Opinion

The anatomy of home: The spirit of place, the experience of community

'Call it what you like, but spirit of place is a great reality.'

  • Jan 20, 2009

Editorial: A new day dawns

As of yesterday, he’s no longer President-elect Barack Obama. He’s President Obama. As of yesterday, a new day has dawned. It’s dawned in Washington D.C. as well as the other Washington, on islands off the coast of Maine and on our little island, here in Puget Sound.

  • Jan 20, 2009

Spring’s a great time to interact with nature

To the observant, signs of spring are everywhere.

  • Jan 20, 2009

Graffiti art captures life’s secret

There are lots of things that I love about our Island. The list is really too long to mention all the way through, but one of the things that I appreciate has to do with our four-way stop.

  • Jan 20, 2009

Serving one’s community benefits the individual and the whole

There’s an old maxim that if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.

  • Jan 14, 2009

Ferry meeting was a success, but our efforts must continue

During and after the hearing, a number of you asked what the hearing accomplished or would accomplish. To be perfectly honest, we don’t know. Hopefully, WSF will modify its plans somewhat to reflect our concerns. However, what WSF can do is limited by funding considerations, and those are the purview of the governor and the Legislature.

  • Jan 13, 2009

Editorial: A reprieve on the Sound

After a month of protests, political skirmishes and wild weather, Glacier Northwest is stopping work on its controversial barge-loading pier off of Maury Island.

  • Jan 13, 2009

What’s the hurry to move the library?

Someone needs to explain to me the pressing need for a different library on Vashon.

  • Jan 13, 2009

Parents can influence school calendar

Do you wish the school year ended earlier? Do you want to eliminate the midwinter break in February? Do you prefer early dismissal or late arrival?

  • Jan 13, 2009

Activists seek support to halt Glacier

We are writing this letter as the nine Vashon-Maury residents who risked arrest on Friday, Jan. 2, blockading the two main entrances of the Glacier Northwest gravel mine on Maury Island.

  • Jan 9, 2009

Bird count offers up data to help us shape future policy

By ED SWANFor The BeachcomberThe Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society celebrated its 10th official Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Dec. 28. Since 2000, approximately 30 to… Continue reading

  • Jan 9, 2009

Editorial: Quite a showing

Kudos to the Islanders who are stepping forward to show their opposition to Glacier Northwest’s construction project on Maury Island.

  • Jan 9, 2009

‘Little Women’ provides lessons on life remarkably relevant today

It’s a new year. We have a new president and a new sense of possibilities. Hopes should be running very high on this bright and clear morning.

  • Jan 7, 2009

Commemoration of King’s birth will carry a special meaning

It was 45 years ago that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. and closed his famous “I Have a Dream” speech with these words: “Free at last, free at last, thank God almighty, we are free at last.”

  • Jan 7, 2009

It’s the right time to invest in schools

As a concerned property owner, parent and someone who has studied property taxes on this Island, I’d like to share my perspective regarding the school board’s proposal to renovate Vashon High School and make important improvements to McMurray Middle School and Chautauqua Elementary. These renovations are necessary, and the scale and cost of this project is reasonable.

  • Jan 7, 2009

Anatomy of Home: dwelling fully on Vashon

Words have histories that are often revealing. The words “being” and “dwelling,” for example, have the same Germanic linguistic root: the word buan. So to say in German, “Ich bin,” or, “I am” also means, “I dwell.” What’s more, the Old Saxon word wuon, which is related to buan, adds a very important, if subtle additional meaning: that of “sparing” or “preserving”—that is, being in an actively caretaking relationship with the place where you live.

  • Dec 30, 2008

Tough budget calls for creativity, leadership and a new look at our tax structure

By SHARON NELSONFor The BeachcomberHow can we educate our children and protect our neighborhoods while balancing the state budget? As a lawmaker, it’s my duty to… Continue reading

  • Dec 30, 2008

Editorial: The governor and Glacier

It’s impossible to know why Gov. Christine Gregoire has failed to take a public stance on Glacier Northwest’s dramatic expansion plans or whether she could… Continue reading

  • Dec 30, 2008

Let’s build a bridge for those students who follow

As we say goodbye to 2008, I thought it appropriate to talk about how far we’ve come as a school district this year and to touch upon where we want to go as stewards of tomorrow.

  • Dec 30, 2008

Care about ferry service? If so, it’s time to speak out

The Washington State Ferry Advisory Committee will hold a public hearing on Vashon next week to seek Islanders’ opinions on potential service cuts, pricing strategies and other proposals contained within the ferry system’s newly released draft long-range plan.

  • Dec 30, 2008