Opinion

Disposal plan for glacier arsenic would have considerable impact on Maury

Preserve Our Islands, as The Beachcomber pointed out in a news story last week, is concerned about what Glacier Northwest plans to do with its arsenic-laced soil, assuming it eventually begins excavating millions of tons of sand and gravel from its 235-acre site on Maury Island. We’re also concerned about King County’s response to this pressing public health issue. Here’s why: The soil at the Glacier site contains arsenic, a carcinogen, at levels 20 times more than allowed under state law.

  • Jun 2, 2008

Pit bulls and Rottweilers don’t deserve reputation

I am writing in response to a letter in last week’s paper rebuking Vashon Isalnd Pet Protector’s (VIPP) request for Vashon residents to adopt dogs. To ask that responsible animal-loving citizens of Vashon Island not adopt homeless dogs simply because Thorne is afraid of them and doesn’t like their poop seems ignorant to me.

  • May 28, 2008

The power of youth

It’s easy, it seems, for adults — especially those of a progressive stripe who are in despair about the state of the world — to rob youth of what they need most: A sense of hope and optimism about what lies ahead. It’s refreshing to see we haven’t completely succeeded.

  • May 22, 2008

A resilient community means a stronger future

April brought amazing events to Seattle: a conference called Healing Our Planet Earth, the Seeds of Compassion events with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and a talk on Vashon by Joanna Macy. I participated in each of these, looking for inspiration about restoring Creation.

  • May 22, 2008

Heros behind the scene made auction a success

The Vashon PTSA hosted its seventh annual auction, “Memories of Tomorrow,” on May 3 at K2 Commons.

  • May 22, 2008

You never know when disaster will strike

We read and hear about tragedies caused by earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, tornados and wildfires almost daily. Tens of thousands have died, hundreds of thousands have been injured and millions are homeless worldwide.

  • May 22, 2008

Demonstration at high school outshines the political awareness of many Americans

Given the United States’ extensive international influence, every American citizen should be politically and socially aware.

  • May 22, 2008

Remembering those who have fallen

It didn’t start out being a story. It was a family first — a Vashon family. There were four boys, Vashon High School graduates. But it was the war that turned it into a story.

  • May 22, 2008

Death with Dignity is about freedom, and thus it’s also about life

“What is Death with Dignity? Does it have something to do with death row?,” a friend of mine asked me when I told her the topic of my eighth-grade forum paper.

  • May 14, 2008

Why is our food costing so much? It’s connected to the global economy.

t As prices for all food rises, organic and local food will start to seem like a bargain.

  • May 14, 2008

Supporting our schools

In these strange days that we live in, when public schools are increasingly reliant on private support to balance their books, the Vashon Island School District has had a couple weeks of good news.

  • May 13, 2008

Norman Edson’s photographs — like old family ones — tell an intimate story

Pictures, lately, have consumed my life. Pictures everywhere, in every corner of my office, in huge envelopes in my car, piled high on the desktop, splayed as tiny icons across my computer screen, in albums stacked next to the front door — literally thousands of pictures, and the imperative to look at every shot, to divine a connection between decades of photo-taking and the phenomenon that has been my parents’ relationship for what will be 60 married years on June 14 of this year.

  • May 7, 2008

There are reasons to use water wisely on the Island

Save money, save weeding time, reduce pollution, reduce your ecological impact and adapt to a changing climate. Those are five good reasons for using water more wisely on Vashon.

  • May 6, 2008

Bravo, VAA

Vashon Allied Arts’ $600,000 purchase of an adjacent lot — the current home of McFeed’s — is a bold move for the 40-plus-year-old organization. It shows courage on the part of the board and administration. It reflects foresight — VAA raised $1 million before making the deal and announcing it to the public. And it’s a measure of Islanders’ remarkable generosity.

  • May 6, 2008

Will PSE buyout mean rate hikes for consumers?

t History suggests we might have cause to be alarmed.

  • May 6, 2008

Years spent experimenting can be years lost

I want to congratulate Joe Sutton-Holcomb on providing a well thought-out and reasoned column about his peers’ experience and opinions about teens’ use of alcohol and drugs. It reminds me, some 25 years out of high school, how intelligent and mature high school age youth are. Therein lies the problem, of course.

  • May 6, 2008