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Taking up arms against the government is not protected | Letter to the Editor

  • Jan 31, 2013 at 7:00AM

I enjoyed the recent Beachcomber discussion of the Second Amendment. However, I must disagree with two statements made by Jim Plihal in his letter (“Violence caused by a murderer, not the NRA,” Jan. 23). He would have us believe that the purpose of the Second Amendment is “so the citizens can stand against the tyranny of government.” He also says the Second Amendment serves to defend the other liberties found in the Bill of Rights.

Preparing our students for a changing world | Commentary

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 7:00AM

Today’s students live in a world of global communication and trade where information is just a mouse click away. What will the world be like when our current kindergarteners graduate? For young people to be successful, they need to be both visionary and grounded and to possess skills that will enable them to be flexible and dynamic, able to adapt to the changes that will surely come their way. And we, as teachers and administrators, parents and community members, need a vision for the future of our schools that builds on our strengths, reflects the values of our community and sets priorities that will help our young people succeed.

Public service: Susan McCabe exemplifies its meaning | Editorial

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 7:00AM

During the storms that have engulfed the Vashon Park District in recent months, one person has remained a rock.

Welcoming a new face to the park district | Editorial

  • Jan 31, 2013 at 7:00AM

Elaine Ott, the park district’s new general manager, seems up to the challenges that confront her. A seasoned executive with a strong background in finance, she appears to be both hard-headed and good-hearted, a person who has the moxie to handle Vashon politics as well as the skill and personal warmth to rebuild a beleaguered agency.

Car accident leads to an impound nightmare for one Islander

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 7:00AM updated at 10:10AM

An Islander facing steep hospital bills and a traffic ticket after a car accident says that because of an unfair practice by the sheriff’s office she’s also facing a bill she can’t afford to retrieve her car from an impound lot in West Seattle.

Training center expands to meet growing demand

  • Feb 1, 2013 at 7:00AM

Core Centric, faced with a growing demand for its personal training classes, has rented an additional space in Vashon Village to hold its individual training sessions and group classes.

Rhododendron might be given away, state officials say

  • Jan 29, 2013 at 3:27PM

The Rhododendron, a 48-car ferry that for de-cades served the south end of Vashon Island, still has no buyer — more than two months after it was put up for auction.

VMICC expresses concern over park district fees

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 7:00AM updated at 2:14PM

The Vashon-Maury Island Community Council might have to pay the Vashon Park District for its use of McMurray Middle School, fees that could climb as high as nearly $800 a year, according to a fee schedule the park district is considering.

Search for new high school principal begins

  • Jan 31, 2013 at 7:00AM updated at 4:44PM

The Vashon Island School District has begun its search for the next Vashon High School principal, forming a large search committee and outlining a job posting to go up next week.

Can you spell ‘fundraiser’? Spelling bee in support of scholarship fund enters sixth year

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 3:00PM

The Vashon Community Scholarship Foundation’s annual spelling bee — where top island spellers compete for a good cause — is set for this weekend.

Fate of ferries again uncertain as session begins

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 7:00AM

As the state legislature convenes this month, lawmakers say they hope to again bail out the ferry system and avoid millions of dollars in service cuts, but it may not be the year they find a permanent solution to the state’s growing transportation deficit.

Island Landmarks board member files lawsuit, says he’s been defamed

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 3:00PM updated Feb 1, 2013 at 7:55AM

Saying he’s been defamed by a “dissident group” of islanders, the husband of the founder of Island Landmarks is suing three Vashon women who have spearheaded an effort to wrest control of Mukai Farmhouse from the tightly held nonprofit.

Vashon High School student killed in single-car accident

  • Jan 30, 2013 at 2:14PM

Ryan Krug, a 17-year-old honor student at Vashon High School who played tenor saxophone and ran cross-country, was killed in a tragic, single-car accident Tuesday night.

Memorial in honor of Ryan Krug to take place Sunday

  • Jan 31, 2013 at 4:44PM

A celebration of Ryan Krug's life will be held at the Vashon High School gymnasium on Sunday at 3 p.m., with a gathering for refreshments following in the lunch room.

Hoopsters grab another win but miss playoffs by one loss

  • Feb 5, 2013 at 10:59AM

The Pirates basketball team, hoping to qualify for state playoffs, played two must-win games last week. They started off well with a dominant win over Chimacum, but then took a road loss to a tough Eatonville team over the weekend.

Vashon wrestlers do it again

  • Feb 6, 2013 at 7:00AM

Twenty-two Pirate wrestlers entered the Nisqually League sub-regional tournament hosted by Vashon on Saturday. By the end of the day, an impressive 17 were in the hunt for medals and a berth to the regional tournament this weekend in Castle Rock. Last year the team sent 13 to regionals.

Pirates take down Cowboys again in rematch

  • Feb 6, 2013 at 7:00AM

The Vashon girls basketball team played two games last week, defeating the Chimacum Cowboys at home on Tuesday, Jan. 29, before dropping a game at Eatonville on Saturday.

Music and art on the Rock | Entertainment Briefs

  • Feb 6, 2013 at 7:00AM

If you fancy rock, folk and blues with a dose of mischief, be sure to catch Asa Broomhall at The Bike at 9 p.m. Friday.

Save the date for hot Valentine’s shows

  • Feb 7, 2013 at 7:00AM

Last spring, hundreds on Vashon were transported to the land of aloha by Makana’s slack-key magic. Now he’s returning to island for a special Valentine’s Day event.

The creative process on display: Painter, musician put on unique performance

  • Feb 6, 2013 at 11:00AM updated Feb 7, 2013 at 3:57PM

The Open Space for Arts & Community is bringing back what they call the riskiest show they’ve ever put on. On Saturday, Feb. 9, two of the island art scene’s finest — painter Pam Ingalls and musician Daryl Redeker — will bare it all in a joint improvisational performance billed as Brush Notes II.

Maybe Islanders should buy the Rhody | Letter to the Editor

  • Feb 5, 2013 at 12:27PM

Perhaps we (Vashon Island residents) could form a group to purchase the Rhododendron and run it back and forth between Vashon and Fauntleroy to take up the slack when the state does cut back on service.

Stalemate over Mukai farmhouse has gone on long enough | Letter to the Editor

  • Feb 6, 2013 at 6:00AM

I wonder how long Island Landmarks board members J. Nelson Happy and Mary Matthews are going to keep moving chess pieces around in order to avoid giving up their puzzling hold on the Mukai property. For those interested in getting a fuller picture of the prolonged stalemate, go to the search function at and type in “Mukai farmhouse.”

Second Amendment framers were concerned about power of government

  • Feb 5, 2013 at 12:33PM

The Jan. 30 issue of The Beachcomber included two letters to the editor that disagreed with an earlier letter by Jim Plihal, regarding interpretation of the Second Amendment, specifically the ability of the people to defend against tyranny. For clarification, John Williams (“Interpretation of amendment has strayed from its roots”) mistakenly claimed that Article II of the constitution is “also called the Second Amendment,” when, in fact, Article II creates the executive branch and is not an amendment at all.

Second Amendment needs to be seen in its historical context | Letter to the Editor

  • Feb 7, 2013 at 7:00AM

In rebuttal to John Williams’ recent letter to the editor (“Interpretation of amendment has strayed far from its roots,” Jan. 30), his literal and narrow interpretation of our Second Amendment is both misleading and uninformed.

Other avenues exist to address drug houses | Letter to the Editor

  • Feb 6, 2013 at 7:00AM

For all those living in the vicinity of drug houses on Vashon, I would like to share a tool that was instrumental in quieting the activity in our neighborhood: taking notes and contacting King County Public Health and Environmental Services.

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