Letters To The Editor

Fond farewell to exemplary officer | Letters

As Undersheriff, Bruce was usually my initial contact when issues arose involving the Sheriff’s Department.

  • Dec 1st, 2014

Hats off to an ally in my battle against tobacco addiction | Letters

By telling me that I couldn’t quit my doctor showed me how little he knew about my personality. No one tells me what I can and cannot do. No one. So, three days later on Dec. 1, I went back to him and...

  • Nov 26th, 2014

Giving credit where credit is due—in triplicate | Letters

Evidently, the San Juan Island Quakers haven't gotten in tune with that 'ol saying, that no good deed goes unpunished. For good deeds, they're doling out praise, instead...read on:

  • Nov 24th, 2014

To error is human… but county ought to pony up for assessor mistake | Letters

I was further dismayed to read that the assessor feels Island Rec is liable for the overage. We teach our kids to take responsibility for their actions. So take responsibility, county of San Juan. You messed up. You pay the bill.

  • Nov 21st, 2014

Political payback? Voters should expect less from EMS, evidently | Letters

While a recent press release from hospital district officials starts off claiming to respect the voters’ decision, it quickly descends into a series of likely retributions we voters have apparently brought upon ourselves.

  • Nov 18th, 2014

Three nights in a row? Bark as bad as the bite | Letters

Dog owners need to take responsibility for their animals. The lack of concern for fellow islanders is appalling.

  • Nov 18th, 2014

Error by assessor? Another link in lack of accountability chain | Letters

The oops should be paid out of his retirement and not by the families of this island. Oh, but wait, there’s never any accountability for error here anyway.

  • Nov 13th, 2014

Here’s how EMS moves forward in the wake of election defeat | Letters

First, we will try to maintain essential services despite our current financial constraints. We will further scrutinize every dollar we spend. Second, in an effort to maintain essential services...

  • Nov 11th, 2014

Grateful to have your vote of confidence | Letters

I am pleased and proud to continue to serve as your County Clerk. I enjoy my work and am dedicated to maintaining the reliability of the Superior Court records, as well as fulfilling all of my office’s statutory and mandated duties.

  • Nov 10th, 2014

Support for EMS undermined by ties with Peace Health | Letters

Would that vote have been the same if in the public mind EMS were not a part of Peace Health Inc.? I don’t think so.

  • Nov 7th, 2014

Many to thank for Hall benefit, bash | Letters

Dave and Nadine want to let the community know the benefit was a financial success and they truly appreciate and are humbled by the generosity of the community. Proceeds from the benefit will go towards expenses associated with his battle against cancer.

  • Nov 7th, 2014

Accidents occur; are we prepared? | Letters

With the proposed increase in shipping coal, crude oil, and natural gas through our island waterways (on tankers two or more times larger than the Simushir), are we just hoping to get lucky, too? Or will we be prepared?

  • Nov 5th, 2014

A big ‘High-5’ for getting informed | Letters

More than 200 people from San Juan, Orcas and Lopez engaged the candidates and issue representatives in lively discussion.

  • Nov 5th, 2014

A community event to savor; don’t miss it, dinner is served | Letters

The high school community dinner is part of the successful Food for Thought program, headed by Chef Andy and Liz Varvaro, who provide the leadership for the culinary students at FHHS. Don’t miss the next, Wednesday, Nov. 5. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Nov 4th, 2014

Lives at risk from reckless, late-night firearm fancier | Letters

Your bullet went through my house... I can fix the damages you inflicted, we were lucky. So were you.

  • Nov 3rd, 2014

Solar power for public schools? We’re electrified | Letters

Now is the time to move into solar power because of the reduction in cost for photovoltaic panels, including installation; and, the Community Solar For Our School program, which provides a unique funding model to put solar power into and onto our schools.

  • Nov 1st, 2014

Excellent emergency medical service requires additional support | Letters

Cutting salaries and degrading benefits are demoralizing enough. Not feeling like you have the backing of your community is completely disheartening.

  • Oct 31st, 2014

What’s Marysville got to do with it? I-594 is bad legislation | Letters

The incident in question was done by a weapon that had been legally acquired through all the proper channels and had nothing to do with the so called "loophole". The problem here is not gun control, it is mental health.

  • Oct 30th, 2014

Knowledge & experience equals efficiency & aplomb; White for County Clerk | Letters

The job of County Clerk requires years of experience and knowledge in order to get the job done efficiently and with aplomb. Joan White is the only candidate that has the necessary knowledge and experience to make this office run smoothly.

  • Oct 30th, 2014

Twin testimonials by two attorneys; re-elect of White | Letters

All my interactions with Joan were pleasant, efficient, and professional, representing the way that government at every level should interact with the public, but too often doesn't.

  • Oct 29th, 2014

In time of need, there’s no substitute for critical care; vote ‘Yes’ for EMS | Letters

I was two weeks overdue with my first baby and my water broke, full of meconium, 30 minutes after the last ferry left. We called EMS and they were there within minutes, and hustled to get me on a flight to beat the rapidly approaching fog.

  • Oct 28th, 2014

Faulty formula, costs unclear; a ‘No’ vote for EMS

My car insurance has nothing to do with the appraised value of my house. I appreciate the service (EMS), but until the costs are transparent and a better funding mechanism is proposed, I’ll be voting “No” on this measure.

  • Oct 28th, 2014

Troubled by EMS campaign tactics | Letters

When comparing EMS information to the county assessor, auditor, and elections offices, the numbers don’t add up.

  • Oct 28th, 2014

Marysville shooting calls for greater urgency on gun control; ‘Yes’ on I-594 | Letters

Mr. Guard, no one is interested in depriving supervised young adults from safely hunting legal game with legal and appropriate hunting rifles. It is scare tactics such as those expressed in your article “As I See It” (“Madden’s first deer: Inside view of I-594”) which will cause otherwise responsible people to defeat I-594.

  • Oct 27th, 2014

Drugs gotta’ go, common sense might help; vote Krebs for sheriff | Letters

Traffic laws are in place for good reasons; however, commons sense should come into play. Meanwhile, every student at Friday Harbor High School knows where to purchase alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and heroin, if they so desire.

  • Oct 25th, 2014

Saving lives and a whole lot more; vote “Yes” for EMS | Letters

I am voting in favor of the EMS Levy because I believe we have an incredible EMS team. Not only are they there to help when you need them, they also work to prevent tragedy.

  • Oct 25th, 2014

Nothing ‘extra’ about these critical services; Yes on Prop. 1 | Letters

These ‘extra’ services are critical to what makes the islands such an exceptional place to live, but, in my opinion, are by no means ‘extra’.

  • Oct 25th, 2014

Dedicated, effective—not easy to replace; re-elect White | Letters

How many times does one get an offer of “what can I do to help?” from any service provider, let alone a member of the government? But that is exactly what Joan White embraces in both her words and actions...

  • Oct 23rd, 2014

Don’t get snubbed by law enforcement; Krebs for sheriff | Letters

I wrote to Sheriff Rob Nou three times and left voice mail messages—none of which ever got a reply. We asked deputy Krebs for help and he came to the rescue.

  • Oct 23rd, 2014

Impressive ‘can-do’ approach, and business savvy; Krebs for sheriff | Letters

I have had an opportunity to get to know Ron in the last year, starting when I needed assistance in a civil matter concerning the return of misplaced property to me. Ron showed up with a can-do approach that was to say, at the very least, impressive.

  • Oct 23rd, 2014

Be wary of Guild’s endorsement of fellow deputy; re-elect Nou | Letters

I want a sheriff who holds law enforcement professionals accountable for their actions; not someone beholding to the guild.

  • Oct 23rd, 2014

A service too critical to be compromised; ‘Yes’ for EMS | Letters

I am voting to approve the EMS levy not only for my own and my family’s self interest, but because my friends and our community need them.

  • Oct 22nd, 2014

A ‘Yes’ vote for Prop.1, a ‘No’ on EMS, for now… here’s why | Letters

In the past several days I have received mailings in support of the EMS levy and County Proposition 1. The difference between them is stark and telling.

  • Oct 22nd, 2014

Fate of vital programs, award-winning service at stake; vote ‘Yes’ for EMS | Letters

If the levy does not pass, more internal cuts will be made, as well as cuts to services. A second failed levy will limit funds for many valued programs and will undoubtedly affect morale.

  • Oct 22nd, 2014

Never saw one better in 43 years; reelect White | Letters

The level of professionalism, competency, and experience that Joan White brings to the office of superior court clerk is just outstanding. We are truly fortunate to have Joan working for all of us; she deserves to be reelected.

  • Oct 21st, 2014

Don’t be sheep-ish; reject Prop. 1, vote John Smith for prosecutor | Letters

The county can either treat its citizens as thinking adults and disclose the necessary information, or it can treat its citizens as sheep. In this instance (Prop. 1), the county and its attorney, Mr. Gaylord, have opted to treat us as sheep.

  • Oct 21st, 2014

Of firearms, cell phones and EMS | Letters

I was going to thank him for having the courage to publicly state his beliefs about keeping guns out of the hands of the wrong people.

  • Oct 21st, 2014

Knowledgable, skilled, and ‘can-do’ approach; re-elect White | Letters

As an attorney, I have had regular contact with Joan, both in her role in the private sector and at the clerk's office. Through out all those years, I have appreciated Joan's skills and knowledge, her willingness to help me and others, and her friendly, "can-do" approach to her job.

  • Oct 20th, 2014

Well-credentialed, highly trained; Nou is clear choice for sheriff | Letters

Deputy Krebs is a good man and a competent, hardworking deputy. He states he has administrative experience but not in law enforcement. He has experience as a deputy but only eight years.

  • Oct 18th, 2014

Restore morale, end harassment; Krebs for sheriff | Letters

What a wonderful place this community could be if we had a department that worked for and answered to its citizens versus harassing them.

  • Oct 18th, 2014