Opinion

At The Beachcomber, we’re thankful for an Island filled with talent

But at a small community newspaper like ours, the staff is only part of the picture. The fact is, we rely to a huge degree on the community to help us fill our pages week after week — another group of dedicated Islanders who write for us, take photographs, send us news tips and provide news releases.

It may be time for senior center to consider new location

That was a good article in The Beachcomber about the Vashon Senior Center both simplifying and improving itself through alignment with the Vashon Park District. At a youthful 84, I’m in the cheering section for whatever positive things happen at the senior center.

  • Dec 22, 2008

Sausage making a longstanding tradition

“When and who would like to make Swedish Potato Sausage?” my dad asks.

  • Dec 22, 2008

School remodel is overdue and critical for success

We commend the Vashon school board for its decision to place a complete bond proposal before voters rather than a piecemeal version, or no version at all. Teachers at Vashon High School (VHS) overwhelmingly favor the construction of a new building. We are heartened by the school board’s commitment to modernizing our schools, especially since VHS has been sub-standard for years.

  • Dec 22, 2008

A stroll in Paradise Valley gives a close-up view of Judd Creek’s two stems

Skirting the north edge of Paradise Valley mid-Vashon, this walk traverses the east and west stems of upper Judd Creek, a salmon-bearing stream flowing from central Vashon’s plateau.

  • Dec 22, 2008

Editorial: Library games

Three months ago, the Vashon Park District board wrote a letter to the King County Library System board making one significant piece of information clear: The park district remains willing to work with the library system to find a way to keep the Vashon branch at Ober Park.

  • Dec 16, 2008

Islands like ours: Ferries help to maintain our unique Island life

Mainland cities grow from the inside out, but small islands are populated from the outside in. The first human inhabitants arrive by water and settle on the shoreline to hunt and fish. Vashon began with native peoples earning their living on our cobbled beaches with only occasional forays into the interior for wood and meat.

  • Dec 16, 2008

When creeks teemed with salmon — and the Sound with killer whales

A creek ran through my grandmother’s front yard, and in the fall it was jam-packed full of salmon, swimming hard against the current. They seemed pretty big to me, all battered and ragged with their hooked noses. There were plenty of dead ones floating backwards, sort of ghostly white, eyes staring at nothing. We were sternly warned to stay out of the rose garden that edged the creek while we were busy staring at the salmon.

  • Dec 16, 2008

A debate over Maury’s mine: Lease decision was made only after several agencies issued permits

By DOUG SUTHERLANDFor The BeachcomberAs you are likely aware, I signed a lease for a dock and pierhead that enables Northwest Aggregates, a subsidiary of… Continue reading

  • Dec 9, 2008

Editorial: A dark cloud hovers

The message is clear: Don’t give up. Because once we do, Glacier Northwest has won. We get it. And we agree.

  • Dec 9, 2008

Editorial: A legal settlement

As is the case in most compromises, the 11th-hour settlement between developer Dan McClary and the water district he sued leaves both parties somewhat unhappy.

  • Dec 2, 2008

Aquatic reserve headed for failure unless DNR changes course

As someone who has spent considerable time studying the management of marine protected areas, or MPAs, I find the Maury Island Aquatic Reserve of great interest. I applaud its creation and am fascinated by the planning process.

  • Dec 2, 2008

The Cookie Fairy is real, and something worth believing in

The Cookie Fairy is supernal beauty and glory beyond, everywhere and nowhere at once. She takes many forms and gives us loving refuge in our sometimes-intolerable existence. She works seen and unseen, in the form of a grandmother one day, of a beloved neighbor another, your piano teacher the day after that.

  • Dec 2, 2008

Island schools teach global citizenry

By LAURETTA HYDEFor The BeachcomberGlobalization, growth or decline on a worldwide scale is an inexorable part of 21st-century life. As such, it is imperative that… Continue reading

  • Dec 2, 2008

DAWN is still available to Island residents

As you may have heard, King County faced a $90 million shortfall in the general fund this year, and funding for human services was drastically reduced. Human services agencies have been on the offense working to maintain needed funding, and we continue to work to have money restored to human services agencies across the board.

  • Nov 26, 2008

Editorial: Shop locally

Take a look at The Beachcomber’s annual Gift Guide in this week’s paper — page 12, to be precise — and you’ll find that the… Continue reading

  • Nov 26, 2008

Editorial: A painful budget

The King County Council passed a $627.8 million budget on Monday, closing an unprecedented $93.4 million shortfall the only way budget writers knew how —… Continue reading

  • Nov 26, 2008