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Media coverage of new law falls disappointingly short | EDITORIAL

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:22AM

When it comes to the media, it's often what you don't see that is the most telling.

 

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COMMENTARY: Killing more than weeds: Chemicals in herbicides pose threat to Puget Sound salmon

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:30AM

Salmon are one of the most popular wild creatures on Vashon Island. The annual spawning event draws spectators to Vashon's creeks every year, but the fish's numbers are lower than they were decades ago.

EDITORIAL: Islanders not immune to, excused from race issues

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Ninety-four percent white. It's a statistic about Vashon that is known well by many islanders and, when combined with the notion that Vashon is an extremely inclusive community, leads many to believe that racism does not and cannot exist here.

In praise of bringing Japanese heritage, diverse culture back to Festival

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

With Mary Matsuda Gruenewald named Strawberry Festival Grand Marshal and Mary Mariko Ohno and her students performing multiple traditional Japanese songs and dances, this year's Strawberry Festival is showcasing Japanese heritage, returning the summer celebration to its roots after more than a century.

COMMENTARY: What’s wrong with Vashon health care?

  • Jul 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Almost 50 years ago, a few dedicated, ambitious volunteers founded Vashon Maury Health Services (VMHS) with two or three nurses operating a small clinic in a rented house in Burton. From that humble beginning, health services on Vashon grew as VMHS acquired a 30-year lease from the U.S. government; built, with grants, volunteer labor and private donations, the present health center on an old U.S. Army base; started an auxiliary organization called Health Center Volunteers (Granny's Attic) to help offset costs of operating a clinic; hired a medical staff, including Drs. Koch and Kappelman and actually operated the clinic for most of the past 40 years.

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