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Do you know what a Luddite is? I didn’t. I assumed it’s how you ordered a Bud Light when you’ve had too many. Since I’ve been called one often enough, I thought I’d better find out the meaning of the word.
Community Events, June 2015
Volunteerism is big on Vashon, where there are countless nonprofits that rely on donated labor and islanders frequently field requests to lend a hand. At Vashon’s fire department, volunteers play a different but vital role: they respond to medical emergencies and fires, saving lives, transporting people to the hospital and sometimes putting out fires
The news earlier this year that the Tramp Harbor dock is in such bad shape that it might be closed to the public was met with dismay on Vashon.
When I first became interested in agriculture in the 1980s, I heard this joke: A farmer wins the lottery. When a reporter asks him what he will do with all the money, he replies, “Well, I’ll just keep farming till it’s gone.” The joke made it clear that farming was low-status work — the farmer was making a foolish choice because he didn’t have enough sense to do better.
On Saturday, the intersection in town was quite a scene, with honking, shouting and sign waving. Vashon’s teachers thankfully haven’t walked out of class like they have in 60-some other districts in the state — their absence would be a hardship for our small district. But they were right to go public with the same concern that educators around the state have been speaking out about: the lack of meaningful progress by our state to fully fund education