Letters to the Editor

Climate change

Maggie Aspland’s letter to the editor on Dec. 5 had encouraging news on the climate front: a bipartisan bill to price carbon was introduced in… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2018

Jesus made a difference

Even if the story of Jesus contains myth, he was a great teacher in my understanding. He shared his wisdom with love and compassion, hoping… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2018

Donations will support student trip to Costa Rica

I am a Spanish teacher at Vashon Island High School. I am looking to raise funds to help my students afford a language immersive travel… Continue reading

Park district board voted for uncontrolled spending

Executive Director Elaine Ott-Rocheford was correct when she stated in the Dec. 6 Beachcomber the park district’s hands were totally tied (“Vashon Park District adjusts… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2018

Affordable housing: There are no easy solutions to growing problem

I read with interest the letter from Saul Fortunoff and Wesley Rodgers in last week’s paper. (“Island might lose rural character,” Dec. 13). I have… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2018

Island helped make project possible

Thank you, Vashon. For almost 15 years Vashon Island has supported American Hero Quilts. People have worked on making quilts, donating money and support in… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

Island might lose rural character

We read with interest the recent articles concerning the two proposed low-income developments at the edges of Vashon town. While we agree with the need… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

Event brought a warm glow

I felt a warm glow all over when I got into the Access bus with Lao after my “Celebration of Life.” It was really a… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

New director has vision, steady hand

I would like to congratulate Heidi Jackson as the new executive director of the DOVE Project. Heidi has performed as interim executive director for the… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

School and park districts should provide more access to track and field

Scott Harvey’s letter hits the nail on the head about the highly restrictive rules governing islanders’ opportunity to exerciseat our new high school track (“Acess… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018

Climate change: It is time to act

In Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, bipartisan federal legislation was introduced to put a price on carbon, sponsored by three House Republicans and three… Continue reading

Our government does not have clean hands

In addition to the First Amendment arguments that support Julian Assange’s innocence, there are two more: 1. Every citizen has a right and a duty… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018

Granny’s Attic supports many important services

After the meetings and discussions, it seems that there is a pretty good consensus that we want to continue health care on the island. Yes,… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Private fireworks should be banned

With the recent horrific fires and loss of life and property in northern California, I think it’s time that we should ban private fireworks that… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Remember the food bank this season

This Saturday is the beginning of Vashon’s magical Christmas celebration with the arrival of Mr. Claus and the lighting of our spectacular tree (we have… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Board has made decisions carefully

Thank you, John Simonds, for your letters to The Beachcomber and to the Vashon Fire & Rescue (VIFR) commissioners (“Billing for ambulance transport is unfair,”… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Access policy is not good for all

As a community member who campaigned for a new track for over 10 years, and an avid runner, I am less than impressed with its… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Island angels enhance life for seniors

How many of us truly realize what a treasure we have in the “Emerald Isle” of Vashon? I am one of your “senior” neighbors, and… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018

School district needs to tighten its belt

The recent Beachcomber article “School district officials tell legislators: Sustainability, solvency at risk” (Nov. 15) is based on a projected shortfall of $600,000. The 2021… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018

Halloween fireworks display caused fear

I would never have thought I could be a fearful person. But on Halloween when the fireworks went off in town, I jumped a mile,… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018