Opinion

EDITORIAL: As funding is cut, it’s important not to forget seniors

In a recent discussion with islander and Rotarian Amy Huggins about the…

  • Aug 15th, 2017

 

COMMENTARY: Ferries officials need to consider more possible options, return to what worked

I and other members of the Vashon Ferry Advisory Committee are anticipating…

  • Aug 15th, 2017

 

COMMENTARY: Why I Care: We must carry on inclusive attitude country was founded on

* The Indivisible/Backbone Campaign’s Immigration &Refugee working group is a typical Vashon…

  • Aug 15th, 2017

 

EDITORIAL: Water taxi should expand service, help ferry system

A ferry ride from the island’s north end puts passengers in West…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

COMMENTARY: The Vashon fire department needs our help now

I have been glued to the Vashon Island Fire &Rescue (VIFR) crisis…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

LETTER: Cougar will not re-wild Vashon

Last week, Mark Nassutti’s letter continued shaming animal owners for not properly…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

LETTER: Support VIRC, swim lessons with raffle for houseboat stay

For a sunny week this past June, I was a grateful live-aboard…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

LETTER: Care for pets’ paws when sidewalks heat up

I was recently made aware of the heat of summer sidewalks and…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

LETTER: Board needs to ensure services will continue during transition

Thanks to Dr. Barry Grosskopf for his gracious note in the Bouquet…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

LETTER: A salute to the elders

Dorothy Bauer, age 95, has suffered a stroke and is recovering at…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

LETTER: Recent years have brought many improvements to once ailing district

Things are looking up at the Vashon Park District. The current board…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

LETTER: Fire department provided excellent service at Sandy Shores fire

A major fire broke out in my neighborhood (Sandy Shores) last week.…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

EDITORIAL: Fire district levy decision calls for increased attention

Over the course of two public meetings last week, Vashon’s fire commissioners…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

COMMENTARY: Pesticides pose risk for island and beyond

Diane Emerson and I work on pesticide issues on Vashon. We have…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

LETTER: Local focus at Strawberry Festival would be better

In 1996 we began to visit Vashon Island to see if this…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

LETTER: Don’t blame the cougar; work to better protect island livestock instead

I take issue with the use of the word “attack” in describing…

  • Aug 1st, 2017

EDITORIAL: Suicide in the news can put others at risk

Perhaps it seems wrong, as the cheerful memories of Strawberry Festival are…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Enjoying the ride on the festival roller coaster

One of my longtime beliefs about parenting is that there are very…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

LETTER: Poor leadership at WSF, fire department hurts islanders

Recent comments by Vashon’s fire department and Washington State Ferries (WSF) left…

  • Jul 27th, 2017

LETTER: Lunchtime music brings revelation at senior center

Vashon Senior Center Luau Celebration lunch, July 14: I don’t know exactly…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

LETTER: Money, awareness will help islanders in need

The Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness (IFCH) is thrilled that our candidate,…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

LETTER: WSF should take ideas from islanders more seriously

It is disappointing, but not surprising, that the ferry system is not…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Persistence, patience needed to improve ferry service on Triangle Route

As you are aware, Washington State Ferries (WSF) is testing changes to…

  • Jul 25th, 2017

LETTER: Be skeptical in age of alternative facts

I think the nature of truth is a relevant topic as we…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

LETTER: State should protect citizens, not cave to Trump’s voter records request

If you ask Washington State Secretary of State Kim Wyman how she…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

LETTER: Vote ‘yes’ on Prop. 1 to help island nonprofits improve accessibility

Soon you will receive your ballots for the August primary election. One…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

COMMENTARY: The need is real, Prop. 1 means more access to arts, heritage and science education

Some of us may rue the economic boom in the Seattle-King County…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Loss of task force members is unfortunate for Vashon

Two of Vashon’s representatives on Washington State Ferries’ Triangle Route Task Force…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

LETTER: How do we ban fireworks on Vashon?

Can anything be done about the firecrackers that we are subjected to…

  • Jul 18th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Despite hard-fought state budget compromise, school funding will hit local taxpayers hard

It is often said around Olympia that budgets are moral documents —…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Island’s changing town is sign of the times

Only four percent of Americans have never purchased anything online. But perhaps…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

LETTER: Beware of flammable chemical in wood stain, shed caught fire

Last month, our shed burned down, taking with it at least one…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

LETTER: Why I Care: How to make our community more supportive

It saddens me that local immigrants are feeling less secure and more…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

LETTER: Learning about white privilege must be experiential

In his letter to the editor 6/28/17, one thing Chuck Hirman objected…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

LETTER: Common ground can only be found through communication

Last week was a great week – the Washington Legislature passed a…

  • Jul 11th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Why are our odd Independence Day traditions what they are?

Another Fourth of July — or Scare the Bejesus Out of Animals…

  • Jul 5th, 2017

EDITORIAL: State’s McCleary-compliant budget has drawbacks

Washington’s Legislature on Friday passed a state budget with mere hours to…

  • Jul 5th, 2017

LETTER: Invisible privilege needs to be recognized

Words are important and using shorthand for complex concepts can sometimes muddy…

  • Jul 5th, 2017

LETTER: White privilege still exists even in people from poor backgrounds

The personal story in last week’s letter about poverty as a young…

  • Jul 5th, 2017

LETTER: Sweeping generalizations about laws, white privilege need to stop

I believe every person must be treated with dignity and respect, whether…

  • Jun 27th, 2017