Opinion

Politicians’ attention has been welcome

It has been a big week in politics, with news from the election still making headlines and troubling news stories, slightly worse than usual, coming… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

 

Granny’s Attic could solve health care funding problem

We have made primary care work on Vashon before.

  • Nov 14, 2018

 

Halloween fireworks display caused fear

I would never have thought I could be a fearful person. But on Halloween when the fireworks went off in town, I jumped a mile,… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

 

What to do after I-1631 failure?

You may have heard some economist last week mention the concept of “internalizing an externality.” The most obvious example of such wisdom (from society’s vantage… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

Gun owners need to use weapons safely

I am a Vietnam veteran (1968). Although I live within earshot of the local Sportsmen’s Club firing range, the sounds do not bother me because… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

Billing for ambulance transport is unfair

This year, Vashon Island Fire Rescue (VIFR) got a gift from island taxpayers. A voter-approved $2.1 million annual increase in islanders’VIFR fire levy property taxes.… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

Burton store’s Sandy came to the rescue

I want to tell you a story of how Sandy Mattara came to the rescue for me when I had a major injury.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Mental health forum set to make a difference

Among islanders, Vashon is well known as an activist community, a place where people frequently identify a problem and then go about addressing it. This… Continue reading

  • Nov 7, 2018

We must act on behalf of others

It is our job to remember and show up for those who are pushed to the edges.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Each person was a light in darkness

Each of us must continue to take a stand every day.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Financially stable clinic will require our support

Vashon Island cannot have a financially sustainable clinic without support from the island.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Op-ed should have addressed concerns

Asking for accountability is not criticism.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Eliminating dangerous sport would save money

It’s imperative to place students’ health and safety first, even before educating them.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Donated funds strengthen schools

We appreciate your generous support.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Criticisms of Neighborcare do not serve island well

There is no one that owes this island health care.

  • Oct 31, 2018

Resettlement committee celebrates mix of cultures

We must not forget how many still struggle to reach safety.

  • Oct 31, 2018

Ferry meeting dealt another blow to islanders’ trust

Trust between islanders and Washington State Ferries has been repeatedly challenged in recent years, and last week’s meeting about the proposed schedule dealt another blow… Continue reading

  • Oct 31, 2018

Neighborcare is trying to help island community

I am grateful to Neighborcare for coming to Vashon and trying to make some sense of our health clinic situation. We’ve had many organizations walk… Continue reading

  • Oct 31, 2018

Be courteous to ferry workers amid challenges

With all the consternation and confusion about the proposed new scheduling, it’s easy to forget that the people who work on the docks and boats… Continue reading

  • Oct 31, 2018

Neighborcare needs to earn our trust before we give more money

When Neighborcare gave us their pitch of how good they would be for our community, the rosy picture was, “We can be the clinic that… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2018