Let’s seize chance to create arts center

By Scarlet Foster-MossVashon Allied Arts’ announcement that the arts organization is a recipient of a $1.15 million dollar grant as part of the state’s Building… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2009
The McFeeds building was once a bustling garage.

More discussion about arts campus is needed

In last week’s Beachcomber, Islander Roy McMakin suggested that Vashon Allied Arts provide greater transparency and community involvement regarding the arts campus it hopes to build at the corner of Cemetery Road and Vashon Highway, a visually historic Island intersection. I, too, think some discussion and debate about the future of that corner is in order — although it is with some trepidation that I write this, since I served on the VAA board that hired director Molly Reed and continue to be a huge supporter of Island artists.

  • Jun 9, 2009
The McFeeds building was once a bustling garage.

Editorial: The Beachcomber offers up an array of special inserts

Every year, The Beachcomber publishes what we affectionately refer to as “special sections,” inserts that deliver up helpful listings, guides or other offerings that we think give our readers a deeper appreciation for life on the Rock.

  • Jun 9, 2009

Vashon’s schools are richer and more diverse thanks to commuter students

Anyone who rides the 7:15 north end ferry on a weekday morning has seen the swarm of bleary-eyed kids getting off the boat and packing themselves into two waiting school buses headed for Vashon High School and McMurray Middle School.

Editorial: Library decision shines a fine light on Vashon

The decision by the King County Library System’s Board of Trustees directing library staff to negotiate a new lease so that the branch can remain at Ober Park is a testament to the power of a grassroots citizens’ movement.

  • Jun 2, 2009

K2 site could become a college for students with learning disabilities

Here’s an idea for K2 that would bring good service sector jobs, academic professionals, retail and restaurant customers, economic, infrastructure and cultural amenities to Vashon — and would not change the character of the Island.

  • Jun 2, 2009

Water district’s proposal could help customers and ease the waiting list

The board of commissioners of Water District 19 is considering a policy change that would allow a few residential customers to supply both their main residence and an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) with one water service unit (share) if certain water-saving requirements are met. Presently a customer needs two water service units — one for the principal residence and one for the ADU (sometimes referred to as a mother-in-law or granny suite).

Editorial: Beachcomber changes format, enters a new era

It’s a new day at The Beachcomber.

  • May 26, 2009

Back from tour, Backbone looks ahead to Glacier fight

When it comes to making change, politicians matter, lawyers matter, but more than anything else you matter. What you do, what you say, the sacrifices and risks you take all make a difference. Cynicism is our enemy, and action is our ally. Here’s some proof.

On this Island of anomalies, prepositions matter

The other day, on my way to what is euphemistically and antiseptically known hereabouts as “the transfer station,” I looked up at a road sign… Continue reading

Editorial: Drugs in our cabinets

Conscientious parents have long known not to leave a loaded gun in their closet. They know to keep poisons out of reach from small children, to lock their liquor cabinets and to insist on seatbelts and bike helmets.

  • May 20, 2009

Editorial: The low tide festival

Conservationists often struggle with a dilemma.

  • May 19, 2009

Legislative session was tough but rewarding

When lawmakers came to Olympia on Jan. 12, we all knew that the national recession, which is now a global recession, was hurting the state of Washington. By March, the revenue forecasts for the state had further deteriorated, and we faced a $9 billion revenue shortfall. Washington was not alone: 40 other states faced enormous budget gaps with a cumulative hole of $281 billion.

Nurture a lifelong passion: Give the gift of reading to a local child

One of the things I like most about Vashon is its diversity. Make the same assertion to 10 people about almost anything and you’re likely to get 10 distinct responses. So, I’m going to go out on a limb here and ask for unanimous consent just one time: Reading is important.

Island schools need help; we can give it

A wonderful thing happened in our house this year. My 12-year-old son began coming home from school and diving into his homework without prodding. He now works on projects for hours, humming to himself, lit up by the joy of learning that his humanities teacher has inspired.

Saying a sad goodbye to Camp Fire

About eight years ago, we were preparing to move to Vashon Island from West Seattle. At the time, I didn’t know anyone over here and was nervous about making connections and leaving my full-time job in the city, let alone trying to make a living from home with kids who were 5, 3 and 9 months old.

Letters to the Editor: May 13

K2Shared facilities already existSteve Abel, in his column in last week’s Beachcomber (“K2: Let’s think in terms of shared facilities”), speaks eloquently about his vision… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2009

Editorial: A sad day for schools

Vashon Island School District is facing one of its toughest budget crises in years. Due in part to a significant decline in state spending for… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2009

The school district will have to ask for money again soon

First, let me make it clear that the Vashon school board didn’t ask me to write this. The Beachcomber did. I’m not speaking for any board member but myself.