Opinion

Our veterans deserve better | Editorial

Unfortunately, this lifesaver functions more like water wings rather than a durable life raft. The funds are for emergency short-term housing, leaving us to wonder: how helpful will such money be in our community? The answer is: not very.

Opposition to grow operation based on misinformation | Opinion

In light of the story for the San Juan Journal I would like to share some feelings as an individual.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015

I-502 and accepting a new frontier in our island communities | Editorial

Although San Juan County residents voted 68 percent to legalize the use and sale of marijuana to adults back in 2012, the actual implementation of I-502 has been rocky.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015

Rural driving isn’t an excuse for bad driving habits — be aware of road safety | Editorial

Driving on our rural roads has unique dangers – like deer waiting to leap in front of you and bicycle riders weaving into traffic.

Brennan’s letter invokes alarm where there is none | Guest Column

Leslie Brennan recently alleged that San Juan Island EMS is insolvent. Based on her review of budget projections through June 2015, she also questioned the Public Hospital District #1 Commissioners’ oversight of the EMS budget. Unfortunately, Ms. Brennan has misunderstood much: both allegations are false.

  • Sep 16th, 2015

Discussion on concussions and appropriate protocol continues in school district | Guest Column

It is clear we needed to have a uniform education and evaluation program to better address youth concussions. A public school-based group was established last spring and assigned the following tasks.

  • Sep 15th, 2015

Welcome to the new school year | Guest Column

There is nothing like a fresh beginning - and the start of each school year gives us the opportunity to recommit to those things which brought us into this profession in the first place.

  • Sep 2nd, 2015

Journeying back to Tajikistan | Guest Column

I have recently agreed to return to Central Asia and the country of Tajikistan this next Nov. 1 - 28 to assist 12 different groups of farmers in the Khatlon Province near the city of Qurghon-Teppa in the southwestern part of Tajikistan. My host will be the Shirin Dehkan Farm owned by Ms. Azizmo Makhmadieva and her family in Buston Village, A. Jomi District, Khatlan Province.

  • Sep 1st, 2015

The importance of local pharmacies | Editorial

For me, it is more important to know your pharmacist and trust they are looking closely at your medical history than it is to save a few dollars. So next time you need to fill a prescription or buy a toothbrush, please consider what it would be like if we did not have locally run pharmacies.

  • Aug 25th, 2015

Keeping Community Treasures permanent and community-centered| Guest Column

I proposed a win win solution encompassing the environmental, social and economical circles that would result in the equitable, bearable and viable options that lead toward the objective of sustainability.

  • Aug 18th, 2015

FlexFerry is great for tourists, not locals | Guest Column

This system is virtually identical to the “ticket bot” systems which the State has now made illegal for grabbing tickets to popular concert and sporting events. There is almost no difference between the right to reserve a seat at a specific concert or sporting event and the right to reserve a space to board a specific ferry.

  • Aug 18th, 2015

Mount Grant — It’s in our backyard | Guest Column

It was proposed to Life Care we take a group up to the top. With a little coordination and Life Care’s help, we gathered Allan and a few of his pals earlier this week.

  • Aug 14th, 2015

Getting away from it all? | Editorial

How often in life do we have the opportunity to change someone’s life forever?

  • Aug 11th, 2015

The Byline

In our small community we may not have a brigade of fact checkers and researchers but we have something just as valuable: accountability. When we publish stories we have to answer to our editorial choices at the grocery store, at theater shows and at the farmers’ market.

  • Jul 28th, 2015

Revenue forecasting and debt the real reasons for OPALCO increase | Guest Column

A day after the OPALCO board approved an emergency 10 percent increase in our electric rates, effective at the start of this month, its management issued a press release announcing the “Temporary Revenue Recovery Add-On.” In it, General Manager Foster Hildreth “explained” that the emergency increase was needed because “Members have not been paying their full share” of OPALCO’s costs.

  • Jul 28th, 2015

The scoop on the short ballot | Guest Column

Voters hate white space on a ballot. Every time a short ballot goes out, we receive calls complaining about our spending money on an election for one race. Sadly, sometimes that’s just the way it is.

  • Jul 28th, 2015

Tansy ragwort: Toxic and tainting | Guest Column

Highly toxic, its alkaloids are present in all plant parts. Cattle, horses and goats consuming either growing plants or tansy ragwort in silage and hay store these poisons in their liver

  • Jul 22nd, 2015

Moratorium on vacation rentals not a solution | Guest Column

Regarding illegal vacation rentals, I agree the county should enforce existing regulations. However the vast majority of legitimate vacation rentals on this island are not places that are likely to rent long term to “the county’s middle working class”.

  • Jul 21st, 2015

Community resilience in face of drought | Guest Column

Express your thoughts July 20, 6 p.m. on water or any other island way of life issue, threatened by a warming atmosphere, at a facilitated Community Discussion sponsored by Island Climate Resilience at the San Juan Grange.

  • Jul 14th, 2015

San Juan Journal Political Cartoon | July 15

This week's San Juan Journal political cartoon by Frank Shiers | July 15

  • Jul 14th, 2015

A balancing act of tourism and affordable housing | Editorial

Last year people in our community were desperate for housing. Now a full year has passed. Has anything changed?

  • Jul 7th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, July 8 | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and SanJuanJournal.com.

  • Jul 7th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, July 1 | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 30th, 2015

Kiwanis Pig War Picnic | Letters

The Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor is pleased to host this year’s Fourth of July Pig War Picnic at the Historical Museum Park. This well-loved community event is free to the public and takes place immediately after the parade, which starts at 10:30 a.m. If you’re not familiar with where the Historical Museum Park is located just listen for the Bag Pipes as the Keith Highlanders Pipe Band will call you to the Park.

  • Jun 30th, 2015

Woes water | Editorial

Whether the water is falling from the sky or spraying out of the ground, it is sure to be unpredictable, complex and nearly always perplexing.

  • Jun 30th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, June 24 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015

Fireworks on the way – be safe | Editorial

We would like to remind everyone that personal fireworks are not allowed anywhere in our beautiful county. The use of any type of personal fireworks presents a real danger of injury and fire.

Journal political cartoon, June 17 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 17th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, June 10 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 11th, 2015

Revenue problem? It’s debt and spending driving OPALCO rate hikes | As I See It

OPALCO’s debt has more than doubled, to $25 million, including an increase of $7.5 million last year. Its operating expenses have increased by nearly 30 percent (despite the pledge that the “electric-grid” investments would produce operating savings). Annual interest on the debt has increased 85 perecent to $1 million. (And OPALCO has yet to begin serious borrowing—$15-17 million—to replace the underwater cable between Lopez and San Juan islands).

  • Jun 6th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, June 3 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's artistic interpretation of local news, issues and events are published weekly in the Journal and periodically on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • Jun 3rd, 2015

More questions for hospital district candidates | As I See It

Critical questions that should be put to candidates are, “What outcomes are you aiming for that could or would be served by your election?” What problem(s) might be solved? If you see problems, how—specifically—would you make things better?

  • May 23rd, 2015

From 30 to zero: crush on kilowatts, Part II | Guest column

In 2015, the average monthly bill from Orcas Power & Light Cooperative increased to $125 per household, due to new rates and facility charges. Imagine reducing that in half just by increasing insulation, thereby eliminating wasted leaks, and by installing solar hot water.

  • May 23rd, 2015

Wouldn’t you think they’d know better by now? | Guest column

It turns out next Thursday’s special board meeting is to discuss rates, but you had to first spot the meeting notice and then contact OPALCO directly to find that out. And yes, the meeting is open to the membership.

  • May 22nd, 2015

Journal political cartoon, May 20 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • May 19th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, May 6 edition | Opinion

Cartoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com as well.

  • May 7th, 2015

Museum or gallery? One is not the other in world of art | As I See It

IMA is at a crossroad this moment and needs to make some decisions. They can continue as an art center or actually commit to becoming a museum. Either road is possible, but they must now make a choice.

  • May 5th, 2015

Giddy up… and heave-ho to all those hazards | Editorial

Over the past 25 years, almost 400 tons—yes, tons—of pollutants have been disposed of safely, efficiently and economically: up to 25 gallons of your hazardous stuff can be jettisoned for free. So, get ready for hazardous waste round-up No. 26.

  • May 1st, 2015

In Olympia: State lawmakers in line for double-digit pay hike

On May 13, the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials is set to vote to give lawmakers an 11 percent raise. That would be more than double the percentage increase that those same legislators are considering for state workers and teachers.

  • Apr 29th, 2015

OPALCO had no choice but to raise its rates | As I See It

No matter how folksy a co-op may be, its fundamental obligation is to stay in business. It must charge whatever it takes in order to cover costs.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015