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.

Unravel the mysteries of the teen brain

The gap between teens and adults seems to be getting wider and more contentious as each of us tries to understand why the gap is there and what can be done about it.

  • Mar 17, 2009

For decades, land trust has saved public spaces

This time of economic uncertainty urges me to reconsider what I value most, what nurtures me, my family and my community. The answer for me is rural, wild spaces and nature. And the tool is conservation.

  • Mar 17, 2009

K2 could profoundly affect our town core

A visiting friend once told me that Vashon is “kind of a homely little town.” There may be some truth to that statement, but for those of us who live here, our town’s beauty lies not in its appearance, but in the cohesion and generosity of its citizens.

  • Mar 17, 2009

Islanders have a chance to weigh in on library location

This week, King County Councilman Dow Constantine will send a survey about the Vashon Library to every registered Island voter. The survey is sponsored by the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council and was created by a committee of VMICC.

  • Mar 17, 2009

Editorial: A sweet victory

Something magical happened Saturday night. The Pirate hoopsters swept the state Class 1A tournament, and Vashon got swept up in the jubilance of their victory.

  • Mar 10, 2009

Concern is mounting over the size of the new PO boats

A focus group comprised of interested passenger-only (PO) ferry riders gathered on Saturday, Feb. 21, to meet with a number of King County Ferry District representatives.

  • Mar 10, 2009

Move over ‘Northwest Nice’ — a few displaced New Yorkers live here, too

My Burton Coffee Stand and morning walking companion, Bad Michael (to distinguish him from another coffee stand regular, Good Michael), understands that I am not, deep down, a nice person.

When the pickings are slim, look to Vashon’s forests for lichens

This time of year the foraging selection is slim.

Hackett lawsuit shines a bright light on employment practices

I was in the middle of updating a client’s harassment in the workplace policy and customizing my over 100th training on the topic when I heard the news of Lanora Hackett’s win in her lawsuit against Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR).

  • Mar 6, 2009

Middle school boys are working hard to figure out who they are

It’s a hard thing to watch a 14-year-old boy cry.

  • Mar 4, 2009

Shop locally

Islanders talk a lot about growing and buying local food — an act that helps to sustain our environment, strengthen our community fabric and support a fantastic lot of people. Equally important — and for all the same reasons — is shopping locally.

  • Mar 4, 2009

Without training, babysitting can be a nightmare — for all involved

You want proof that our species is resilient? Look at the babysitting that kids survive.

  • Mar 4, 2009

Editorial: It’s time to weigh in

Islanders have before them ballots for one of the most significant elections Vashon has faced in a while: a school bond measure that would lead to a major overhaul of our aging high school. And as the letters and commentaries on these two pages suggest, Islanders are, of course, divided on this issue.

  • Feb 25, 2009

Israel has a right to defend itself against outside aggression

Kate Hunter is right: The media does not always present the Israeli-Palestinian conflict accurately. Unfortunately, the media is willing to do exactly what she does — present a small part of the real story in sound bites and headlines that distort the truth.

  • Feb 24, 2009

The school board must craft an affordable plan for the bond

At a time when Seattle is forced to close schools due to the economic crisis that the city and state are facing, property owners on Vashon are being asked to support a $75.5 million school bond to renovate the high school. With interest included for this 20-year bond, the total will come to $150 million for a community of just over 10,000 residents.

  • Feb 24, 2009