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Gun rights supporter’s statistics are misleading | Letter to the Editor

  • Apr 30, 2013 at 6:00PM

Last week, my friend Gregg Rocheford published a letter citing some often-quoted statistics about gun violence. The relatively low number of rifle murders as opposed to blunt objects, knives, etc. is really quite striking, but only if one assumes that “rifle” includes all homicides using firearms. I believe that this is the assumption that advocates of less gun regulation want you to make. When you include homicides by handguns, the picture looks entirely different.

Islanders should hesitate to attack organization saving our clinic | Letter to the Editor

  • Apr 30, 2013 at 6:00PM

At the meeting at McMurray on Wednesday night with a representative of the Franciscan Health System, I left the meeting worried that Vashon Islanders had lost sight of the big picture. Without the deep pockets of the FHS, it is only a matter of time before the clinic closes. Based on my professional experience, the FHS brings to Vashon access to exemplary medical and hospital services that cover the entire body from head to toe — not only the reproductive system. Looking around the room at McMurray, it occurred to me that the occupants of that room are much more likely to need cardiac care than reproductive counseling.

Eager young actors will storm the stage in ‘The Music Man’

  • Apr 30, 2013 at 7:00PM

Vashon Allied Arts’ Youth Musical Theatre will perform “The Music Man, Jr.” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, at Vashon Methodist Church.

Sports fields project faces tight deadline to receive state grant money

  • Apr 30, 2013 at 7:00PM

With a deadline to complete the current phase of the Vashon Fields Project and receive state grant money just weeks away, a professional construction manager told Vashon Park District officials last week that the remaining work exceeds what volunteers can reasonably be expected to complete

Islanders express skepticism over recent health care merger

  • May 1, 2013 at 7:00AM

Hundreds show at meeting to discuss affiliation between secular and Catholic health systems

Wellness event will preview women’s retreat

  • May 1, 2013 at 8:00AM

This weekend Hestia Retreat will put on its second annual Women’s Day of Wellness, an event organizers say will provide relaxing activities for women as well as give a preview of what they hope to one day offer at an actual retreat center on Vashon

Shop owner has built a following with his tattoos and custom machines

  • May 2, 2013 at 2:23PM

Shop owner has built a following with his tattoos and custom machines

At 94, one mom still works the crowd like a comedian

  • May 7, 2013 at 1:22PM

At 94, one mom still works the crowd like a comedian

Officials to cut the line on liveaboard

  • May 7, 2013 at 1:03PM

Quartermaster has a fluctuating population of those who live on boats

Young rowers repeat Opening Day win

  • May 7, 2013 at 4:35PM

Three Vashon boats chosen to compete in select even

Voting ‘yes’ to hospital district might have changed the picture | Letter to the Editor

  • May 7, 2013 at 4:14PM

I read with interest the concerns expressed by community members at the recent meeting held to discuss the impact of the proposed merger between Highline Medical Center and the Franciscan Health System on the Vashon Health Center. (“Islanders express skepticism over health care merger,” May 1) The reservations voiced by many appear to boil down to the desire to maintain community, organizational and individual autonomy and contro

Commissioners wanted for important work | Letter to the Editor

  • May 7, 2013 at 4:17PM

I am writing to encourage someone to file to run for the board of commissioners for Water District 19. I particularly encourage candidates with a balanced perspective on the need to protect our island’s precious environment and our need to develop responsibly and sustainably.

Puccini twofer is Vashon Opera’s next star-studded show

  • May 7, 2013 at 4:20PM

Vashon Opera’s production of two one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini will bring both tragedy and comedy to the stage of Bethel Church next weekend.

The health care helicopter will not pick up everyone who needs it | Letter to the Editor

  • May 7, 2013 at 4:16PM

Christopher Davis, MD, sent you a particularly clear message on his attitude on the proposed involvement of the Franciscan Health System in the salvation of the Vashon Health Center managed by Highline Medical Center. (Letters to the editor, May 1) He felt that Vashon ought to ignore their (bishops’) directives and, rather, appreciate the benefits we’ll derive from their deep pockets. He clarified his point with a simple comparison: If you’re far out at sea and sinking and someone — the Franciscans or a Coast Guard helicopter — offers to save you, would you take the opportunity to harangue your rescuers with questions about their policies? His message is clear: Just be glad that the Franciscans are willing to take you on board.

New face on Vashon shares oil spill experiences

  • May 8, 2013 at 7:00AM

Expert will speak at showing of a telling documentary

Burlesque show heats up Open Space

  • May 8, 2013 at 7:00AM

The saucy soiree that is Burlesco Notturno will return to the Open Space for Arts & Community at 8 p.m. Saturday.

PTSA aims for another sell-out auction

  • May 8, 2013 at 7:00AM

Group hopes nautical-themed event will raise $50,000 for curriculum

Park district will likely discuss caretakers

  • May 8, 2013 at 7:00AM

At next week’s Vashon Park District board meeting, commissioners are expected to consider the issue of caretakers in Vashon parks, vetting whether the district should prohibit full-time maintenance workers from also serving as live-in caretakers. Two workers currently have this arrangement.

Pirates finish season with three consecutive wins

  • May 8, 2013 at 7:00AM

Vashon’s boys soccer season concluded last week, when the team won its final two matches, defeating Life Christian and Eatonville. The last three games of the season were all victories, which brought the Pirate record to dead even — eight wins and eight losses for the year

Park district elections: Consider running

  • May 8, 2013 at 8:00AM

Fresh perspective will help provide needed balance

Plan has created a chance to reach out to liveaboard | Editorial

  • May 8, 2013 at 8:00AM

As the saying goes, there are two sides to every story. A good newspaper strives to get both sides, but sometimes in reporting a story, one side can elude us. This is especially true when that side lives on the water.

Financial support for schools remains crucial

  • May 8, 2013 at 8:00AM

We’re raising money for the public schools. Again. But this year something feels different. You may be wondering why we still need extra money if, according to the recent State Supreme Court decision, our state government must now fully fund K-12 education. And certainly money couldn’t be a real issue because we’re building a beautiful new high school, right?

Baseball team goes two for two, heads to playoffs

  • May 8, 2013 at 8:00AM

During its last week of regular-season play, the Pirate baseball team took two wins, defeating both Chimacum and Life Christian

A Vashon girl dances back into town

  • May 8, 2013 at 10:00AM

Vashon Allied Arts long-running New Works series, which presents premiere works by local artists, will open a new season on Saturday, when island dancer Elise Ericksen brings her five-member PDX Dance Collective to a performance at the Blue Heron.

Body of missing Vashon woman found in Burton | Updated

  • May 8, 2013 at 9:00PM updated May 12, 2013 at 3:10PM

The body of a missing Vashon woman was found Wednesday evening in Burton.

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