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