Letters To The Editor

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

Scholarships available for students with community service hours | Letters

Students who have completed a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer community service during their high school career are eligible for a scholarship from our organization.

  • Dec 19th, 2015

Thank you to the community | Letters

They’re off! The 181 shoe boxes that have been assembled from our San Juan community are on their way to children in over 140 countries and part of a 10 million gift project of Operation Christmas Child.

  • Dec 19th, 2015

Journal was right to endorse candidates | Letters

In my opinion, a community paper should be, as you wrote, “a trusted source” with endorsements which hopefully urge citizens to vote and participate in a democracy.

  • Dec 19th, 2015

Thanks to Browne’s Home Center for the donations | Letters

All funds raised through the dog wash event were donated to the Animal Protection Society, as the materials for the scratching posts were donated by the kind people at Browne’s Home Center.

  • Dec 19th, 2015

We need more services for mentally ill | Letters

Right after the incident your sheriff and prosecuting attorney traveled to Island County to ask: What happened in the days leading up to this event? What was the cause of death?

  • Dec 19th, 2015

Lopez still needs appointment for planning commission seat | Letters

Under the charter, each of you now represents the entire county, and failure to act to fill the seat could suggest partisan or personal animus, neither of which is appropriate.

  • Dec 19th, 2015

Needed feedback from the community | Letters

We need community members to come and give valuable feedback to our students about their projects.

  • Dec 19th, 2015

Hurrah for our library | Letters

I would like to say thank you to our library for all its many wonderful offerings and its warm and compassionate staff.

  • Dec 19th, 2015

Land and sea needs protection with the SMP | Letters

I am frustrated that, in the year 2015, we can have a person in charge of land use planning at the county who apparently does not recognize that there are connections between land and sea.

  • Dec 19th, 2015

A thank you to the community | Letters

A sincere thank you is due to the participating artisans who made their diligence and professional craft available to the public.

  • Dec 2nd, 2015

Volunteers make it happen | Letters

A big event does need someone to organize it; but it also does not come together without the effort and hard work of countless volunteers.

  • Dec 2nd, 2015

Disappointed with Shoreline Management Plan actions | Letters

There are people who are extremely disappointed by your rush to approve both the Shoreline Master Plan as rewritten and the Eastsound Sub Area Plan as rewritten.

  • Dec 2nd, 2015

Helping keep our animals warm | Letters

Thanks to everyone who responded to our call for blankets to help keep the animals warm

  • Dec 2nd, 2015

A heartfelt thank you | Letters

I am so thankful to live in a community that takes care of its own.

  • Dec 2nd, 2015

Thanks for a good campaign run | Letters

I had an amazing time in the recent campaign enjoying many pleasant encounters.

  • Nov 12th, 2015

A rough election season, looking forward to serving | Letters

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is grateful that election season is behind us.

  • Nov 12th, 2015

A thank you to islanders | Letters

I want to thank San Juan islanders for electing me to the public hospital district commission.

  • Nov 12th, 2015

Let’s take a look at our budget | Letters

Now that the election is over, we can turn our attention to the 2016 county budget.

  • Nov 12th, 2015

Now the work begins for the public hospital board | Letters

I want to thank all my wonderful supporters who offered their help, advice, and encouragement during this long and contentious election.

  • Nov 12th, 2015

A place where caring means much more than a fancy façade | Letters

I feel that a major and glaring difference between the two medical facilities on San Juan Island is that of humanity.

  • Nov 12th, 2015

Election campaigns have gotten out of hand | Letters

This has been such a dispiriting campaign. We’ve seen three candidates engage in spreading falsehoods and smears regarding their opponents, and repeating them even when confronted with documentation that what they were saying was false.

  • Nov 2nd, 2015

Attorney general must have good reason for investigation | Letters

The “civil investigative demand” issued by the state attorney general’s office, alleging Medicaid fraud, is quite stunning.

  • Nov 2nd, 2015

Vote for Barbara, Monica and Bill W. this election | Letters

That is so that we can get our public hospital district commissioners to consider more carefully the people who are served by our public tax dollars.

  • Nov 2nd, 2015

Re: Jack’s birthday party | Letters

Even a small fundraiser involves lots of people, and I’d like to thank everyone for a great party!

  • Oct 31st, 2015

Troubled by close ties between Ledford campaign and PeaceHealth | Letters

I hope islanders and local media take a deeper look and consider the consequences of this type of campaigning.

  • Oct 28th, 2015

Allegations that endorsements turn elections partisan is untrue | Letters

As the hospital board elections intensify, several interesting issues have arisen, including the allegation that a candidate's having received the endorsement of a county party organization somehow improperly changes the election from nonpartisan to partisan.

  • Oct 28th, 2015

Some hospital district candidates clash with SJPHD code of ethics | Letters

I encourage the voters of the SJC Public Hospital District to review the information on the Believe the Best website.

  • Oct 28th, 2015