Opinion

Hypocrisy on Vashon towards those in need

Island people do care about low-income people but don’t want them on the island.

  • Jun 26, 2019

Playing with fire(works)

Protecting the island from fire risk outweighs the spectacle and fun of fireworks.

  • Jun 26, 2019

Host a Public Hospital District presentation

It is very important for all of us to ask questions, voice our opinions and learn about our options.

  • Jun 19, 2019

The power of our parks

Parks and recreation services are important factors in determining the livability of a community.

  • Jun 19, 2019

Cougars and Johnny Depp everywhere

What is most evident, however, is how dedicated the community is to its home.

  • Jun 19, 2019

Switch to silent fireworks

I join with those who are concerned about wildlife, domestic animals and those who suffer PTSD

  • Jun 19, 2019

No need to compromise convictions to be compassionate

Our culture has accepted two huge lies.

  • Jun 19, 2019

Mother recalls daughter’s feat

Destia Burby asked Allyson if she would spread Bill’s ashes on Mount Rainier

  • Jun 19, 2019

Shooting large game with the intent to injure is unethical

Not only is this cruel and inhumane, but it is also a major violation of state regulations.

  • Jun 19, 2019

Impact of “defensible space” on wildlife and ecosystems

I have serious concerns about the suggestion that we embrace Firewise’s “defensible space” concept

  • Jun 19, 2019

New editor needs support

I’m writing to welcome The Beachcomber’s new editor, Peggy Chapman, to our community. And, I’m inviting all on Vashon to support her as she gets… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2019

Nonprofit for immigrant support seeks community help

I am hoping to drum up some community support for a project we have going with the immigrants stuck at the border. We will be… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2019

All grown up on Vashon: facing an empty nest

“I hope the future is full of possibility and change rather than melancholy and sentimentality.”

Park District van transports Vashon elders in need

The new Park District Van will transport six clients who attend the Vashon Elders’ Arts, Activities and Respite Program at theVashon Lutheran Church to Music… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2019

Experiencing the Vashon Ultra for the first time

“My body wasn’t conditioned enough for this race. But I’ll be ready next year for the 10.75-mile run.”

  • Jun 12, 2019

Understanding wildfire risk in Western Washington

There are differences in how fires burn in forests on the east and west of the Cascades.

  • Jun 12, 2019

Support local forest economy

Thanks to so many islanders who have expressed their support for Vashon Forest Stewards and offered us space. One friend sent me the following quote… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2019

It’s imperative to make progress with plastics

“Plastics production and pollution have become a threat to life on the planet.”

  • Jun 5, 2019

Moving on: It’s been an honor to tell the island’s stories

I began working at The Beachcomber on an August afternoon in 2001. Now, nearly 18 years, several job descriptions and thousands of news stories later,… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

We need energy production that doesn’t kill the planet

In the May 24 Seattle Times, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) CEO Kimberly Harris wrote a commentary, “Balanced approach to energy production,” to which I would… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019