Opinion

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

 

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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: 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

LETTER: Solutionary rail an exciting and achievable idea

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

  • Jan 17th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Busy intersections, dark nights call for caution

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

  • Jan 10th, 2017
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COMMENTARY: Cooking the perfect resolution after the holidays

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

  • Jan 10th, 2017
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LETTER: Island predators require animal owners to take caution

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

  • 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

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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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

EDITORIAL: Looking ahead, hopes for 2017

For some, 2016 has been a year that has overstayed its welcome.…

  • Dec 27th, 2016

EDITORIAL: Island abounds with fun ways to help, give back

Sometimes the staff here at The Beachcomber notices that an issue of…

  • Dec 20th, 2016

COMMENTARY: Vashon’s letter to Santa Claus

Dear Santa, It’s me, Vashon Island, with my Christmas list! Weird to…

  • Dec 20th, 2016

LETTER: Overcrowding is imminent, given country, state leadership

After reading the four letters to the editor in the Dec. 7…

  • Dec 20th, 2016
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COMMENTARY: Recent attempts to fix ferries are encouraging, but public input needed for long-term solution

As we all know, for those of us in island communities, ferries…

  • Dec 20th, 2016
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LETTER: Proud to know island brothers who helped victims

I just found out that two of the Carleton men were brave…

  • Dec 13th, 2016

LETTER: Battle over pipeline is over, but real enemy is big banks

We are all happy that President Obama and the Army Corps of…

  • Dec 13th, 2016

EDITORIAL: Speak up on school bond plan before spring election

In February, islanders rejected a $26.9 million bond that would have paid…

  • Dec 16th, 2016

LETTER: Runners deserve eight-lane track for home meets

I understand that a decision will soon be made regarding the number…

  • Dec 13th, 2016

LETTER: Affordable housing needs to be realistic given constraints

The Community Advisory Group (CAG) is to be commended for addressing the…

  • Dec 13th, 2016

LETTER: How Trump’s labor secretary can keep capitalism alive

Andy Puzder, Donald Trump’s choice for labor secretary, might like to consider…

  • Dec 13th, 2016

LETTER: Affordable housing needs, solutions exceed island’s water capacity

I attended the land use meeting for the new Vashon community plan.…

  • Dec 6th, 2016

EDITORIAL: Vashon Energy fire calls for hard look at VIFR’s importance

When The Beachcomber staff received word of a commercial fire at the…

  • Dec 6th, 2016

COMMENTARY: Walking the beach offers break from frantic holiday season

Winter holidays can be frenetic with lists, activities and commitments. There is…

  • Dec 6th, 2016

LETTER: Trump’s election happened because …

It happened because … Americans spend more time in front of their…

  • Dec 6th, 2016

LETTER: Protests necessary to ensure Trump, his policies are not normalized

In response to Ciely Daly’s letter (“Protests are not helping to convey…

  • Dec 6th, 2016

LETTER: Upzoning: In a word, ‘no’

We purchased 2 acres in rural, unincorporated King County in Renton. We…

  • Dec 6th, 2016

EDITORIAL: Community composting is big step in right direction

It’s no secret that Vashon is filled with activists. Something about this…

  • Nov 29th, 2016

COMMENTARY: Scholarship foundation celebrates 30 years, more than $2 million given

This year’s Vashon High School seniors face greater costs than ever before…

  • Nov 29th, 2016

COMMENTARY: Now more than ever, thanks to those who give to social services

Continued support for human services charities is now more important than ever…

  • Nov 29th, 2016

COMMENTARY: How to get back to ‘doing’ during time of hopelessness and desire to retreat

Perhaps for you, like me, the stomach knot you expected to loosen…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016

LETTER: Protests not helping to convey needed message of unity

A lot of us aren’t happy about the way this election turned…

  • Nov 22nd, 2016