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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“To confront climate change, we must reconfigure what we do and where we do it.”
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
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
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
We have made primary care work on Vashon before.
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
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
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
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
I want to tell you a story of how Sandy Mattara came to the rescue for me when I had a major injury.
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
It is our job to remember and show up for those who are pushed to the edges.