Opinion

When Christmas Came to Vashon

Living on an island has its challenges, but it also has its rewards, revealing special moments that speak to the kinship of isolation and the… Continue reading

Ferry service: Wait times will tell

Public attendance at the Dec. 12 Triangle Route schedule meeting must have surprised WSF; the venue and the PA system were inadequate. Introductory remarks by… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2018

Donations will support student trip to Costa Rica

I am a Spanish teacher at Vashon Island High School. I am looking to raise funds to help my students afford a language immersive travel… Continue reading

Park district board voted for uncontrolled spending

Executive Director Elaine Ott-Rocheford was correct when she stated in the Dec. 6 Beachcomber the park district’s hands were totally tied (“Vashon Park District adjusts… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2018

Affordable housing: There are no easy solutions to growing problem

I read with interest the letter from Saul Fortunoff and Wesley Rodgers in last week’s paper. (“Island might lose rural character,” Dec. 13). I have… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2018

Vashon could be model of inclusion for rural communities

But there are areas where growth is needed.

  • Dec 19, 2018

Vashon still seeing service cuts in latest ferries schedule

We hope to see further improvements made to the draft that was issued last week.

  • Dec 19, 2018

Take steps to be earth-friendly this holiday season

The holidays are upon us. It’s a festive time, and it’s so easy to get carried away and forget all of our environmentally friendly habits.… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

Island helped make project possible

Thank you, Vashon. For almost 15 years Vashon Island has supported American Hero Quilts. People have worked on making quilts, donating money and support in… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

Island might lose rural character

We read with interest the recent articles concerning the two proposed low-income developments at the edges of Vashon town. While we agree with the need… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

Event brought a warm glow

I felt a warm glow all over when I got into the Access bus with Lao after my “Celebration of Life.” It was really a… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

New director has vision, steady hand

I would like to congratulate Heidi Jackson as the new executive director of the DOVE Project. Heidi has performed as interim executive director for the… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

Let’s get serious about disaster preparedness

On Vashon, as fall gives way to winter, it is always a good idea to tend to household preparedness, making sure you are set for… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2018

We are the biggest threat to our groundwater

Without safeguards, we could find contaminants creeping into the island’s water supply.

  • Dec 12, 2018

Plan to attend WSF meeting next week

Washington State Ferries is holding its last meeting regarding its schedule for the triangle route next week in West Seattle, and we encourage all islanders… Continue reading

  • Dec 10, 2018

Take care of yourself during the holidays

The stresses surrounding the holidays take many forms. Whether it’s a two-hour test of endurance spent pinned between a Jell-O mold and the opinionated relative… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018

School and park districts should provide more access to track and field

Scott Harvey’s letter hits the nail on the head about the highly restrictive rules governing islanders’ opportunity to exerciseat our new high school track (“Acess… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018

Climate change: It is time to act

In Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, bipartisan federal legislation was introduced to put a price on carbon, sponsored by three House Republicans and three… Continue reading

Our government does not have clean hands

In addition to the First Amendment arguments that support Julian Assange’s innocence, there are two more: 1. Every citizen has a right and a duty… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018

Property versus land: On why Vashon supports Winona LaDuke

We did not think we owned the land. The land was part of us. We didn’t even know about owning land. It is like talking… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018