Letters To The Editor

Hospital board candidates caught up in buzzwords | Letters

The upcoming election of three, non-partisan seats for the San Juan County Public Hospital District has become mired in personal opinions about religion, politics and the processes of abortion and end-of-life.

  • Sep 29th, 2015

Communities need to wake up to climate change, it’s happening now | Letters

If scientists who’ve been writing about climate change for over 20 years are right, we’re going to get more frequent and more severe situations like this.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015

Heartfelt thanks to ferry workers | Letters

We wanted to express our heartfelt thanks to those ferry workers who helped us board an 8 a.m. ferry to Anacortes several weeks ago when we had a family medical emergency across the state.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015

Don’t forget bikers on the roadway, they deserve space | Letters

Whether we’re walking, cycling, driving, riding a horse, skating or hoverboarding, we’re not obstacles, we’re just trying to get somewhere.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015

Re: Sturdivant | Letter

Lee Sturdivant, I agree with Monica Harrington’s assertion that we need “unambiguous information on ‘death with dignity.’” I, however, see two totally different parts to “death with dignity”.

  • Sep 21st, 2015

Thanks to United Way for supporting our local youth | Letters

By offering financial funding needed, United Way makes it possible for the SJIPC to continue its Youth Leadership Initiative- an important source of life skills development that our youth so desperately need to be empowered leaders.

  • Sep 17th, 2015

Questions about EMS budget and previous chief go unanswered | Letters

Our hospital board cannot rely only on “expected” revenue to carry EMS into the future, they must cut expenses. Bottom line; make some serious concession so we still have a sustainable EMS that will carry us well into the future.

  • Sep 16th, 2015

Vote for “Double Bill” this November | Letters

Although his opponent for the Public Hospital District referenced a M.A.S.H. unit in the fourth of July parade, it’s Bill Williams who actually ran a M.A.S.H. unit in Korea during the Vietnam war and thus started his career in hospital administration.

  • Sep 15th, 2015

Peace Island Medical Center offers a sense of wellness | Letters

I may be new on the island but I have been here long enough to know that an extremely positive experience with Peace Health should find its way to these pages.

  • Sep 15th, 2015

Is “Island Time” a concern? | Letters

Is it just me, or does anyone else have trouble getting anything done on these islands?

  • Sep 11th, 2015

Jazz at the Lab supports science program for kids for another year | Guest Column

the program worked with more than 735 local students and 23 teachers reaching students in every grade. The program focuses on getting students actively engaged in the process of science.

  • Sep 9th, 2015

Teasdale overreaches in her letter to the editor | Letters

The only factual part of Janelle Teasdale’s recent rant again Monica Harrington is the fact that Harrington is indeed running for a seat on the Public Hospital District Commission.

  • Sep 9th, 2015

San Juan Island Grange adopts resolution on greenhouse regulations | Letters

New regulations would place an undue burden on both home and commercial growers who depend on greenhouses. Proposed code amendments and new sections are in conflict with county code.

  • Sep 9th, 2015

Thank you from the Ogle’s | Letters

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our community of friends and family both near and far for the love and support they have sent our way.

  • Sep 9th, 2015

Contract with PeaceHealth needs to be amended to allow local input | Letters

The public hospital district, as a public entity, has a legal obligation to adhere to the Reproductive Privacy Act.

  • Sep 3rd, 2015

Three cheers for three new homes | Letters

As I traveled to town along Pear Point Road, I was thrilled to see the three houses sponsored by San Juan Community Home Trust as they slowly proceeded up to their new neighborhood at Sun Rise II.

  • Sep 1st, 2015

Pharmacy article misses the point | Letters

Last week’s front page Journal article regarding pharmacy drug pricing was based on an experience I had on May 10, 2015 at our local drug store. Unfortunately the article left out many relevant facts.

  • Sep 1st, 2015

Another Jazz at the Labs is a success | Letters

I just want to thank the University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs for putting on another great show of “Jazz at the Labs.” The dinner was excellent!

  • Sep 1st, 2015

Looking forward to the future trail opportunities on Mt. Grant | Letters

As a founder of the Hardy Hikers, a 20 year old year round womens’ hiking group on Orcas Island, I am extremely pleased to support the purchase and development of Mt. Grant into a nature preserve.

  • Sep 1st, 2015

Kudos to the San Juan Island Conservation Core | Letters

As summer wanes I just want to take a moment to thank the San Juan Conservation Core for giving my boys a great experience working around the islands.

  • Sep 1st, 2015

Henry Island story pole honors land, humans and animals | Letters

The new story pole on Henry Island shares one man’s expression of his love for his daughter. This magnificent cedar carving is her legacy as well as a generous gift for others on McCraken Point to enjoy for years to come.

  • Sep 1st, 2015

Vote for Jenny Ledford this November | Letters

The real issue here is providing high quality medical care to all of our island residents within the constraints of our size and funding.

  • Aug 27th, 2015

FlexFerry as effectively reservation ransom | Letters

Regarding the Journal story on Aug. 5, 2015 about FlexFerry, a privately operated reservation system for our Washington State Ferries, I think we should all be concerned about a number of things.

  • Aug 25th, 2015

Kevin Roth for marshal | Letters

Voting for the Fourth of July 2016 parade grand marshal

  • Aug 25th, 2015

Grateful for community after Tia’s Tacos burglary | Letters

As many of you know, Tia’s Tacos was burglarized recently. I’ll be honest, my heart broke when I walked through the door and found the restaurant in shambles and the earnings from the San Juan County Fair gone.

  • Aug 25th, 2015

Troubled by limitations in health care at Peace Health | Letters

I urge you to vote for Bill, Barbara, and Monica – all of whom seek communication, collaboration and pragmatic reasoning, NOT litigation.

  • Aug 25th, 2015

Another great county fair | Letters

A big thank you from the staff at the San Juan County Fair for another great Fair!

  • Aug 25th, 2015

What is a bird with a 17-letter name? | Guest Column

This is a “lengthy” process (sorry), and fascinating to watch. It is available for free from the decks of Washington State Ferries as they dock at Anacortes Ferry Terminal. No need to look on YouTube or rent a nature video. Just enjoy a fresh, open air display and marvel at how imaginative nature can be.

  • Aug 25th, 2015

The true Native American history of Henry Island | Guest Column

From a Native perspective, the ceremony on Henry Island was not an expression of our islands’ Native cultures, but an appropriation as inconsiderate as the French and British explorers that planted flags and crosses on the East Coast claiming ownership without asking the existing owners.

  • Aug 25th, 2015

Contributing to Mt. Grant is contributing to future generations | Letters

As an original Land Bank member of the Board of Directors in the early 1990’s, I have warm memories of discussions about various properties and the different methods of obtaining and holding land for the use and enjoyment of county residents and guests.

  • Aug 18th, 2015

Thanks for volunteers | Letters

I just want to thank the small handful of volunteers who helped out at this year’s photography department at the San Juan County Fair.

  • Aug 18th, 2015

Thanks from Barbara Sharp | Letters

I especially want to thank my volunteer supporters, the island businesses that helped out, and the many people who provided their individual endorsements of my campaign.

  • Aug 18th, 2015

Partners in preservation for Mt. Grant | Letters

The most recent addition to the system of public lands on San Juan Island is the Mt. Grant Preserve. The San Juan Preservation Trust is working with the San Juan County Land Bank on a fundraising campaign to permanently protect this spectacular property.

  • Aug 18th, 2015

Stroke of luck | Letters

My “creative” hands crocheted a large container and a purse using macrame fiber for which I received a blue ribbon and a red ribbon!

  • Aug 18th, 2015

Distress at OPALCO bills | Letters

The current facilities charge of $38.90 is extortionate. I did some online research and found that most co-op’s facility charge is set and does not increase over time. Most charges that I saw were in the $15 to $30/month range. Why is our already so high and still increasing?

  • Aug 18th, 2015

Mount Grant, formerly known as Lawson Ridge | Letters

As an SJPT trustee and a fan of the Land Bank, I urge you to visit Mount Grant to see if you don’t agree that it is an exciting endeavor worthy of your support.

  • Aug 11th, 2015

Giving to Mount Grant | Letters

We just climbed to the top of Mount Grant. It is so magnificent that we sent $100 to the campaign to Save Mount Grant.

  • Aug 11th, 2015

Life and death on the islands | Letters

Thank you for placing an article about death and dying on your front page this week!

  • Aug 11th, 2015

A round of applause for Stage Left | Letters

How fortunate we are to have Stage Left’s “Shakespeare Under the Stars” every summer here for the past 17 years!

  • Aug 11th, 2015

Thank you voters | Letters

I would like to thank the voters of the hospital district for my success in the primary.

  • Aug 11th, 2015