Letters to the Editor

Talk about taking it to the streets — Backbone ‘Procession’ goes nationwide

At this year’s Strawberry Festival, the Backbone Campaign brought some of its giant puppets to the parade, including one of our newest creations, the Penta-Gone. Carried by five people, the Penta-Gone shows the outside of the Pentagon building, with five questions about our national priorities: “One-year nuclear weapons budget or renewable energy for 16.5 million homes?” “One year ‘star wars’ spending or 200,410 new teachers?” “One month in Iraq or health care for 3,214,990 Americans?” “Twenty F22 bombers or 274,000 four-year university scholarships?” (These numbers, based on the Pentagon’s budget for 2009, were provided to the Backbone Campaign by the National Priorities Project — www.nationalpriorities.org.)

  • Aug 20, 2008

Land Trust works to preserve Island wilderness for the entire community

“Are you from the Land Trust?”

  • Aug 19, 2008

Vashon residents respond to hate crime | Letters to the Editor

I’m confident that all parishioners are with me in standing in solidarity with our Jewish brethren on the Island who have suffered the damages and painful insult of a hate crime that desecrated the most sacred part of their synagogue. We deplore this crime and the hatred that spurred on the criminals, and we pledge to do what we can to bring the criminals to justice. They need to be held accountable for the evil they have perpetrated.

  • Aug 6, 2008

Vashon Beachcomber Letters to the Editor | July 30

I have been asked, “Why should I bother to vote in the primary? None of our legislators have opposition.” We all need to take the time and effort to vote in the Aug. 12 primary election for several reasons.

  • Jul 30, 2008

Vashon Island Beachcomber Letters to the Editor | July 23

Thunderstorms and Independence Day get the same response at my house. Both situations are pretty horrific if you’re a large animal like a horse or a mule. Whether the noise and light show are caused by nature or humans, we head out to a safe corner of our property and sing peaceful songs to our outdoor animals. In either case, someone (the mule, Shetland or Arab cross) gets a serious case of gas. Indeed, I have spent many a July 5th massaging a prostrate equine whose belly is so tight with gas I could play a drum solo on it.

  • Jul 22, 2008

Food, humor and The New Yorker cover

My mom did not take my brother and me out for fancy meals growing up. Or, if she did, there was nothing memorable about it. My mom was in sales, and raising us alone meant long hours at work.The responsibility of dinner would fall on my brother and me. We became proficient at spinach lasagna and pasta with Le Seure baby peas.

  • Jul 22, 2008

Praise for Vashon fireworks show | Letters to the Editor

On behalf of our family and 50 or so friends and neighbors who gathered at our home this Independence Day, we would like to thank The Hardware Store and friends for a beautiful and entertaining fireworks display.

  • Jul 15, 2008

Fireworks are outdated, inappropriate for 4th | Vashon Letters to the Editor

Skull-splitting explosions, animals cowering in fear and sleepless nights hardly seem appropriate ways to celebrate the Fourth of July. Vashon Island is special because of its quiet repose and year-round serenity — except for the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, when everyone must endure the regressive, pathological need of a few to blow things up.

  • Jul 9, 2008

Big biz could trample little guys on Vashon | Letters to the Editor

Great idea to bring Allstar Fitness to K2 Commons. And a great idea to buy out the locally owned and operated Vashon Athletic Club.

  • Jun 26, 2008

Vashon residents should turn out for WSF’s pricing meeting

On Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m., Washington State Ferries (WSF) will host a public meeting at McMurray Middle School to hear what Vashon residents have to say about proposed pricing and operational strategies. It is an opportunity for all of us to be heard on these subjects, and as many of us as possible should be there.

  • Jun 20, 2008

Parents of t-baller impressed with league | Vashon Letters to the Editor

Letters from Vashon-Maury residents on a host of issues.

  • Jun 18, 2008

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At the last Vashon-Maury Island Community Council (VMICC) board meeting, a couple came to ask for help dealing with people shooting rifles and setting off fireworks in Island Center Forest.

  • Jun 10, 2008

Animal owners should be ‘responsible,’ cultivate good behavior

That and more in the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber's letters to the editor section.

  • Jun 4, 2008

Vashon-Maury letters to the editor

Wallrof and Slaughter deserve votes...Posting on poles should be allowed...Vashon should take stand on Iraq war...more.

  • Jun 2, 2008

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Middle EastAn analogy shows it is racismThe context for this letter is the article, op-ed and letters appearing in this paper about the latest of… Continue reading

  • Apr 29, 2008

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Sandy TillmanCoach taught valuable lessonsI am writing this letter in regard to the character of Sandy Tillman. I have known Sandy for 25 years. I… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2008

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Fire commissionLet’s stay focused on the goalA huge thank you to everyone who supported me over the past several months in my campaign for fire… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2008

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Sandy TillmanCoaching is a thankless jobWe were saddened by the school board’s decision to not renew the high school girls basketball coach’s contract and the… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2008

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ShoppingLocal stores do it betterAmazon reported their profits doubled to $111 million during the first quarter of 2007, according to The Tacoma News-Tribune (July 15,… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2008

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Local businessesVashon has some of the bestWhew! It was good to be back on the Rock after a busy day of client meetings in Kenmore,… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2008