Letters To The Editor

Oops… our bad, but in case you haven’t heard… | Letters

We would never knowingly do anything to offend our neighbors or to detract from the beauty of our island. We hope that this will not prevent people from attending the “Remember the Rendezvous” Salmon Barbecue on September 13 at the Fair Grounds.

  • Sep 4th, 2014

Big ‘Thank you’ for support; big ‘No’ to pipeline | Letters

San Juan Islanders for Safe Shipping says "thank you" to all of you who stopped by to buy a brownie, spin the oil tanker Wheel of Fortune, and/or sign the petition at our booth at the County Fair.

  • Sep 4th, 2014

Navy jet noise? An echo of U.S. military excess | Letters

Our area of San Juan and Skagit counties has a greatly expanded population base. The extremely loud Growler jets are a poor fit in this situation and are bound to create more complaints as the Navy continues to expand the numbers of aircraft and activities at Whidbey.

  • Sep 3rd, 2014

American Legion appealing mural decision, not suing Friday Harbor Council | Letter

First, I do not officially speak for the American Legion in Friday Harbor, but as an American, although I have been a legion member and officer for over 25 years.

  • Aug 31st, 2014

Navy Jet noise is small price to pay | Letter

During the 4 of July parade (Lopez), a group protesting jet noise from NAS Whidbey participated.

  • Aug 26th, 2014

Trashion Fashion 2015? Don’t wait | Letters

Thank you, thank you, thank you; each and every one of you who participated on stage, behind stage and behind the scenes of the Trashion Fashion Show.

  • Aug 26th, 2014

Many helped to make exhibit click | Letters

To all the visitors and residents of San Juan County who helped with the success of this year’s Photography Department at the San Juan County Fair.

  • Aug 20th, 2014

United Way helps families to thrive | Letters

Their generous funding ensures that all island families, regardless of income, have access to education and enrichment programs that promote learning, friendship and family well-being.

  • Aug 20th, 2014

Poor reception on Orcas for paddlers | Letters

And once word gets out, more kayakers might put Orcas Island on their destination list instead of Friday Harbor.

  • Aug 20th, 2014

Unlimited growth is not the answer | Letters

There is a presumption that the island community should always be receptive to development; regardless of water availability, of pressure on schools, on infra-structure issues.

  • Aug 20th, 2014

Relay for Life: new date, new venue, same mission | Letters

Enjoy the “One More Time” band, Folklorico – Traditional Mexican Dancers- food by Spring Street Deli, and contests, prizes, auction items and gift items for sale, Sept. 27-28, at the Friday Harbor fairgrounds.

  • Aug 19th, 2014

Hoping for your help to ‘Deck the Hall’ | Letters

Remember all the great parties and events you’ve attended at our beloved Grange Hall in Friday Harbor? Now imagine a large deck that will extend the available square footage and open up the fabulous view to the harbor and beyond.

  • Aug 19th, 2014

Affordable homes—a most worthwhile cause | Letters

Given the high cost of living for all of us who live in the islands, creating a few homes which are “forever affordable” seems a worthwhile effort to support. I intend to send in a donation, knowing that it will be part of that matching gift. I hope that many others do, too.

  • Aug 15th, 2014

Baffled, disillusioned by contract debacle | Letters

Dear Rick and Jamie... It appears that your colleague Bob Jarman unilaterally arranged to cancel that contract, and that the two of you are acquiescing. It also appears...

  • Aug 14th, 2014

Knocked out by ‘Twelfth Night’ | Letters

Could there be a better way to spend a summer evening than watching a timeless Shakespeare comedy, one performed outdoors by a talented and energetic cast? Umm...doubt it.

  • Aug 14th, 2014

Islanders should be proud of PIMC | Letters

Residents of Friday Harbor should be proud of the excellent Peace Island Medical Center facility on your island.

  • Aug 12th, 2014

Wistful reminder of wit that was | Letters

Last week’s letter to the editor, “Flummoxed by furor over felines,” reminded me of why I miss the former “Sheriff’s Log”.

  • Aug 12th, 2014

Zucchini 500? More than just a whacky race | Letters

Future generations will someday attempt to describe the “Electrician’s Nightmare,” Susie Lefever’s racing zucchini, and Harry “The Honey man’s” CO2 cartridge powered creations, but I promise you this: it is impossible not to laugh, cheer, and be completely entertained.

  • Aug 9th, 2014

Message emerges through eye of the beholder | Letters

What message does the Journal's most recent political cartoon convey? As letters from two readers demonstrate, it may depend on one's point of view.

  • Aug 8th, 2014

Angered over act of ‘intolerance’ | Letters

I've been driving for 56 years and never have I had anyone key my car. Never, that is, until...

  • Aug 6th, 2014

Got stuff to strut? Well, then, this runway’s for you | Letters

The 8th annual Trashion Fashion Show is alive and well on Saturday night, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., at the main stage of the San Juan County Fair, with a Seattle DJ in “gold lame,” and a rockin’ runway. We have a cast of characters and there is room for more, i.e., you.

  • Aug 5th, 2014

When ferries fail, it’s the San Juans that get the shaft | Letters

I was stranded while traveling alone, on foot, in Sidney, B.C. on Friday, July 11, when someone at Washington State Ferries made the decision to cancel the only sailing to Friday Harbor rather than replace the ailing M/V Chelan with the M/V Elwha. But it's a different story when ferries fail down Sound.

  • Aug 3rd, 2014

Of feeding eagles & ruffled feathers | Letters

Personally, I don’t see much difference between a guy feeding eagles and people with wild bird feeders in their backyard. The issue here, is one of public safety.

  • Aug 1st, 2014

Hearty High-five & ‘Thanks’ for all the help at FH Fly In | Letters

Great weather, an 8 a.m. kickoff breakfast by the Cutthroat Pirates, many hard-working volunteers, generous sponsors and pilots, and a fabulous turnout made this an event to remember. (Click on this letter for a link to images of the event by Fly-In photographer Steve Brandli).

  • Jul 30th, 2014

Congrats to Ag Guild, affordable housing in need of similar support | Letters

We at the San Juan Community Home Trust commend San Juan islanders for their generous support of the Brickworks and urge our community to now turn our attention to creating more permanently affordable housing for our local workforce and retirees.

  • Jul 29th, 2014

Life’s tough enough already… why pick on feral cats? | Letters

I do many favors for the person who adopted me. No mouse has been seen in our house since I arrived. DeCon has also disappeared, along with its additives. There is no fly. Even bugs have disappeared. I am almost as good as a vacuum cleaner, actually better. I don't have to be dumped out.

  • Jul 27th, 2014

Monster in our midst? Ignorance and greed, not DOE | Letters

The monster is someone with the gift of money feeling like they can abuse Earth however they please, because they "own it."

  • Jul 24th, 2014

Colonoscopy? Almost pleasant thanks to PIMC | Letters

Starting with the warm and friendly greeter, then the cheerful insurance verifier, and the lovely nurses—every step of the way my fears were calmed and I felt listened to and cared for.

  • Jul 22nd, 2014

Bicycles missing; the ones you can borrow for free | Letters

I'm hoping that the someone(s) who took them just abandon them out in the woods. The forks and rear racks are painted lime green, thus very identifiable. Please keep an eye out for them.

  • Jul 19th, 2014

Dept. of Ecology: ‘monster’ within our midst | Letters

If DOE focuses on making an example of the Honeywells by making them into villains and excessively fining them, DOE will soon be emboldened to reach further down the food chain for anyone else who might gain them a buck or two, whether they are guilty or not, and regardless of intent.

  • Jul 17th, 2014

Salute to the vets of our island pets | Letters

Thank you for your wonderful care of our loved pet companions. I’m sure we are joined by many in this extension of gratefulness.

  • Jul 15th, 2014

Milestones on the path of island art | Letters

IMA takes a lot of satisfaction in having kept the arts program alive at the elementary school, and was gratified to receive the Community Leadership Award from the Washington Association of School Administrators for these efforts.

  • Jul 15th, 2014

Changes in store, but I’m still here | Letters

I have no plans now or in the immediate future to retire or leave the island. I remain committed to this community and to providing the best health care possible to island residents.

  • Jul 13th, 2014

Orcas no paradise for its ‘have-nots’ | Letters

If one doesn’t have to live in an urban growth area because of size restrictions on acreage/house ratios, Orcas is lovely.

  • Jul 12th, 2014

San Juan Island Conservation Corps… making an impact

For youth to actively engage in hands-on projects, as well as participate in community stewardship decisions that have a lasting impact on generations to come, helps build their confidence as thoughtful visionaries and participating activists, whether they're working with public lands or any position that emphasizes service learning and social and ecological improvement.

  • Jul 10th, 2014

Fireworks ban? It’s more like a free-for-all | Letters

We pet owners tranquilize our pets for the 4th, and did not expect or want to do it a second time. So a dutiful call to 911 nets me another phone number that no one answers.

  • Jul 9th, 2014

Chaos reigns with ‘eagle feed’ on Roche Harbor Road

I am flummoxed that this practice has been going on for so many years. This area is not designated as a tourist stop, and there is no signage to indicate for drivers to slow down.

  • Jul 8th, 2014

Outraged over latest communications outage | Letters

Wednesday was a wake-up-call for islanders—with three phone companies serving us and still to be completely cut off from communication with the outside world. If we don't demand change and get it, shame on us.

  • Jul 3rd, 2014

Long-awaited reconstruction of Blair Ave begins Monday | Letters

Work begins Monday June 30, with Phase 1 between Guard and Reed/Park streets. This section of the roadway will be closed during construction and re-opened once completed.

  • Jun 28th, 2014

More than just a good read, the Sheriff’s log was an excellent reminder | Letters

We have lost something that represents some of the most important values of a small town. Reading the Sheriff’s Log was a regular reminder that each of us is not just an individual but also a part of our community.

  • Jun 26th, 2014