Letters To The Editor

Girls boxing class no contact

There is absolutely no sparring or body contact at all in any of my classes.

  • Mar 1st, 2016

Have old I-pods? | Letters

Life Care Center collecting unused I-pods for hospice patients

  • Feb 25th, 2016

Boxing concerns | Letters

Local pediatrician voices concern over young women's boxing class

  • Feb 25th, 2016

When is a co-op not a co-op? | Letters

OPALCO was formed as a cooperative to provide electricity but is it still really a co-op?

  • Feb 25th, 2016

Students are the real winners | Letters

This years Knowledge Bowl a success for students and others

  • Feb 25th, 2016

‘Love Letters’ | Letters

"Love Letters" play is charming, funny and full of social commentary

  • Feb 25th, 2016

High marks for cancer care | Letters

Less than a year ago I had a very pleasant and lengthy experience at the PIMC Cancer Care Center.

  • Feb 23rd, 2016

Pride for the community | Letters

Thursday evening, I felt a sense of pride in our community

  • Feb 23rd, 2016

Vote for Bernie | Letters

I hope that folks coming to the Democratic precinct caucuses on March 26 will support Bernie Sanders for president!

  • Feb 23rd, 2016

Superintendent Danna Diaz Says Thank You

I would like to say thank you. I appreciate how the community supports our students and teachers! As I have said before and will say over and over again, it is a blessing to live, work and learn in Friday Harbor. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve.

  • Feb 16th, 2016

Inspired by League of Women Voters

Yesterday I decided to go to the League of Women Voters monthly meeting, and their guest speakers really inspired me.

  • Feb 16th, 2016

Kudos for Howard Story

I wish to express my appreciation for The Journal naming Howard as Citizen of the Year. He is totally deserving of that honor.

  • Feb 16th, 2016

Thank you from the Lions’ Club

The San Juan Lions Club wishes to thank the San Juan Islands Public Schools Foundation for once again inviting us to compete in the Knowledge Bowl.

  • Feb 16th, 2016

Concerns about zoning

The county is currently rezoning much of the county shoreline ostensibly to eliminate confusion. In almost every case where there is a differing zoning for the intertidal zone and the water off shore of this zone, the least environmentally restrictive of the two is chosen to replace both, creating one zoning from the high tide mark seaward.

  • Feb 16th, 2016

Marler will be greatly missed | Letters

The members of Orcas Island Fire and Rescue wish to extend deepest condolences to the family of Chief Marler and to the members of San Juan Fire District 3.

  • Feb 8th, 2016

Democratic caucuses on the island | Letters

Mark March 26 on your calendars now for the Democratic caucuses in San Juan County. Hillary wants your vote that day.

  • Feb 8th, 2016

OPALCO: suggestion for itemized billing | Letter

Being open and honest about the monthly impact of this purchase on the member’s pocketbook would go a long way

  • Feb 8th, 2016

Bringing radio to the islands | Letter

I would like to publicly acknowledge the good and important work of the late Michael Calhoun who, along with his wife Jody and son Copper, went to great efforts to start the local radio station that is now such a valuable resource to San Juan island.

  • Feb 8th, 2016

Turn out for the Pet Food Drive to support the local shelter | Letters

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is asking that people help support local pets and families by donating pet food during its annual Valentine’s Day Community Pet Food Drive.

  • Feb 8th, 2016

Democrats urged to vote in upcoming caucuses | Letter

March 26 caucuses are the start of the process to select delegates from Washington State to the Democratic National Convention on July 25-28 in Philadelphia where the official Democratic presidential and vice presidential candidates will be selected.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

Remembering Steve Marler | Letter

Fire Chief, protector and great leader: gone, but never forgotten.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

Technology is the future of our children’s careers | Editorial

Children are our future, and technology seems to be their future. That’s why voters should pass the San Juan Island School District's Capital Improvements and Technology Levy on Feb. 9.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

School District Citizens Committee member supports Capital Projects and Technology Levy | Letters

The projects and equipment the levy will fund are “needs” and not just “wants.”

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

Vote for Bernie Sanders in March 26 election | Letters

Sanders' goal is to rebuild and unite America's middle class.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

Internet is as vital as electricity | Letters

It is time for Orcas Power and Light Cooperative’s Rock Island division to set up a 24-hour outage number and repair service for the Internet just as OPALCO does for electrical service.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

Support for the San Juan Island School District Capital and Technology Levy | Letters

My support lies in my firm conviction that the measure of a community may be taken by the support it provides to its next generation.

  • Feb 2nd, 2016

Power bill increase and decrease of “profits” is unacceptable | Letters

Perhaps you too have noticed that your bill is considerably higher than last year (mine is $100 higher and I didn’t use that much more power) and that your annual return of “profits” was cut in half this year

  • Jan 26th, 2016

We live in paradise, others do not | Letters

I have a friend who dreams about the San Juan Islands. She longs for its rural tranquility, incredible beauty, but most of all for the personal safety enjoyed by those that live here.

  • Jan 26th, 2016

Dodie’s Shadow has followed her | Letters

Shadow, my magnificent fuzzy friend has joined Dodie Gann on a journey where there must be great opportunities to explore and bark.

  • Jan 26th, 2016

Offended by broadband article | Letters

Your article seems to be designed to drive all other service providers off the island and I object to your use of this newspaper for such a purpose.

  • Jan 19th, 2016

A final farewell to the Community Foundation from retiring director | Letters

I am two weeks into retirement already and am finally getting around to writing the love letter that I meant to compose before leaving the employ of the Community Foundation.

  • Jan 19th, 2016

Upcoming school levy to fund important, prioritized projects | Letters

I can speak for the committee when I say we finalized our list feeling very confident that we had kept only those projects that met this key prioritization test.

  • Jan 15th, 2016

More problems with CenturyLink connections | Letters

The truth of the matter is that CenturyLink just doesn’t care!

  • Jan 15th, 2016

Vote for the school levy, our kids need it | Letters

Basic education funding provided by the state of Washington is no longer sufficient to fully fund school district capital facility improvements and technology.

  • Jan 6th, 2016

“Best in health?” Don’t get cocky | Letters

We still have a long way to go before we can be smitten with ourselves.

  • Jan 6th, 2016

To make resolutions or not to make resolutions for 2016 | Editorial

My to-do list plan is to scribble a list with such poor penmanship that an hour later I will have no idea what any of the jobs and goals could possibly be.

  • Jan 4th, 2016

Stop the rush to enact flawed Shoreline Master Program | Letters

Do you realize that our San Juan County Council's proposed update to the existing Shoreline Master Plan removes the ban on oil pipelines, reduces protection of critical habitat for forage fish that juvenile salmon feed on, and fails to ban fish pens as nearby Island County has recently done?

  • Dec 31st, 2015

CenturyLink’s landlines not operational | Letters

This should not occur, as all telephone companies nationwide are required to have sufficient backup to power their central office switches and the phone lines themselves, during electrical power outages.

  • Dec 21st, 2015

Pancake breakfast ends | Letters

The Mullis Center wishes to thank the community for all the support at our monthly pancake breakfasts.

  • Dec 19th, 2015

Thanks for the Island Lights Festival support | Letters

The Island Lights Festival was a huge success this year and so many people contributed to this!

  • Dec 19th, 2015