work ethic and ownership of a Koran does not indicate a proclivity toward violent behavior.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

Emotional extremism associated with guns causes problems

When people attribute outcomes to objects I call it outcome attribution. A gun, for example, does nothing until a human interacts with it, legal immigration papers do not dictate a person’s work ethic and ownership of a Koran does not indicate a proclivity toward violent behavior.

  • Jan 27th, 2016

Proposition 1 is a deal, vote ‘yes’

Proposition 1, the bond for Vashon Schools is a great deal. What am I getting for $19 a month (cost to average homeowner on Vashon) from this bond?

  • Jan 26th, 2016

Factory’s environmental impact a price too high for sake of business

In the past decade, the greater Seattle area has experienced growth in both industry and prosperity unrivaled in West Coast shipping hubs with the exception of Los Angeles and San Francisco.

  • Jan 26th, 2016

Proposition 1 cheaper in long run

Even if you are immune to the kid-centered arguments being offered in support of Proposition 1, you should still vote for it because it is in your own best interests:

  • Jan 26th, 2016

Athletics give children a place to belong

I grew up in a small, rural community in Idaho and entered my teen years in the late 1970s. Had it not been for the opportunity to participate in organized sports, I can honestly say I would not be alive.

  • Jan 26th, 2016

Proposed bond is reasonable

The upcoming school bond election is about more than just improving athletic facilities.

  • Jan 26th, 2016

Community does not need athletic facilities

The slogan used by those urging us to support the school levy, “Campaign for a Healthy Community,” seems odd.

  • Jan 26th, 2016

Small organization needs funding like other nonprofits

Drama Dock has been active for 40 years, entertaining us and educating young, future performers.

  • Jan 26th, 2016

LETTERS: Stratton was mentor for many islanders

In the lead story in the Dec. 30 issue of The Beachcomber, (“Moving away, island volunteer leaves behind long list of community accomplishments”), you captured much of what islanders consider the essence of one of its very important leaders.

  • Jan 5th, 2016

LETTERS: Island gun seller should be able to advertise without harassment

I’m a longtime islander and have lived here since 1952: born and raised on Vashon with family here since the 1890s. Vashon was peaceful back then. People minded their own business, and there was no vandalism or theft. That is not the case now. Your way of thinking might not be mine. My right.

  • Jan 5th, 2016

LETTERS: Postal service executives bear responsibility

Postal Service executives, with their ivory tower executive management perspective, seem quite willing to throw our hard-working, dedicated local postal employees under the mail truck for delays in adding staff.

  • Jan 5th, 2016

LETTERS: Job well done for Wizard of Oz performers

It is never too late to say job well done. On Dec. 19, we attended the production of “The Wizard of Oz” performed by the very talented young people of the Vashon Youth Theater and guided by Elizabeth Ripley. It was a fine performance and wonderful to see the island youth in such a positive manner. Could there be another Judy Garland in the making? This is what small town America is about.

  • Jan 5th, 2016

Thank you, Vashon

Hello everyone, I am so blessed and have so much to be thankful for, but today I especially want to express my sincere thanks to this community.

  • Dec 1st, 2015

We need to understand ISIS motives

After the Paris ISIS attacks, I can’t help but try to understand what the heck is going on over in Syria.

  • Nov 20th, 2015

Thanks for choosing fiscal responsibility

Thank you, Vashon, for voting for change. Thank you, Vashon, for voting for fiscal responsibility. I appreciated the 500 islanders who spoke with me for the first time to discuss what was important to them and what the Vashon Park District could be doing better.

  • Nov 10th, 2015