Opinion

COMMENTARY: Simple precautions will help prevent island fires

Because of the regular headlines and news of fires burning across Washington, the surrounding states and California, we have been asked to advise the island… Continue reading

  • Aug 22, 2018

COMMENTARY: As world watches, plight of southern resident orcas grows more severe

Her grief is beyond words. Just over two weeks ago, southern resident orca J35 gave birth to a baby that died within 30 minutes. Shortly… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2018

LETTER: Beachcomber has long history of Thursday publication

The recent editorial in The Beachcomber about changing delivery to Thursdays indicated that The Beachcomber has been delivered on Wednesdays “For as long as anyone… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2018

COMMENTARY: Try out water-wise tips for gardening in the Northwest

This time of year the soil is dry, and it is hard to keep up with your thirsty garden. If you do run your sprinkler… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2018

EDITORIAL: Let’s make the most of election season

On Thursday, Aug. 16, newspapers large and small across the country will include editorials their staffs have written denouncing Pres. Donald Trump’s attacks on the… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2018

The union predicted it: Teacher pay is rising statewide

So far, it’s happening on Vashon, in Edmonds, Omak, Othello and Bellevue, to name a few

  • Aug 8, 2018

COMMENTARY: Tanning etiquette is useful even in Northwest

The fork on the far left is for your salad. Always text a thoughtful thank you note to your hostess. When being introduced to your… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2018

EDITORIAL: Starting next month, Beachcomber will be delivered Thursday mornings

Not long ago, we wrote in this space that we were changing the delivery time for The Beachcomber from Wednesday mornings to Wednesday evenings. Now… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2018

LETTER: Silverware pilot program a success

During Strawberry Festival, over 1,000 people used metal forks and spoons provided by Vashon volunteers Marie Browne and Bonnie de Steiguer. That’s 1,000 plastic utensils… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2018

LETTER: Kim is likely Vashon’s greatest athlete

Abi Kim is an amazing soccer player, as Sarah Low showed so convincingly in her article last week (“Islander to play for U.S. at Under-20… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2018

COMMENTARY: Park district is completing projects, advancing its mission

Amid the hustle and bustle of preparing for Strawberry Festival, I hope islanders did not miss the announcement in the July 18 edition of The… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2018

EDITORIAL: Cougar here or not, we must protect people, livestock

Last weekend, history felt like it was repeating itself when two people reported on Facebook that they had seen a cougar on their Wax Orchard… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2018

LETTER: Kudos to the Chamber

This is a big shout out to the Vashon Chamber of Commerce, Jim Marsh and everyone involved in creating yet another amazing Strawberry Festival. We… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2018

LETTER: Will Vashon become a treeless wasteland?

Three years ago I moved from Berkeley, California to Vashon Island. In Berkeley, I lived on San Pablo Avenue near the border of Oakland. That… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2018

LETTER: Vashon Fresh: Thank you for this service

Vashon Fresh is a convenient way to sample Vashon edibles without having to leave your home. Free delivery with a $15 order ensures a timely,… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2018

LETTER: 9-11: Coming to terms with the conspiracy

I awoke recently with an insight that explains why so many people find it difficult to listen to so-called conspiracy theories about what happened to… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2018

LETTER: Candidate Forum: Just like all the others

I went to the island forum on July 25 at Ober Park. The Democrats say they love us. They say they want fully funded education,… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2018

LETTER: Agency needs to get its house in order

I disagree with the July 18 editorial that islanders should use public or private funds to support the Neighborcare clinic (“Islanders must take steps to… Continue reading

  • Jul 25, 2018

LETTER: Consider running for open board seat

Running for public office is not something most people want to do. Many of us are not comfortable putting ourselves forward, and we’re very uneasy… Continue reading

  • Jul 25, 2018

LETTER: Stop kid-proofing the island

I say “stop kid-proofing the island” because people keep taking away stuff that kids love and are perfectly capable of playing on safely by themselves.… Continue reading

  • Jul 25, 2018