Letters to the Editor

School and park districts should provide more access to track and field

Scott Harvey’s letter hits the nail on the head about the highly restrictive rules governing islanders’ opportunity to exerciseat our new high school track (“Acess… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018

 

Climate change: It is time to act

In Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, bipartisan federal legislation was introduced to put a price on carbon, sponsored by three House Republicans and three… Continue reading

 

Our government does not have clean hands

In addition to the First Amendment arguments that support Julian Assange’s innocence, there are two more: 1. Every citizen has a right and a duty… Continue reading

  • Dec 5, 2018

 

Granny’s Attic supports many important services

After the meetings and discussions, it seems that there is a pretty good consensus that we want to continue health care on the island. Yes,… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Private fireworks should be banned

With the recent horrific fires and loss of life and property in northern California, I think it’s time that we should ban private fireworks that… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Remember the food bank this season

This Saturday is the beginning of Vashon’s magical Christmas celebration with the arrival of Mr. Claus and the lighting of our spectacular tree (we have… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Board has made decisions carefully

Thank you, John Simonds, for your letters to The Beachcomber and to the Vashon Fire & Rescue (VIFR) commissioners (“Billing for ambulance transport is unfair,”… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Access policy is not good for all

As a community member who campaigned for a new track for over 10 years, and an avid runner, I am less than impressed with its… Continue reading

  • Nov 28, 2018

Island angels enhance life for seniors

How many of us truly realize what a treasure we have in the “Emerald Isle” of Vashon? I am one of your “senior” neighbors, and… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018

School district needs to tighten its belt

The recent Beachcomber article “School district officials tell legislators: Sustainability, solvency at risk” (Nov. 15) is based on a projected shortfall of $600,000. The 2021… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018

Halloween fireworks display caused fear

I would never have thought I could be a fearful person. But on Halloween when the fireworks went off in town, I jumped a mile,… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

What to do after I-1631 failure?

You may have heard some economist last week mention the concept of “internalizing an externality.” The most obvious example of such wisdom (from society’s vantage… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

Gun owners need to use weapons safely

I am a Vietnam veteran (1968). Although I live within earshot of the local Sportsmen’s Club firing range, the sounds do not bother me because… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

Billing for ambulance transport is unfair

This year, Vashon Island Fire Rescue (VIFR) got a gift from island taxpayers. A voter-approved $2.1 million annual increase in islanders’VIFR fire levy property taxes.… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018

We must act on behalf of others

It is our job to remember and show up for those who are pushed to the edges.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Each person was a light in darkness

Each of us must continue to take a stand every day.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Financially stable clinic will require our support

Vashon Island cannot have a financially sustainable clinic without support from the island.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Op-ed should have addressed concerns

Asking for accountability is not criticism.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Eliminating dangerous sport would save money

It’s imperative to place students’ health and safety first, even before educating them.

  • Nov 7, 2018

Donated funds strengthen schools

We appreciate your generous support.

  • Nov 7, 2018