Letters To The Editor

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | Aug. 6

Some new Burma Shave-style signs appeared on roadsides last week with the message, “If you don’t want your taxes to go from 10% to Forty, vote for Gordy.”

  • Aug 12th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | June 18

When the county adopted the council form of government, with six non-partisan seats assigned to districts, it was the hope of the freeholders that this would encourage more participation in local government.

  • Jul 29th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | June 25

Have you signed up as a supporter of Judge John Linde yet? Judge Linde was appointed by the governor as our Superior Court judge for San Juan County because of his judicial experience and his unbiased application of the law during his many years of experience on the bench.

  • Jul 29th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | July 2

I’ve had the honor and pleasure of knowing Randy Gaylord, and observing his performance for most of the seven years I’ve been a resident of Orcas Island. I can think of no one better qualified to assume the duties and responsibilities of San Juan County Superior Court judge.

  • Jul 29th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | July 9

My husband, Bob, and I are voting for John Linde to retain his position as Superior Court judge of San Juan County. Our reasons are many. For purposes of brevity, however, one reason stands out: he has 21 years experience as a judge and is endorsed as the only qualified candidate by over 30 sitting judges from through out western Washington.

  • Jul 29th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | July 16

This letter is in support of Randy Gaylord for San Juan County Superior Court judge. My recommendation is based on the following ...

  • Jul 29th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | July 23

The contested Aug. 19 primary election for Superior Court judge is an issue of vital public importance. I fully support Judge John Linde and urge everyone to vote for him.

  • Jul 29th, 2008

Column captured meaning of lesson

My family in Friday Harbor sent me the link to your article, “Looking at the world through the eyes of a child,” page 7A, June 4 Journal. Although I am slightly biased, as one of the children you reference is my nephew, I did want to offer you kudos on your angle to the story.

  • Jun 12th, 2008

Touched by show of concern, caring

To the people of Friday Harbor: My family and I are very grateful for the concern and help offered us following the death of my husband, Ramsay Milne.

  • Jun 12th, 2008

New San Juan medical center deserves support | Letters to the Editor

San Juan Journal readers voice support for the new integrated medical center proposed for San Juan Island and more in this week's letters to the editor.

  • Jun 12th, 2008

Don’t forget the Jazz Quintet +1

The in-depth coverage of the band Jazz Coalescence was appreciated. However, I want to point out that Jazz Coalescence was only one of the two bands that performed that night. The San Juan Jazz Quintet + 1 opened the evening, as it has done for all eight years of Jazz at the Labs. These talented musicians and singer not only donate their time to enable us to net as much income for the K-12 program as possible, but also have turned down paying gigs to perform at this event.

  • Jun 12th, 2008

Hat’s off to our harbormaster

I have either lived or made my living down at the waterfront and, in particular, at the Port of Friday Harbor for the last seven years. In that time, I have had the great pleasure of working with and around the best harbormaster I have ever seen: Tami Hayes!

  • Jun 12th, 2008

Study proposed site’s traffic impact

This trash site selection process has been marred by incomplete disclosure. Failure to fully disclose all traffic safety information and the increased accident rate due to moving the trash facility is morally unacceptable.

  • Jun 12th, 2008

San Juan fire chiefs, County Council misguided in plot to ban fireworks

Citizens arise! Unite to help defeat the nefarious scheme to prohibit our patriotic observance of the birth of our nation on July 4. There exists in our community a well-meaning, but misguided, group: Our own fire chiefs, who have enlisted the help of our own County Council members to “save us from ourselves” by disallowing our American tradition of the discharge of “safe and sane” fireworks on July 4, beginning in 2009.

  • Jun 11th, 2008

San Juan foundation closer to ‘saving’ schools, but still needs help

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation is so grateful for the incredible generosity of our community’s response to the Save Our Schools (SOS) Campaign. We are more than halfway toward meeting the “challenge gift” of $300,000! Now it is imperative that we raise the final $130,000 in order to match the remaining challenge gift.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Single day of Iraq War money could completely reshape San Juan Island

As the war in Iraq enters its sixth year, I wonder if there just might be a better use for the $380 million* a day it costs. For the sake of fantasy, let’s say the war shut down for just one day and all that money was sent to San Juan Island for islanders to use as they see fit. Here is how I would spend it

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Land Bank commissioner: San Juan agency is listening to public

Dictionaries define “draft” many ways, such as a current of air, a compulsory conscription, the act of pulling loads. For the Land Bank’s purposes, the meaning of “draft” is consistent with this definition: “a preliminary version, any of various stages in the development of a plan or document” — meaning “not final” and “not a done deal.” When the Land Bank issues a draft management plan, such as the recent plan for Turtleback, it means the plan is draft, subject to revision based on public comment.

  • Jun 6th, 2008

Silver Tea was a success

The background music was critical in making it a success. David Bayley, renowned pianist from our island, gave of his time and piano playing this year as well as he did last year. The songs, "The Entertainer" and the "Maple Leaf Rag" made us want to dance. A big THANK YOU for such delightful entertainment. The music is as important as the tea and cookies.

  • Jun 4th, 2008

Likes site, but where are blogs?

The new Web site is great. The new site is much more…

  • Jun 4th, 2008

Program is helping families

As the Readiness to Learn Student/Family advocate at Lopez Secondary School, I…

  • Jun 4th, 2008

Law is silent with relation to race

An open letter to San Juan Island Library District:On page 3B of…

  • Jun 4th, 2008

They were wrapped in love

We would like to personally thank the people of Friday Harbor for…

  • Jun 4th, 2008

Yes, we can have ferry reservations

After years — nay, decades — of the ferry system telling islanders that they couldn’t set up a general reservation system for the ferry (they already have one for special users) — sometimes telling us it wasn’t legal to do so, sometimes telling us it would be impossible to implement — we now read in The Seattle Times (May 17) that they started a general reservations system for the Keystone-Port Townsend run.

  • Jun 4th, 2008

Letters to the Editor

Presidents, as seems reasonable, are concerned how history will perceive their tenure in office. From my perspective, here is an idea that would drastically improve the current president’s mark on history.

  • May 21st, 2008

Tell them you want local radio

Since San Juan Island Community Radio’s construction permit application was held up, due to possible interference with Canadian broadcasting by some 1,500 yards, we have contracted with an FCC-approved broadcast engineer to finish our application, which is now on file with the FCC for public inspection.

  • May 16th, 2008

Correction to Island Rec guide

By now, San Juan Island residents should have received Island Rec’s 20-page summer recreation program guide in the mail. Regretfully, the dates listed for Bill & Rita Ament’s Summer Creative Arts Day Camp are wrong. The correct dates for their camps are July 7-10; July 14-17; July 21-24 and Aug. 4-7.

  • May 16th, 2008

Likes the ‘new’ SanJuanJournal.com

The "new" San Juan Journal Online is such an improvement. I looked at the old one occasionally but was never impressed. I will become a regular reader.

  • May 13th, 2008

Letters to the Editor

What an awesome community we live in!

  • May 13th, 2008