There are those of us who like the roller coaster called life

I pretty much go through life quoting movies. You can find a lifetime’s worth of smarts in “When Harry Met Sally.” Don’t get me started on all of the wisdom in “The Wizard of Oz” or “It’s a Wonderful Life.” But ask any friend of mine about the movie I quote most frequently, and they’ll tell you this.

Some ‘environmentally friendly’ cars just don’t make the grade

Ah, Progress! You know those brand new gleaming strips of asphalt all along the Vashon Highway that were installed in the last couple of weeks (and snarled traffic for days)? Let me just ask you this question: Is it me, or is that new pavement way bumpier than what was there before?

Let’s explore what it takes to build a vibrant community

Does the high school really need to be rebuilt? Would an energy or hospital taxing district make this a better community? Should K2 Commons remain as a commercially zoned site? Which of the many nonprofits needing resources during this economic crisis are most important to support?

  • Apr 8, 2009

Library thoughts: It’s important to know all the costs of a relocation of the library

In weighing cost considerations of alternative library locations, it is necessary to include all the costs — not just the estimated construction costs. The Beachcomber editorial two weeks ago stated the King County Library System (KCLS) board of trustees must be guided by the available capital budget plus possible grants in awarding building contracts.

  • Apr 8, 2009

Why should adults fight teen substance use when it’s impossible to prevent it?

Common sense tells us not to attempt the impossible. When a thing is known with reasonable certainty to be unattainable, it’s clearly wasteful and ludicrous to put effort and resources towards achieving that thing.

  • Apr 8, 2009

Editorial: Here comes the sun

What a difference some sunshine makes. In these last few days, it’s as though the gray clouds that have hovered over the Island for months have lifted — not only literally, but figuratively. It’s as though the Island is breathing a sigh of relief. At last.

  • Apr 7, 2009

Felled tulip tree stood by for much of Vashon’s history

The Eernisse tulip tree was a fine landmark on Vashon Island, one of the tallest trees in town and one of the historic trees planted by a family of early settlers, Arie and Sara Eernisse.

  • Apr 7, 2009

Library thoughts: survey elicited spirit of cooperation among many

This edition of The Beachcomber includes news of the recently completed survey of Islanders regarding the placement of our new library. I’d like to explain how this survey came about and to thank the people who made it happen.

  • Apr 7, 2009

Washington Legislature won’t restructure tax system; Vashon should speak up

The state is in a world of hurt. A deficit economic forecasters thought would reach $6 billion is now approaching a staggering $9 billion — making Washington one of the 10 worst states in the country in terms of its budget shortfall.

  • Apr 1, 2009

Compassion can deepen parents’ connections with their teens

Editor’s note: According to statewide data, Vashon teens are more likely to have used marijuana or alcohol in the last 30 days than their peers statewide.

  • Apr 1, 2009

Ferry system’s future rests with the state Legislature

Last Thursday the state Senate released its 2009-11 proposed Senate Transportation Budget.

  • Apr 1, 2009

Weigh in on library’s location and help shape Vashon’s future

Vashon’s public library connects our community to the world, just as Thriftway, Vashon Market and the Farmers Market feed us and The Beachcomber and The Loop help inform our civic debates. All are vital parts of our town culture; none are expendable. Where they are, what they look like and how effectively they operate are important to the complex daily life of our community. We depend on them.

  • Apr 1, 2009

Vashon commandments discovered

By GREG WESSELFor The BeachcomberColumnist’s note: This was discovered in a recent translation of the Unabridged Book of Exodus.And lo the Honorary Mayor spake these… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2009

Editorial: Where should the library be?

If the King County Library System’s preliminary analyses are correct, we have new and significant information to consider as we debate the future of our beloved branch at Ober Park.

  • Mar 24, 2009

Communication is key in addressing teen drug abuse

According to statewide data, Vashon teens are more likely to have used marijuana or alcohol in the last 30 days than their peers statewide. A group of Islanders who work with youth or on youth-related issues has put together a series of talks and workshops focused on teens, parenting and drug and alcohol use in an ongoing effort to address teen substance abuse on Vashon.

  • Mar 24, 2009

Island industries need our support today

When I agreed last year to run for the position of president of the Vashon-Maury Chamber of Commerce, I was well aware of the problems related to our national declining economy, but was not totally prepared for the seriousness of the downturn that would coincide with the beginning of my tenure.

  • Mar 24, 2009

Romance and murder in the Vashon library

The votes are in. Judging from the e-mails and comments I’ve received on the street, readers of this column are happier when I rant and rave than when I wax thoughtful.

Bird songs and calls fill the spring air

It’s spring, and bird song is in the air. What are they all excited about? Like tree frogs and the rest of us critters, birds are responding to the longer and warmer days, a burgeoning crop of food and a rising amatory urge.

  • Mar 24, 2009

Vashon School Board needs more public involvement in crafting new bond | Editorial

Those of us who pay close attention to the school board and watched its careful crafting of the bond measure that just went down to defeat noted this: To a large degree, these five elected Islanders tried hard to garner the input of their constituents every step of the way.

  • Mar 18, 2009

Death knells of newspapers are worrisome to those of us who love ink

Most likely, you are reading this while holding The Beachcomber. Do me a favor and feel that newsprint with your fingers. Smell the ink on that paper. Notice its rough edge on top, the little tiny holes punched into the bottom quarter inch. Rustle the paper and snap it into shape.