Letters To The Editor

Response to ‘Don’t give up your voice on health care’

At first, I was really upset with your editorial in regards to the new Integrated Medical Center and contract with PeaceHealth. I do thank you for stating that you realize how great a need there is for a new facility. The upsetting part of the editorial is about being rushed into this. You also set the tone with encouraging the public to vote out the current commissioners if they don’t listen to the public.

  • Feb 26th, 2009

Don’t let snail bait meal be your pet’s last meal

Last week, I came perilously close to losing my beautiful Golden Retriever, Henry, after he ingested Metaldehyde, an extremely deadly poison commonly found in slug/snail bait. Slug bait usually contains strong attractants such as molasses, apple, or other sweeteners to attract slugs. Unfortunately, these products are also attractive to curious pets, especially dogs like Henry who will eat most anything!

  • Feb 17th, 2009

It’s not just the ‘Sidney’ ferry

Many of us believe that Gov. Gregoire and Plan B in the draft Long Range Plan of Washington State Ferries propose to eliminate the Sidney ferry. This is an incorrect characterization of the proposal, and one that does much damage to our community’s interests.

  • Jan 28th, 2009

Remembering Jim Fred Lehde

My sisters and I awaited Orion's appearance in the autumn sky. We each note it as our dad's "sign" and remember him. I look for the warrior, Orion, and speak to Dad.

  • Jan 21st, 2009

A song for peace, on Barack Obama’s inauguration

As Barack Obama takes office, many thoughts and prayers turn to hope and possibility. And always lingering somewhere on the horizon is the ongoing hope and desire for peace. So here are some reflections on peace — peace in the world, peace in our community, our homes and peace in our hearts.

  • Jan 21st, 2009

Festive and unforgettable holiday at Islands Convalescent Center

Residents at Islands Convalescent Center could not have enjoyed their holiday season more. People of the San Juan Island community helped make it festive and unforgettable. Many children walked our hallways, caroling and bringing gifts, stockings, smiles and love. Singing groups lined our building in the living room, dining rooms and residents' rooms. And Santa Claus came a few times, bringing his bags of goodies and hugs!

  • Jan 21st, 2009

How much you are missed, Molly Ivins

Syndicated columnist Ms. Molly Ivins died two years ago on Jan. 31, 2007 at age 62. The loss of Molly Ivins -- patriot liberal, progressive and humorist -- was the passing of a unique voice of outrage against the abuses of position and power.

  • Jan 21st, 2009

Soroptimist Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner and Auction March 14

Recent new members of Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor are Carol Christensen, Bonnie Hendrickson and Deanna Rogers. They will join more than 80 other members of this local business women’s service club that has been helping our community for 12 years.

  • Jan 15th, 2009

Obama’s ethnicity is not worth mentioning

President-elect Obama is NOT African-American. He is bi-racial. This error is made consistently in the press. Hopefully somebody will start describing his ethnicity correctly (or better yet, not at all).

  • Jan 15th, 2009

Critical areas are the foundation of visions

I attended the Critical Area Committee work session on Lopez Island last Tuesday and was impressed with the efforts being extended to turn boiler-plate, cover-all-bases language into something manageable for island circumstances. I was less impressed that the county had assigned the talent assembled to work backward through pages upon pages of jargon to create something understandable and useful.

  • Jan 8th, 2009

S.P.O.T. finds homes for 700-1,000 cats and dogs per year on average

A rescue group based in Skagit County called S.P.O.T. (Saving Pets One At A Time) was there for these wonderful little dogs right from the start! S.P.O.T. dogs are placed in foster homes for a minimum of two weeks, giving the foster family time to evaluate both the personality and health of the dog. They are then available for placement in a new home.

  • Jan 8th, 2009

Long-forgotten creek still flows under our streets

We should appreciate that we have a hidden gem in the form of the Beaverton Valley watershed. In a process known as "daylighting," several communities in our region have successfully restored their local streams. Salmon Creek (aka Beaverton Creek) is a critical island resource. Though long since covered and forgotten, it still flows under our streets.

  • Jan 8th, 2009

‘Grease’: A great teacher and a great cast

Friday Harbor is a community that has always been supportive of its youth, and Fred Yockers has been a great role model as well as a fantastic teacher. Thanks to Fred and to all the volunteers. We know what an effort it takes to put on a production like this in a small community.

  • Jan 8th, 2009

An appeal for a young family

I am trying to imagine how it would feel to be told, in your early 30s, that “you might end up in a wheelchair by your 50s.”

  • Jan 6th, 2009

You helped make the holidays brighter for lot of people

The holidays are over and I would like to thank the generous people who turned in “Turkey Cards” to King's Market for the Friday Harbor Food Bank. We were given 125 turkeys to give out to our customers and the balance from the cards toward hams we gave out for Christmas.

  • Jan 5th, 2009

Toss a few million bucks at the school district and keep the dump where it is

If you can remain calm while all around you there is public outrage, then perhaps you don’t fully understand the situation. I don’t know what happens to people when they go to work for the government but it seems that they must be de-programmed and re-booted with fuzzy logic. It seems to me that since our newfangled form of leadership, “Home Rule,” we have created even more layers of government nitwitians.

  • Jan 5th, 2009

Find your faves in Friday Harbor

Trish Lehman told me about David Bentley’s article, to “play tourist and shop Friday Harbor.” I jumped into the fray after she joyfully shared her positive experience and was reminded once again what a wealth of goodies and people we have here in Friday Harbor.

  • Dec 17th, 2008

Islanders should catch Cole Franklin and the Linfield Wildcats

As a proud graduate of Linfield College, I was pleased to finally see a bit about Friday Harbor's own Cole Franklin and his season with the Linfield football team this past season in The Journal.

  • Dec 16th, 2008

Home Trust executive director responds to editorial

I am genuinely stung by Walker's accusation that I would mislead the council in regard to the grant funding. I continue to be very worried that the process will take too long and the funding withdrawn. If 2008 had ended with no action on the proposal, no public hearing scheduled, etc., the funding almost certainly would have been lost.

  • Dec 4th, 2008

Solution to crumb rubber: Sell the playground equipment, pave the playground

Considering the district has to cut $700,000 from its budget, we are facing some tough choices. The first thing we should do is sell the playground equipment and pave the playground of the elementary school. This would make the school more ADA accessible, solve the crumb rubber problem, and defuse yet another discrimination lawsuit.

  • Dec 3rd, 2008

Proceed nicely on replacement of crumb rubber

This crumb rubber issue has been and continues to be a long road to resolve. Acknowledgement needs to be made to the positive direction it has taken.

  • Dec 3rd, 2008

Thanks for coverage of Carl Stoddard’s National Park Service career

My children and grandchildren join me in thanking you for the wonderful coverage of Carl's career in National Park Service. Many people who are new to the island were not aware of his legacy.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Much to be thankful for at Thanksgiving

We have much to be thankful for, especially in this community. The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a way of expressing that gratitude with more than 100 volunteers working together in a manner that any fine dining restaurant would be proud of. These energetic volunteers prepared and served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to more than 300 diners on Thanksgiving Day.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Congratulations to crime-fighting shopkeepers

Congratulations to Julie Capron and Michelle Waldron of Friday Harbor. I just read the article about Capron of Softwear and Waldron of Daisy Bloom assisting in the capture of two teen-age shoplifters from Bellingham and all I can say is it made my day seeing our locals working with San Juan County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Customs, and WSF to catch these two common thieves.

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Recognition for Friday Harbor’s Soroptimists

We can all be proud of the support Friday Harbor and San Juan Island gives to the local Soroptimist club. Recently, 10 Friday Harbor Soroptimists attended a weekend Soroptimist International District Conference in Olympia to learn more about their organization, noteworthy causes and solutions. During the conference, awards were issued and Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor came in second place out of 44 Pacific Northwest clubs in "Recognition of Outstanding Service Work"!

  • Dec 2nd, 2008

Island Artisans Holiday Marketplace Friday and Saturday

More than $120,000 has been awarded to 150 graduating seniors in the last 30 years. Students have used scholarships to further their education in Commercial Art, Graphics, Film, Fashion Design, Jewelry, Photography, Metal Work, Industrial Arts, Textiles, Sculpture, History, Culinary Arts and Education.

  • Nov 26th, 2008

Help San Juan businesses by Christmas shopping on the island

There are so many gift items available here on island and for a fair price. Shopping is fun here where shop owners know you and many offer treats and discounts. There's caroling, beautiful windows decorated with the Christmas theme and a feeling of a supportive community spirit only found in small towns. This year especially, when so many are challenged financially, is a time to be grateful for our families and our community.

  • Nov 26th, 2008

Primary Intervention Program is grateful for the support of United Way

San Juan Head Start Primary Intervention Program (PIP) is grateful for the support of United Way of San Juan County. Funding from United Way allows us to provide extra support for our children and their families.

  • Nov 24th, 2008

County shouldn’t violate the contracts of people who came here in good faith

At last week's County Council meeting, several county employees told us how they were wooed by the county to come here for work. Some of them have been here only nine months. And now they are laid off, close to homeless.

  • Nov 24th, 2008

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