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.

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.