We at the Vashon Island School District are all deeply saddened by the recent news from Marysville of another senseless act of gun violence — this time a little closer to home. News of another school shooting is devastating for any parent, school faculty member, student, community member or superintendent.
Hunting is one of those topics that incites a range of opinions on Vashon. Some don’t mind hearing bullets split the air outside their homes, while others understandably would like to see hunting limited to more remote places.
Forty years ago, a decision by federal judge George Boldt interpreting Indian treaties from the 1850s sent shock waves through the fishing communities of Western Washington. The Boldt Decision addressed many legal questions about the fishing rights of local tribes, but at its heart was the ruling that tribes had a right to take up to half the salmon that passed through their traditional fishing grounds. In 1994, another federal judge extended that right to shellfish. These decisions and their impacts have been extensively and often bitterly debated over the intervening years.
At parent-teacher conferences last week, both of our twins’ teachers mentioned that there are a lot of new families on Vashon this year. In each class, they’ve got four or five new kids. Parents looking for a safe place to raise their children might be drawn to Vashon for the same reasons we’re here — good schools, strong community. And it helps if you like to ride boats.
After three years as the founder and director of Shape Up Vashon, I have turned the reins over to my successor, Laura Wishik.
Joe Fitzgibbon, the incumbent who is being challenged for his seat in the House, is the clear best choice for Vashon and for the 34th District.
Halloween is nearly upon us along with that scary yearly ritual: the family gathering. Recently, my father and I traveled back to our ancestral home to visit his one surviving brother and to haunt the inhabitants of the places we used to live.
October is Domestic Violence Action Month. Domestic violence is a universal problem, and Vashon Island is not immune.
The community council, while well-intentioned in its hope to update the Vashon Town Plan, should think carefully before taking on the task. The council should nail down how much help King County will provide and consider what it realistically will be able to accomplish by 2016. An out-of-date town plan that was done well 20 years ago would be better than one updated with changes that were not carefully considered and fully vetted by Vashon residents.
Vashon Island School District’s board is leading our community to a brighter and healthier future as we are forging a “culture of ecology” in our schools.