Letters To The Editor

Concern over candidates in hospital commissioner primary | Letters

I am very curious why two of these candidates, Miller and Loftus, appear to be so dismissive of the State’s Reproductive Privacy Act, and seem, each in their own way, to imply that the district’s obligation to comply with Washington State Law is optional.

  • Jul 21st, 2015

Terrorized by illegal fireworks | Letters

The Sheriff’s log for the past week shows a large number of reports of illegal fireworks (and many more, I’m sure, which weren’t reported).

  • Jul 14th, 2015

Opposition letter of Gateway Pacific Terminal misses the point | Letters

These rights were granted the Northwest Indian nations by the 1855 Treaty of Point Elliott and upheld by the 1974 Boldt Decision, which was itself upheld by the United States Supreme Court.

  • Jul 14th, 2015

Let kids be kids

All day kindergarten at Friday Harbor Elementary School doesn't give kids enough time to run, jump, hop, skip and play.

  • Jul 14th, 2015

A thank you for sheltering animals | Letters

The Board of Directors and Staff of The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor would like to express heartfelt appreciation to the vet services on San Juan Island.

  • Jul 14th, 2015

Keeping track of electricity usage | Letters

The purpose of this exercise was to have a better sense of the cost of electric power in our home. I will state, strongly, that we will lessen our usage proportionate to any increase in our monthly cost of energy from OPALCO.

  • Jul 14th, 2015

Memories over the years at Palace Theatre | Letters

My mom and her grade school pals would pay 10 cents for a matinee ticket and then fight over who would sit in the middle seat in the front row.

  • Jul 7th, 2015

A Fourth of July thank you | Letters

On behalf of the San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce I would like to thank all the people responsible for making it the best 4th of July celebration!

  • Jul 7th, 2015

Opposition to shipping terminal may cause industry to shy away | Letters

I urge the Army Corps to keep this process moving forward in a timely fashion, and to let the facts speak for the project, not innuendos and anti-business foes. It’s the right thing to do.

  • Jul 7th, 2015

Packed like sardines poses safety hazard on ferry | Letters

In their zeal to maximize loading, ferry workers are forcing cars and SUV’s so far toward the side of the ferry that it becomes impossible to open the car door enough to exit. SUV’s especially have this problem.

  • Jul 7th, 2015

Learning about death helps us with our own | Letters

I have seen horrible suffering at end of life and for some people there must be a better way to die than writhing in pain. I have heard it said many times, “we treat our animals better than we do dying people.

  • Jul 7th, 2015

Caution with dogs around bait | Letters

Unfortunately, the bait was still on a treble, barbed hook with monofilament line attached. Another boater and my husband tried to locate this hook in hopes that she hadn’t swallowed it. She had.

  • Jun 30th, 2015

Closing gaps in cell service | Letters

Two years ago there was an industrial accident and the worker died; fortunately his coworkers did have a cell signal, contacted 911, we were dispatched and our Medic and EMTs revived him, were able to contact the on call physician and the receiving hospital using the cellular phone. However had this accident been 200 yards further down the road, there was no cell signal.

  • Jun 30th, 2015

Childcare during summer | Letters

Along with sunny weather and lots of free time, summer can also bring challenges for young families in Friday Harbor. School is out, childcare options can be limited and many parents are working long hours.

  • Jun 30th, 2015

Grad Night a grand night | Letters

Sixty minutes after their ceremony ended on June 6th, 61 graduated seniors from Friday Harbor High School began the all night adventure known as Grad Night. Family and friends shouted and waved as the school buses departed with horns blaring.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015

Thank you for documentary film | Letters

A huge thank you to Ross Dixon with Raincoast Conservation Foundation for bringing the documentary film “Directly Affected” to our islands June 9-11.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015

‘Leave No Trace’ principles establish a culture of stewardship | Letters

Eight months ago the County Council passed a resolution making San Juan County a voluntary “Leave No Trace Area” to facilitate the protection and preservation of our natural environment for all people – current and future generations.

  • Jun 16th, 2015

Prom for Grown Ups a success | Letters

The first annual Prom for Grown Ups, held in May and put on by the Friday Harbor Elementary School and Friday Harbor Middle School PTAs was a roaring success. We danced and romanced the night away!

  • Jun 16th, 2015

Providing services within a moral framework… who gets left out? | Letters

My goal is to work proactively with state officials to ensure hospital district commissioners now and into the future can use their contracting and oversight authority to hold contractors and vendors accountable and to provide support for services based on what a community needs instead of what a specific entity decides to provide.

  • Jun 12th, 2015

District’s duty is to adhere to the law | Letters

By “law”, I refer to the laws of Washington State, not the dictates of the Catholic Bishops. I also disagree with Mr. Hall’s belief that the “Catholic Bishops have no role in health care decisions beyond the agreement and in particular matters concerning end-of-life care, women’s-health and maternity.”

  • Jun 11th, 2015

Community newspaper no place for hate; shame on Journal | Letters

Mr. Billington’s knowledge of Islam is limited, to say the least. He didn’t even refer to the Koran’s chapter and section correctly. I wonder if he has ever met a Muslim before.

  • Jun 9th, 2015

Hats off to students, and to ‘Service Scholarship’ supporters | Letters

San Juan Island Service Scholarship Program is designed to inspire young men and women to become active volunteers and give back to our community. This year we awarded 23 (yes, that number is correct) $1,000 scholarships to graduating San Juan Island seniors.

  • Jun 9th, 2015

Voters? It’s the truth they thirst for | Letters

The voters of San Juan County are not stupid. They see through name-calling and misquotes. The voters thirst for the truth.

  • Jun 6th, 2015

Questions for candidates? Here’s where I stand | Letters

The immediate critical outcomes are passage of an EMS levy and resolution of the EMS system’s finances. Secondly, I would like to see more detailed explanations of Peace Island Medical Center’s allocation of public funds for charitable care, and provide these details to the community. Finally...

  • Jun 4th, 2015

Duty of hospital commission includes guarding, abiding by contract | Letters

Hopefully voters will remain aware that Peace Health and the commission signed an agreement and that newly elected commissioners’ duties include zealously guarding and abiding by this agreement. This agreement accommodates these long-established and well known Catholic principles concerning abortion, birth control and sanctity of life.

  • Jun 3rd, 2015

OPALCO’s on the right track for getting rate-design right | Letters

Energy conservation and rooftop solar reduce energy consumption, but do nothing to impact fixed investment already made by the utility. Raising basic service or fixed charges is the correct way to recover fixed costs rather than through volumetric charges ($ per kWh).

  • May 30th, 2015

Of bishops, candidates, taxes and medical care | Letters

People can differ on whether that’s a good or a bad thing, and whether or not it’s appropriate for a facility receiving public funds. Regardless, the Bishops Directives drive many of Peace Island’s policies regarding medical care.

  • May 28th, 2015

Time to support—not attack—your Co-op | Letters

The bottom line is that OPALCO has to do whatever it has to do to stay in loan compliance. Co-op or not, this should not be distorted into a political or personality issue; this direction is unproductive.

  • May 27th, 2015

Almost ready to go ‘postal’ over junk mail | Letters

The only positives to junk mail are that apparently thousands of low-level jobs are being created and the post office is being kept alive. The political parties and the "causes" —who even opens the envelopes?

  • May 26th, 2015

The solution also rests with us; in search of ‘100 Stand Up Men’ | Letters

I believe that we can make a difference, therefore I have a two-fold challenge for you. First; consider joining other men on your island in the newly forming Men’s Action Group. Secondly...

  • May 23rd, 2015

Stick to the point: seven candidates, six questions | Letters

I’m not the brightest bulb in the box, but even I see this upcoming hospital district election becoming contentious. I’m going to suggest we focus on the issues and ask each candidate to answer the following questions...

  • May 20th, 2015

United Way helps young students succeed |Letters

With their support, 20 children in 1st-5th grades have been meeting three days a week with two staff members and one high school student. The students enjoy a snack, stretch their legs on the playground, and then gather to complete homework.

  • May 19th, 2015

Your ‘Rights’ are what we’re all about | Letters

We are a local, non-partisan, volunteer organization whose mission is to inform and to educate the local community about the civil liberties enshrined in the United States Constitution and the state of Washington Constitution, the civil rights provided by the laws of the United States and the state of Washington, and to advocate and to act for their protection, preservation and observance.

  • May 19th, 2015

Sound of freedom? More like an assault on the archipelago | Letters

Surely, the Navy does not want to dominate and subjugate its own citizens or be considered a public nuisance.

  • May 12th, 2015

Frustrated? You bet, but no ‘walkout’ in store by San Juan Island teachers | Letters

We are frustrated that Washington continues to rank close to the bottom in our country in the most revealing measures used to rank schools: we rank 40th in per-pupil funding, 47th in class size, and 42nd in teacher compensation.

  • May 11th, 2015

Broadband headed to your ‘hood? Beware | Letters

Usually, I rave. Today, I rant… my first. If broadband is supposed to work, we need capable, responsible, accountable humans making it possible.

  • May 7th, 2015

Of community, trust and Cinco de Mayo | Letters

In recognition of Cinco de Mayo, I’m taking the opportunity to thank so many families in the local Latino community for trusting me with the care of their children over the past decade.

  • May 5th, 2015

To our teachers: We salute you | Letters

This week we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8. Our community is exceptionally lucky to have inspiring educators giving our students their best.

  • May 5th, 2015

Solar power; savings from the sun | Letters

More "MORE" is a win-win for residents and the Co-op. Solar’s peak production season, for example, coincides with peak demands during summer’s influx of visitors when reducing OPALCO's peak loads reduces BPA's peak pricing.

  • May 1st, 2015

In praise of support for ‘Greeting Ceremony’ | Letters

Thanks to everyone who attended and supported our 9th annual “Greeting Ceremony” fundraiser. Because of you, we raised just over $18,000 to further The Whale Museum’s mission of promoting stewardship of whales and the Salish Sea ecosystem through education and research.

  • Apr 30th, 2015