Opinion

Authoritarianism vs. Democracy: What the public must know about the PHD | Guest Column

By Kathleen Bartholomew San Juan Island The San Juan County Public Hospital…

  • Mar 1st, 2017

What makes us human, what makes us good? | Guest Column

By Kimberly Mayer Special to The Journal I am walking in the…

  • Mar 1st, 2017

House workers this summer | Guest Column

By Winnie Brumsickle San Juan Island I’m writing to appeal to islanders…

  • Mar 1st, 2017

Port crew requests Wheeler back | Guest Column

By Melissa Alspaugh Port tenant A Port of Friday Harbor commission meeting…

  • Mar 1st, 2017

Elder abuse: silent suffering | Editorial

It’s difficult to imagine that there are people in our community abusing…

Response to unfair ejection from Republican Party article

By Heather Christensen Special to the Journal In response to the article…

  • Feb 22nd, 2017

Some fat is good | Guest Column

By Bob Weaver A big, important revolution in diet and health has…

  • Feb 22nd, 2017

Former port director resigns | Guest column

By Ted Fitzgerald Former executive director of the Port of Friday Harbor…

  • Feb 17th, 2017

Educate yourself on county comprehensive plan update | Guest Column

By Joe Symons You may have heard that San Juan County has…

  • Feb 15th, 2017

Walls versus coexistence | Special to The Journal

By Kimberly Mayer Special to The Journal A long time ago in…

  • Feb 15th, 2017

Lessons from the snow | Editorial

Careening down the hill, scarf flying behind me, snow pelting my face,…

What Valentine’s Day means to us this year | Reporter’s Notebook

Valentine’s Day is traditionally thought of as a holiday to celebrate romantic…

Until you question why | Guest Column

The following was written by a Friday Harbor High School junior. All…

  • Feb 2nd, 2017

An abuse of power should be against the law | Editorial

We are in disbelief that a detective who had sex with a…

Update from San Juan School District Superintendent

by Danna Diaz, PhD San Juan Island School District Superintendent Happy Chinese…

  • Feb 1st, 2017

Protecting natural places | Editorial

A recent purchase proposal by the San Juan County Land Bank has…

In support of peaceful protesting | Editorial

I’ve heard way too many people say “protests don’t solve anything.” That’s…

SJC lead dispatcher explains 911 procedures | Guest Column

By Robin DeLazerda San Juan County Lead Dispatcher We have received a…

  • Jan 11th, 2017

Goodbye to the matriarch of Jpod | Editorial

The Southern resident killer whales are sacred, wondrous members of our Pacific…

What happened to tolerance? | Guest column

By Bill Criddle Special to The Journal I read Michelle Loftus’s column…

  • Jan 4th, 2017

Diversity includes Christian holidays | Guest column

By Nathan Butler Secretary of the San Juan County Republican Party Ever…

  • Jan 4th, 2017

The year 2016 wasn’t all misery | Editorial

Many Americans are expressing gratitude that 2016 is coming to an end.…

Frank Penwell makes case for Community Treasures

By Frank Penwell Community Treasures It is time to become educated and…

  • Dec 28th, 2016

Steel, speed and spirits do not mix | Editorial

The most chilling noise in a drunk driving collision comes after the…

  • Dec 28th, 2016

Our geography of hope? | Guest column

By Steve Ulvi Special to the Journal Last week, feeling sucker-punched by…

  • Dec 21st, 2016

A bounty of gifts in your own backyard: shop locally | Editorial

Before you are standing in line at that big department store, Christmas…

  • Dec 21st, 2016

Two Orcas Island ballot measures need opponents

Submitted by the San Juan County Auditor’s Office Two local taxing districts…

  • Dec 21st, 2016

Election moments from the auditor

- The 12th in a series of articles about elections in Washington…

  • Dec 14th, 2016

Port Commissioners respond to community concern

Submitted by Greg Hertel, Mike Ahrenius and Barbara Marrett Commissioners, Port of…

  • Dec 14th, 2016

Save our neighbors, the orcas

Submitted by Janet Thomas When I moved to San Juan Island, more…

  • Dec 14th, 2016

Stand with San Juan Islands – editorial

This past weekend was a success for water protectors at the Dakota…

A Republican views the 2016 president election

by Michelle Loftus Republicans of San Juan County Many of us are…

  • Nov 30th, 2016

Be informed | Editorial

I was watching the show “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” the…

Islanders give thanks

Every year the Journal of the San Juans asks its readers to…

  • Nov 23rd, 2016

The grey skies of election season | Editorial

This morning, voters woke up to heavy rain and dark skies. At…

County auditor reviews third quarter finances

My first year of college, I shared a landline (we called it…

  • Nov 17th, 2016

Reach out to a veteran before its too late | Editorial

I met Sgt. Gil Frazier during the war in Afghanistan. I was…

Reflections for the school superintendent

By Danna Diaz School Superintendent As I reflect on the past month,…

Update on Community Treasures

Submitted by Frank Penwell The Community Treasures (CT) Board of Directors met…

  • Nov 8th, 2016

Why does the Journal run endorsements? | Editorial

On Oct. 26, the Journal endorsed Bill Watson and Rick Hughes for San Juan County Council.

  • Nov 1st, 2016