Opinion

Courtesy Photo
Vashon volunteers added to the contents of an ETAP (Escaped Trash Assessment Protocol) collection tent, during a beach cleanup in the spring at the north end of Quartermaster Harbor near Portage.

Green Briefs: Vashon gets state help with first official beach clean-up

More than 2,700 pieces of litter, weighing more than 400 pounds, were characterized and documented.

  • Oct 6, 2021
Courtesy Photo
Vashon volunteers added to the contents of an ETAP (Escaped Trash Assessment Protocol) collection tent, during a beach cleanup in the spring at the north end of Quartermaster Harbor near Portage.
emmer

COMMENTARY: New program addresses affordable housing crisis on Vashon

IFCH is developing a lottery program to ease rental burdens for some households.

  • Oct 6, 2021
emmer
Dr. Jayendrina Singha Ray serves as Faculty of English at Highline College. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, spatial literary studies, British literature, and rhetoric and composition. Prior to teaching in the U.S., she worked as an editor with Routledge and taught English at colleges in India.

What the Afghan wants to say: Arezo’s journey to America | Guest column

In our little Zoom room, I hear my interviewee break into sobs. Her part of the Zoom room is engulfed in darkness, and I have… Continue reading

  • Oct 3, 2021
Dr. Jayendrina Singha Ray serves as Faculty of English at Highline College. Her research interests include postcolonial studies, spatial literary studies, British literature, and rhetoric and composition. Prior to teaching in the U.S., she worked as an editor with Routledge and taught English at colleges in India.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Questions surround vaccine exemptions for state workers | Roegner

With about 4,800 state employees in 24 agencies requesting vaccine exemptions, which is 8% of all state employees, and with the list growing, oversight of… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Editorial: Good governance means putting the people who are served first

During a crisis, we look to steady, consistent leadership at all levels of government.

  • Sep 29, 2021

Letters to the editor | Sept. 30 edition

Islanders write about Chief Krimmert’s vaccination, Fr. Tryphon’s religious exemption request & more.

  • Sep 29, 2021
cgharlie

COMMENTARY: Chief Krimmert: I Got the Shot

Fire Chief Charles Krimmert addresses the community regarding his recent COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Sep 29, 2021
cgharlie
DV

COMMENTARY: DOVE Project helps survivors of domestic violence find hope

The DOVE Project exists to provide support and hope to survivors of domestic violence.

  • Sep 29, 2021
DV
(Jim Diers Photo) The Dark-eyed Junco has experienced losses equal in number to half of the U.S. population.

Green Briefs: Supporting Our Birds

Bird populations are dwindling, but we can still take action to support their recovery.

  • Sep 29, 2021
(Jim Diers Photo) The Dark-eyed Junco has experienced losses equal in number to half of the U.S. population.
Melinda Powers. Photographed at her home on Vashon Island, WA. 9/14/21.

COMMENTARY: A Goodbye Love Letter to Vashon

Restaurateur Melinda Powers is moving to Arizona. In this love letter, she says au revoir to Vashon.

  • Sep 24, 2021
Melinda Powers. Photographed at her home on Vashon Island, WA. 9/14/21.
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Can a Texas-style abortion law happen in Washington? | Roegner

If politicians really want to anger women voters, the easiest way is to attack their rights. Since 1973, Roe v. Wade has stood as a… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.

Reasons to ban Gov. Jay Inslee’s natural gas ban | Brunell

Column: Switching from natural gas to electricity is complicated and will impact everyone.

  • Sep 24, 2021
Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.

Letters to the editor: Sept. 23 edition

Islanders write about vaccination requirements, Chief Krimmert’s vaccination status and more.

  • Sep 22, 2021

Editorial: It’s still on all of us to keep kids safe

As the Delta surge continues, our school district & community need to proceed with extreme caution.

  • Sep 22, 2021
wagner

COMMENTARY: A New Way to Be Church

We can continue to practice the traditional church model or we can find new ways to be the church.

  • Sep 22, 2021
wagner
new

COMMENTARY: Keeping the character of home

The renaming of Mukai Way embodies Vashon’s rich history.

  • Sep 17, 2021
new
Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.

Firefighters vs. the governor’s vaccine mandate | Roegner

We all thought we were in this fight with the coronavirus together, based on what the experts have been telling us are the rewards of… Continue reading

Federal Way resident Bob Roegner is a former mayor of Auburn. Contact bjroegner@comcast.net.
Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He recently retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.

Vaccinations improve our health and employment numbers | Brunell

It is not surprising that COVID-19, which ravaged the world, was disastrous for our country’s economy. Millions died from COVID complications. Offices, stores and factories… Continue reading

Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He recently retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.
Providence employees look at anti-vaccine mandate protesters as they cross the street outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Aug. 18, 2021. Olivia Vanni/Sound Publishing

Editorial: A message to the unvaccinated and unmasked

We know you’re frustrated with mandates and advice, but consider our frustrations and, yes, our anger.

Providence employees look at anti-vaccine mandate protesters as they cross the street outside of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett on Aug. 18, 2021. Olivia Vanni/Sound Publishing

Letters to the editor: Sept. 16 edition

Islanders write about the fire chief’s vaccination status and teaching about race in schools.

  • Sep 15, 2021