Opinion

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

Journal political cartoon; Oct. 29 edition | Opinion

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

  • Oct 30th, 2014

Ill at ease over EMS levy | Editorial

Mailers that declare: "44% more calls with 20% less revenue," don't do justice to what is already a complex equation. EMS and those in charge of the hospital district should go back to the drawing board, once again, and come back with a campaign that more accurately addresses the agency's financial condition, its obstacles and its prospects.

  • Oct 29th, 2014

Puzzled over county sheriff race | Editorial

The Islands' Sounder, sister paper of the Journal, weighs in on a campaign for San Juan County sheriff that raises questions and concerns about both candidates.

  • Oct 23rd, 2014

Journal political cartoon; October 22 edition | Opinion

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

  • Oct 21st, 2014

Madden’s first deer: an insider’s view of I-594 | As I See It

A simple family hunting trip could turn into a series of criminal activity under Initiative 594. Here’s how it works.

  • Oct 19th, 2014

Expertise in EMS calls for investment | Point/Counterpoint: San Juan EMS levy in debate

The EMS levy must be renewed every six years, and comes up for renewal in 2016. We are asking for levy renewal two years early due to increased needs.

  • Oct 16th, 2014

Tax hike? EMS numbers don’t add up | Point/Counterpoint: San Juan EMS levy in debate

Why not wait and see how the next two years go? Real estate values are on the rise again and that alone will give SJIEMS more tax revenues to spend.

  • Oct 16th, 2014

Legal Matters: Consequences can be dire by driving with a suspended license | Guest column

Failure to pay a traffic ticket can have more serious consequences than your case being sent to collections. You could lose your driver’s license and, if you continue to drive, you could be arrested and your car impounded.

  • Oct 9th, 2014

Let’s hear from you | Editorial

Will ferry travel be more convenient with a reservation system in place? Are you well-served by your public agencies? Can the Town of Friday Harbor “brand” itself in such a way that creates a rising tide that lifts all boats? What do you think?

Journal political cartoon; October 1 edition | Opinion

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

  • Oct 2nd, 2014

Best Best: Relay for Life, Saturday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The annual fundraiser for American Cancer Society, as well as local cancer support programs, features food, games, activities, live music. The event, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Friday Harbor, begins with a Survivors Reception, at 2 p.m., and a Luminara ceremony starts at sundown.

  • Sep 26th, 2014

State legislature found in ‘contempt’ over lack of K-12 funding; SJI School board response | Guest column

Most of our local levy now goes to pay for basic costs rather than the extras that keep us in the top tier of school districts. This means the upcoming legislative session in January is going to be very important to the San Juan Island School District.

  • Sep 25th, 2014

Are we to believe the emperor has new clothes? | As I See It

I can’t think of anything more fundamental to a cooperative’s board than honesty. Right behind that is the ability to acknowledge mistakes, apologize and take steps to make sure they aren’t repeated... Right now, we’re not getting that.

  • Sep 21st, 2014

Journal political cartoon; September 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 periodically on SanJuanJournal.com.

  • Sep 17th, 2014