Opinion

LETTER: Emphasis should be on potentially dangerous students

I have been reflecting on the gun violence question for some time. Previously, I was responsible for drop-out prevention in the North Thurston School District… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2018

LETTER: Protestors, don’t chip away at the Second Amendment

Protestors, don’t chip away at the Second Amendment It’s great that people of Vashon and across the nation exercised their First Amendment rights that generations… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2018

EDITORIAL: We appreciate islanders’ help in time of paper’s transition

Often at the end of the year, the editor of The Beachcomber thanks all the people who have contributed to the paper over the previous… Continue reading

  • Apr 10, 2018

COMMENTARY: Youth sports: When kids officiate, parents need to be mindful of their behavior

Spring is here. And one rite of spring is youth softball and baseball. Some of my fondest parenting memories involve baseball and softball, watching my… Continue reading

  • Apr 10, 2018

COMMENTARY: Highway paving project presents opportunity to revisit rumble strips

It has been six years since the county did a traffic analysis of crashes on Vashon Highway and determined it was one of the three… Continue reading

  • Apr 10, 2018

COMMENTARY: Amid changes, VCC’s mission stays the same

Vashon Community Care (VCC) takes pride in its role as a longtime island partner, providing care and housing for residents in their golden years. A… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2018

EDITORIAL: Chess may offer islanders remarkable opportunities

Community newspapers throughout the country have long contained sports pages dedicated to the trials and tribulations of high school sports teams. The Beachcomber is no… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2018

LETTER: Dangerous drivers on island roadways

I have a question for the Vashon community. I have become painfully aware of, and a bit disappointed by, some of my fellow island population.… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2018

LETTER: NATO too interested in alliance with Turkey

On Jan. 20, the Turkish state invaded the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria with aid from al Qaeda and ISIS fighters. The Turkish state’s history… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2018

LETTER: After sun, island rain was welcome

I’m a third generation San Diegan, and I’m very much enjoying my first visit to Vashon Island. I will confess that after six years of… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2018

LETTER: Basic human decency is at stake

The government not only spies on all of us but sometimes also infects, damages or otherwise interferes with the use of our computers without accountability.… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2018

LETTER: Democracy at stake online

The government not only spies on all of us but sometimes also infects, damages, or otherwise interferes with the use of our computers without accountability.… Continue reading

  • Apr 3, 2018

LETTER: Israel belongs to Israelis, but what kind of nation will it be?

In response to Mr. Thalhofer’s letter on the Matisyahu concert (“Israel belongs to Israelis,” March 14), it should be pointed out that there is significant… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2018

LETTER: Beachcomber is insipid, editor won’t print earlier letter

In response to Terry Peretti: When does human life begin? Here on Vashon it really doesn’t matter; there’s no abortion clinic. Our community is perfect… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2018

LETTER: Support is available for babies and their mothers

Thank you Shannon Mahan for answering my question, “When does human life begin?” (After life begins, there is little support for mothers, babies,” March 14).… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2018

LETTER: Phone system is meant to improve patient care

In our continuing effort to improve service for our patients, Neighborcare Health has recently made some changes to our phone system and the way we… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2018

EDITORIAL: Now is good time to support local scholarship foundation

Sometimes, while putting the paper together, two seemingly unrelated stories suddenly fit together. That was true last week. At home, the Vashon Community Scholarship Foundation,… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2018

COMMENTARY: Democrats in Olympia accomplished a lot in recent legislative session

For the past 11 years, whenever I arrive at the Capitol, I am in awe. I am in awe of the opportunity I have had… Continue reading

  • Mar 27, 2018

LETTER: New clinic phone system is not an improvement

Did you know we can no longer call our Neighborcare (ironic name, eh?) clinic directly? I recently called the clinic with a fairly complicated question… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2018

LETTER: Vulnerable members of human family deserve protection

“Human life begins when the fetus exits the vagina and lands in the cold real world.” (“After life begins, there is little support for mothers,… Continue reading

  • Mar 20, 2018