Opinion

Ferry meeting dealt another blow to islanders’ trust

Trust between islanders and Washington State Ferries has been repeatedly challenged in recent years, and last week’s meeting about the proposed schedule dealt another blow… Continue reading

  • Oct 31, 2018

Neighborcare is trying to help island community

I am grateful to Neighborcare for coming to Vashon and trying to make some sense of our health clinic situation. We’ve had many organizations walk… Continue reading

  • Oct 31, 2018

Be courteous to ferry workers amid challenges

With all the consternation and confusion about the proposed new scheduling, it’s easy to forget that the people who work on the docks and boats… Continue reading

  • Oct 31, 2018

Neighborcare needs to earn our trust before we give more money

When Neighborcare gave us their pitch of how good they would be for our community, the rosy picture was, “We can be the clinic that… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2018

Washingtonians cannot afford PSE’s new natural gas plant

Down at the Port of Tacoma, a massive 8 million gallon, 14-story tank looms over a busy construction site. A huge project of PSE, this… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2018

Take action on climate change, vote ‘yes’ on I-1631

It is the heart of election season, with important races and measures being decided across the country, including in Washington state, where one of the… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2018

We need to stop downward slide

When and where will it end, this moral indecency slope, which we seem to be sliding down at an-ever increasing rate? Where sexuality and promiscuity… Continue reading

  • Oct 24, 2018

COMMENTARY: Why I’m Voting for Braddock

Here is what I have always believed: The most qualified person gets my vote. Period. In the race to replace Sharon Nelson as our 34th… Continue reading

  • Oct 17, 2018

COMMENTARY: Joe Nguyen would serve islanders well in Senate

The single most important quality in a lawmaker is the ability to listen to the people who they represent. I ran because I listened to… Continue reading

  • Oct 17, 2018

LETTER: Communicate without conflict

We attended a most interesting discussion on October 7 at the library. It was called Let’s Talk and featured a panel of people who have… Continue reading

  • Oct 17, 2018

EDITORIAL: Ferries misses the mark with new schedule

Let’s play a game. You know the one, where Washington State Ferries understands that “schedule” doesn’t just mean the number of cars “moved” per day?… Continue reading

  • Oct 17, 2018

EDITORIAL: Looking for comfort in trying times

It’s been a hard few weeks. I have been thinking about the time around Donald Trump’s election. On left-leaning Vashon, many people were despondent in… Continue reading

  • Oct 11, 2018

COMMENTARY: Climate change — Now is the time to act

Remember when climate change was described as a problem of the future? It was understandable that neither our federal government nor our state was taking… Continue reading

  • Oct 10, 2018

COMMENTARY: To benefit salmon, choose ‘green’ gardening alternatives

Goin’ home, goin’ home, by the riverside I will rest my bones, Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul. I can… Continue reading

  • Oct 10, 2018

LETTER: Rein in a growing population

Here on Vashon, we have a number of progressive NGOs (non-government organizations). On the surface, they seem noble. Mostly, they stand for immigrant rights. At… Continue reading

  • Oct 10, 2018

LETTER: Braddock is better for Vashon

We have two Democratic candidates running to replace Sharon Nelson in the state senate. Either one is deserving of our vote, but I support Shannon… Continue reading

  • Oct 10, 2018

GUEST EDITORIAL: Difficult weeks point to need for change

This has been a hard few weeks. As the Executive Director at the DOVE Project, almost every conversation I have had recently with community members… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2018

COMMENTARY: PIE enriches island education for students and teachers

Vashon Partners in Education (PIE) continues its support of teachers and students through its annual phone-a-thon, which takes place Oct. 9 to 11. Since its… Continue reading

LETTER: Let’s save our community

I read The Beachcomber article “Naturopathic physician trading Vashon for Boise” (Sept. 27) with great distress. Then I spoke with realtor Emma Amiad to learn… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2018

LETTER: New schedule could save riders time each day

Everybody has an opinion on how to fix the triangle route ferry schedule — lots of discussion and controversy. But here’s something everyone can agree… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2018