Letters to the Editor

New editor needs support

I’m writing to welcome The Beachcomber’s new editor, Peggy Chapman, to our community. And, I’m inviting all on Vashon to support her as she gets… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2019

Nonprofit for immigrant support seeks community help

I am hoping to drum up some community support for a project we have going with the immigrants stuck at the border. We will be… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2019

Park District van transports Vashon elders in need

The new Park District Van will transport six clients who attend the Vashon Elders’ Arts, Activities and Respite Program at theVashon Lutheran Church to Music… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2019

Support local forest economy

Thanks to so many islanders who have expressed their support for Vashon Forest Stewards and offered us space. One friend sent me the following quote… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2019

We need energy production that doesn’t kill the planet

In the May 24 Seattle Times, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) CEO Kimberly Harris wrote a commentary, “Balanced approach to energy production,” to which I would… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

Remove the Lower Snake River dams

The Southern Resident orcas in Puget Sound are critically endangered due to malnutrition. The Chinook Salmon populations, which make up around 80% of their diet,… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

Let’s clean up water fountain to serve the community

I agree that the water fountain is an eyesore. but rather than have it removed, why not ask for it to be cleaned and maintained?… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

Make informed choices early

As our population’s longevity moves upwards, elder law has become an increasingly popular field, covering estate planning, trusts, wills, care arrangements, Social Security and retirement… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

Donated van

We already have scheduled Metro transit, Metro Access vans and two Metro Community Vans that are available for a wide range of transportation services that… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

The USSR was better than the United States in many respects

The fertility rate is 1.8 births per woman in the United States. This isn’t sustainable for our work force, which requires at least 2.1 births… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2019

Cigarette butts: Who will clean up ugly blight?

While walking in town, I came upon a quite disgusting sight, a non-functioning water fountain containing cigarette butts. Can something be done to remove this… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2019

Point Robinson lighthouse claimed a life and is dangerous

The woman who died at the lighthouse on July 14 last year was my wife, Barbara Lippmann. Her fall was witnessed by an unknown woman… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2019

VIVA: Thanks for the support

The support artists receive from our island community helps individuals and art thrive on Vashon.

  • May 15, 2019

Let’s leave world better than we found it

Musings on immigration, abortion rights.

  • May 15, 2019

We can still enjoy holiday with quiet celebration

Ahead of July 4, buy only quiet or soundless fireworks.

  • May 8, 2019

Would islander share anti-vaccine views with sufferers?

700-plus people have come down with measles in this outbreak.

  • May 8, 2019

We must focus on the good of the whole community

We need to rethink the idea of emphasizing the rights of individuals over the whole.

  • May 8, 2019

All are welcome at Havurah for special service

Last Saturday morning, while members of our congregation studied Torah together at the Havurah as they do every week, another congregation in San Diego was… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2019

Would islander share her vaccine views with those who have suffered from measles?

March Twisdale writes that vaccinating children against measles is “guaranteed to harm” while not vaccinating represents a “super small possibility” of harm (“Legislation threatens informed… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2019

Join vigil for murdered and missing Indigenous Women and Girls

At 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5, we will gather in downtown Vashon for a prayer vigil and information sharing for the National Day of Awareness… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2019