Island roads: We are all responsible for safety

  • Sep 16, 2014 at 4:35PM

The moment islanders dread hearing about came last week: a serious injury along the roadside.


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District should consider its role in student sleep | Editorial

  • Sep 17, 2014 at 6:00AM

he new Vashon High School building, unveiled this year, was built with learning in mind. Classrooms have more computers in them. Teachers can amplify their voices with new sound systems to ensure that everyone hears. Study areas throughout the school encourage student collaboration and group studying. Even the chairs in classrooms were chosen intentionally — they roll on wheels, something that has been shown to improve concentration during class. In many ways science informed what the new school would look like. Now the latest science suggests that many teens are sleep deprived, and the Vashon School District should take note and consider whether it could realistically change school start times.

When the world seems dark, light can get in

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 1:09PM

This summer I tried to take a break from network news. I was mostly successful, choosing to read the news with my filter on, not missing flashy edit jobs and graphic images. Then it was back to school day (back to reality day for some of us), and I decided to buck up and turn on the six o’clock news.

Coyotes can thrive here if we keep them wild | Editorial

  • Sep 10, 2014 at 12:51PM

Vashon Islanders have learned to live with the island’s resident wildlife. We watch for deer on the roads and put fences around our gardens to keep them out. We know an unprotected flock of chickens or trash left out overnight could draw raccoons. Now it appears we’ll have to adapt to another animal: coyotes.

Eating locally: The movement has its roots in the Napoleon era

  • Sep 3, 2014 at 4:11PM

In the Northwest and here on Vashon, we are increasingly embracing a locavore lifestyle, eating local foods to support the local economy and benefit the environment. But eating locally grown food is no modern notion. In fact, Napoleon Bonaparte and Clarence Birdseye forever changed the course of our culture and lifestyle.

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