Opinion

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

Spending well: shop locally this holiday season

Thanksgiving is now behind us, along with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, but the importance of shopping locally during the holiday season will continue… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Granny’s Attic supports many important services

After the meetings and discussions, it seems that there is a pretty good consensus that we want to continue health care on the island. Yes,… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Private fireworks should be banned

With the recent horrific fires and loss of life and property in northern California, I think it’s time that we should ban private fireworks that… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Remember the food bank this season

This Saturday is the beginning of Vashon’s magical Christmas celebration with the arrival of Mr. Claus and the lighting of our spectacular tree (we have… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Board has made decisions carefully

Thank you, John Simonds, for your letters to The Beachcomber and to the Vashon Fire & Rescue (VIFR) commissioners (“Billing for ambulance transport is unfair,”… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Access policy is not good for all

As a community member who campaigned for a new track for over 10 years, and an avid runner, I am less than impressed with its… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Giving thanks for what we leave behind us, what lies ahead

As we gather around Thanksgiving tables today — and for leftovers in the days to come — many of us have plenty to be thankful… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018

Resilience Begins at Home

“To confront climate change, we must reconfigure what we do and where we do it.”

  • Nov 20, 2018

Island angels enhance life for seniors

How many of us truly realize what a treasure we have in the “Emerald Isle” of Vashon? I am one of your “senior” neighbors, and… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018

School district needs to tighten its belt

The recent Beachcomber article “School district officials tell legislators: Sustainability, solvency at risk” (Nov. 15) is based on a projected shortfall of $600,000. The 2021… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018

Politicians’ attention has been welcome

It has been a big week in politics, with news from the election still making headlines and troubling news stories, slightly worse than usual, coming… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

Granny’s Attic could solve health care funding problem

We have made primary care work on Vashon before.

  • Nov 14, 2018

Halloween fireworks display caused fear

I would never have thought I could be a fearful person. But on Halloween when the fireworks went off in town, I jumped a mile,… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

What to do after I-1631 failure?

You may have heard some economist last week mention the concept of “internalizing an externality.” The most obvious example of such wisdom (from society’s vantage… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

Gun owners need to use weapons safely

I am a Vietnam veteran (1968). Although I live within earshot of the local Sportsmen’s Club firing range, the sounds do not bother me because… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

Billing for ambulance transport is unfair

This year, Vashon Island Fire Rescue (VIFR) got a gift from island taxpayers. A voter-approved $2.1 million annual increase in islanders’VIFR fire levy property taxes.… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

Burton store’s Sandy came to the rescue

I want to tell you a story of how Sandy Mattara came to the rescue for me when I had a major injury.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Mental health forum set to make a difference

Among islanders, Vashon is well known as an activist community, a place where people frequently identify a problem and then go about addressing it. This… Continue reading

  • Nov 7, 2018

We must act on behalf of others

It is our job to remember and show up for those who are pushed to the edges.

  • Nov 7, 2018