Opinion

EDITORIAL: Despite challenges, special events benefit island

Last weekend’s sheepdog trials kick off the summer months, when a handful of events — old standbys and new traditions — mean good times for… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2018

COMMENTARY: Understand Community Council’s history before bringing it back

Thanks to The Beachcomber for suggesting a revival of the community council, (“Vashon Community Council: Is it time to bring it back?” May 30). I… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2018

COMMENTARY: Separation of children from parents must end

In late April, Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered his U.S. attorneys to prosecute every crime related to illegally entering the country that they could. “Zero… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2018

Signature of registered voter is a coveted commodity

The competitive nature of the initiative and referendum season now peaking in Washington.

  • Jun 7, 2018

LETTER: King County has responded well to cyclists’ concerns

I am writing to commend the King County Roads Department for their willingness to consider input from bicyclists from Vashon regarding the upcoming Vashon Highway… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2018

LETTER: The situation in this country is not normal

As a recent immigrant from Japan, I am simply amazed by this country’s level of gun violence. You go to school and get shot. You… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2018

LETTER: Islanders were generous at bake sale

I would like to thank Vashon Islanders for their generosity. On Sunday, we held a bake sale in front of the Thriftway to raise money… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2018

EDITORIAL: Hard conversations, wage talks call for professionalism

Combined, two stories on the front page of this week’s paper are a striking sign of the times. At both the Vashon Park District and… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2018
Stephen Silha (Courtesy Photo)

COMMENTARY: LGBTQ stories, artifacts wanted for museum exhibit

Since the 2000 census, Vashon Island has recorded the largest per capita concentration of gays and lesbians in Washington State. Why? Is there a historical… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2018
Stephen Silha (Courtesy Photo)

COMMENTARY: Superintendent led school district well during his tenure

American children’s rights activist Marian Wright Edelman wrote, “Education is for improving the lives of others, and for leaving your community and world better than… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2018

COMMENTARY: Life’s real work begins at retirement

By GREG WESSEL For The Beachcomber In case you were wondering what happened to me, I retired last fall. Lest you think retirement is all… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2018

EDITORIAL: Vashon Community Council: Is it time to bring it back?

It has been several years since the island’s former community council collapsed, and lately the lack of a forum — a place to discuss important… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2018

LETTER: Changes to the paper dumbed it down

It was distressing to see the graphic and other changes in this week’s Beachcomber — the dumbing down and corporatization of our precious community newspaper.… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2018

LETTER: More respect should have been shown to longtime doctor

I know I join thousands of Vashonites in expressing sadness about the news that a beloved physician, Dr. Gary Koch, will be leaving Neighborcare Health… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2018

LETTER: Players have the right to express themselves

I have been an avid Seahawks fan for more than 20 years and an NFL fan over 50 years. Today, I no longer cheer for… Continue reading

  • May 29, 2018
Gary Culp, 2018

COMMENTARY: Let’s honor fallen veterans by working for peace

I’m in my 77th year, so I’ve seen lots of Memorial Day parades over time. I have a photo of me holding a little American… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2018
Gary Culp, 2018

COMMENTARY: Affordable Housing

Affordable housing is an important issue for our community. We are especially concernedabout low-wage workers who cannot afford to live on island. Here are some… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2018

LETTER: Community policing

I love living on Vashon. The main reason for this love is community, for example, being greeted in Thriftway by staff and fellow shoppers. Or… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2018

LETTER: Practicing solidarity

May 16 marked the beginning of Ramadan, a month of fasting and prayer for 1.8 billion Muslims all over the world, as well as local… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2018

LETTER: Beachcomber layout – Not an improvement

You asked for comments on the new layout of the paper. I don’t know where to start. The big black title on the front page… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2018