Opinion

Cartier was close with both grandparents.

Grandfather gave a lasting gift: laughter

It was 22 years ago that I gave it to him for Father’s Day. I wrote it and framed it of my own accord.

  • Jun 10, 2008
Cartier was close with both grandparents.

On grads, camps and more

We at The Beachcomber are going to take a moment to indulge in shameless self-promotion. Under the heading that we buy the ink and every now and then get to use it to call attention to ourselves, we want to highlight the three “special sections,” as we call them, that have been published almost back to back by our small, hard-working staff.

  • Jun 10, 2008

Rainfall helps meet summer water demand

It’s a cold, dreary, rainy “June-uary” Friday, and I’m sitting here obsessing about summer water limits in Vashon’s Water District 19. I suppose I’m one of the few Islanders who appreciates June rainfall. I like rain even more in July, August and September. Because when it rains in the summertime, Islanders don’t water their grass, landscaping or crops as much. And that means your water district is more likely to be able to come up with enough water to meet your peak day demand.

  • Jun 10, 2008

With purchase of McFeed’s building, Vashon Allied Arts grows into central role

We have found ourselves in an exciting position — adjacent to the future Vashon Allied Arts (VAA). With the promising development of the purchase of the McFeed’s property, VAA, it seems, is poised to grow into the physical manifestation of its ongoing role as the center of the Vashon arts community.

  • Jun 4, 2008
Cindy Sheehan speaks at a rally.

Cindy Sheehan keeps the Democratic Party honest

Most of us are aware of Cindy Sheehan’s activism against the war in Iraq and the very public stand that she took in Crawford, Texas, camping out next to President George Bush’s ranch and confronting the president’s support for the war.

  • Jun 3, 2008
Cindy Sheehan speaks at a rally.

Helping other Islanders have enough to eat comes at a small cost in the next few weeks

I grew up in a suburb north of Chicago where one could find every kind of restaurant, from the noisy hustle and bustle of Andy’s Hamburgers to the elegant and music-filled atmosphere of San Pedro’s at Theatro de Lago.

  • Jun 3, 2008

We can save the Sound by working together

I’m not going anywhere this summer! Every year at about this time, I pledge that I will not leave the Island for the next three months.

  • Jun 3, 2008

Helping our kids grow up

There are many compelling reasons to close the Vashon High School campus, putting an end to a senior ritual that administrators say is often abused. Thirty minutes is hardly time to get into town and back with a Subway sandwich. Why should kids be burning up fossil fuel for a jaunt like that anyway? And then, of course, some are doing more than grabbing a sandwich. In light of the Healthy Youth Survey that found teen marijuana use higher on Vashon than the rest of the state, administrators have legitimate reasons for concern.

  • Jun 3, 2008
Salmonberries are already beginning to bear fruit this season.

Everything your body needs is waiting right outside

Everyone’s talking about eating local in-season produce as the healthiest food to nourish their bodies. More and more people are supporting local farms in their quest to achieve the most wholesome diet. An excellent adjunct is to add a daily dose of the whole assortment of wild edibles available for foraging in copious amounts this time of year. Foliage, flowers, roots and berries of a variety of wild plants are in season on Vashon. Supplementing your diet with these foods is a potent source of raw natural vitamins, minerals, amino acids, bioflavinoids, and a host of other beneficial nutrients. It is the ultimate in food empowerment.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Salmonberries are already beginning to bear fruit this season.
Vashon-Maury letters to the editor

Vashon counselor needs support to save job

Shirley Ferris made a plea for her job at the school board meeting at Courthouse Square last week. Not for herself. But for a position she’s held for years. The popular counselor is about to step down after four decades in education. Due to a budget crisis Superintendent Terry Lindquist is working hard to resolve, her position — as it stands right now — will disappear when she retires in June.

  • Jun 2, 2008
Vashon-Maury letters to the editor

Initiative would allow for peaceful, planned deaths

On the ferry ride home after helping my father to die, the first thing I did was buy a Beachcomber. Imagine my surprise when I saw a piece on Booth Gardner’s Death with Dignity campaign; how apropos. I had, a few days before, witnessed firsthand how to die with dignity intact, and I had helped to make it possible.

  • Jun 2, 2008

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
Harrison Ford still has it.
Harrison Ford still has it.