Letters to the Editor

LETTER: New Arts center headed in good direction

The venerable arts organization, Vashon Allied Arts, underwent a dramatic shift while realizing the vision of former director Molly Reed and the completion of the… Continue reading

  • Jan 16, 2018

LETTER: Thirftway makes it easy to support island’s food bank

As a relatively new member of the Vashon community, I was unaware of all the ways Thriftway supports the Vashon-Maury Island Community Food Bank. Specifically,… Continue reading

  • Jan 16, 2018

LETTER: School levy

Did you know that our Vashon Island School District was recently declared one of the best school districts in Washington State (12th of 236). That… Continue reading

  • Jan 16, 2018

LETTER: Prejudice exists in this country

Race Prejudice exists in this country A recent letter writer wrote that Jim Crow is ancient history, that we are not a racist nation and… Continue reading

  • Jan 9, 2018

LETTER: Too much of the country’s wealth resides with too few of its people

When I first became a financial advisor, each citizen was entitled to a $600,000 Estate Tax Exemption at death. That meant a wealthy married couple,… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2018

LETTER: Different choices, same results (Packwood commentary)

It was informative to read Laurie Hennessey’s essay about her “me-too” experience with a United States Senator. She brings a good point to light. That… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2018

LETTER: Thank you, Fire Department

Thank you Vashon Fire Department for saving our house on Christmas Day! There were so many of you who took time away from your families.… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2018

LETTER: Packwood story brought back memories

I read Lauri Hennessey’s column about #MeToo and it brought my own life altering memories of Senator Packwood flooding back. I was brought up in… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2018

LETTER: A case for year-round school

Starting the first day of school, students begin counting down the days until that last bell rings in early June, indicating three months of sunshine,… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2017

LETTER: PSE sets low bar for climate change

Puget Sound Energy is announcing a 50% reduction in their carbon footprint by 2040 as a big deal. It’s not, and they need to do… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2017

LETTER: To truly support local artists, purchase their work

I am about to speak blasphemy. Vashon does not support the visual arts! Oh sure, we go to the openings, we drink the wine and… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2017

LETTER: School’s racial equity policy is misguided

Racial Equity School district’s policy is misguided I share Joe Yarkin’s concerns about the potential for unintended harm under the school district’s policy on racial… Continue reading

  • Dec 15, 2017

LETTER: Hijab is a symbol of oppression

I take exception to Leslie Enzian’s comment about “women wearing hijabs” in her letter “To refugees, this island embraces you” (Nov. 29) I disagree with… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2017

LETTER: Island should consider its own PUD

Two of our basic daily needs are a home and its electricity. In America, 60% of us own our homes. On Vashon, electricity is supplied… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2017

LETTER: Vashon is rich in caregiver resources

Thank you for the Nov. 28 article about Tom Herring and Zach Krieger (Finding fulfillment in a life spent reading). It is uplifting to hear… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2017

LETTER: Fire Commissioner Candy thanks you

Thank you, Vashon voters. Thank you for re-electing me and approving the levy tax increase. It was impressive to have such a large number of… Continue reading

  • Dec 6, 2017

LETTER: LNG plant is lose-lose situation for ratepayers

Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant is a speculative investment that has nothing to do with delivering power and natural gas to Puget… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2017

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

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

  • Nov 1, 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 29, 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 29, 2016