Opinion

In our opinion: Conserving shoreline

Talk to the staff at the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, and you find that they’ve been pushing hard for the last few years, working on… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2008

In tough times, the food bank provides a lifeline

By YVONNE PITROFNearly all of us have been following the headlines over the last few weeks, wondering what the world is going to look like… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2008

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 8

AccommodationsNew inns aren’t neededDo we really need newly developed hotels on this Island? If you missed last Tuesday’s Chamber of Commerce Lodging Tour — a… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2008

Major projects keep school district busy

By TERRY LINDQUISTVashon Island School District SuperintendentOne of the many things I have learned about this wonderful little Island community is that there is always… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2008

Financially strapped WSF faces big issues

Reservation system? Peak pricing? Now’s the time to speak up.

  • Oct 7, 2008

The anatomy of home: A sense of place that draws us to Vashon

NORTH PASSAGES with Will North

  • Sep 25, 2008

The hidden lives of dogs: What do they do while we’re away?

A SLICE OF LIFE with Mary Kay Rauma

  • Sep 25, 2008

Valuing life should be a priority

Editor’s note: This is the first in a new series of columns where Islanders discuss the values that guide their lives and inform their actions.

  • Sep 25, 2008

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 24

Local electionConsider running for councilI would like to call attention to the other election. I am asking Islanders to take their attention off the engrossing… Continue reading

  • Sep 25, 2008

Editorial: Bus ridership all year long

As PTSA President Denise Katz points out in her column this week, the Vashon Island School District needs Island kids to ride the bus next… Continue reading

Ride buses next week

By DENISE KATZFor The BeachcomberThe Vashon Island School District’s Bus Ridership Week is Sept. 29 through Oct. 3. This annual statewide count of students who… Continue reading

  • Sep 23, 2008
Holden Schmidt and his nanny Annnie Sahinovic built a tower at Vashon Youth & Family Services’ Playspace

More funding is needed for the Island’s youngest residents

Last week my wife and I experienced a parental rite of passage — our daughter climbed on board a school bus for the first time. We were worried that she would get cold feet at the last moment — but no, off she went, happily heading toward her first day of school.

  • Sep 17, 2008
Holden Schmidt and his nanny Annnie Sahinovic built a tower at Vashon Youth & Family Services’ Playspace
Guitar Hero is one of the activities at LateNight @ the Library

When school’s out, boredom sets in for many Island teens

As children, our imaginations had no limit.

  • Sep 17, 2008
Guitar Hero is one of the activities at LateNight @ the Library

For me, there are really three and a half seasons in t

For me, there are really three and a half seasons in the year. There’s autumn, my absolutely favorite season.

  • Sep 16, 2008

Educating oneself on beliefs of others creates a better environment for all

Opinions can be dangerous things. Wars have been started because of them, people have died because of them, the fates of entire races and the destinies of whole countries have been permanently altered just because a difference in belief escalated into a conflict due to a lack of understanding and empathy.

  • Sep 16, 2008

In our opinion Respecting differences

With the political season in full swing, we’re likely to see political signs start popping up in fields and yards like fall mushrooms.

  • Sep 16, 2008
Nick Bordner

The Democratic National Convention had spectacle, but substance too

Vashon’s 18-year-old delegate reflects on his whirlwind experience with the democratic process

  • Sep 9, 2008
Nick Bordner

Restorative justice is a much more forgiving way to balance the scales

In a letter to The Beachcomber, Rev. Dan Houston of the Vashon Presbyterian Church asks us Islanders to consider the issues of forgiveness and justice, having worked with his congregation through the pain of vandalism at the church.

  • Sep 9, 2008