Water shapes our Island life

Mainland cities have always been built near dependable fresh water sources: large rivers, lakes, snowcapped mountains. Small islands rarely enjoy such luxuries but depend upon rainfall to replenish their wells and creeks. Like Vashon, most islands are sole-source aquifers with nothing but juicy clouds to wet their whistles.

  • Nov 18, 2008

Editorial: A debate stifled

For more than an hour, a standing-room only crowd waited patiently as the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council waded through committee reports and other business to get to the hot topic on hand: an emergency motion by Tom Bangasser about King County’s rezone of the K2 site. But when the issue finally came up, three people — one-third of the community council board members present — voted that the measure was not an emergency. And thus it ended, with scarcely a word on the topic spoken.

  • Nov 18, 2008

Father Roach’s moving funeral served as his final gift

If there was one thing that anyone who ever attended St. John Vianney Catholic Church in the past 10 years knew, it was that our parish priest, the Rev. Richard Roach, was a man of many words.

Editorial: Economic turmoil

Newspapers are inherently flawed mediums. They take snapshots in the moment, without the benefit of hindsight or the polish of analysis and try mightily to make sense of them. The “rough draft of history” — delivered to your home. And yet these snapshots are invaluable because they can — especially when pieced together into a bigger whole — offer a window into our lives and our community.

  • Nov 12, 2008

Festive wrapping paper doesn’t belong over photos of indigenous people

The photographs of indigenous people from Puget Sound and the rest of Washington State are especially poignant; they are beautiful images. Yet the Lummi, Duwamish, Suquamish, Snohomish and other Native people in the images, even those who physically survived, were the victims of genocide. I’m glad these pictures are on display to remind us of local history. At the same time, I’m perturbed by the way they are sometimes treated.

  • Nov 12, 2008

On Election Day, young Islanders remind us of their wisdom

Listening to the deep caring and thoughtfulness of my own daughters led me to plan a celebration for the young citizens of Vashon Island on Nov. 4, at the Backbone Campaign’s election night party.

  • Nov 11, 2008

The anatomy of home: The need for comfort is ancient and primitive

Why is that? Why do some places grab us by the throat, the way a good detective mystery does right from the first paragraph, so we can’t let go? What is it about them that makes us feel so comfortable?

  • Nov 11, 2008

Two gramps in hard times

Sinus Block sounds like a nasal problem, but it was also the name of my maternal grandfather.

  • Nov 11, 2008

Next time you’re stuck in Vashon traffic, take a few moments to enjoy our Island

The question of replacing a four-way stop with a stop light has implications much more expansive than traffic control. It is a question of whether we can continue to be, or not to be, Vashon.

  • Nov 5, 2008

School board’s ambitious plan still needs some work

As our school district considers a massive remodeling of our high school and selecting a new superintendent, one thing is certain: Change is coming.

  • Nov 5, 2008

Camp Waskowitz is both a landmark and a wake-up call for one Island mother

It seems like yesterday that my oldest daughter prepared to go to Camp Waskowitz.

  • Nov 4, 2008

Teaching middle schoolers is to influence our future

For more than 30 years, I have been happily engaged as an independent school educator, most of that time working primarily with middle school students — early adolescents.

  • Nov 4, 2008

Editorial: The morning after

The Beachcomber goes to bed, as we say in the trade, Tuesday mornings — in this week’s case, hours before the results of one of… Continue reading

  • Nov 4, 2008

The anatomy of home: Our perception of beauty comes from a place deep inside

By WILL NORTHFor The BeachcomberLord Kenneth Clark, one of the 20th century’s greatest art historians and critics, once wrote: “There is perhaps nothing else by… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008