Opinion

Holes in campaign of misinformation | As I See It

Over the last several years there have been all kinds of wild statements by the CSA and its supporters claiming some property owners would not be able to build on their properties, that their dreams were being taken away from them, that they would not be able to obtain mortgage financing of a non-conforming property, etc.

  • May 22nd, 2014

Journal political cartoon; May 21 edition | Opinion

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

  • May 21st, 2014

Safeguarding smelt for people, and critters | Guest Column

We appreciate WDFW’s attention to protecting surf smelt, but the agency needs to take two other steps in conjunction with any proposed changes to harvest rules. First, we need to learn just how many smelt swim in the Salish Sea, and whether current harvests threaten those fish.

  • May 20th, 2014

Parades don’t have to be elaborate to make a point | As I See It

This event happens because of people who care — both the volunteers who put it on every year and the visitors who would be disappointed if it ever went away.

  • May 17th, 2014

Legacy lives on | Editorial

Ted Grossman, a long-time Orcas Islander and former owner and editor of the Islands’ Sounder, passed away on May 3 with his wife Kay and children Alex and Marcy by his side after a brief battle with metastatic lung cancer.

  • May 14th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; May 14 edition | Opinion

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

  • May 14th, 2014

Of telecommunications, OPALCO and our future | Guest Column

Where do we go from here if we want to strike a balance between economic prosperity and environmental protection? For me, one key answer lies in the ownership and deployment of a scalable telecommunications system. This is why, in my opinion, OPALCO is uniquely positioned to be—a part of—the solution.

  • May 13th, 2014

How are we doing? Better than before (knock on wood) | Guest Column

Each year for the past three I have expressed concern, based on first-quarter sales tax receipts, about the county’s ability to achieve budgeted revenue. My current concern is the opposite. I’m worried that, by saying that we’re having a good first quarter, I’ll jinx the rest of the year.

  • May 9th, 2014

From the other side of the fence | Guest Column

All the lands in agriculture and forest have a profound role to play in filtering rainwater and seasonal run-off while providing a massive but often hidden benefit.

  • May 7th, 2014

Banded together against collapse of ‘common sense’ | Guest Column

When there is no clear reason (nexus) for imposing very limiting non-sensical regulations upon a landowner and logic is nowhere to be found, one wonders what happened to “common sense?"

  • May 6th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; April 29 edition | Opinion

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

  • Apr 30th, 2014

Rainy Days: From Sprinkles to Storms | Guest Column

Part 4: Got Muddy pastures? We can help; managing stormwater on agricultural land A thick pasture of green plants covering the soil for the whole year promotes the nutrient cycle and increases water quality and healthier pastures for livestock.

  • Apr 30th, 2014

“Pay your dues” by voting | Editorial

Some of your fellow members are active in trying to affect the direction of those changes. We think those changes might work better if everyone pays attention, gets involved and votes.

  • Apr 30th, 2014

Points to ponder: inequity, taxes and the ‘hobby lobby’ | Guest Column

Unfortunately, one of the reasons our property taxes are so high is because some of our friends and neighbors are cheating on their property taxes. Strong words—but true. This isn’t just my opinion. Our county assessor concurs.

  • Apr 26th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; April 23 edition | Opinion

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

  • Apr 24th, 2014

Compromise: things get done | Editorial

County Public Works Director Frank Mulcahy deserves credit for getting the job done, it’s the citizenry who in the end are responsible for ending decades of mistrust and animosity.

  • Apr 24th, 2014

OPALCO at the crossroads? More like, ‘off track’ | Guest Columm

"Few members oppose OPALCO having a lead role in expanding broadband capacity for the cooperative and its members. What we expect, however, is honesty from the board about what it is doing, what it is costing and what risk the cooperative may be taking on in the process. It is worth noting that OPALCO still hasn’t..."

  • Apr 20th, 2014

My position on immunization | Guest Column

Vaccines are one of the most controversial topics among parents these days, with a growing number questioning whether to give their kids recommended shots. Nearly 40 percent of parents have delayed or declined at least one of their children's shots—a practice that's fueling outbreaks of infectious diseases, from mumps to measles and whooping cough, that were once nearly eliminated by vaccination

  • Apr 17th, 2014

Cleanup kudos and reminder | Editorial

The Journal extends an enthusiastic “thank you” to those who collected nearly three tons of litter from the islands’ roadsides and beaches. And the 25th annual Hazardous Waste Roundup takes place April 26 and June 21 respectively.

  • Apr 16th, 2014

Vaccines & adult dogs? Cautionary tale | As I See It

According to Dr. Ronald Schultz, a professor at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, puppies absolutely need to be vaccinated for canine parvovirus, distemper and adenovirus, but for decades he has also spoken out against over-vaccinating adult pets.

  • Apr 16th, 2014

Fiber: backbone of a better economy | As I See It

There are major challenges ahead in the process of planning broadband services and delivering them to a wide audience in San Juan County. The nature of business relationships between OPALCO and other network service providers (such as Rock Island Internet) need careful thought and discussion.

  • Apr 16th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; April 16 edition | Opinion

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

  • Apr 16th, 2014

Candidates Corner: Vince Dauciunas | Guest Column

I approve the ongoing projects that OPALCO is undertaking to maintain and improve our grid system. This includes extending the current fiber optic communication network, and adding new automated devices to increase safety, improve efficiency, and integrate additional local generating capacity.

  • Apr 10th, 2014

Candidates Corner: Glenna Hall | Guest Column

Rural places need workable connectivity even more than do urban areas. The ability to reach the outside world levels the economic playing field and creates jobs. It gives island kids reasons to stay where they were brought up and keep young, fresh ideas here. Lack of connectivity can cripple tourism.

  • Apr 9th, 2014

Candidates Corner: Steve Hudson | Guest Column

Large scale broadband expansion fundamentally redefines what our co-op is and does. It should be done only after rigorous evaluation and open debate; and only with solid approval by the members who must pay the bill.

  • Apr 8th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; April 9 edition | Opinion

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

  • Apr 8th, 2014

Of ballots, watts and broadband | Editorial

OPALCO elections have often been decided with a turnout of about 10 percent of the co-op’s 12,000 members

  • Apr 8th, 2014

Rainy days: from sprinkles to storms | Guest Column

Part 3: Storm water, septic tanks, on-site sewage treatment & disposal systems

  • Apr 8th, 2014

Off target over ‘conflict of interest’ | Guest Column

It’s not a ‘conflict of interest’ just because people might disagree

  • Apr 9th, 2014

While time flies, partnerships prevail | Guest Column

Community ties remain key to management, protection of SJIs National Monument.

  • Apr 2nd, 2014

Poster-child for conflict of interest | As I See It

Appearance of fairness dwindles as weight of interest group rises on planning commission

  • Apr 2nd, 2014

Exxon Valdez: lessons learned? | Editorial

The Department of Ecology has set standards for its ecological review that even supporters of the project say cannot be satisfied.

  • Apr 2nd, 2014

Journal political cartoon; April 2 edition | Opinion

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

  • Apr 2nd, 2014

Rainy Days Part II: From sprinkles to storms, and beyond | Guest Column

Part 2: Standing water on your property: understanding the causes and possible solutions

  • Mar 25th, 2014

Tragedy strikes close to home | Editorial

We ought to feel compassion for neighbors who suffer such arbitrary, seemingly meaningless, tragedy.

  • Mar 25th, 2014

‘We Serve’… good motto for any group | Ferry Home Companion

Greatest achievement probably is the continuing growth of the Leo’s club at Friday Harbor High School.

Journal political cartoon; March 19 edition | Opinion

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

  • Mar 18th, 2014

In the shadow of the Exxon Valdez | Guest Column

Plans call for another 2,620 deep-draft vessels in the Salish Sea each year. What could go wrong?

  • Mar 11th, 2014

Rainy days: from sprinkles to storms | Guest Column

Part 1: Flooding in your home, place of business, or on your farm

  • Mar 11th, 2014

Happy Birthday Howard, No. 93 | Editorial

The Journal wants to take the occasion of Howard Schonberger’s 93rd birthday on March 9 to wish him many happy returns of the day, and many more.

  • Mar 11th, 2014