Letters to the editor | Dec. 8 edition

Islanders sound off on the Tramp Harbor Dock, fire district, and more.

TRAMP HARBOR

Imagine what a dock could be

Now that the plans for the Tramp Harbor Dock are getting closer to being settled, people’s feelings regarding its future are surfacing.

Surprisingly to me, there have been many calls to remove the Tramp Harbor Dock. It’s hurting the Sound, it’s blocking light, we shouldn’t be so sentimental about these old island structures. I disagree.

There is only one other heavily used public dock on the island at Dockton. One of the strongest values of this community is to preserve natural areas for both wildlife, and so that islanders and visitors alike can explore nature. We feel this is especially important when it comes to raising the next generation of kids who will grow up to be the stewards of Puget Sound. Let’s not just rebuild the dock, but reimagine the dock

Imagine this. Imagine a dock that is built to create marine habitat and a multifaceted experience of the water for the people who use it. What if we build a dock that is designed to optimize the number of muscles, anemones, crabs and fish that live on and around the dock? Imagine that some of those structures create tide pools, and there could be viewing windows to the life living under the dock.

The dock can have different sections designed for different uses. There can be an area for fishing, and one for swimming. We can mount telescopes for viewing the surrounding area and birds. There can be covered benches for sitting and enjoying the water and all the activity around the dock. Further out we can anchor a floating platform for seals to sunbathe, and leave their pups while the parents fish.

Underneath and near the dock we can pile rocks and objects creating a marine environment that will attract a diverse community of anemones, fish and crustaceans that is also an underwater attraction for swimmers and divers.

Let’s take this opportunity to think about what this dock could be for the community, and how it could promote life in the sound, as well as be a special gathering place for people to enjoy each other, and their connection to the water.

Celina Yarkin

ELDER CARE

Caregivers are heroes

In my 84 years of good living on this earth, I have had many occupations, and I served people.

Today I’m a disabled veteran and require assistance in my daily life — putting on shoes and socks, cooking meals, bathing, laundry, house cleaning, medication reminders and getting things from high places. Our caregivers have fulltime, high-stress first responder jobs, caring for those of us who cannot do it for ourselves anymore. Thanks many times over — you know who you are.

Thomas Leigh-Kendell

FIRE DISTRICT

Staffing increase

While VIFR may need to add additional career firefighters/EMTs, I question the wisdom of increasing staff by 54% at one time. As reported in The Beachcomber, I am puzzled by Chief Vinci’s “rationale for the increased staffing” – “Vashon is accessible by ferry only…” I understand the Chief is new to Vashon, and that we have many other new residents. In case the Chief, and those new residents, had not noticed, Vashon is an island, only accessible by ferry and this has been the case since long before VIFR was established in 1942.

Scott Harvey