Opinion

Better than the alternative | Editorial

Sure, it’s a well-worn cliche, but participating in elections is the cornerstone of any well-functioning democratic society and seems a small price to pay for the many freedoms that we enjoy here in the San Juans and across the nation.

  • Mar 26th, 2015

Lifeblood of Pacific Northwest imperiled | As I See It

Now, at the eleventh hour, we scramble to save salmon stocks at great cost, spawning a mind-boggling array of organizations. Why do salmon anglers, orca lovers, “mossbacks” and conservationists—people who should know better—settle for living on with the ghosts of abundant salmon and imminent ecological collapse?

  • Mar 24th, 2015

Low-end users of electricity in for a shock? | Guest Column

With 6-percent increases waiting in the wings in each of the next four years, this year’s 12 percent rate hike is just the beginning, and bigger users will get a break. What do the OPALCO board of directors candidates have to say about that?

  • Mar 23rd, 2015

Spotlight falls on ‘Death with Dignity’ in SJ Hospice ‘Coping with Change’ series | Guest column

Everything I was taught focused on cure, so I cannot begin to describe how difficult it was to face another human being whose physical existence steadily eroded while their awareness remained intact, and to have no source of medical solace to offer.

  • Mar 14th, 2015

This land is your land | Editorial

The Land Bank is the only one of its kind in Washington state and you can bask in its uniqueness on all the ferry-served islands.

  • Mar 11th, 2015

It’s an art ‘museum’ in name only | As I See It

My concerns involve: transparency and appropriate levels of responsibility to donors and the general public in fundraising, tax status, mission statement, strategic planning, capital campaigning, architecture that cannot support the stated mission and equality of representation for local artists.

  • Mar 10th, 2015

‘Monumental’ opportunity | Editorial

The Bureau of Land Management is beginning a 30-day scoping period on the monument’s resource management plan, and not only are you invited, but the BLM encourages you to offer up your thoughts at the public scoping meetings.

  • Mar 6th, 2015

Transition at the top ahead at BLM | Letters

Many of you have come to know Daniel Picard, BLM Spokane District Manager.

  • Feb 26th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, Feb. 25 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.

  • Feb 24th, 2015

Assessment of local health needs turns blind eye to ‘thorny issues’ | As I See It

The report has unconscionably ignored, and therefore omitted, topics that were not only of considerable discussion during the process but are being held up to serious scrutiny by the ACLU and legislators in Olympia.

  • Feb 19th, 2015

Journal political cartoon; February 18 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.

  • Feb 17th, 2015

Long may she wave | Ferry home companion

Congratulations, town council, on reversing your decision to deny the designed decor on the American Legion wall.

  • Feb 13th, 2015

Return of Lolita to Pacific Northwest waters? Long overdue | Editorial

As of last week, Lolita is officially on the endangered species list. But that doesn’t mean she will leave the Miami Seaquarium and return to her native Washington waters.

  • Feb 13th, 2015

A call to arms in battle vs anti-vaccine ignorance | As I See It

The tipping point for measles again becoming endemic in North America is approaching, requiring expanded efforts against anti-vaccine ignorance. If we are not prepared to sacrifice time and money—lost clientele and friends—who are we?

  • Feb 10th, 2015

Ferry reservations? What’s not to like? | As I See It

My belief is that the system will be a fantastic benefit to all of us going to and from the “mainland” and we will look back with only one complaint.... "why wasn’t this done earlier?"

  • Feb 5th, 2015

County should allow cannabis production | Colleen Armstrong

Here at the Journal, we are disappointed with the direction that San Juan County is taking in regards to cannabis farming.

OPALCO explains energy rate hike

OPALCO leadership has approved a new rate structure and 2015 budget that include rate increases for all members.

  • Jan 22nd, 2015

Exports endanger the Salish Sea | Special to the Journal

The Salish Sea could export roughly two times as much carbon as the Keystone XL.

  • Jan 16th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, Jan. 14 edition | Opinion

artoonist Rob Pudim's views on local news and events are published weekly

  • Jan 15th, 2015

Of cannabis, camaraderie and the road to economic un-development | As I See It

Over the course of four months San Juan Sun Grown's workforce grew from a tired four people, to a vibrant and bustling 16. Not to mention all the contractors that were hired daily to complete work that was to be inspected regularly by county code enforcers (electrical, heating, plumbing, etc.) Fast forward now to early December...

  • Jan 15th, 2015

Journal political cartoon, Jan. 7 edition | 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.

  • Jan 7th, 2015

What’s on your Top 10? | Editorial

As rewarding as it may be to have completed another installment of Top Ten stories of the year, it would be even that much more intriguing to hear from you, and to know your thoughts about our Top Ten list, or, better yet, to hear what's on yours.

  • Jan 1st, 2015

How are we doing? Much better & still falling behind | Guest Column

The good news is that the local economy has continued to perform well this year, and as a result, county revenues have outperformed projections... The bad news is that revenues to the county’s general fund are still not keeping up with needs. In such a good year, one has to ask why.

  • Dec 22nd, 2014

Journal political cartoon, Dec. 24 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.

  • Dec 22nd, 2014

Playground for the few? Island’s rural roots under assault | Special to the Journal

In my opinion, fall deer hunting doesn’t constitute a public safety concern. Deer hunters aren’t ruining sensitive and fragile ecosystems.

  • Dec 20th, 2014

Members deserve explanations, beginning perhaps with reasons for OPALCO’s pending rate hike | As I See It

Among other things, perhaps the OPALCO Board of Directors could explain why it's proposing to increase the base charge for residential service by more than $10 a month, or about 35 percent...?

  • Dec 17th, 2014

On the outside: looking into a culture | Reporter’s notebook

Customary Mexican music rings through the streets. Wooden clogs and canes stomp and tap the blacktop. Girls twirl their skirts, ribbons blow in the wind, a spell is cast on the spectators.

My grumbles with the WSF reservation system | Reporter’s notebook

Although the new ferry reservation system doesn't affect me really at all, I decided to register for an account just for the fun of it, and to determine whether the new system will be as easy as WSF claims.

All aboard? Grumble if you like, but WSF’s reservation system might not be so bad after all| Editorial

When it happens to something very familiar, something very important, like travel on the state ferry system, change may seem even that much more of a headache. We get that. Still...

  • Nov 26th, 2014

Of oaks, folks and climate change | Guest Column

On one sweltering day, I turned to focus on the fir landscape below as my arms relaxed in the abrupt quiet. Sawdust swirled in the noon sun, chainsaw pinging hot. We strained, pinch-fingered while removing a cross-section of history writ in solid wood, from a reclining, furrowed grey trunk, at rest for maybe a century.

  • Nov 26th, 2014

Council’s would-be moratorium smacks of self-interest, defies voter mandate | As I See It

In a fair world, legislation should never have the look-and-feel of a NIMBY action that turns a deaf ear to a voters’ mandate.

  • Nov 25th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; Nov. 26 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.

  • Nov 24th, 2014

Traffic signals: Pedestrian versus vehicle—no one wins | Guest Column

Responsibility for safely sharing the road is a two-way street. I think about how most collisions and pedestrian contacts are, well, preventable.

  • Nov 22nd, 2014

It takes a village to raise a Film Festival; many thanks | As We See It

Thanks to all for extending such a warm welcome to our filmmakers, plus our off-island visitors; comment cards were full of compliments about how friendly everyone was—they loved our little town and felt very welcome.

  • Nov 18th, 2014

Where eagles dare: to soar beyond the chains of ‘ERDs’ | Special to the Journal

Whether in a fog of illness or moral conflict consider: Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs) mean religious belief governs care, not science.

  • Nov 13th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; Nov. 12 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.

  • Nov 12th, 2014

School policies in need of change for kids’ sake | As I See It

Drug use in and during school hours must be addressed if we are ever to meet our most fundamental ethical obligation to keep our children safe. For starters, the open campus policy for freshman must be repealed.

  • Nov 12th, 2014

Abuse ignored by blaming the victim | Guest Column

When violence against women makes the headlines, people often ask: “Why does she stay?” But this question wrongly places the burden on the victim. It is time to stop asking “why does she stay?” and instead ask “why is he violent?”

  • Nov 5th, 2014

Down in front | Editorial

The Friday Harbor Film Festival, three full days of cinematic splendor featuring stories from all across the Pacific Rim, from the arctic to the tropics, and with plenty of the Salish Sea in between, gets under way this Friday.

  • Nov 5th, 2014

Petroleum projects abound; Salish Sea under siege | Guest Column

San Juan County is surrounded by the greatest risk of a major oil spill—both the existing oil spill risk and the future risk if the new and expanding terminal project proposals are approved. The Shell refinery expansion is just one...

  • Nov 4th, 2014