It’s hardly a surprise anymore when the Vashon Schools Foundation begins its campaign in the spring. Most of us have learned the drill: The state underfunds public schools, so it’s unfortunate but necessary that islanders make up the difference if we want quality schools on Vashon.
Over the last 13 years, helping my wife Maria as she essentially raises our four kids while I commute to work in town, I’ve learned plenty about being a father. I’d like to share a few of hard-won pearls of wisdom with readers who might find themselves in the first-time father situation.
Feeling a little blue lately? I am. April showers aside, this month is also Autism Awareness Month, which means everything is blue
We’ve all heard of the time that the state proposed a bridge to Vashon and, as the story goes, islanders rallied against it, leaving officials running off with their tails between their legs. And most of us remember the proposed mining operation on Maury that islanders fought for years.
What is the value of listening? This may seem a peculiar question, perhaps like questioning the value of breathing. Still, there are so many moments of our breathing that go by each day without our conscious consideration that we could say we hardly even know our personal breathing patterns.
The recent strong arm imposed on our island by King County to support a rezone of the K2 site is just the tip of the iceberg.
It is now a couple of weeks since the end of the 2014 legislative session, and I look back on the flurried and brief 60 days with mixed feelings. There are many bills, small and great, that I am proud passed. Possibly none more important than the Dream Act, which ensures all hard-working Washington students can apply for the State Need Grant, regardless of where they were born.
It’s hard to make everyone happy, especially on Vashon, but we think the county library system has come close with its newly remodeled branch at Ober Park, which was unveiled last weekend.
In a moment of weakness (these moments seem to be coming more frequently as I get older), I agreed recently to talk to Vashon’s Rotary Club.
I am writing this commentary as a private citizen of Vashon who happens to be a park board commissioner. It is in response to a commentary by Lu-Ann Branch, which the other commissioners and I did not review or approve before it was published. (“Park board charts course for the future,” Feb. 26.)
The U.S. Postal Service should learn from the recent case of missing mail on Vashon and develop better procedures for communicating with customers and the press.
When it comes to disaster preparedness, Vashon is doing pretty well. Should a major storm, earthquake or other catastrophe strike the island, volunteers are ready to staff our local Emergency Operations Center and direct emergency efforts.
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.