Opinion

EDITORIAL: Unbiased lawsuit coverage requires look at big picture

The lawsuit filed against Vashon Island School District by islander Kelly Wright…

  • Feb 14th, 2017

 

COMMENTARY: Current affordable housing proposal provides opportunity

There has been much controversy about zoning recommendations under the recent King…

 

COMMENTARY: Japanese internment anniversary more important now than ever before

This Sunday, Feb. 19, is the 75th anniversary of President Franklin D.…

  • Feb 14th, 2017

 

LETTER: VARSA — Islanders should reject proposal for marijuana shops in town

VARSA urges the community to reject the Vashon subarea plan proposal to…

  • Feb 14th, 2017

LETTER: Island event helped my state of mind, given recent political climate

On Jan. 15, I attended an All Island Forum at the Vashon…

  • Feb 14th, 2017

LETTER: Wright should have had opportunity to comment on latest allegations

As a former newspaper reporter, I read with deep concern Beachcomber editor…

  • Feb 14th, 2017

LETTER: Shocking headling encourages suit to be tried in press, not courtroom

Your headline article with information from Matt Bergman about Dr. Kelly Wright…

  • Feb 14th, 2017

LETTER: Accusations against Wright in most recent legal claim, Beachcomber story are false

For years, I have known Kelly Wright to be a conscientious, knowledgeable,…

  • Feb 14th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Affordable housing is important now, while living within our water resources

The 2016 Vashon-Maury Community Plan process has sharpened concerns about two critical…

  • Feb 9th, 2017

LETTER: Current zoning proposals are unnecessary, will cause too much development

Warning! The draft community plan is laying out our future and when…

  • Feb 9th, 2017

LETTER: Fear and ignorance can motivate worst in us as a nation

As citizens, it is our responsibility to learn from America’s failures, as…

  • Feb 7th, 2017

LETTER: Density should be in quantity and scale to protect natural resources

Many of us are rightly concerned about affordable housing on Vashon, myself…

  • Feb 7th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Current polarizing issues cannot tear island apart

This week’s paper brings updates on two issues that have both passionate…

  • Feb 7th, 2017

LETTER: New ‘resist’ movement provides hope

Since November 8, 2016, my voice has been silenced. It is hard…

  • Feb 7th, 2017

LETTER: Bolting into traffic is dangerous

In response to the pedestrian editorial three weeks ago (“Busy intersections, dark…

  • Feb 7th, 2017

EDITORIAL: AmeriGas has fallen short in serving many on Vashon

With the release of the King County fire investigators’ report regarding the…

LETTER: March was not about anti-Trump, but ‘a plethora’ of ideals

The headline “From D.C. to Seattle and Vashon, islanders march against Trump,”…

  • Jan 31st, 2017

LETTER: Event cannot disappear into history

I was on one of the many school buses that headed off…

  • Jan 31st, 2017

LETTER: Cars should yield to pedestrians, period

LETTER: Cars should yeild to pedestrians, period

  • Jan 31st, 2017

LETTER: Time to turn from government to coopertives

Money is an element that interferes in too many lives in and…

  • Jan 31st, 2017

LETTER: Support school employees during tough time

I’m feeling uppity this week. I marched with my daughter in Seattle…

  • Jan 31st, 2017

COMMENTARY: McCleary plaintiff’s son frustrated legislators are taking so long to do job

Editor’s note: This piece was originally submitted to the Network for Excellence…

  • Jan 31st, 2017

EDITORIAL: What’s next: Moving on from weekend marches

The largest single-day protest in U.S history has just taken place. Estimates…

COMMENTARY: Public input needed as bond will be finalized Feb. 16

As board members who are also citizens, taxpayers, parents and grandparents, we…

  • Jan 24th, 2017

LETTER: Forest Stewards continuing business amid necessity to move

The non-profit organization Vashon Forest Stewards (VFS) has been milling and processing…

  • Jan 17th, 2017

LETTER: School board has cut bond options too much, high school needs new gym

The Vashon Island school board has now removed any Vashon Island High…

  • Jan 17th, 2017

EDITORIAL: In times of change, cling to others to learn and cope

In the past week, Vashon Island lost two civic-minded, giving and respected…

  • Jan 17th, 2017

LETTER: Solutionary rail an exciting and achievable idea

I don’t hate Donald Trump. Neither do I feel inclined to extend…

  • Jan 17th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Influenza versus “flu” is not just a matter of semantics

For 30 years (or so), I have dutifully obtained a flu vaccine…

  • Jan 17th, 2017

LETTER: Actions, conversation and thoughts welcome as next steps are planned

I take inspiration from Camille Reeves’ brave commentary in last week’s Beachcomber…

  • Jan 10th, 2017

LETTER: Island predators require animal owners to take caution

Regarding our local coyotes and cougar: Could we please try to remember…

  • Jan 10th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Cooking the perfect resolution after the holidays

It’s the New Year, and once again we are all faced with…

  • Jan 10th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Busy intersections, dark nights call for caution

The Beachcomber staff has recently received multiple phone calls and emails about…

  • Jan 10th, 2017

LETTER: Love only way to combat hatred election has caused

Thank you, Camille Reeves, for writing “With Trump inauguration looming, compassion and…

  • Jan 10th, 2017

LETTER: Don’t use Granny’s to dump trash, recycling

During a trip to the recycling center, I talked with a Granny’s…

  • Jan 10th, 2017

LETTER: From mother to sons: Proud of help offered during Vashon Energy fire

As a parent, I wanted to raise happy, well-grounded, productive human beings.…

  • Jan 10th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Federal moves to protect sound come at crucial time

On Monday, the Center for Whale Research announced that the oldest member…

  • Jan 3rd, 2017

COMMENTARY: With Trump inauguration looming, compassion and empathy necessary to stop blame, hatred

I love Donald Trump. No, I didn’t vote for him, nor do…

  • Jan 3rd, 2017

LETTER: We must all work together to stop supporting fossil fuels

I’m following up on Sheila Brown’s letter in the Dec. 4 issue…

  • Jan 3rd, 2017

COMMENTARY: With gratitude, longtime islander recalls effort to feed people living with HIV, chronic illness

Longtime islander Larry Flynn is well known for being one of Vashon’s…

  • Dec 27th, 2016