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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.)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great idea to bring Allstar Fitness to K2 Commons. And a great idea to buy out the locally owned and operated Vashon Athletic Club.
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.
Letters from Vashon-Maury residents on a host of issues.
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.
That and more in the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber's letters to the editor section.
Wallrof and Slaughter deserve votes...Posting on poles should be allowed...Vashon should take stand on Iraq war...more.