Letters To The Editor

Vote for America, not big energy

Can you trust the advertising campaign (read: “propaganda”) of big energy corporations as they attack Secretary Salazar’s goal to free U.S. from their mega-mega-profiteering heartless war against the American people’s health and fair economics?!?

  • Apr 17th, 2009

Expunged record would mean a better future

To any lawyers whom may be inclined to help: I am Jeffrey S. Bryant, a previous resident of Friday Harbor. Like many youths, I found my way into trouble with the law. But unlike many, I grew from the experience and have done everything I can to better myself and my community.

  • Apr 17th, 2009

Act of simple kindness made her life infinitely better

My life is infinitely greater because of Dave's simple kindness. Thank you for recognizing the struggle and helping make a huge improvement!

  • Apr 17th, 2009

Stand against prejudice and discrimination in all its forms

The letter last week by the Lambrights and Holts regarding Senate Bill 5688 and House Bill 1727 made us realize that we do indeed need to contact our representatives, to assure them of our support for these bills that would extend equal rights to gays in domestic partnerships.

  • Apr 16th, 2009

Say ‘no’ to SB 5688, HB 1727

Senate Bill 5688 and House Bill 1727 confer all the rights of marriage to domestic partnerships, stopping only at giving them the actual recognition of “marriage,” but proponents are adamant that will be the next step.

  • Apr 9th, 2009

American Camp Prairie restoration: Consider the methodologies, reconsider editorial

I read the recent editorial regarding the restoration of American Camp prairie ("Restoring a great natural place," page 6A, April 1 Journal). Your editorial neglected to mention that "restoring" the prairie would involved multiple applications of herbicides and extensive burning of hundreds of acres. This process seems inconsistent with "restoring the natural balance."

  • Apr 8th, 2009

You can help defeat cancer

The American Cancer Society has been an active member of Friday Harbor for many years, offering services and support to those battling cancer as well as life-saving cancer information to the community. We continue our mission of eliminating cancer thanks to the help of generous volunteers and dedicated staff.

  • Mar 27th, 2009

Dispose of toxic liquids in a safe and environmentally sensitive way

A recent article in The Journal regarding slug-bait poisoning of pets (“Don’t let snail bait be your pet’s last meal,” page 6A, March 4), and the sighting of a tell-tale green puddle in the Post Office parking lot combined to remind me that I have long intended to write a warning of the dangers of improperly disposed of anti-freeze fluid.

  • Mar 27th, 2009

Some of the best paramedics and EMTs in the state of Washington

My life was saved by the paramedics and EMTs here on San Juan Island this past February. While I have already thanked them in private, I would like to thank them publicly now.

  • Mar 27th, 2009

Sell Beaverton Valley site, bring Sutton Road site up to code

I think the county should sell the Beaverton Valley property to PeaceHealth for the new integrated medical center — Beaverton Valley Hospital. The name even sounds fitting, like it came right out of a television show!

  • Mar 27th, 2009

Supports new solid waste transfer station on Beaverton Valley Road

I noticed that the lead article of the March 18 Journal confirmed what the proponents of the Beaverton Valley Road transfer station site have been saying all along — that the Department of Ecology is NOT in favor of the Sutton Road site, as the runoff from that site is toxic for sea life and the site is contaminated.

  • Mar 27th, 2009

It’s time to move the solid waste transfer station

We have just returned from our more-or-less monthly trip to the San Juan Island recycle and waste transfer station. We have to report that this was yet again not a pleasant experience.

  • Mar 27th, 2009

Pit bulls can be poorly bred

I have lived on San Juan Island for 14 years; this is my first “letter to the editor.” I am a respected business woman; my business is about healing. Last week’s “thank you” letter from Valerie Tibbett struck a chord with me. Her loving words of thanks are words I’ve thought many times since moving here, after 20 years of living in the city. It has been a delight to be loved and feel safe here.

  • Mar 27th, 2009

Opposed to more Navy flights

As I sit here in Anacortes writing you this letter, I can hear a Navy fighter plane roaring directly over my house. It is NOT a pleasant sound but one I hear at almost any time of day or night since moving here from Cattle Point the first of the year. I can only imagine how noisy it will be with flights more than doubled!

  • Mar 27th, 2009

That rumbling sound is the sound of oppression

Thanks for the story regarding the Navy’s plans for increased overflights (“Learn about, and comment on, Navy plans,” page 6A, March 18 Journal). You bring up some important questions for the Navy to address.

  • Mar 27th, 2009

Don’t let dogs run off-leash

In response to the story about poor Dini, I am incensed (“Dini’s dilemma,” page 1A, March 11 Journal. This is now the second time that I am writing a letter reminding people to properly secure their animals, whether it be in your vehicle, at your home/neighborhood, or on a walk. It is inexcusable for your animal to be loose or off-leash.

  • Mar 28th, 2009

Pit bulls have been poorly bred for a long time

Last year, I heard strange dog sounds coming from the woods near my house for a couple of weeks and my cats acted nervous. Then, one afternoon, my cat narrowly missed being caught by a pit bull. The dog was completely unresponsive to me telling it to “go home”; its master was equally verbally unresponsive to my phone call.

  • Mar 17th, 2009

It is inexcusable for your animal to be loose or off-leash

In response to the story about poor Dini, I am incensed ("Dini's dilemma," page 1A, March 11 Journal. This is now the second time that I am writing a letter reminding people to properly secure their animals, whether it be in your vehicle, at your home/neighborhood, or on a walk. It is inexcusable for your animal to be loose or off-leash.

  • Mar 17th, 2009

Allow the public to vote on proposed hospital

Bernie Madoff guaranteed us 12 percent earnings for life and we know where that got us. We never get anything for nothing and a PeaceHealth monopoly of island health care is too important an issue to leave to the hospital commissioners to vote on without a direct input from the citizens of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1.

  • Mar 17th, 2009

Dispose of toxic liquids in a safe and environmentally sensitive way

A recent article in The Journal regarding slug-bait poisoning of pets, and the sighting of a tell-tale green puddle in the Post Office parking lot, combined to remind me that I have long intended to write a warning of the dangers of improperly disposed of anti-freeze fluid.

  • Mar 17th, 2009

Put hospital proposal on the ballot

Do we want to be the smallest cog in a large organization and tie our future to its management for the next 50 years? Personally, this terrifies me. The building of a hospital should go to a vote. I call on the Hospital District board to stop the back-room politics and do the right thing. Put this on a ballot.

  • Mar 17th, 2009

Move the transfer station to a larger site

We have just returned from our more-or-less monthly trip to the San Juan Island recycle and waste transfer station. We have to report that this was yet again not a pleasant experience.

  • Mar 17th, 2009

Forever in EMTs and paramedics’ debt for their skill, talent and dedication

My life was saved by the paramedics and EMTs here on San Juan Island this past February. While I have already thanked them in private, I would like to thank them publicly now.

  • Mar 17th, 2009

County should sell property for Beaverton Valley Hospital

I think the county should sell the Beaverton Valley property to PeaceHealth for the new integrated medical center — Beaverton Valley Hospital. The name even sounds fitting, like it came right out of a television show!

  • Mar 17th, 2009

She’s free from liberal thinking

I am a former liberal. I know, I know, what was I thinking? Well, that's just it — I wasn't. I was "feeeeling." Since my release, my freedom has been so sweet. I am no longer angry at the world. I no longer ask, "What is the government going to do for me?" I refuse handouts and work an honest day for an honest wage.

  • Mar 16th, 2009

Meet the ACLU’s Washington state field director

I write to you on behalf of the Steering Committee of the San Juan Island chapter of the American Civil liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington. We are delighted to extend a special invitation to you and your guests to a potluck dinner and social gathering in the charming Grange Hall in Friday Harbor on March 31, 6-8:30 p.m. The purposes of this free community gathering are to meet each other, to visit, to share thoughts, to enjoy the dinner, and to have fun.

  • Mar 16th, 2009

She’s free from liberal thinking

I am a former liberal. I know, I know, what was I thinking? Well, that’s just it — I wasn’t. I was “feeeeling.” Since my release, my freedom has been so sweet. I am no longer angry at the world. I no longer ask, “What is the government going to do for me?” I refuse handouts and work an honest day for an honest wage.

  • Mar 16th, 2009

Change law regarding where ferries can be built

An open letter to state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island: It is way past time to repeal the law that requires Washington ferries to be built in Washington. This is an outdated and restrictive rule which leads to building inefficiency and higher costs because of lack of competition.

  • Mar 11th, 2009

Boat noise is contributing to the starvation of our orcas

Experts agree our local orca population is starving. I support Mark Anderson’s recent guest column (Feb. 11) where he writes that the proximal cause of death last year of seven local orcas was starvation, and whale watching is accelerating their starvation.

  • Mar 10th, 2009

Opposed to PeaceHealth/San Juan Community Hospital Committee proposal

PeaceHealth has now sweetened the $30 million Integrated Medical Facility kitty. Seventy grand worth of hype heretofore had not sugar-coated this pill enough to persuade the community to swallow. With its new $20 million pledge, PeaceHealth is plainly in a lather to get its foot in our door. The proposition is now almost irresistible, and if our enthralled Hospital District Board of Commissioners bites, part of the price will be the forfeiture of independent local control of our present and future healthcare universe to the agenda of a corporation.

  • Mar 9th, 2009
Mayor David Jones reads a proclamation at the town's 100th birthday party

Thanks for your participation in the Centennial Celebration

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to all the citizens and visitors who attended and participated in celebrating Friday Harbor’s 100th birthday party and for making the celebration a once-in-our-lifetime affair! We truly enjoyed having you come and hope that you enjoyed the events we had planned.

  • Mar 5th, 2009
Mayor David Jones reads a proclamation at the town's 100th birthday party

Live clean and smart in 2009

Kudos to Jan Sears and Milene Henley, county treasurer and auditor respectively. Instead of presenting a 2008 dream budget, according to published information they estimated realistic budget revenue within acceptable percentage of overall projection. Not intending to discredit others who contributed to the process, these department heads brought to the table revenue compilations backed by prior year histories and realistic economic trends, not lucky estimates.

  • Mar 4th, 2009

Maybe The Journal should be renamed ‘The Obama Weekly’

The article of letters to President Obama from the children of Stillpoint School was very sweet (“Dear Mr. President ...”, page B1, Feb. 25 Journal). However, in the eight years President Bush was in office, I don’t believe you ever printed “Dear President Bush.”

  • Feb 28th, 2009

Playwrights Festival sparked social comment and discussion

As one of the actors in the Playwrights Festival that was guilty of "gratuitous amounts" of "blue" language in our production, I feel that a few comments on Howard Schonberger's column are in order. First and foremost, one of the roles of good community theater should be to spark social comment and discussion. For this reason, the Playwrights Festival was extremely successful. It got the audience out of their comfort zones and made them think and question.

  • Feb 26th, 2009

Knowledge Bowl was successful and a sell-out

The 2009 sell-out Knowledge Bowl was proof once more that this community is enthusiastic and involved around supporting students and education on San Juan Island! There are a number of people to acknowledge and thank for the success of this evening.

  • Feb 26th, 2009

‘Blue’ words are worth talking about

This is in response to Mr. Schonberger’s article, “Blue words: Frankly, my dear, I do give a damn,” page 7A, Feb. 18 Journal.

  • Feb 26th, 2009

Reject SWAC proposal on San Juan Island solid waste site

In response to Jeff Webster’s guest column in The Journal on Feb. 11 where he advocates moving the solid waste transfer station from Sutton Road to the Beaverton Valley Road site: He also points out that every time a move is proposed, “NIMBY” groups vociferously oppose.

  • Feb 26th, 2009

Race relations are still an issue

Many people have begun thinking, and having discussions with more optimism about race relations than they have in a long time. I must assume that some of these same people have never discussed race relations. I don’t share their optimism.

  • Feb 26th, 2009

Start at the top with budget cuts

It is interesting to observe different philosophies used by a couple of our public entities during these times of economic challenges. During the past few weeks, we’ve seen the San Juan Island School Board struggle to make cuts to their budget while trying to preserve services to their students and families. The School Board has proposed making cuts involving ALL levels of their organization, from principals down to regular employees. Contrast this approach to the one taken by the County Council.

  • Feb 26th, 2009

That was some tasty ‘spay’ghetti

The Friday Harbor Animal Shelter would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who attended our first annual “Spay”Ghetti Dinner, held in celebration of “Spay Day USA,” at Mullis Center on Feb 24.

  • Feb 26th, 2009