Opinion

EDITORIAL: Suicide in the news can put others at risk

Perhaps it seems wrong, as the cheerful memories of Strawberry Festival are…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

 

COMMENTARY: Enjoying the ride on the festival roller coaster

One of my longtime beliefs about parenting is that there are very…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

 

COMMENTARY: Persistence, patience needed to improve ferry service on Triangle Route

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

  • Jul 25th, 2017

 

LETTER: Poor leadership at WSF, fire department hurts islanders

Recent comments by Vashon’s fire department and Washington State Ferries (WSF) left…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

LETTER: Lunchtime music brings revelation at senior center

Vashon Senior Center Luau Celebration lunch, July 14: I don’t know exactly…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

LETTER: Money, awareness will help islanders in need

The Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness (IFCH) is thrilled that our candidate,…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

LETTER: WSF should take ideas from islanders more seriously

It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the ferry system is not…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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