Letters To The Editor

OPALCO on the right course; incumbents deserve support | Letters

With their investment in the fiber backbone and their support of the new Rock Island Communications subsidiary, OPALCO board of directors have charted a course of action that is good for the county and good for the economy.

  • Apr 28th, 2015

Apples get mixed with oranges in argument against Island Rec levy | Letters

It is not the high school but our state legislature that is not doing it's job in this instance, and that is the ruling of the state Supreme Court, not just my opinion.

  • Apr 28th, 2015

Squeaky clean by the sea; big ‘high-five’ to all GIC participants | Letters

A special thank you goes to the 52 youngsters from Cub Scout Pack 4090, Paideia School, and Stillpoint School who helped clean Eagle Cove, Jackson Beach, and the streets of Friday Harbor, respectively.

  • Apr 26th, 2015

Stronger support from Journal expected; vote ‘Yes’ on Island Rec | Letters

How can you not support an organization that keeps us healthy and participating in activities that keep us growing and developing as a community while having fun?

  • Apr 24th, 2015

More to high school sports than meets the eye; vote “Yes” on Island Rec levy | Letters

Not all athletes are stellar students; however, the grade requirements FHHS imposes to stay eligible and play the sport they love drives them to overcome obstacles in the classroom and improve performance. I’ve seen firsthand.

  • Apr 23rd, 2015

Hats off to our team of trash-busters | Letters

Every time I see the wonderful volunteers with their bags and bright vests picking up roadside trash, it reminds me what a terrific place in which we live.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015

Sheriff: education is key to help end sexual assault | Letters

The effects of a sexual assault is dramatic and life-changing. Personal relationships fall apart, self-esteem is destroyed, depression and often suicide attempts result. But the good news is this can all be avoided by educating our children and educating ourselves.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015

Our part? Only swift support and life-saving aid | Letters

Contrary to the impression left by the Journal’s article, our family had nothing to do with the altercation and unfortunate sequence of events that ultimately led to a violent situation.

  • Apr 21st, 2015

Adams, Cornelius best-suited for Co-op board | Letters

Having hosted the recent OPALCO candidate forums and followed OPALCO closely for years, we believe Randy and Winnie are best suited to help mitigate the negative impacts of these monumental shifts in our co-op.

  • Apr 21st, 2015

An investment that pays big dividends; vote ‘Yes’ for Island Rec | Letters

I grew up in Friday Harbor and sports were an incredibly positive experience for me and paramount to keeping me “grounded” in my teenage years.

  • Apr 20th, 2015

OPALCO incumbents draw endorsement; Island Rec, too | Letters

Without funding from Island Rec, our schools would not be able to provide the well-rounded education so essential for today’s students.

  • Apr 15th, 2015

Startled by the number of ‘butts’ on the beach | Letters

Last Saturday, Soroptimists cleaned Jackson Beach, a project that we’ve done every other month for some time now...

  • Apr 10th, 2015

Highlight of our visit to Friday Harbor? Exhibit at IMA | Letters

The present exhibit of William Morris glass is a feather in IMA’s cap that they can attract world renowned works. The fabulous display and the accompanying film are something no one should miss... it could compare to anything we’ve seen worldwide.

  • Apr 8th, 2015

Persistence pays off: Hospital board meetings at your fingertips | Letters

Meetings are now held at the County Council chambers every fourth Wednesday, at 5 p.m. Otherwise, feel free to go to the San Juan County website to view “streamed meetings” at home.

  • Apr 7th, 2015

Maintaining our best assets takes commitment; vote ‘Yes’ for Island Rec | Letters

Island Rec is more than just a park and recreation district; it engenders the very amenities that provide our island with a quality of life unmatched in this state.

  • Apr 2nd, 2015

Super-sized kudos to town council; McDonald’s a tasty addition | Letters (The Gerbil)

I for one am really excited about selecting items from the “Value Menu” and using Sunshine Alley as the drive thru.

  • Apr 1st, 2015

In solidarity with steadfast determination of Lummi Nation | Letters

Cries of support were heard in the stirring documentary, “Our Sacred Obligation”. Thank you to Ken Crawbuck for showing this film as part of his Tragedy of the Commons film series on March 21. Thank you also to the San Juan Island Library for hosting this well-attended event.

  • Mar 31st, 2015

Quality of life enriched; vote ‘Yes’ on Island Rec levy | Letters

From finger-painting t-shirts to swimming lessons, from Music on the Lawn to Films in the Park, from senior fitness to school sports, Island Rec has consistently provided programs, events and open space that serve and support the very heartbeat of our island and our community.

  • Mar 31st, 2015

Conflicted? The record shows otherwise | Letters

Allegations by a letter writer of my having a conflict of interest have no merit. He jumps to an erroneous conclusion that I knew what the future would bring.

  • Mar 30th, 2015

Reasons to run for the hospital board? Here’s three | Letters

No. 3: because the Hospital District Board members, who should be responsive to the public on San Juan Island, instead see themselves as apologists for the hospital administration.

  • Mar 28th, 2015

A salute by Soroptimists for St. Paddy’s ‘Extravaganza’ support | Letters

As with any successful venture, it takes a community of generous donors. The following are those whose gracious support made The St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza spectacular...

  • Mar 24th, 2015

Sports programs help students thrive; vote ‘Yes’ on Island Rec levy | Letters

Sports create a venue for students to develop leadership skills, earn PE credits, develop a strong work ethic and give a student a sense of belonging. Many of our sports teams earn top state academic awards for high cumulative grade point averages.

  • Mar 24th, 2015

Dazzled & informed by Morris’ display at IMA | Letters

We were just poking around Friday Harbor, killing time, waiting for the ferry and were drawn in by the building itself. The experience unfurled as we entered the building.

  • Mar 23rd, 2015

A track record of success; vote ‘Yes’ on Island Rec levy | Letter

As taxpayers, we support Island Rec through a regular levy, and I for one feel I get good value. As a retired senior, I have exercise class, trails and trail walks, drop in and league sports, the dog park...

  • Mar 20th, 2015

Iowa 5th-grader seeks info about Washington state | Letters

I am so happy that I got your wonderful state of Washington for my project. I would love it if you would send me some postcards, a souvenir or any information about your wonderful state.

  • Mar 19th, 2015

Task Force seeks to track community’s changing needs | Letters

The 2015 Community Needs Task Force will provide a forum for discussion of community needs, increase awareness of current and future projects, and facilitate collaboration among organizations.

  • Mar 17th, 2015

Why can’t OPALCO be more like the town? | Letters

My wife and I live in the town of Friday Harbor. Our monthly water/sewer bill has a “base” rate charge... Why can’t this same scenario be used by OPALCO?

  • Mar 17th, 2015

Appetite for education? Dining for scholars fits the bill | Letters

Our “Dining” goal is to raise $6,000 for our scholarship fund and you can help by simply dining out for breakfast, lunch or dinner (or all three!) on this day.

  • Mar 16th, 2015

Gates? Hmm… nope, name dosen’t ring a bell | Letters

Who in the world is Mimi Gates, and why should I care if she is amused?

  • Mar 13th, 2015

Impressive in every way; hats off to IMA | Letters

Charlie (Bodenstab) and the IMA Board have done a fabulous job of putting these beautiful and most professionally presented exhibits together of William Morris and his pupils. Clearly, this gorgeously built IMA will attract major contributions to Friday Harbor and the San Juans in the future.

  • Mar 12th, 2015

Co-op held hostage by broadband extremists |Letters

It’s not a question of whether broadband is useful or good. It is both... The question is whether the broadband customer, generally those with more money, should be subsidized by the electric ratepayer

  • Mar 10th, 2015

Oversight makes for lively laugh | Letters

Certainly this department needs more "unprofessionalism" rather than more professionalism, so it is good to know that there have been complaints. Thanks for the laugh.

  • Mar 9th, 2015

Victim? Perhaps, but of her own undoing | Letters

When she bought her property in 2012 an easement was part of her deed. It is plainly written and so ironclad that a middle school civics class would understand it and reach the same decision as any judge. Did Jenny Rice not read it?

  • Mar 5th, 2015

Power of the pen? Use, don’t abuse | Letters

Most would agree that fanning the flames is a tricky point to define. One writer’s candor could be interpreted by another person as an attack.

  • Mar 3rd, 2015

Call for release of captive killer whale resonates in Canada, too | Letters

We’re gathering signatures and spreading information about Lolita and the Orca Network retirement plan. See www.twitter.com/bowkerwalking. Let’s keep hoping, keep working.

  • Mar 2nd, 2015

Bill proves as painful as injury after visit to PIMC | Letters

Two hours later, they had removed the nail and our son was left with a bill for ER of $603, for emergency room of $670, for X-rays and drugs and pharmacy and vaccine, all totaling $1,774. Outrageous.

  • Feb 28th, 2015

Allies go ‘green’ in show of support for embattled farmer | Letters

Our hope is that our quiet presence will demonstrate to everyone in the courtroom that we support the tradition of sustainable farming and agriculture in San Juan County and recognize that this legal case poses a threat to the economic potential that sustainable farming and agriculture suggests to our local economy.

  • Feb 26th, 2015

Help us in helping them stay mobile | Letter to the editor

Without the ‘RoundTowner service, impaired elders and disabled people who do not drive must stay home or spend $15 to $20 for a taxi trip for medical care or to the store and back.

  • Feb 24th, 2015

Hats off to Friday Harbor in its battle against the ‘broom,’ and other noxious weeds | Letters

A grateful San Juan County Noxious Weed Control Board applauds the town for its effort and progress in combating noxious weeds.

  • Feb 19th, 2015

Stand in solidarity, support Jenny Rice | Letter to the editor

Unfortunately, Jenny's neighbors appear to be uninterested in the greater good of our community. They are using punitive lawsuits to obstruct the operation of a legitimate business entity on San Juan Island.

  • Feb 17th, 2015