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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.