Opinion

LETTER: A positive story would have been better to read

Two weeks ago there was a lengthy article about the Vashon Center for the Arts and the history of the project and the finances (Arts… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

COMMENTARY: Outgoing superintendent looks back, ahead to new district challenges

As I think about my past nine years as Vashon Island’s superintendent of schools, I am incredibly grateful to so many people for making the… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

LETTER: Story answered important questions

I’m a mostly retired journalist with 40 years’ experience, most of that with The Seattle Times. Elizabeth Shepherd consulted me regularly while reporting her piece… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

LETTER: Article should have been a thank you

Your article about the obstacles overcome by hundreds of volunteers, donors and employees of Vashon Center for the Arts in managing to deliver an incredible… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

LETTER: Maintenance funds’ importance was known

Elizabeth Shepherd’s superb article was most welcome, even though unsettling. When I was on VAA’s board, some years ago, a few of us went to… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

LETTER: Beachcomber should be insightful, not inciteful

As a strong supporter of the Vashon Center for the Arts, I was dismayed by the Elizabeth Shepherd article as to content and questionable motivation.… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

LETTER: Community deserves transparency

I began asking questions about VCA in December and, since then, the community has broadened the conversation. Following Liz Shepherd’s article on VCA, radio conversations… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

LETTER: Board, ex-staff should be held accountable

As an arts lover, and someone who questioned the scope of the VCA project from the beginning, I believe the board, past and present, the… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

COMMENTARY: VCA shares its perspective on recent history, intentions

A recent article and editorial The Beachcomber questions choices made by Vashon Center for the Arts board and staff in mid- to late 2014 related… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

EDITORIAL: To better the world — and yourself — serve as a volunteer

For many, the last year and a half of national and world news has gone from difficult to hear to heart breaking. It can be… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

LETTER: Misleading voters should not be tolerated

Islanders beware I-1634! Paid signature gatherers at the Fauntleroy ferry dock last week were including I-1634 among two other worthy initiatives on their clipboards. I-1634… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2018

EDITORIAL: What happened to VCA’s reserve is a matter of public importance

Elizabeth Shepherd’s front-page story in this week’s Beachcomber is not the kind of journalism one often sees in a small weekly newspaper. It’s an in-depth… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

LETTER: Time to start work on creating new model

Thanks to The Beachcomber for raising the issue of a new community council (“Vashon Community Council: Is it time to bring it back?” May 30)… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

LETTER: Island facility provides excellent patient care

I feel very fortunate that we have Vashon Community Care as a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation after surgery. It has a dedicated team of… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

LETTER: Liven up the roadway, paint your mailbox

Now that summer is just around the corner, it is time to consider a wonderful way to add more color to our community. Driving our… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

LETTER: For a free and just society, vote for what you believe in

My first attempt at politics was running for President in 1988. In the process, I was able to write some things that were true. One… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

COMMENTARY: Gov. Inslee offers a lifeline for endangered salmon and orcas

Surrounded by tribal leaders, agency staff and community members, Gov. Jay Inslee signed an executive order this spring establishing a new emergency task force charged… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

LETTER: Primary system not representative

Does our top-two primary in Washington State give us what we want? We want to vote in an open primary with the right to vote… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2018

LETTER: Board member demonstrates unprofessional behavior

After reading about the recent Vashon Park District meeting to discuss staff salaries, I was not shocked to hear that board member Scott Harvey continues… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2018

LETTER: Radio broadcast was valuable community service

Last week’s King County Annual Town Hall meeting was broadcast on Voice of Vashon, KVSH 101.9 FM. What a service to have this meeting simulcast… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2018