Letters To The Editor

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Women of San Juan Island: News flash. Well, sort of, but now that I have your attention. I just want to let you know about an opportunity at Curves; they are letting women come for free for a week to check it out. I have been going to Curves for about three years. This is what I like about it ...

  • Sep 29th, 2008

San Juan Island radio station a work in progress

An update on San Juan Island Community Radio’s application for an FM license: Our Petition for Reapplication has been “accepted for filing.” It cleared the FCC International Board that checked it for violation of Canadian radio airspace and found none. It has been sent back to the CRTC — Canada’s FCC — for their approval, which may take several months.

  • Sep 29th, 2008

A proper term for these economic times

I find it unfortunate that the media keeps using the term “bailout” to describe the actions being taken to mitigate the current financial crises. I’m sure that as a result of this terminology, most people would describe what is going on as: “The government is taking our tax money to offset the financial reversals of a bunch of mismanaged companies, without any chance of seeing those funds returned.” The term bailout has exactly that connotation.

  • Sep 29th, 2008

Transportation Summit participants are a part of the solution

More than 170 people attended the Transportation Summit at the San Juan County Fairgrounds on Sept. 17. By all reports, the summit achieved its objective of starting the collaborations needed to further transportation initiatives in San Juan County.

  • Sep 29th, 2008

Quick action saved his life

Near midnight Aug. 29, I lolled out of my chair while watching…

  • Sep 19th, 2008

9/11 and Iraq: No connection

The Sept. 10 Journal contained the article “Events will remember 9/11 attacks.”…

  • Sep 19th, 2008

Help preserve Mar Vista Resort property

As you may know, the Mar Vista Resort property adjacent to False…

  • Sep 17th, 2008

Take a methodical approach to annexation

Regarding Mayor David Jones’ guest column, “Friday Harbor annexation: Let’s determine the…

  • Sep 17th, 2008

Former PTA board members deserve our thanks

We are writing to commend the former Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA…

  • Sep 17th, 2008

More things you should know about crumb rubber

I read of the concerns Friday Harbor Elementary School parents have raised…

  • Sep 12th, 2008

For our national healing, words to remember

Today, the Town of Friday Harbor paused to remember those who perished…

  • Sep 11th, 2008

Voters should have a say in San Juan County spending

Three million dollars for an Orcas dock complex? Give us a break! That works out to about 600 years of rent for the same property.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

San Juan County shouldn’t regulate water catchment

I could not agree more with Don Webster’s letter to the editor regarding the county’s application to acquire rainwater catchments rights. This is about the stupidest proposal I have ever heard.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Author: ‘Battle in Seattle’ book, movie are not related

A couple of years ago I became aware that a movie, “The Battle in Seattle,” was in the making. As I had written the book, “The Battle in Seattle” (published in 2000), the production of a movie of the same name got my attention.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

San Juan Fair treasure hunt was a hot event

Thanks go to the following local businesses for supporting the “Go Native” plant treasure hunt at the San Juan County Fair: Back to Nature Design, Friday Harbor Hardware & Marine, Island Gardens, and Orcas Ace Hardware.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Grover Street is a significant liability problem

The San Juan Island School District has a significant liability problem that…

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Safe Routes to School program to be implemented in Friday Harbor

Safe Routes to School is a national program soon to be implemented here in Friday Harbor.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Pianist Frances Renzi will delight San Juan Community Theatre goers

Patricia Kostek, clarinetist extraordinaire and artistic director of Chamber Music San Juans, consistently brings outstanding musical performances to our San Juan Community Theatre.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Port of Friday Harbor completes ‘marvelous venue of music’

This year at the Port of Friday Harbor, we just completed a marvelous venue of music. Our waterfront concert series at Jack Fairweather Park, located near the Coast Salish house posts, was a continuous delight for our visitors and locals throughout the summer.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Friday Harbor Elementary PTA meeting to address playground

On Sept. 3, the Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA met with Principal Gary Pflueger, Rod Turnbull, parents and community members in the elementary school cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. for their first PTA meeting of the 2008-09 school year.

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Response to doctors’ salaries at Inter Island Medical Center

Just to correct the record.In 2007, family physicians earned about an average…

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Regarding doctor salaries at Inter Island Medical Center

You asked for detail on the Inter Island Medical Center Physician Salaries…

  • Sep 9th, 2008

Thanks for the support

Thank you for putting your money where your mouth is, Public Works,…

  • Sep 3rd, 2008

Progress made against tansy

We are coming to the end of the tansy ragwort season. Both…

  • Sep 3rd, 2008

The result of hard work

Although it felt a little “Fall-ish” as I drove into work this…

  • Sep 3rd, 2008

BallotTracker violates the law

No wonder there is confusion about barcodes on ballots: our elections supervisor…

  • Sep 3rd, 2008

Help an islander in uniform

Last month, we had an article in the American Legion Post 163…

  • Sep 3rd, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | Aug. 30

Your article about Mona was heartbreaking (“Rural Confidential: The Mona Story,” Aug. 19 SanJuanJournal.com). The reason she moaned when she was a baby was because she was missing her mother, who she was taken from while still unweaned, and sold in the exotic pet trade.

  • Aug 29th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | Aug. 13

There seems to be some confusion as to why there are barcodes on your ballot.

  • Aug 16th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | Aug. 6

Some new Burma Shave-style signs appeared on roadsides last week with the message, “If you don’t want your taxes to go from 10% to Forty, vote for Gordy.”

  • Aug 12th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | June 18

When the county adopted the council form of government, with six non-partisan seats assigned to districts, it was the hope of the freeholders that this would encourage more participation in local government.

  • Jul 29th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | June 25

Have you signed up as a supporter of Judge John Linde yet? Judge Linde was appointed by the governor as our Superior Court judge for San Juan County because of his judicial experience and his unbiased application of the law during his many years of experience on the bench.

  • Jul 29th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | July 2

I’ve had the honor and pleasure of knowing Randy Gaylord, and observing his performance for most of the seven years I’ve been a resident of Orcas Island. I can think of no one better qualified to assume the duties and responsibilities of San Juan County Superior Court judge.

  • Jul 29th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | July 9

My husband, Bob, and I are voting for John Linde to retain his position as Superior Court judge of San Juan County. Our reasons are many. For purposes of brevity, however, one reason stands out: he has 21 years experience as a judge and is endorsed as the only qualified candidate by over 30 sitting judges from through out western Washington.

  • Jul 29th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | July 16

This letter is in support of Randy Gaylord for San Juan County Superior Court judge. My recommendation is based on the following ...

  • Jul 29th, 2008

San Juan Journal Letters to the Editor | July 23

The contested Aug. 19 primary election for Superior Court judge is an issue of vital public importance. I fully support Judge John Linde and urge everyone to vote for him.

  • Jul 29th, 2008

Column captured meaning of lesson

My family in Friday Harbor sent me the link to your article, “Looking at the world through the eyes of a child,” page 7A, June 4 Journal. Although I am slightly biased, as one of the children you reference is my nephew, I did want to offer you kudos on your angle to the story.

  • Jun 12th, 2008

Touched by show of concern, caring

To the people of Friday Harbor: My family and I are very grateful for the concern and help offered us following the death of my husband, Ramsay Milne.

  • Jun 12th, 2008

New San Juan medical center deserves support | Letters to the Editor

San Juan Journal readers voice support for the new integrated medical center proposed for San Juan Island and more in this week's letters to the editor.

  • Jun 12th, 2008

Don’t forget the Jazz Quintet +1

The in-depth coverage of the band Jazz Coalescence was appreciated. However, I want to point out that Jazz Coalescence was only one of the two bands that performed that night. The San Juan Jazz Quintet + 1 opened the evening, as it has done for all eight years of Jazz at the Labs. These talented musicians and singer not only donate their time to enable us to net as much income for the K-12 program as possible, but also have turned down paying gigs to perform at this event.

  • Jun 12th, 2008