Letters To The Editor

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

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