Opinion

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

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
Death with Dignity is about freedom, and thus it’s also about life
Two farmhands and Island cows in a pasture on a Vashon farm.

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
Two farmhands and Island cows in a pasture on a Vashon farm.

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 in his studio.

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
Norman Edson in his studio.
There are reasons to use water wisely on the Island

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
There are reasons to use water wisely on the Island

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?

Will PSE buyout mean rate hikes for consumers?

t History suggests we might have cause to be alarmed.

  • May 6, 2008
Will PSE buyout mean rate hikes for consumers?
Years spent experimenting can be years lost

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
Years spent experimenting can be years lost

Experimentation can be a stepping-stone to addiction

By STEPHEN BOGANIn response to Joe Sutton-Holcomb’s op-ed piece “Teens know the difference between experimentation and addiction” in the April 22 Beachcomber, I would like… Continue reading

  • Apr 29, 2008

New teaching approach tailors lessons to the needs of each student

By ANNE ATWELLIn my new role as communications consultant for the Vashon Island School District, I find that I am more perplexed each day by… Continue reading

  • Apr 29, 2008

Supporting our youth

There’s been a lot of talk on these pages over the last couple of months about teenagers, substance abuse and how to build a community… Continue reading

  • Apr 29, 2008

Watching Out for Kids

In Our Opinion

  • Apr 26, 2008

New research shows what many of us know: The outdoors is good for kids

New research shows what many of us know: The outdoors is good for kids

  • Apr 26, 2008

A new school board

In Our Opinion

  • Apr 26, 2008