For me, there are really three and a half seasons in t

For me, there are really three and a half seasons in the year. There’s autumn, my absolutely favorite season.

  • Sep 16, 2008

Educating oneself on beliefs of others creates a better environment for all

Opinions can be dangerous things. Wars have been started because of them, people have died because of them, the fates of entire races and the destinies of whole countries have been permanently altered just because a difference in belief escalated into a conflict due to a lack of understanding and empathy.

  • Sep 16, 2008

In our opinion Respecting differences

With the political season in full swing, we’re likely to see political signs start popping up in fields and yards like fall mushrooms.

  • Sep 16, 2008

The Democratic National Convention had spectacle, but substance too

Vashon’s 18-year-old delegate reflects on his whirlwind experience with the democratic process

  • Sep 9, 2008

Restorative justice is a much more forgiving way to balance the scales

In a letter to The Beachcomber, Rev. Dan Houston of the Vashon Presbyterian Church asks us Islanders to consider the issues of forgiveness and justice, having worked with his congregation through the pain of vandalism at the church.

  • Sep 9, 2008

In our opinion A library in town

There are many reasons a new library at K2 Commons makes sense. It would “repurpose” an existing structure, sit right on the highway and give Islanders what we were promised ­when we voted in favor of a multi-million bond measure — a bigger space.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Ferry dock is a dangerous spot

Ferry dock is a dangerous spot

  • Sep 9, 2008

The rules of the game: Writing for The Beachcomber

A lot of people write for The Beachcomber. They submit columns, letters to the editor, articles for our community page. Their voices are varied and genuine, and we welcome —even encourage — their contributions.

The return of rafts of water birds marks the beginning of fall

Autumn approaches, leaves turn yellow and red, sunlight slants low — while returning flocks of birds splash their colors across the canvas of a deepening blue sky and Sound.

  • Sep 2, 2008

A lesson from a summer spent on Vashon: Why leave?

The idea of spending a whole summer on an island somewhere is deliciously tantalizing — a place where I could throw away the clock and calendar and live in the timeless moment of “now.” Well, that place turned out to be right under my feet this summer.

  • Sep 2, 2008

In our opinion Weigh in on our schools

The Vashon Island School District’s 1,500 students made their way back to school this week, a bittersweet reminder that fall is in the air and the long days of summer are behind us.

  • Sep 2, 2008

Energy efficiency can save Vashon schools a bundle

Remember the good old days, just a year or two ago, when $20 would fill up your car’s gas tank? Remember when the gas pumps at Engels could keep track of the cost of gas? Remember when buying heating oil didn’t require a second mortgage? Who thinks our natural gas or electric rates are going down? Our school district is facing these same dilemmas.

  • Aug 27, 2008

With Beijing behind us, Islanders should prepare for the Vashon Olympics

Well, the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing just wrapped up Sunday. The closing ceremony dazzled viewers with an oversized and fiery pyrotechnic finale.

  • Aug 26, 2008

In our opinion Affordable housing on Vashon

Jean Bosch, real estate agent and housing advocate, captured the dilemma well when she talked to The Beachcomber this week about Vashon HouseHold’s newest project.

  • Aug 26, 2008

In our opinion: Not again…

Wasn’t it just last week that you read about vandalism in this very spot? Well, it happened again. This time, Vashon’s unidentified troublemakers smashed into the Island’s public schools and several school buses between 3 and 4 a.m. last Tuesday.

  • Aug 21, 2008

Vashon High School improvements are long overdue

We ought to be embarrassed. For years, our community has squabbled and kibitzed over the need for a remodeled high school without ever calling the question to a vote.

  • Aug 20, 2008

Emir Nohutcu, ‘Turkish prince,’ was a breath of fresh air on Vashon

When Emir Nohutcu was preparing to leave his native Turkey last summer for a year on Vashon, he turned for advice to his uncle, an Istanbul ophthalmologist who had been an exchange student in Philadelphia 30 years ago.

  • Aug 20, 2008

A Mormon perspective on the Jewish faith

I sat in stunned silence listening to a visiting Rabbi explain that many Jews today debate whether or not they are really a “chosen people.”

  • Aug 19, 2008

More than our fair share of vandalism — and trash

While it’s wonderful to hear that the Island has seen a slight decline in assaults and other serious crimes in the last year, a contrasting yet unsurprising crime statistic is disheartening: “Quality of life” crimes on Vashon have seen a 20 percent spike since 2007.

  • Aug 13, 2008