Letters to the Editor

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 8, 2016

Sanders is clear choice for president

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

  • Mar 8, 2016

We deserve the president we get

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

  • Mar 8, 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 23, 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 23, 2016

Politics shouldn’t split island community

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

  • Feb 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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 4, 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 3, 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 2, 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 2, 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 2, 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 27, 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 26, 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 26, 2016