Opinion

EDITORIAL: Lawmakers should not be exempt from records requests

Recall earlier this summer when the Legislature passed its $43.7 million operating…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

 

COMMENTARY: Hunger Action Month calls for efforts to focus on all hungry islanders

September is Hunger Action Month. Feeding America, a nationwide food-bank network, calls…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

 

COMMENTARY: Give to Vashon Schools Foundation to ensure quality education amidst budget unknowns

Welcome back to a new school year. Have you heard the latest?…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

 

LETTER: Annual hunt does not decrease island’s large deer population

This year is my 23rd living on Vashon, and during that time…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

LETTER: Vashon forgets workforce that makes island what it is

To many, this island is a special, whimsical refuge from busy city…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

LETTER: Life after incarceration event is a partnership

I appreciate The Beachcomber’s coverage of the important upcoming event Re-Entry: Life…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

LETTER: Movie screening presents opportunity

A couple of years ago, we returned to Vashon Island. My mother-in-law,…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Despite attempts, education can’t be funded equally

The state’s new school budget plan had the best of intentions —…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Why I Care: After hearing stories, struggles, no choice but to support immigrants

The Indivisible Vashon Immigrant and Refugee Working Group formed after the 2016…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

LETTER: WSF’s decision to keep new loading procedure makes no sense

This is the critical quote from the Washington State Ferries alert sent…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

LETTER: Vote ‘yes’ on levy to ensure enough emergency responders

I joined the Vashon Fire Department 50 years ago and still respond…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

LETTER: Make sure children can be seen in dark, early mornings, nights

School has started and it will soon be dark as kids walk…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

LETTER: Treatment without parents present requires thought

On Aug. 30, a front-page article in The Beachcomber reminded us of…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

COMMENTARY: As fall begins, consider an eco-friendly lawn for both environment, curb appeal

How’s your lawn doing? This summer, like the one in 2015, has…

  • Sep 5th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Why was the cougar killed? Biologist gives wildlife management perspective

Many disagreed about Vashon’s cougar, but most did not want him dead.…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

LETTER: Once-in-a-lifetime event brought with it feelings of unity

Something transformative happened to me at the eclipse. Sleeping on the ground…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Hopes and dreams for a new season as fall creeps closer

For many Pacific Northwest residents, summer is what they live for. The…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

LETTER: Glad that law suit against the school district is over

I am really happy that the lawsuit against the school district has…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

LETTER: Nelson commentary might as well have been written by WSF spokesperson

I read Sharon Nelson’s commentary in last week’s Beachcomber a second time…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

LETTER: Cat’s fate was sealed from the beginning

I read with sadness, but not surprise, of the death of our…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

LETTER: On single-payer health care

The Backbone Campaign presented an excellent movie earlier this month making the…

  • Aug 22nd, 2017

LETTER: Fauntleroy needs pre-ticketed bypass lane

Be wary of the Washington State Ferries propaganda on the need for…

  • Aug 22nd, 2017

COMMENTARY: Work to fix Triangle Route will take time, do what you can to expedite ticketing

As summer winds down, tensions around ferries have ramped up. Summer always…

  • Aug 22nd, 2017

EDITORIAL: Eclipse brings refreshing sense of unity

“The divided United States of America will unite today, sharing a cosmic…

  • Aug 22nd, 2017

COMMENTARY: Why I Care: We must carry on inclusive attitude country was founded on

* The Indivisible/Backbone Campaign’s Immigration &Refugee working group is a typical Vashon…

  • Aug 15th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Ferries officials need to consider more possible options, return to what worked

I and other members of the Vashon Ferry Advisory Committee are anticipating…

  • Aug 15th, 2017

EDITORIAL: As funding is cut, it’s important not to forget seniors

In a recent discussion with islander and Rotarian Amy Huggins about the…

  • Aug 15th, 2017

COMMENTARY: The Vashon fire department needs our help now

I have been glued to the Vashon Island Fire &Rescue (VIFR) crisis…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Water taxi should expand service, help ferry system

A ferry ride from the island’s north end puts passengers in West…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

LETTER: Cougar will not re-wild Vashon

Last week, Mark Nassutti’s letter continued shaming animal owners for not properly…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

LETTER: Support VIRC, swim lessons with raffle for houseboat stay

For a sunny week this past June, I was a grateful live-aboard…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

LETTER: Care for pets’ paws when sidewalks heat up

I was recently made aware of the heat of summer sidewalks and…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

LETTER: Board needs to ensure services will continue during transition

Thanks to Dr. Barry Grosskopf for his gracious note in the Bouquet…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Pesticides pose risk for island and beyond

Diane Emerson and I work on pesticide issues on Vashon. We have…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

LETTER: Local focus at Strawberry Festival would be better

In 1996 we began to visit Vashon Island to see if this…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

LETTER: Don’t blame the cougar; work to better protect island livestock instead

I take issue with the use of the word “attack” in describing…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

LETTER: A salute to the elders

Dorothy Bauer, age 95, has suffered a stroke and is recovering at…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

LETTER: Recent years have brought many improvements to once ailing district

Things are looking up at the Vashon Park District. The current board…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

LETTER: Fire department provided excellent service at Sandy Shores fire

A major fire broke out in my neighborhood (Sandy Shores) last week.…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

EDITORIAL: Fire district levy decision calls for increased attention

Over the course of two public meetings last week, Vashon’s fire commissioners…

  • Aug 1st, 2017