Opinion

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COMMENTARY: Bringing recreation back to the park and rec district

Before the “Great Recession,” the Vashon Park and Recreation District actually had a robust offering of recreation programs. A major reduction in revenue, coupled with… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2018

 

COMMENTARY: Commissioners’ response to demands for Puget Sound Energy is not enough

Through the efforts of both Vashon’s Carbon Free campaign and that of our climate action groups, many on Vashon have been educated as to the… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2018

 

Changes underway at The Beachcomber

Readers of the print edition of The Beachcomber have likely noticed that its look has changed, with a new black masthead on the front page… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2018

 

LETTER: Community turn out was great

I am writing to thank the community for their amazing participation at the first meeting of Unifying for Democracy on Sunday, May 6. A big… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2018

LETTER: VCC management, community must be open with each other

I am surprised that there has been no reaction to the commentary by Jose Brito, the administrator of Vashon Community Care (“Amid changes, VCC’s mission… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2018

LETTER: The government is watching us

Whistleblowers Edward Snowden and William Binney already told us that every electronic communication we have with another person is recorded by the government, including every… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2018

COMMENTARY: Islanders will need to lobby legislators in Olympia to stave off extreme ferry trouble

When Washington State Ferries (WSF) announced they pulled the steel electrics in 2007, I knew things were going to be bad. With no back-up vessels… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2018

EDITORIAL: Conversation about renting brings questions forward

While working on an article about a month ago regarding renting on the island, we posted a request for renters’ stories in the Vashonites Facebook… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2018

COMMENTARY: Change — The end of the world as we know it

Having lunch with my 9-year-old son at a restaurant lately, I looked at him across the table. He really is maturing, I thought to myself,… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018

EDITORIAL: Let’s give as well as we can for GiveBIG event

Nearly 30 island nonprofits are participating in the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG fundraising event next Wednesday, May 9. This is the eighth such event, and, according… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018

LETTER: Communication among all parties is needed

Experiencing the cultural change from hippies to yuppies, from anything goes to gentrification, has been interesting to say the least. Many have been caught in… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018

LETTER: Several improvements needed on Vashon Highway

What is the county going to do on the paving of the Vashon Highway: just pave it, or do some safety improvements? It will be… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018

LETTER: Rally for Working Class set for Friday in Vashon town

Do you struggle with low wages, access to food, homelessness, high rent, precarious work or discrimination? Are you feeling more and more isolated as working… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018

EDITORIAL: Take time to comment on proposed cleanup plans for Maury Island Natural Area

For years, the fight against Glacier Northwest’s efforts to expand its mining operation on Maury Island figured prominently in local news and island conversations. Now,… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2018

LETTER: Outgoing director served seniors well

Senior Center Apple served seniors well Ava Apple steps down from the helm of the Vashon Senior Center at the end of April. She has… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2018

COMMENTARY: Student response to gun safety movement has been disappointing

On April 20, 10 or fewer McMurray Middle School students walked out of class and stood outside Minglement protesting gun violence. “It was kinda cool… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2018

COMMENTARY: Movements are made up of moments; let’s join together against sexual assault

Editor’s Note: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In this column, the author uses “she” when talking about survivors of sexual assault because the majority… Continue reading

COMMENTARY: Fireworks — It’s time to weigh the pleasure they provide against the damage they cause

Let’s talk about salmon and fireworks. Maury Island’s shore, which includes all of Quartermaster Harbor, is an aquatic reserve, and recent state funding continues work… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2018

EDITORIAL: Earth Day: Expect to be inspired at local celebration

This weekend, as is so often the case on Vashon, there is something interesting and important to do because a group of islanders got together… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2018

LETTER: Emphasis should be on potentially dangerous students

I have been reflecting on the gun violence question for some time. Previously, I was responsible for drop-out prevention in the North Thurston School District… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2018