Opinion

EDITORIAL: The Beachcomber’s hopes for long-awaited spring

This winter hasn’t just felt cold, dark and long; it actually was.…

  • Mar 21st, 2017

 

COMMENTARY: Perspective helps the rainy day blues

We have had a lot of rain this year. I mean a…

  • Mar 21st, 2017

 

LETTER: Vote “yes” for track, other improvements

School bond History repeats itself: Vote ‘yes’ for track, other improvements My…

  • Mar 21st, 2017

 

LETTER: Bigotry shows itself through incident on highway

While running on the highway south of town during a marathon training…

  • Mar 21st, 2017

LETTER: Principal acts with best interests of students in mind

This letter is written in support of Mr. Danny Rock, VHS principal.…

LETTER: Different groups seeking housing have varying needs

The Vashon Rural Town Affordable Housing Special District Overlay requires that residential…

  • Mar 21st, 2017

LETTER: Thousands could benefit from covered public pool

The Vashon Seals swim club’s offer to buy an inflatable dome to…

  • Mar 14th, 2017

LETTER: School-based clinic could offer students confidential care

The school district is having talks with Neighborcare about opening a school-based…

  • Mar 14th, 2017

LETTER: Beware of covered pool proposal

Karl Stenson’s support of a covered pool is unequivocal but given his…

  • Mar 14th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Proposed EPA cuts would be a nightmare for Puget Sound

Just over two months ago, we wrote an editorial voicing support for…

  • Mar 14th, 2017

COMMENTARY: The art of fixing stuff

In the 45 years that I’ve lived on Vashon Island, I’ve found…

  • Mar 14th, 2017

LETTER: Don’t burst the (public pool) bubble

The Vashon Seals Swim Team is willing to raise the majority of…

  • Mar 14th, 2017

LETTER: Covered pool will be valuable community resource

The recent stretch of soggy, grey weather has me eager to see…

  • Mar 14th, 2017

LETTER: Interesting that xenophobic letter did not call out Catholics, Mormons

I want to congratulate Jeff Schnelz for his letter to the editor…

  • Mar 7th, 2017

LETTER: Killing predators has been shown to help keep them at bay

I enjoyed the well-written article by Amy Carey in the March 1…

  • Mar 7th, 2017

LETTER: Access to insurance saved my life after cancer diagnosis

I’m writing about my own positive experience with the Affordable Care Act…

  • Mar 7th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Four-day event was proof of what small groups can do

Hundreds of islanders attended 14 events over the course of four days…

LETTER: Commentary about protecting pets was hurtful, wrong

Amy Carey’s article about living with wildlife was very hurtful, particularly to…

  • Mar 7th, 2017

LETTER: Thank you to Brian Brown

I’m writing to thank Brian Brown for saying such kind words about…

  • Mar 7th, 2017

LETTER: Say ‘no’ to Initiative 1552

Have you heard about this? Watch out for petitioners who are spouting…

  • Mar 7th, 2017

LETTER: Community support for possible teen center needed

I am writing this in support of the teen center, Vashon Spot,…

  • Mar 7th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Vashon needs another covered pool, both for swim team and island-wide events

I recently attended a Vashon Park District meeting to discuss a proposal…

  • Mar 15th, 2017

LETTER: Recent article included too much of author’s opinion

I enjoyed reading Bruce Haulman’s Feb. 22 article (“Ferry revolution brings people,…

  • Feb 28th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Take action to protect animals: Install good fences and be mindful of pets

Good fences make good neighbors … especially when it comes to protecting…

LETTER: Support center by entering to win trip to Amsterdam

About a year ago while attending the Labor of Love auction benefiting…

  • Feb 28th, 2017

LETTER: Vashon doesn’t need large numbers of immigrants

The Vashon Resettlement Committee wants to bring Syrian families to the island…

  • Feb 28th, 2017

COMMENTARY: March event will help islanders understand importance of end-of-life planning

In his best-selling book “Being Mortal,” Atul Gawande, M.D., tells stories about…

  • Feb 28th, 2017

From the community: Thank you Oscar Night, theater for providing time for Vashon values, memories

Everyone with a sprinkle of stardust in their veins (and maybe, these…

  • Feb 28th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Supporting our nonprofits is not always about the money

In just the past month, a handful of Vashon’s 45 nonprofits have…

  • Feb 28th, 2017

LETTER: Vashon should be exempt from Port of Seattle taxes

I think the time is long overdue that we on Vashon be…

  • Feb 21st, 2017

LETTER: Vashon needs better jobs, not low-cost housing

With more housing comes more low- income renters. We need a lucrative…

  • Feb 21st, 2017

COMMENTARY: Community plan needs to account for limited resources, especially water

Tomorrow at McMurray Middle School, King County will hold its first of…

  • Feb 21st, 2017

COMMENTARY: Senior citizen seeking young lunch date with credit card

After my wife Sheila and I retired from our respective careers some…

  • Feb 21st, 2017

LETTER: Recent lawsuit story was unbiased, followed journalistic practices

I’m writing in response to three letters in last week’s paper accusing…

  • Feb 21st, 2017

EDITORIAL: Civil rights, tolerance more important now than ever

This week’s Beachcomber is another one of those issues in which, without…

  • Feb 21st, 2017

LETTER: Wright’s alleged wrongdoings were in line with current laws

In your Feb. 8 article regarding the lawsuit between the Vashon Island…

  • Feb 21st, 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

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: Japanese internment anniversary more important now than ever before

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

  • Feb 14th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Current affordable housing proposal provides opportunity

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