Opinion

Vashon searches for a way to govern itself

By JOE MEEKERFor The BeachcomberThere are about 21,000 islands on Earth.They constitute about 7 percent of the land area, and about 10 percent of the… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2008

Palin’s campaign does nothing for women

By LYNANN POLITTEFor The BeachcomberMen have been engaging the help of women to further their oppression of women since, well, the beginning of a patriarchal… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2008

Even during tough times, we can choose to live without fear

By AIMEE CARTIERFor The BeachcomberThe other night I was at one of our Island restaurants when in passing I overheard someone say with great conviction,… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2008

Editorial: Stamping out intolerance

As one of our letter-writers eloquently points out in this week’s issue (“Defacing sign is heartless”), another act of intolerance occurred in the last few… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2008

In our opinion: Conserving shoreline

Talk to the staff at the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, and you find that they’ve been pushing hard for the last few years, working on… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2008

In tough times, the food bank provides a lifeline

By YVONNE PITROFNearly all of us have been following the headlines over the last few weeks, wondering what the world is going to look like… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2008

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 8

AccommodationsNew inns aren’t neededDo we really need newly developed hotels on this Island? If you missed last Tuesday’s Chamber of Commerce Lodging Tour — a… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2008

Major projects keep school district busy

By TERRY LINDQUISTVashon Island School District SuperintendentOne of the many things I have learned about this wonderful little Island community is that there is always… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2008

Financially strapped WSF faces big issues

Reservation system? Peak pricing? Now’s the time to speak up.

  • Oct 7, 2008

The anatomy of home: A sense of place that draws us to Vashon

NORTH PASSAGES with Will North

  • Sep 25, 2008

The hidden lives of dogs: What do they do while we’re away?

A SLICE OF LIFE with Mary Kay Rauma

  • Sep 25, 2008

Valuing life should be a priority

Editor’s note: This is the first in a new series of columns where Islanders discuss the values that guide their lives and inform their actions.

  • Sep 25, 2008

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 24

Local electionConsider running for councilI would like to call attention to the other election. I am asking Islanders to take their attention off the engrossing… Continue reading

  • Sep 25, 2008

Editorial: Bus ridership all year long

As PTSA President Denise Katz points out in her column this week, the Vashon Island School District needs Island kids to ride the bus next… Continue reading

Ride buses next week

By DENISE KATZFor The BeachcomberThe Vashon Island School District’s Bus Ridership Week is Sept. 29 through Oct. 3. This annual statewide count of students who… Continue reading

  • Sep 23, 2008

More funding is needed for the Island’s youngest residents

Last week my wife and I experienced a parental rite of passage — our daughter climbed on board a school bus for the first time. We were worried that she would get cold feet at the last moment — but no, off she went, happily heading toward her first day of school.

  • Sep 17, 2008

When school’s out, boredom sets in for many Island teens

As children, our imaginations had no limit.

  • Sep 17, 2008