Opinion

EDITORIAL: Community composting is big step in right direction

It’s no secret that Vashon is filled with activists. Something about this…

  • Nov 29th, 2016

 

COMMENTARY: Scholarship foundation celebrates 30 years, more than $2 million given

This year’s Vashon High School seniors face greater costs than ever before…

  • Nov 29th, 2016

 

COMMENTARY: Now more than ever, thanks to those who give to social services

Continued support for human services charities is now more important than ever…

  • Nov 29th, 2016

 

EDITORIAL: Affordable housing: Making a case for Vashon

For many, the phrase “affordable housing” carries with it visions of overcrowded…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016

COMMENTARY: How to get back to ‘doing’ during time of hopelessness and desire to retreat

Perhaps for you, like me, the stomach knot you expected to loosen…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016

LETTER: More students means more spending

feel that there needs to be a little education involved in the…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016

LETTER: Moving Forward

One way to move forward is for The Beachcomber to stop writing…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016

LETTER: Protests not helping to convey needed message of unity

A lot of us aren’t happy about the way this election turned…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016

LETTER: Glad to see islanders taking on VISD

When will the VISD school board get a clue and replace Michael…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016

LETTER: Walking away, quitting not an option

This election brought confusion, fear, depression and, for a few in our…

  • Nov 15th, 2016

LETTER: Recent Mukai House developments represents years of determined activism

I’ve walked past the Mukai Farmhouse many times over the last 10…

  • Nov 15th, 2016

LETTER: Vashon changed Halloween for me

I have always hated Halloween, something about the pretense maybe, I’m not…

  • Nov 15th, 2016

EDITORIAL: How do we move forward from here?

Last week’s stunning election results and not-so-subtle reminder that this country is…

  • Nov 15th, 2016
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COMMENTARY: Taking care of democracy is a job for everyone

I like to think of our democracy as a beautiful, shining ship.…

  • Nov 15th, 2016
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LETTER: When it comes to logging project, remember what’s important

Regarding the proposed large amount of logging on Vashon’s south end, I…

  • Nov 15th, 2016
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COMMENTARY: Neighborcare clinic is a dream come true

The opening of the Neighborcare Vashon Clinic is a dream come true…

  • Nov 8th, 2016
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LETTER: Don’t let development sprawl south of town

At the Oct. 20 public meeting, King County asked whether the land…

  • Nov 8th, 2016
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                                Jeff Hoyt stands in front of Wrigley Field this summer as the marquee foreshadows the Cubs victory (*full disclosure: this photo has been edited by a good friend of Hoyt’s).

COMMENTARY: The night that ‘next year’ finally came

Game Seven. Bottom of the 10th. If my married life were a…

  • Nov 9th, 2016
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                                Jeff Hoyt stands in front of Wrigley Field this summer as the marquee foreshadows the Cubs victory (*full disclosure: this photo has been edited by a good friend of Hoyt’s).

EDITORIAL: The facts about Vashon’s off-island students

More than 250 of Vashon Island School District’s 1,536 students take a…

  • Nov 8th, 2016

COMMENTARY: VashonBePrepared rigged recent windstorm predictions to get islanders prepared

Okay, confession time. It’s actually true what The Donald has been saying; The weather on Vashon is rigged. That October storm scare we just had?

  • Nov 1st, 2016

Parents must discuss tough, dangerous topics with teens

An email last week from Vashon High School principal Danny Rock addressed drug and alcohol use by students at the school.

  • Nov 1st, 2016

Use or lose Neighborcare clinic

I’d like to offer a toast to the new Vashon Neighborcare clinic. It’s high time we celebrate the availability of quality medical care to everyone regardless of ability to pay.

  • Nov 1st, 2016

Make your vote count to stop Trump

Donald Trump is caught on tape bragging about assaulting women. This is not just locker room talk.

  • Nov 1st, 2016

Region’s growth will prevent ferries from ever being completely fixed

After going to the ferry meeting on Oct. 26, I’m confident there will be some improvements in the system within the next few years. However, I don’t believe there will be any significant reduction in the ferry lines.

  • Nov 1st, 2016

An open letter to Bernie supporters

am a proud supporter of Bernie Sanders. I am grateful to him for his many contributions to the 2016 Democratic platform.

  • Nov 1st, 2016

EDITORIAL: Parents must discuss tough, dangerous topics with teens

An email last week from Vashon High School principal Danny Rock addressed drug and alcohol use

  • Nov 1st, 2016

LETTER: Use or lose Neighborcare clinic

I’d like to offer a toast to the new Vashon Neighborcare clinic

  • Nov 4th, 2016

LETTER: Make your vote count to stop Trump

Donald Trump is caught on tape bragging about assaulting women.

  • Nov 4th, 2016

LETTER: Region’s growth will prevent ferries from ever being completely fixed

After going to the ferry meeting on Oct. 26, I’m confident there will be some improvements

  • Nov 4th, 2016
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COMMENTARY: VashonBePrepared rigged recent windstorm predictions to get islanders prepared

Okay, confession time. It’s actually true what The Donald has been saying

  • Nov 4th, 2016
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LETTER: An open letter to Bernie supporters

I am a proud supporter of Bernie Sanders. I am grateful to him for his many contributions

  • Nov 4th, 2016

EDITORIAL: Granny’s grants support range of medical needs

Granny's Attic has awarded $110,000 to island health-related organizations, but among the grants for Vashon Community Care and the newly opened Neighborcare Health clinic was $3,000 for the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness. The reason for the funds? Medical marijuana.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

How to vote progressive on most important issues

Our ballots are arriving for the most important election of the year. Here is our chance to have our say, to make a difference in the halls of political power.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Crucial for islanders to attend tonight’s meeting

By Washington State Ferries' (WSF) own admission, the triangle route is its most difficult to manage. Our humble little ferry run is WSF's problem child, primarily because keeping it on schedule is an elusive task. Now, take note of the following statement: WSF hates nothing more than falling behind schedule. Here's a list of things that WSF hates less: leaving ticketed cars on the dock while departing ferries have room for more, long lines of cars on Fauntleroy Avenue and the ire of ferry riders who plead for changes.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Say ‘no’ to expanding town

As the co-chair of the past town plan committee, the proposed expansion of the town border in the recent planning effort caught my attention. Affordable housing is one of the important objectives of this planning. To achieve this objective, there is an option to expand the town boundary out into 100 acres of land into the critical aquifer recharge area, now zoned rural, and allow greater density.

  • Oct 26th, 2016
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COMMENTARY: You can grow grains here

I grew up on a 40-acre farm in New York State where my family grew 20 different crops for fresh market. It was a love-hate relationship for me. I loved being outside and watching the plants grow from tiny seedlings to sturdy plants that produced bushels of food. Waking up to the sounds of the Johnny Popper tractor and the steel wheels of the antique potato digger churning was where the hate came in.

  • Oct 26th, 2016
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I-732 is chance to make sustainable choices cheap, easy

It was great to read Randy Smith's commentary in support of I-732 ("For the birds: Vote 'yes' on I-732, tax emissions," Oct. 12).

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Be safe during hunting season

On Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m., two gun shots were heard and two camo-clad men were dragging two deer in my neighbor's yard on the Burton Peninsula approximately 100 yards from my house. The deer were shot at very close range and dragged to my neighbor's driveway where the two men put it into a truck. The sheriff's deputies told me the car was registered in Graham.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

No reason not to use drug disposal opportunities

The American Society of Addiction Medicine reports drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014 — 18,893 of those related to prescription pain relievers.

  • Oct 19th, 2016
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COMMENTARY: Getting to the bottom of a body’s disease

Good health is something most people desire, whether they act on making it so or not. If we have good health, we are free to do the things in our life we enjoy. Thus, I have often said good health equals freedom. If true, it would be important to know what causes us to fall out of optimal health. Why does the body go into a state of dis-ease, producing symptoms that cause us to suffer? This is the question that I employ when caring for patients.

  • Oct 19th, 2016
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