Opinion

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

EDITORIAL: Park district, Seals owed thanks for new pool dome

Last weekend, there was a flurry of activity at the Vashon Pool, as volunteers, mostly parents of Vashon Seals Swim Team members, cleaned the dome… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2018
Scott Harvey (Courtesy Photo)

COMMENTARY: Bringing recreation back to the park and rec district

Before the “Great Recession,” the Vashon Park and Recreation District actually had a robust offering of recreation programs. A major reduction in revenue, coupled with… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2018
Scott Harvey (Courtesy Photo)

COMMENTARY: Commissioners’ response to demands for Puget Sound Energy is not enough

Through the efforts of both Vashon’s Carbon Free campaign and that of our climate action groups, many on Vashon have been educated as to the… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2018

Changes underway at The Beachcomber

Readers of the print edition of The Beachcomber have likely noticed that its look has changed, with a new black masthead on the front page… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2018

LETTER: Community turn out was great

I am writing to thank the community for their amazing participation at the first meeting of Unifying for Democracy on Sunday, May 6. A big… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2018

LETTER: VCC management, community must be open with each other

I am surprised that there has been no reaction to the commentary by Jose Brito, the administrator of Vashon Community Care (“Amid changes, VCC’s mission… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2018

LETTER: The government is watching us

Whistleblowers Edward Snowden and William Binney already told us that every electronic communication we have with another person is recorded by the government, including every… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2018

COMMENTARY: Islanders will need to lobby legislators in Olympia to stave off extreme ferry trouble

When Washington State Ferries (WSF) announced they pulled the steel electrics in 2007, I knew things were going to be bad. With no back-up vessels… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2018

EDITORIAL: Conversation about renting brings questions forward

While working on an article about a month ago regarding renting on the island, we posted a request for renters’ stories in the Vashonites Facebook… Continue reading

  • May 8, 2018

COMMENTARY: Change — The end of the world as we know it

Having lunch with my 9-year-old son at a restaurant lately, I looked at him across the table. He really is maturing, I thought to myself,… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018

EDITORIAL: Let’s give as well as we can for GiveBIG event

Nearly 30 island nonprofits are participating in the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG fundraising event next Wednesday, May 9. This is the eighth such event, and, according… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018

LETTER: Communication among all parties is needed

Experiencing the cultural change from hippies to yuppies, from anything goes to gentrification, has been interesting to say the least. Many have been caught in… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018

LETTER: Several improvements needed on Vashon Highway

What is the county going to do on the paving of the Vashon Highway: just pave it, or do some safety improvements? It will be… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018

LETTER: Rally for Working Class set for Friday in Vashon town

Do you struggle with low wages, access to food, homelessness, high rent, precarious work or discrimination? Are you feeling more and more isolated as working… Continue reading

  • May 1, 2018