Opinion

EDITORIAL: Loss of task force members is unfortunate for Vashon

Two of Vashon’s representatives on Washington State Ferries’ Triangle Route Task Force…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

 

COMMENTARY: The need is real, Prop. 1 means more access to arts, heritage and science education

Some of us may rue the economic boom in the Seattle-King County…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

 

LETTER: Be skeptical in age of alternative facts

I think the nature of truth is a relevant topic as we…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

 

LETTER: State should protect citizens, not cave to Trump’s voter records request

If you ask Washington State Secretary of State Kim Wyman how she…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

LETTER: Vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 1 to help island nonprofits improve accessibility

Soon you will receive your ballots for the August primary election. One…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

LETTER: How do we ban fireworks on Vashon?

Can anything be done about the firecrackers that we are subjected to…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

Persistence, patience needed to improve ferry service on Triangle Route

As you are aware, Washington State Ferries (WSF) is testing changes to…

  • Jul 19th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Island’s changing town is sign of the times

Only four percent of Americans have never purchased anything online. But perhaps…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Despite hard-fought state budget compromise, school funding will hit local taxpayers hard

It is often said around Olympia that budgets are moral documents —…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

LETTER: Learning about white privilege must be experiential

In his letter to the editor 6/28/17, one thing Chuck Hirman objected…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

LETTER: Common ground can only be found through communication

Last week was a great week – the Washington Legislature passed a…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

LETTER: Beware of flammable chemical in wood stain, shed caught fire

Last month, our shed burned down, taking with it at least one…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

LETTER: Why I Care: How to make our community more supportive

It saddens me that local immigrants are feeling less secure and more…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

EDITORIAL: State’s McCleary-compliant budget has drawbacks

Washington’s Legislature on Friday passed a state budget with mere hours to…

  • Jul 5th, 2017

LETTER: Invisible privilege needs to be recognized

Words are important and using shorthand for complex concepts can sometimes muddy…

  • Jul 5th, 2017

LETTER: White privilege still exists even in people from poor backgrounds

The personal story in last week’s letter about poverty as a young…

  • Jul 5th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Why are our odd Independence Day traditions what they are?

Another Fourth of July — or Scare the Bejesus Out of Animals…

  • Jul 5th, 2017

LETTER: Sweeping generalizations about laws, white privilege need to stop

I believe every person must be treated with dignity and respect, whether…

  • Jun 27th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Two-hour waits, partially filled boats are unacceptable

Temperatures climbed last weekend as hundreds of ferry riders waited in their…

  • Jun 27th, 2017

LETTER: Why I care about refugees and immigrants

Most of us are immigrants, and many of us were once refugees…

  • Jun 27th, 2017

COMMENTARY: America has become a nation hungry for eloquence

As a person who loves words, one of scariest things to me…

  • Jun 27th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Increase in convenience food businesses can help island

Vashon has always been, and continues to be, a place to escape…

  • Jun 20th, 2017

LETTER: Local organization helped islander land dream job

Seeds4Success (S4S) is a contractor with The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).…

  • Jun 20th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Regardless of legal status, immigrants are survivors, community contributors

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

  • Jun 20th, 2017

LETTER: School district lawsuit illustrates danger of seeking personal gain over reconciliation

It appears the Vashon Island School District is indeed headed to court…

  • Jun 20th, 2017

COMMENTARY: In graduation season, the president offers tips at Trump University commencement

The following is a leaked excerpt of a Trump U commencement address…

  • Jun 13th, 2017

LETTER: Islanders, transfer station, should work together to keep trash off beaches

As a part time summer resident, I’ve been coming to Vashon/Maury Island…

  • Jun 13th, 2017

LETTER: Sign petition, urge PSE to break reliance on coal and become ‘green’

With fossil fuel executives in charge at the federal level and Trump…

  • Jun 13th, 2017

LETTER: Blaming former plant owner for Forest Stewards’ situation is not fair

I understand that you can speak your mind in an editorial, but…

  • Jun 13th, 2017

EDITORIAL: To graduates, don’t forget your passions in ‘real world’

It’s that time again: Graduation season. Time for social media feeds to…

  • Jun 13th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Forest Stewards are unfortunate casualty of good intentions

It’s easy to see that Vashon values its forests. Take the most…

  • Jun 6th, 2017

LETTER: Conspiracy theories have no place in small community newspaper

Even readers of a small town weekly newspaper can expect its editor…

  • Jun 6th, 2017

LETTER: Thank you, PIE, for therapy equipment

Dear Beloved PIE Community, You continue to gift us with therapy equipment…

  • Jun 6th, 2017

LETTER: Islanders can help those with different abilities by giving to local organization

My son, Carl Fox, began delivering The Loop to local businesses in…

  • Jun 6th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Guidelines for good government

If you are like me, you’re tired of the political turmoil that…

  • Jun 6th, 2017

LETTER: Thank you to those who made pool cover possible

Thank you to the Vashon Park District (VPD) board for voting “yes”…

  • May 31st, 2017

EDITORIAL: Wholesome examples of community live on here

There has been an unhealthy dose of chaos in recent weeks and,…

  • May 30th, 2017

COMMENTARY: The hardest part of parenting is letting go

When you have a child, they never tell you what the hardest…

  • May 30th, 2017

LETTER: Many at park district worked hard to ensure community was heard

On behalf of the Seals Swim Team, Vashon’s swimming community, the many…

  • May 30th, 2017

LETTER: Historical amnesia is deadly to democratic vigilance

On Tuesday, May 16, islanders gathered in an act of remembrance of…

  • May 30th, 2017