Opinion

County park levy will help Vashon

The popularity of trails is exploding on Vashon and across the country. This is good thing. People who walk trails are happier, healthier and more… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2019

Take action against natural gas plant

Unknown to many islanders, we are living within a possible blast zone emanating from the Port of Tacoma. There, on the tide flats of the… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2019

On the Triangle Route, let’s address health and safety

Attention to the human needs of people in the summer lines at Lincoln Park and on Vashon is overdue.

  • Jul 31, 2019

Unofficial mayor candidate: Thanks for supporting VIPP

This letter is to thank all the individuals and businesses that supported my candidacy for unofficial mayor on the VIPP ticket. This support allowed me… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2019

Free materials on the road side were meant to stay together

I put a bunch of stuff out by the road for people to take and enjoy. There was a set of bunk beds, with all… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2019

Plane Noise: Choose Port candidates carefully

The Federal Aviation Administration and the Port of Seattle have created flight paths for SeaTac airport that make Vashon a runway “approach” for hundreds of… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2019

New housing development will provide decent, peaceful housing

Mr. Lukoskie’s concept of 40 affordable cottages scattered around the island is inspiring (“Affordable housing calls for creative solutions,” July 25). And I hope he… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2019

Islanders will determine the fate of park district

In November, they will decide if the district stays operational or not.

  • Jul 31, 2019

Vote ‘yes’ for King County parks

People are drawn to Vashon Island for many reasons, from the safe community to the great schools, from the vibrant arts and culture scene to… Continue reading

  • Jul 26, 2019

Affordable housing calls for creative solutions

We should not expect the government or nonprofits to do the caretaking that is our responsibility.

  • Jul 26, 2019

Can we confine fireworks to one day?

The holiday from July 2 to July 7 was expectedly painful and too terrifying for one of my dogs, and of course I’m angry when… Continue reading

  • Jul 24, 2019

50 years after ‘moon shot,’ we need an ‘earth shot’

What is most needed now is a commitment to an “earth shot” effort, if not “earth’s last shot.”

  • Jul 24, 2019

Weekend incident calls for more facts, less speculation

It was surreal to read comments from people with strong opinions but the slimmest of facts.

  • Jul 17, 2019

Telescopes: Building equipment free to good home

As a physics teacher, I have built many telescopes with my students. When I came to Vashon four years ago, I continued to do so… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2019

Forest Stewards’ mill benefited the island

I’m deeply disappointed by the news that a suitable place could not be found or created for a valuable island resource, the Vashon Forest Steward’s… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2019

Water District 19 operators join union

Greetings. It is my pleasure to inform this community that the waterworks operators of Water District 19 have decided to exercise their right to join… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2019

County talks comprehensive plan, climate change

When I read the headline “County talks comprehensive plan,” (July 11), I didn’t realize that the article would be all about bulkheads, setbacks and building… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2019

Citizens must defend their rights

During a political discussion, I was once told I must be from another universe. An astute observation. I do feel like a stranger in a… Continue reading

  • Jul 17, 2019

Islanders stand up for closing detention camps

When faced with events that shock the conscience, people will choose to stand up rather than standby

  • Jul 17, 2019

Hot dogs at Strawberry Festival?

Hot pavement will burn your dog’s feet.

  • Jul 10, 2019