Opinion

EDITORIAL: Change boys’ lives, change the world

According to the Centers for Disease Control, males account for 79 percent of all suicides in this country. Seventy-nine percent. That is a significant imbalance.… Continue reading

  • Sep 19, 2018

LETTER: Criminal charges should not be considered after paving project

Our community needs to speak out against the county’s consideration of bringing criminal charges against Doug Hoffmann for how he handled the removal of the… Continue reading

  • Sep 13, 2018

LETTER: Cutting ferry runs is hazardous to island residents’ health

The federal government has designated Vashon Island as a Health Care Shortage Area. We have no hospitals, urgent care facilities or medical specialists, and unlike… Continue reading

  • Sep 13, 2018

LETTER: Rowing club did great job hosting P2P

I wanted to say thank you to all of the Passport to Pain volunteers that handled the bike ride on Saturday. It was my first… Continue reading

  • Sep 13, 2018

Tragedy highlights need for action regarding impaired driving

The Beachcomber this week includes news regarding what is both a deeply personal tragedy for some islanders and an all-too-common occurrence across the country. Vashon… Continue reading

  • Sep 13, 2018

COMMENTARY: Volunteering brings many personal rewards

Earlier this year there was a Beachcomber editorial about how volunteerism can provide happiness. “The more people volunteered, the happier they were,” according to a… Continue reading

  • Sep 13, 2018

LETTER: ‘Layover’ stops would prompt activist intervention

I was unable to attend the Ferry Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday, Aug. 29. However, I do have a suggestion to make as well as a… Continue reading

  • Sep 5, 2018

LETTER: Humanity

We need more love We need more love and less hate. We need more joy and less sadness. We need more compassion and less apathy.… Continue reading

  • Sep 5, 2018

LETTER: Food bank partnership a success

Here’s a progress report on “Dine Out Against Hunger,” the summer-long partnership between the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank and three island restaurants. It’s a… Continue reading

  • Sep 5, 2018

LETTER: District should extend its quest for equity to all employees

In a recent email to the Vashon Island School District (VISD) community, new school superintendent, Dr. Slade McSheehy, outlined the challenges faced by the district… Continue reading

  • Sep 5, 2018

LETTER: Schedule options will not accomplish goals

At the Vashon Ferry Advisory Committee public meeting last week, it was stated that there are two issues driving the new schedules: Fauntleroy terminal congestion… Continue reading

  • Sep 5, 2018

COMMENTARY: We must work together to plan for the future

I attended the ferry users’ meeting last Wednesday evening and, like most people, was disappointed in the proposed schedules and their potential impact on Vashon.… Continue reading

  • Sep 5, 2018

EDITORIAL: Health care, ferries: Summer goes out with a roar

The island closed out August with a bang last week, with meetings about ferry service and health care, both of which could easily have created… Continue reading

  • Sep 5, 2018

LETTER: Support staff need livable wages

We are the classified staff of the Vashon Island School District known as the Vashon Employee Support Personnel (VESP). Who are we? We are the… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2018

LETTER: Additional facts should be considered

Regarding the article “Islander takes on plane noise, hoping for quieter skies” (Aug. 22), three important considerations should be added: There is no mention of… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2018

LETTER: Vashon is dump for noise, air pollution

Thank you for tackling a daunting technical subject with your Aug. 22 plane noise article. I want to focus this follow-up letter on a single… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2018

LETTER: There are too many barriers to care at clinic

Recently, The Beachcomber ran an article about the Neighborcare Clinic, in which the CEO said financial support would be needed from the community. What is… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2018

LETTER: Neighborcare billing office not vigilant enough

I read the article regarding Neighborcare and their deficit, and I just have to comment. In 2017 I had three claims denied by my insurance… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2018

LETTER: Government, the media propagate lies

I think I can make the case — to whom I don’t know — that most Americans are deranged (definition: to disturb the condition, action… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2018

LETTER: We need more love

Humanity We need more love We need more love and less hate. We need more joy and less sadness. We need more compassion and less… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2018