Opinion

LETTER: Community plan’s housing overlay will not cause significant changes

I would like to respond to the letter written by Frank Jackson in last week’s issue (“Comment on housing density,” Nov. 15). Even though I… Continue reading

  • Nov 21, 2017

 

LETTER: Resettlement committee is taking care of those in need

Mary Rose and the Vashon Resettlement Committee have done a stellar thing bringing Syrian refugees to the island. They need many things. Years ago I… Continue reading

  • Nov 21, 2017

 

EDITORIAL: Use island community to find light during dark days

In the past few weeks, winter seems to have hit the Puget Sound area like a ton of bricks. Dusk seems to begin at 3:30… Continue reading

  • Nov 21, 2017

 

COMMENTARY: Giving thanks for all life’s contradictions

Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I think about my dad driving his car to and from his job at the airport. Dad worked the night… Continue reading

  • Nov 21, 2017

LETTER: From a survivor, believe the Hollywood abuse accusations

I am watching with astonishment as accusations of sexual harassment come flooding out in the news — with actual, new credibility on the side of… Continue reading

  • Nov 21, 2017

LETTER: To island’s refugees, this community embraces you

Our family has had the fortune of meeting some of the families from Syria who have settled here. In the short time they have lived… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2017

EDITORIAL: Time for elected officials to follow through on promises

Results from the Nov. 7 general election are not yet certified, but the winners and losers on Vashon’s local boards are clear. Only two incumbents… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2017

LETTER: Consequences of war, the draft need to be recognized

On a recent bus ride, two men seated behind me were talking about how they “lucked out” not having their numbers drawn in the draft… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2017

LETTER: It’s our turn to welcome immigrants

I have been volunteering as an English as a Second Language teacher at St. John Vianney Catholic Church for five years. For the past three… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2017

LETTER: Thank you for voting

We, the Vashon Island Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners, would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our fellow islanders for supporting the Vashon… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2017

LETTER: VHS theater show a must-see

The theater performance at the high school this coming weekend is a must-see. We were there for the show on Friday, Nov. 10, and it… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2017

LETTER: States need to pass their own climate laws

Climate change poses the greatest threat that modern humanity has ever faced. Carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuel combined with the release of methane… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2017

LETTER: Refugees offer opportunities to teach love, kindness

In response to the letter in last week’s paper, “No more refugees should come to Vashon,” each of us should take a hard look at… Continue reading

LETTER: Comment on housing density portion of community plan

I believe the proposed Vashon Community Plan will transform Vashon. There’s a big difference between developer-driven and community-driven affordable housing. To date, all affordable housing… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2017

COMMENTARY: Confessions, advice from a school board widow

My husband, Bob Hennessey, has his last school board meeting tomorrow. That brings to an end 12 years of board meetings, a few different school… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2017

LETTER: Recent letter shows there is much work to be done

In response to Jeff Schnelz’s letter, “No more refugees should come to Vashon,” I have three thoughts. 1. We all know we are living in… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2017

LETTER: Country’s racist history is easily seen, equity policy is needed

I am responding to Joe Yarkin’s letter in which he appears to disagree with SURJ’s assertion that “our country was founded on racism and is… Continue reading

  • Nov 10, 2017

EDITORIAL: Potential to create hysteria is high in social media world

“With great power comes great responsibility” may be one of the most overused quotes in the history of overused movie quotes, but please, bear with… Continue reading

  • Nov 7, 2017

LETTER: County should get involved, help control deer population

We have lived on Vashon for just a few months. We just hopped over from Seattle, so the move was not far but, of course,… Continue reading

  • Nov 7, 2017

LETTER: Off-leash dogs pose serious danger to equestrians

Of course we each see things from our own perspective. Our eyes are, after all, in front of our brain. However, it would behoove you… Continue reading

  • Nov 7, 2017