Opinion

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

Remove the Lower Snake River dams

The Southern Resident orcas in Puget Sound are critically endangered due to malnutrition. The Chinook Salmon populations, which make up around 80% of their diet,… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

Let’s clean up water fountain to serve the community

I agree that the water fountain is an eyesore. but rather than have it removed, why not ask for it to be cleaned and maintained?… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

Make informed choices early

As our population’s longevity moves upwards, elder law has become an increasingly popular field, covering estate planning, trusts, wills, care arrangements, Social Security and retirement… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

Donated van

We already have scheduled Metro transit, Metro Access vans and two Metro Community Vans that are available for a wide range of transportation services that… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2019

Speaker will bring vital message

It does not serve us to pretend that we live in a static bubble.

  • May 29, 2019