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When it comes to the media, it's often what you don't see that is the most telling.
Community Events, September 2016
Ever since the Vashon Island School District's attempt last fall to pass a bond that would fund the replacement and updating of some of Vashon High School's athletic facilities — including the track and field — islanders have been abuzz with questions about the high school's field, specifically, "What if the turf were artificial," and, "What would it mean for the safety of athletes, the water supply and potential pollution?"
Last week, during a conversation about the island's newest cougar, my son asked me: "Which is more likely, getting attacked by a shark or a cougar?" I looked it up. "Shark," I said. He smiled. In school he'd learned that, annually, more people were hurt by vending machines than sharks.
Steve Graham, Betty Capehart and Richard Paulis would have us believe we would "serve the greater good" were we to vote for Jill Stein ("Make your vote count: Choose the greater good, not the lesser evil," Sept.21). I supported Bernie Sanders, and I consider myself, like them, an activist for peace and justice. Yet, I cannot understand how it "serves the greater good" to vote for a candidate as unqualified and incompetent to perform the duties of president as Stein is, or exactly what "message" it would send, especially when the authors admit that Stein has no chance to win.
It is once again time for the pilot hunting program at Island Center Forest (ICF) to commence and I believe it is time to rethink this. This forest is a valuable island resource used by a wide variety of enthusiasts and is closed for two weeks every year to all but hunters — most of whom come from off island.