Opinion

To Bernie Supporters, From a Bernie Supporter

By David Turnoy

  • Oct 5th, 2016

Letters- Consequences

This is a reminder to your readers that Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau will make a decision in early December regarding expansion ofthe Trans Mountain Pipeline. If approved, there will be a subsequent increase from five to 35 tankers a month plying the waters ofBoundary Pass and Haro Strait. This will result in a much increased risk of an Exxon Valdez type spill, with environmental and economicdevastation, stretching for tens to hundreds of miles depending on weather, tides and the size of the spill. This warning is written to urgeyour readers to contact Senators Murray and Cantwell and Governor Inslee urging then to try and persuade Prime Minister Trudeau not toapprove the permitting of the pipeline expansion.

  • Oct 4th, 2016

Letters- Great Greeting Ceremony

Wow! Not only was The Whale Museum's 10th annual "Greeting Ceremony" event a lot of fun, it raised much needed funds for our exhibitsand facility. Our heartfelt thanks are expressed to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.

  • Oct 4th, 2016

Letters-Yes for Watson

On the morning of June 18, 2016 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union, Local 1849 (SanJuan County employee's union) gathered to meet the San Juan County Council candidates for District 2. The candidates addressed thelocal and responded directly to questions from the members.

  • Oct 4th, 2016

Letters- Restoring my faith in newspaper

I want to express my satisfaction and admiration at your courageous decision to provide complete and factual coverage on the recentmurder-suicide incident here on my home island of Lopez. Another reader and I were discussing this story when your first article came outin Volume 36, Number 35 of the Weekly. We came to a reluctant agreement that your staff would most likely bow to political correctness andnot provide any further details in subsequent issues. But you surprised us with your professional and accurate reporting and for this I amgrateful. Sadly, it's not so common these days for the printed press to do its job and give the people the full and relevant details of a story,no matter how much discomfort they may cause to a particular segment of our society.

  • Sep 30th, 2016

Letters- Appreciation of stories

I wanted you to know that I appreciate these stories about what's going on in our community and I think it's important for people to knowthat just like anywhere else, we have crime here.

  • Sep 30th, 2016

Letters- Disturbing news

Thank you for being a "news"paper. Serious news should be printed in the proper place, including the front page. The paper should beprimarily for adults, not children.

  • Sep 30th, 2016

Reaction to violence – Editorial

On an evening ferry sailing to Anacortes on Sept. 23, passengers heard a disturbing message from the loudspeakers: "We have very sad news. There has been a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington. If you have shopping, we urge you to not go to the mall, as the shooter is still at large."

  • Sep 29th, 2016

Grieving and processing tragedy

My phone and email have been very busy lately with community members who want to talk about the heart-breaking event in our island community this month.

  • Sep 29th, 2016

Heroin addiction – Letter

I, too, was shocked to see the headline "Reality of Heroin Addiction – Is heroin becoming more common in the San Juan Islands?" on the covers of our local papers on Aug. 17. I applaud the writers of this well-written article as well as the editors for printing it as it behooves us all to be well-informed in matters that significantly affect our communities.

  • Sep 15th, 2016

Thank you for making Jazz at the Labs a success – Letter

I'm delighted to say that the University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs' 16th Jazz at the Labs fundraiser in support of the Friday Harbor Labs (K-12) Science Outreach Program was a great success! It was a perfect summer evening for excellent music, delicious food and generous giving. Dr. Adam Summers the "fabulous fish guy" was entertaining and engaging as he collected donations from the audience in support of two terrific science projects - the 9 day Biotechnology Invasive Mussel Lab and the Diver for a Day Program conducted aboard the Research Vessel Centennial.

  • Sep 14th, 2016

Wildfires | Guest Column

By Doug McCutchen

  • Sep 8th, 2016

Thank you land bank | Letter

I just wanted to give a shout out to the San Juan Island Land Bank and the library for sponsoring the Discover San Juan Scavenger Hunt. All summer long, we had so much fun exploring the public preserves around our amazing island. My sister and nieces live in Nashville, Tenn. and visit Friday Harbor every summer. We loved hunting for the tile rubbings together and finding new areas so well cared for. Islanders are lucky to have the Land Bank secure these special spots for us to enjoy. Sidney and Sam had a great day on Labor Day hiking to the last two venues. Booklet completed!

  • Sep 8th, 2016

Thanks for supporting education – letter

With another school year about to begin, I'd like to acknowledge the important work that United Way of San Juan County does to ensure that all children in our community have the support they need to thrive in the classroom.

RE: Coverage on murder-suicide – letter

This is way more detail than we need.

  • Sep 8th, 2016

Join SJFR in remembering 9/11 | Letter

Lest we forget, the combined emergency services, clergy and elected officials of San Juan Island will hold a short service in memory of all those who responded to the call that went out in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania on the morning of September 11, 2001.

  • Sep 7th, 2016

Vote Yes on I-732 – Letters

A representative of I-732 will be at the San Juan Grange, 6 p.m., Sept. 1.

  • Sep 6th, 2016

Housing, it’s a problem right now- Letter

(Editor's note: The quote mentioned below ["If this becomes a problem," Larsen said, "let me know immediately and I will see what I can do."] appeared in the article "Affordable housing,the dilemma continues" on Aug. 24 and was his response to the USDA affordable home loan program issue not the housing problem.)

  • Sep 1st, 2016

Remembering 911

This year our nation and our community mark the 15th anniversary of 9/11. While we continue to grieve that traumatic day and our tragic losses, we also have a renewed opportunity to re-commit to the unity, dedication, and patriotism we witnessed and experienced on that day and in its aftermath.

  • Aug 31st, 2016

The first ones, a vital part of history – Editorial

The Spanish founded the island and named it Isla y Archipelago de San Juan. That is our history. We speak the words almost every day, "The San Juans." But the first ones did not come in a ship from Europe. They were an ancient people who traveled here on foot after the great ice sheet thawed. More than 8,000 years ago they made their homes on the shores of the islands. They fished for salmon off the coast and gathered oysters and mussels. If you have ever appreciated the pretty purple flowers that bloom in the San Juan national park, then you have seen a primary food source for the islands' early people. They picked the camas bulbs and cooked them in the earth like potatoes.

Congrats on centennial- Letter

The San Juan County Council congratulates the National Park Service on its Aug. 25 centennial anniversary. We who live in the San Juan Islands are fortunate to have had a National Historic Landmark site designated in 1961, which commemorates and preserves the history of our founding.

  • Aug 30th, 2016

Kids pets and hot weather- Letters

Summer is really here now and its hot. PLEASE don't lock children or pets inside your car. Temperatures can soar to over a hundred in a few minutes, even with the windows cracked.

  • Aug 30th, 2016

Community Treasures closure – Guest column

Community Treasures (CT) has lost its lease and will be moving, or closing down over the next 6 months, because the property is going up for sale. For those who want more details:

  • Aug 26th, 2016

It’s hot outside, don’t leave pets in cars

Last week during our county fair the temperature here on the island rose to well over 80 degrees several days in a row. Sadly, those of us working at the Animal Protection Society booth were notified on four separate occasions that people had parked their cars in the lots across the street from the fairgrounds, leaving dogs inside those cars for periods of over two hours.

  • Aug 26th, 2016

Drugs, crime on front page? – Letters

I am disappointed with the recent series of articles featuring drugs, sexual abuse and other criminal activities on the front page of the Sounder. I could not help feeling embarrassed when I saw last week's headline about heroin abuse as I rode the inter-island ferry full of tourists and families traveling to the San Juan County Fair. Is this really necessary during the height of the vacation season? These stories are certainly of community interest and should be reported, but they do not warrant front page display. Our summer visitors come here to enjoy their vacations. They are only here a short time and are a vital part of our economy. It is in poor taste to publicize such negativity, especially when there is so much other newsworthy material to choose from. Nobody is under any illusions. We all know that Orcas Island faces the same types of problems as any other rural community. Why the need to continually bombard everyone with this information?

  • Aug 24th, 2016

Kudos for news coverage – Letters

Heroin, and drug use in general, is right up there with domestic violence as issues we all know exist on our islands, but prefer not to talk about. I congratulate the Journal on their courage to bring the heroin topic front and center. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the county, but there is a dark side. Its going to take all of us, law enforcement, the schools, government, medical facilities and most of all families and neighborhoods, to come together and work cooperatively to solve these complex issues. Parents, talk, and more importantly, listen to your children. Citizens, open your eyes, look out for your neighbors, and report suspicious activity. We can beat this, but it's going to take a full-scale community effort.

  • Aug 24th, 2016

Bob Jarman is the real deal – letters

As someone who has worked with elected officials for over 12 years, I can tell you that most first-time candidates seeking election believe, naively, that leaders just need to really understand issues to turn government around.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016

Thanks to Tucker Street crew

As residents of the McDonald Street neighborhood in Friday Harbor, we would like to congratulate the Friday Harbor Town Council, Town Manager Duncan Wilson, Public Works Director Wayne Haefele, and the entire crew of Mike Carlson Construction on the completion of the Tucker Phase l Project.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016

Mount Grant donation milestone – letter

The Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve just celebrated its thousandth donation! With matching funds now in place, every gift is being doubled as we raise the final $380,000 to reach our total $4.2 million goal.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016

Thanks to Tucker Street crew – Letter

As residents of the McDonald Street neighborhood in Friday Harbor, we would like to congratulate the Friday Harbor Town Council, Town Manager Duncan Wilson, Public Works Director Wayne Haefele, and the entire crew of Mike Carlson Construction on the completion of the Tucker Phase l Project.

Thanks for support in the primary – letters

The Aug. 2 primary is done and I'd like to thank all the people who supported me. But the work is not done, as we now move forward to the Nov. 8 general election.

  • Aug 10th, 2016

Congrats to the primary winners – letters

I congratulate Bob Jarman and Bill Watson for their primary wins. I hope that they will consider the ideas from the platform that I ran on that I found imperative: operating with an advisory board putting community first over special interests; changing some county priorities to promote preventive social solutions; implementing fair and equitable policies that would lower the number of lawsuits against the county and gain respect for the county and its employees; and county employees, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and citizens should be treated respectfully by the county government. Onward and upward.

  • Aug 10th, 2016

Thanks to EMS supporters – letters

On behalf of the Vote Yes for San Juan EMS 2016 Campaign Committee, we wish to thank our friends, colleagues, and the local press for the tremendous support we received during our successful campaign. We would particularly like to thank donors and volunteers who placed signs, marched in the parade, wrote letters and spent many hours raising community awareness.

  • Aug 10th, 2016

Thanks for votes – letters

I would like to thank everyone who supported me in the Aug. 2 Primary for county council, putting me on the November ballot.

  • Aug 10th, 2016

EMS clearly saved me – letters

My name is Larry Dean Pentz and I have been coming to San Juan Island every weekend for 20 years.

  • Aug 10th, 2016

Join the club – letters

The San Juan Island Women's Fund is a group of philanthropic women who seek to support San Juan Island nonprofit organizations in a variety of areas including arts, health and wellness, community infrastructure, education, basic social needs, and environment by participating in a pooled donor-advised fund of the SJI Community Foundation. During the last year we have provided grants to a wide variety of local not-for-profit organizations in our community.

  • Aug 10th, 2016

Play pickleball – letters

Pickleball, which originated in Seattle, is now the fastest-growing sport as it has spread throughout the country.

  • Aug 10th, 2016

Your blood can save a life

As part of her ongoing cancer treatment, islander Marlyn Myers receives regular blood transfusions.

  • Aug 5th, 2016

Hospital District supports EMS levy

Voters of San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 are encouraged to vote YES in favor of the emergency medical services (EMS) property tax levy on their August 2 ballot replacing one that expires on December 31.

  • Jul 28th, 2016

Look at the numbers – letters

After reading Mr. Bucholz (July 6 issue) letter, I got to thinking about this new EMS levy and its 43 percent increase. This has already been voted down twice, but instead of addressing the issues, the proponents seemed to have simply returned with a strident campaign and a not-so-subtle threat to approve the levy or lose all EMS services. That smacks of a gun-to-the-head approach to me, but look at their issues:

  • Jul 28th, 2016