Letters To The Editor

Do not close San Juan Island’s day parks

As residents of San Juan Island, we are e-mailing you to comment on the proposed closing of Reuben Tarte Park, Eagle Cove Day Park, and Turn Point Park, all on San Juan Island, as reflected in the 2009 preliminary County Parks budget.

  • Nov 14th, 2008

In these tough times, giving is even more important. Support the United Way drive

In these tough times, giving is even more important. United Way of San Juan County funds more than 30 organizations. This year, as our country experiences major financial collapse, local communities are seeing the effects.

  • Nov 12th, 2008

New site needed for solid waste transfer station

The presence of the transfer station was not a concern for me until the volume of activity there increased while the forest that buffered the noise quietly died. Now it’s a problem.

  • Nov 3rd, 2008

Friday Harbor Elementary School student wants crumb rubber removed

Last night, I was sitting down to compose a letter about my concerns about the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground’s new underlayment, crumb rubber. My daughter asked me what I was doing, so I told her.

  • Nov 3rd, 2008

District should allow parents to remove crumb rubber from playground

Please allow concerned parents and citizens of San Juan Island to remove the crumb rubber from the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground at no cost to the school district or the taxpayers.

  • Nov 3rd, 2008

Concerns continue about Ballot Tracker

We would like to update the community on the status of Ballot Tracker, which defies state and federal law by linking your name to your ballot’s serial number barcode, permitting officials and vendors to know how you vote, and facilitating election rigging through its un-certified, corruptible “audit.”

  • Oct 30th, 2008

Supports Rosenfeld for County Council, Friday Harbor

Howie has the knowledge, attitude and know-how to continue to be not only an asset, but a fundamental ingredient to a balanced County Council.

  • Oct 29th, 2008

Dr. Wingren is a true credit to Inter Island Medical Center

I would like to express my deepest gratitude and most sincere thanks to Dr. Wingren of Inter Island Medical Center for his knowledge and expertise in diagnosing a life-threatening condition during a routine checkup last spring. Dr. Wingren's accurate and expedient diagnosis is the reason I am here today and able to write this letter.

  • Oct 29th, 2008

Hopes to kiss a jellyfish

A family photo from 1975 shows my son, then four years old, wading at Griffin Bay and leaning down to kiss a jellyfish he had lifted gently from the water. Only a moment before, his mother — seeing him lifting and dashing them on the sand — talked quietly with him about the sacredness of all living things.

  • Oct 24th, 2008

Supports annexation of Buck/Boreen property for affordable housing

I do not live in the Town of Friday Harbor. I am not in need of lower-cost housing. But I feel I have a very real interest in the outcome of the proposed annexation to the town which will enable the San Juan Community Home Trust to provide permanently affordable homes on the Buck/Boreen property.

  • Oct 23rd, 2008

Preserve funding for MRC coordinator, Lead Entity coordinator

The presentations by the MRC coordinator and the Lead Entity coordinator at a recent County Council meeting clearly demonstrate the vital importance of these two programs to all San Juan residents as well as most visitors to these islands.

  • Oct 23rd, 2008

Supports Pratt for County Council, San Juan South

The American experiment is essentially this: can we the people be trusted to govern ourselves? Throughout our history the answer has been yes, we can. But self-governance takes work and it requires leaders. Leaders to help us confront issues and work out answers so that we may make good decisions for ourselves.

  • Oct 23rd, 2008

Supports Petersen, Chaffee for County Council

Given the possible outcomes of the Nov. 4 elections, locally and nationally, it is indisputable that we will be in need of people in government with a sense of levity, of irony. It is equally indisputable that, locally, Gordy Petersen is that person.

  • Oct 22nd, 2008

Supports Petersen, Chaffee and Fralick for County Council

The recent barrages of online negative comments on County Council candidates are attempts to promote a specific candidate by throwing dirt. The candidates’ sometimes respond emotionally, and that shows they are human and care. I have had to endure similar attacks due to the ideological positions that I have taken in our community over the years.

  • Oct 22nd, 2008

Cards, calls and visits cheered her up

I would like to thank the American Legion Auxiliary, Senior Center, and Thrift House for the cards and get-well wishes. Also, the Masonic Lodge for bring me a lovely dinner and dessert Saturday. It was much appreciated. All the cards, calls, and visits from all my friends really cheered me up.

  • Oct 22nd, 2008

Supports Pratt for County Council, District 1

In my mind, there is only one candidate for County Council, District 1, that has the breadth of experience, the collaboration skills, and the commitment to our entire community required to lead us through the inevitable future challenges. Lovel Pratt will receive my vote and I am asking for yours, too.

  • Oct 2nd, 2008

Farewell from the Lunch Lady

To the students and staff at Friday Harbor High and Middle schools: It has been a honor and privilege to serve you government-approved and school-budget lunches for the past 12 years. I will miss watching you grow into fine young men and ladies. I know a lot of you high schoolers will love not hearing “Wrong door, go around."

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Thank you for giving the gift of life

Thank you, San Juan Island community, for rolling up your sleeves. On behalf of patients in our community’s hospitals, I wish to extend our thanks. During your blood drive on Sept. 24, Puget Sound Blood Center registered 71 donors and collected 61 units of blood. This will benefit up to 183 patients.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

A fun way to stay in shape

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.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Radio station is 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 and found none. It has been sent back to the CRTC — Canada’s FCC — for their approval, which may take several months.

  • Oct 1st, 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.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Crumb rubber is hazardous to our health

Proponents of crumb rubber will point to industry funded studies showing the presence of known carcinogens and respiratory irritants at levels below legal thresholds. These studies look at only a small handful of samples and don’t consider the most troubling class of chemicals: Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Supports Obama for president

If, after all that’s gone on, you’re still voting “Republican,” you need to get you’re head examined! (Hopefully, you’ve got some kind of radical, left-wing, Socialist health care coverage.)

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Supports Pratt for County Council, San Juan South

I am writing on behalf of Lovel Pratt as candidate for County Council, District 1 (San Juan South). I have known Lovel and her family for several years and have always been impressed with Lovel’s intelligence, calm demeanor and commitment to our community.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Collaborate on affordable housing plan

Most everyone agrees that we desperately need more affordable housing, and that the Home Trust proposal is excellent. Most everyone also agrees that annexing more land for affordable housing shouldn’t be a burden to existing town residents, many of whom would qualify for affordable housing. This would put these people into a less affordable situation.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

They’re 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.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Kayl’s best for County Council, Orcas West

Mindy is a “freeholder” in the original sense as well. Her roots are in the soil of Orcas Island, not in real estate speculation. She understands the importance of encouraging the long-term use-value of Orcas as opposed to the promotion of ephemeral exchange-value. Her background in ecology, her knowledge of the law, and her respect for the law makes her perfectly suited to represent Orcas residents on the County Council.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Taproot Theatre’s message about bullying

A little note of good things happening at Friday Harbor Elementary School this morning (Sept. 25). Taproot Theatre Touring Group came to present their new show, a bullying prevention theme, “Alexander and the Dragon.” The sponsors are the elementary school PTA and San Juan Island Prevention Coalition.

  • Oct 1st, 2008

Benefit dinner Oct. 24 for Gary and Margo Posenjak

There will be a benefit spaghetti dinner on Oct. 24, 4-7 p.m. at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church for Gary and Margo Posenjak, who are missionaries in northwest Alaska. This event is sponsored by the Presbyterian Church and Islands Community Church. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-12, and free for children 3 and younger. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the church or at the door.

  • Sep 30th, 2008

Crumb rubber is a threat to the most vulnerable members of our community

Please take a few minutes, old and young, kids or no kids, to walk by and/or play in the new elementary school playground. The school board recently voted on a discussion item to keep crumb rubber. I believe this is a community issue and not merely a school board decision because we all pay taxes and we also generously donate to the many organizations that support public schools.

  • Sep 30th, 2008

Rep. Larsen needs to explain contradiction between statement and facts

You write the current crisis has been caused by “regulation and oversight the Bush administration has failed to provide.” Yet in 2003, President Bush asked Congress to create a new agency to assume supervision of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government-sponsored agencies whose catastrophic practices triggered the current crisis. Two years later, the Bush administration asked Congress to enact the Federal Housing Enterprise Reform Act of 2005.

  • Sep 30th, 2008

Thank you for giving the gift of life

Thank you, San Juan Island community, for rolling up your sleeves. On behalf of patients in our community’s hospitals, I wish to extend our thanks. During your blood drive on Sept. 24, Puget Sound Blood Center registered 71 donors and collected 61 units of blood. This will benefit up to 183 patients.

  • Sep 29th, 2008

A fun way to stay in shape

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