Opinion

EDITORIAL: The rights not being addressed in wake of Vegas shooting

It’s been just over a week since 58 people were killed and…

  • Oct 10th, 2017

 

COMMENTARY: In praise of a deeper state

One morning in late September, I walked onto the King County Water…

  • Oct 10th, 2017

 

LETTER: Levy overstates need, vote ‘no’

I write as someone who has benefited directly and recently from the…

  • Oct 10th, 2017

 

LETTER: Vote to keep Candy McCullough, her experience is needed

We need Candy McCullough’s depth of experience and dedication to represent us…

  • Oct 10th, 2017

LETTER: Tax increase is necessary, but current crisis can’t happen again

I hate taxes. But we are faced with a crisis and a…

  • Oct 10th, 2017

LETTER: VIFR hasn’t asked for money in decades, vote ‘yes’

Our fire department hasn’t asked for money in more than 25 years.…

  • Oct 10th, 2017

LETTER: Vote ‘yes’ on levy to keep rapid, high quality emergency response

In the wee hours one night in October 2015, I started downstairs…

  • Oct 10th, 2017

LETTER: Vote ‘yes’ on Prop 1 to ensure safety, keep response times

As the wife of a volunteer firefighter for Vashon Island Fire &…

  • Oct 10th, 2017

LETTER: VIFR needs support, McCullough can bring stability and knowledge to board

Most people on Vashon realize the “no taxes” ploy used by our…

  • Oct 10th, 2017

LETTER: Only way to fix mess at Fauntleroy is to privatize dock operations

After spending another frustrating time in the Fauntleroy ferry line, I started…

  • Oct 10th, 2017

LETTER: Prop. 1 is irresponsible, VIFR should consider leasing trucks

All Vashon residents desire to have a fire department with functioning equipment…

  • Oct 10th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Don’t forget civic duty amid falling leaves, crisp mornings

Ah, fall is in the air — the leaves are changing, there’s…

  • Oct 12th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Don’t let crazed outside world cause life to pass by

It’s already October — how did that happen? I either got sucked…

  • Oct 3rd, 2017

COMMENTARY: Donate to PIE during phone-a-thon to help fund educational enhancements

Vashon Partners in Education is celebrating its 30th year of supporting teachers…

  • Oct 3rd, 2017

LETTER: Restore VIFR’s 1990 levy rate

We are justly proud of our island’s self-reliance and heritage of volunteerism,…

  • Oct 3rd, 2017

LETTER: Puget Sound Energy’s current efforts are not enough

I would like to offer here a broader context to The Beachcomber’s…

  • Oct 3rd, 2017

LETTER: People need to help themselves

I say we are all participants in a grand experiment concerning the…

  • Oct 3rd, 2017

LETTER: Fire department sole source of after-hours care, vote ‘yes’ to keep that

I am writing in support of Proposition No. 1, the November ballot…

  • Sep 26th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Even with forest closure, deer hunt is equitable

Last Tuesday, a small group of islanders gathered in McMurray Middle School’s…

COMMENTARY: Taking a knee — Patriotism vs Nationalism

What’s in a song? NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s job, it would seem,…

COMMENTARY: Hunger Action Month calls for efforts to focus on all hungry islanders

September is Hunger Action Month. Feeding America, a nationwide food-bank network, calls…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

LETTER: Vashon forgets workforce that makes island what it is

To many, this island is a special, whimsical refuge from busy city…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

LETTER: Life after incarceration event is a partnership

I appreciate The Beachcomber’s coverage of the important upcoming event Re-Entry: Life…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Give to Vashon Schools Foundation to ensure quality education amidst budget unknowns

Welcome back to a new school year. Have you heard the latest?…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Lawmakers should not be exempt from records requests

Recall earlier this summer when the Legislature passed its $43.7 million operating…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

LETTER: Movie screening presents opportunity

A couple of years ago, we returned to Vashon Island. My mother-in-law,…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

LETTER: Annual hunt does not decrease island’s large deer population

This year is my 23rd living on Vashon, and during that time…

  • Sep 19th, 2017

LETTER: Make sure children can be seen in dark, early mornings, nights

School has started and it will soon be dark as kids walk…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Despite attempts, education can’t be funded equally

The state’s new school budget plan had the best of intentions —…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

LETTER: WSF’s decision to keep new loading procedure makes no sense

This is the critical quote from the Washington State Ferries alert sent…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

LETTER: Vote ‘yes’ on levy to ensure enough emergency responders

I joined the Vashon Fire Department 50 years ago and still respond…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Why I Care: After hearing stories, struggles, no choice but to support immigrants

The Indivisible Vashon Immigrant and Refugee Working Group formed after the 2016…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

LETTER: Treatment without parents present requires thought

On Aug. 30, a front-page article in The Beachcomber reminded us of…

  • Sep 12th, 2017

COMMENTARY: As fall begins, consider an eco-friendly lawn for both environment, curb appeal

How’s your lawn doing? This summer, like the one in 2015, has…

  • Sep 5th, 2017

LETTER: Glad that law suit against the school district is over

I am really happy that the lawsuit against the school district has…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

LETTER: Nelson commentary might as well have been written by WSF spokesperson

I read Sharon Nelson’s commentary in last week’s Beachcomber a second time…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

LETTER: Cat’s fate was sealed from the beginning

I read with sadness, but not surprise, of the death of our…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

COMMENTARY: Why was the cougar killed? Biologist gives wildlife management perspective

Many disagreed about Vashon’s cougar, but most did not want him dead.…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

LETTER: Once-in-a-lifetime event brought with it feelings of unity

Something transformative happened to me at the eclipse. Sleeping on the ground…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

EDITORIAL: Hopes and dreams for a new season as fall creeps closer

For many Pacific Northwest residents, summer is what they live for. The…

  • Aug 29th, 2017