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'Call it what you like, but spirit of place is a great reality.'
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.
To the observant, signs of spring are everywhere.
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.
There’s an old maxim that if you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.
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.
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.
Someone needs to explain to me the pressing need for a different library on Vashon.
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?
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.
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
Kudos to the Islanders who are stepping forward to show their opposition to Glacier Northwest’s construction project on Maury Island.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.