Letters To The Editor

Crisis in health care on San Juan? Indeed; here’s why | Letters

The present cadre of primary care providers is dangerously shorthanded and are themselves approaching the end of their careers. In the absence of strategic planning, within a few years there will be no primary care for our people. But the bigger issue is...

  • Jun 11th, 2014

Who’s running the show at OPALCO? | Letters

If OPALCO's board of directors didn’t know their lawyers were threatening people to silence them, that is a considerable dereliction of duty. If they did know and are denying it, the implications of that speak loudly about their fitness for their positions.

  • Jun 10th, 2014

Christmas came early with ‘Annie’

Praises for San Juan Community Theater's production of 'Annie'.

  • Jun 8th, 2014

A boiling frog and the Bill of Rights | Letters

There is an apparent widespread lack of concern, much less resistance, to the abuses to the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution.

  • Jun 4th, 2014

Mar Vista marina? Outraged by it all | Letters

Please help to make the residents of the island aware of this and ask all to contact the local permit department. Thank you.

  • Jun 4th, 2014

CAO? Does more harm than good | Letters

Visually improving the shoreline by increasing setbacks is going to look nice to boaters, but it’s going to seriously impact the trades that otherwise would have been hired to make improvements without all the red tape.

  • Jun 4th, 2014

Ignorance holds health hostage | Letters

However, the overseas sources of the virus remain active, are just a plane ride away, and we continue to play “whack-a-mole” with measles all around the continent.

  • Jun 3rd, 2014

Ag conservation land program actually lowers, not raises, tax breaks for farms | Letters

Parcels transferred into the agricultural conservation land program were classified as Open Space Farm and previously received about an 85 percent reduction in taxes. The most they can receive under the farm and agricultural conservation land program is 35 percent, a 50 percent increase in taxes and hardly a shift of the tax burden to others.

  • May 29th, 2014

Under siege from folly of local firearms rules | Letters

We were taught that firearms were to be treated with the greatest respect because of the incredible damage they could cause. We hunted for the sole purpose of putting meat on the table.

  • May 29th, 2014

You were there in my time of need | Letters

I don’t think such fast and positive help could have happened anywhere else than in our special island community.

  • May 28th, 2014

To Ted, his family, and to his humor | Letters

I decided to write a parody of Ted’s articles to lighten it up and write from the animal’s point of view on the fence. They were signed “Bambi and Spirit Eagle.”

  • May 28th, 2014

End the abuse of civil rights in San Juan County—now | Letters

In Washington, Chelan, Clallam, Clark, Franklin, King, Kitsap, Skagit, Spokane, Thurston, Walla Walla and Yakima counties have changed their detention policy, and other Washington counties are in the process of changing or ​re​considering their policies. San Juan County should do so, too.

  • May 27th, 2014

Many to thank for a great ‘Greeting’ | Letters

We want to say thank you to everyone who helped make this such a successful event. Our deep appreciation goes to our committee who worked tirelessly to get the word out and coordinate the event.

  • May 26th, 2014

‘Johnny still can’t read?’ Here’s why | Letters

Fifty-seven years later, we’re informed that our high school students are most definitely not where they should be in the core subjects of reading, math and science.

  • May 24th, 2014

Better start for students thanks to United Way | Letters

PIP staff and trained volunteers help students in the primary grades make an easier adjustment to school, get along better with others, and improve self-confidence.

  • May 21st, 2014

Humbled by such heartfelt support | Letters

Your prayers and support throughout my heart surgeries have been overwhelming and truly a humbling experience.

  • May 21st, 2014

Council robs from us ‘Peters’ to help pay for Paul… Allen, that is | Letters

Every April and October, as I write those checks to the county, I thank the commissioners for allowing me to help out Paul Allen by paying the taxes that he is being allowed to avoid. After all, my Social Security check went up a whole $18 a month this year, so...

  • May 21st, 2014

Big ‘Bravo!’for ‘Annie,’ cast, actors, tech crew, and all | Letters

Obviously the cast put their heart and soul into the performance; but, what also deserves recognition are the dozens of people who work countless hours quietly, and efficiently behind the scenes.

  • May 21st, 2014

At risk by distracted joggers: Take two | Letters

Here’s a second—and last—attempt to make a few points. I was not speeding nor distracted by a cell phone (I don’t own one) nor by another in the car (I was alone), nor by my car’s sound system (it’s broken), nor by the attributes of the joggers; I didn’t see them until… I nearly hit someone.

  • May 20th, 2014

Deficit in editorial discretion; shame on you, Journal | Letters

Public disagreement and personal opinion are at the very heart of any democracy. Personal attacks and defamation are not.

  • May 15th, 2014

Distracted joggers? Sounds like driver is to blame | Letters

Your grammar is atrocious and your syntax is terribly confused... I can’t help but picture you in a “Luxury SUV” (Whatever the hell that means) driving a bit too fast. Because you want people to pay attention to you, like the runners did not.

  • May 13th, 2014

OPALCO leaves no room for dissent… What’s up with that? | Letters

Two competent and knowledgeable people have resigned from the board recently and a third person was discouraged from running. That is suggestive of problems on the board which need explanation and airing.

  • May 8th, 2014

No monopoly on ‘Common Sense’ | Letters

It was considered profound in the 1950s when the comic page character Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and it is us!” In land use, every property owner wants to be able to do what he or she wants with his or her property, but they don’t want their neighbors to be able to do anything they want. So we have regulations.

  • May 7th, 2014

Support meant a lot; stay engaged | Letters

We members are very lucky to have an informed, independent individual so devoted to learning not only what OPALCO is doing, but how, and what it is likely to result in.

  • May 6th, 2014

From Dan and Helen: ‘thank you, from our hearts to yours’ | Letters

Dan’s first words on coming round were, “Can we just start the show again?” and he has not wavered since, so, with the cardiologist’s approval already granted, not only will Twelfth Night go ahead as planned this summer, but we will be reprising “RED” in October.

  • May 2nd, 2014

Time to confront anti-vaccine ideas | Letters

Remember, we are but the “front line troops”. The real power lies with parents who do immunize their children—you are the commanders.

  • Apr 30th, 2014

Positive direction, stay the course | Letters

We all remember the economic damage and safety issues our community experienced when CenturyLink lost access to our islands.

  • Apr 30th, 2014

Hats off for Friday Harbor’s teachers | Letters

As we celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week May 5-9, we want to give a huge thank you to the dedicated teachers and staff that make our island children thrive.

  • Apr 30th, 2014

OPALCO board incumbents have our vote | Letters

We are voting to keep two smart experienced board members to help guide Opalco through the big changes to come, both in broadband and, most especially, in the bigger transition to green energy that must come soon. We’re voting for Glenna Hall and Vince Dauciunas and we hope you will too.

  • Apr 29th, 2014

Rhetoric, reality at odds over at OPALCO | Letters

How can one reconcile Mr. Cornelius’ statement in his letter: “In summary, the OPALCO board’s actions are transparent to the cooperative’s members and completely consistent with cooperative principles...” with the proposed or perhaps passed board policy No. 1, which states, “Directors are required to keep confidential all matters involving the cooperative that have not been disclosed to the public.”

  • Apr 29th, 2014

An effective and fair commission? Give me a break | Letters

Today, three of the eight positions which are currently filled (that’s right, 3-of-8) are held by leaders of a property rights group known as Common Sense Alliance, and they repeatedly trumpet their commitment to ‘common sense’ solutions to their own development objectives. Yet, ironically, they roundly condemn any suggestion that these three are in any way faced with a conflict of interest in their deliberations. Really? Does this make “common sense?”

  • Apr 27th, 2014

‘Ex-treme’? More like mainstream |

Apparently anyone who does not agree with Evans’ political and environmental opinions is an “extremist.” As I suspect that most of my views are mainstream in our county, most readers are also likely to be considered extremists in Evan’s view. But you be the judge.

  • Apr 26th, 2014

Hall has my vote, and here’s why | Letters

One of Glenna Hall's chief priorities is to make sure that this important service not be reserved solely for the rich due to high prices.

  • Apr 24th, 2014

Students succeed with your support | Letters

The mission of San Juan Island Service Scholarship is to support higher education and promote volunteerism among our community’s youth.

  • Apr 24th, 2014

Empty claims by politically correct | Letters

The board of Common Sense Alliance is made up of talented people who are making a difference in our community.

  • Apr 24th, 2014

Join us by where the gardens grow | Letters

The ‘peaceful woodland garden’ comprises 10 acres of gardens surrounded by 43 acres of woodland. During a guided tour the docent gave an overview of the gardens history and pointed out species from Bhutan, Japan and China.

  • Apr 24th, 2014

Here’s an example of how not to win friends | Letters

Orcas Island's Lambiel Museum is an incredible celebration and exhibition of our local artistic talents, and the building department is harassing the owner, Leo Lambiel, to the point where he is going to move it to LaConner. Why are we shooting ourselves in the foot?

  • Apr 23rd, 2014

Lives at risk from distracted joggers | Letters

Close call for this Friday Harbor driver and two joggers on Beaverton Valley Road.

  • Apr 22nd, 2014

Fracas over fiber: What I believe | Letters

"I support the Co-op’s taking the time necessary to examine very carefully all aspects of that role from the standpoint of prudent fiscal standpoint of prudent fiscal policy and enhancing, not harming, island businesses."

  • Apr 22nd, 2014

Role of advisory panel sullied by self-interest | Letters

I urge the County Council to purge county boards and commissions of those who have a vested interested in pursuing destructive policies; and I urge local citizens with no vested interests to volunteer for these positions.

  • Apr 16th, 2014