Letters to the Editor

LETTER: We must not allow ourselves to be sidetracked

I woke on the Fourth of July, thinking about the politics and militarization of patriotism, especially under Trump. It’s good to ask: Is Independence Day… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2018

LETTER: Call DNR for free vessel turn-in program

If you have a boat that needs more repairs than you have money, call the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at 360-902-1574. They have a… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2018

LETTER: VIFR does not need park district’s money

The fire district does not need to take money from the Vashon Park District (“Fire chief faces park district over interlocal agreement,” June 27). The… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2018

LETTER: Cultural tourism could benefit Vashon

Years ago on Vashon, the term “cultural tourism” was a four-letter word for some. That was when we had K2 to provide middle-income jobs and… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2018

LETTER: Celebration disregards needs of others

Well, here we are again, “celebrating” the nation’s independence by blowing things up. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why it is acceptable… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2018

LETTER: Friday was a great evening of music

We had a great evening of music and dancing at the Poultry in Motion concert in the Kay White hall. For decades we have ended… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2018

LETTER: Opinions make Vashon interesting

Please let me compliment Elizabeth Shepherd for the excellent piece of investigative reporting regarding the finances and construction of the Vashon Center for the Arts.… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2018

LETTER: Journalism is important, nationally and locally

I am a long-time arts supporter on this island and a former board member of Vashon Center for the Arts (I have been on the… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2018

LETTER: Many meaningful things do not square with checkbook

Nobody is earning a living in nature’s world, when economic systems do not mesh with whole-oriented integrative systems. A butterfly does not make money or… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2018

LETTER: Vashon needs fearless journalism

One can admire VCA’s two-year-old performance hall and the leaders and donors who made it possible and also admire a news article that explains how… Continue reading

  • Jul 10, 2018

LETTER: We must vote for what we believe in for free, just society

My first attempt at politics was running for president in 1988. While unqualified for the job, I was able to write some things that were… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

LETTER: VCA deserves islanders’ support

To those of you who are worrying over who did what with the money originally earmarked as an endowment for VCA, my advice is to… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

LETTER: Let’s reach out to neighbors from Mexico, Central America

Thank you for sharing Georgia Hartness’ Peace Corps story (“Islander fulfills lifelong dream of joining Peace Corps, June 27. ) In my experience as a… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

LETTER: Not all articles should be served sunny side up

When I read the June 20 edition of The Beachcomber, I was impressed with Elizabeth Shepard’s investigative reporting and the lack of equivocation in the… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

LETTER: This year’s tour was spectacular

Hats off to VCA for producing a wonderful garden tour. The gardens were spectacular, and a huge group of loyal and loving volunteers set the… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

LETTER: Celebrate the miracle of the arts center

June 24, 2018 I feel a need to say again, that I appreciate the thousands of people who gave $5 or $5,000,000, the people who… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

LETTER: Thank you for arts center article

Thank you, Elizabeth Shephard, for your article on the art center. I have been concerned, but never had the breakdown of issues that Liz analyzed.… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

LETTER: A positive story would have been better to read

Two weeks ago there was a lengthy article about the Vashon Center for the Arts and the history of the project and the finances (Arts… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

LETTER: Story answered important questions

I’m a mostly retired journalist with 40 years’ experience, most of that with The Seattle Times. Elizabeth Shepherd consulted me regularly while reporting her piece… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

LETTER: Article should have been a thank you

Your article about the obstacles overcome by hundreds of volunteers, donors and employees of Vashon Center for the Arts in managing to deliver an incredible… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018