Opinion

Campaign for alternative seeks ‘win-win’ for all | Guest Column

Citizens for the Core is in pursuit of an alternative to U.S. Customs lease at First & Spring, one in which everyone would benefit.

  • Jan 28th, 2014

No place like an affordable home | As I See It

Two programs, different approaches, help pave the way to homeownership

  • Jan 21st, 2014

In memoriam: Tribute to Speiden | Guest Column

Whale-watchers in the San Juans have always felt great affection for the venerable orca, whose exhalation was always accented by that distinctive wheeze.

  • Jan 21st, 2014

Journal political cartoon; January 22 edition | Opinion

Cartoon musings on local news and events are published periodically in the Journal of the San Juan Islands, and periodically on SanJuanJournal.com.

  • Jan 21st, 2014

Kudos and Concerns | Editorial

While we’re waving a green flag for the DVR program, we want to raise an orange caution flag about two other current county matters.

  • Jan 14th, 2014

Student success demands support | As I See It

The M & O levy provides 20 percent of the district’s budget; let’s renew it

  • Jan 14th, 2014

Unfair advantage at work in the skies | As I See It

Does EMS dispatch favor Island Air ambulance service over Airlift NW?

  • Jan 14th, 2014

Time to mend some fences | Editorial

This isn’t the first time complaints have been voiced against the sheriff’s department.

  • Jan 7th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; January 8 edition | Opinion

Cartoon musings on local news and events are published periodically in the Journal of the San Juan Islands, and periodically on SanJuanJournal.com.

  • Jan 7th, 2014

Christmas Eve traffic stop? The driver’s side | Opinion

“We were just carrying on our family tradition of caroling through Friday Harbor on Christmas Eve,” Mark E. McCutcheon said. “I am not sure what set off Deputy Menjivar. If it had not been for Deputy Korth, I do not know what would have happened."

  • Jan 2nd, 2014

Tops from 2013? not all doom and gloom | Guest Column

Reading the year in review, editorials, Rants and Raves… it seems that there was nothing but depressing news this year: Water line breaks, bridge collapses, severed cables, CAO appeals, downtown leases, suspicious packages, fires and, worst of all, faulty Christmas lights. But before you go running for the Advil, I want to assure you that 2013 was also a year of many good things in Friday Harbor. Let’s re-visit some of the better moments in 2013:

  • Jan 1st, 2014

Appalled by Christmas Eve excess | Guest Column

The other officer held the lunging officer back with two arms on him and his head down like a blocker for the Seahawks, I repeat, held him back as if in a barroom brawl, but this officer has a weapon. I have never seen such wanton lack of training or professionalism from an armed officer.

  • Dec 30th, 2013

High time to battle against ‘The Beard’ | Guest Column

Prolific, resilient, invasive, Clematis vitalba remains a deadly threat to trees

  • Dec 26th, 2013

Thunder of Navy jets; sky’s the limit? | Guest Column

Flights from Whidbey poised to grow, comment on impact statement by Jan. 3

  • Dec 25th, 2013

How are we doing? Breathing easier | Editorial

We’re on track to meet budget thanks to an ‘extraordinary” July, ‘excellent’ August

  • Dec 23rd, 2013

More than ‘vista’ marred by clearcut at Mar Vista | Guest Column

As is so visible in the pictures of the newly cleared and straw covered shoreline, stewardship ethics and land use laws were broken by these new property owners and/or their advisors. An investigation is underway... unfortunately, enforcement has been woefully underfunded in San Juan County and many cases, as egregious as this one, are still unresolved.

  • Dec 21st, 2013

Real problem? Stifling land-use rules, not a lease at First & Spring | Guest Column

In December of 2012, our lame-duck county council passed a very hotly contested critical areas ordinance. They rushed it through in the last days of their term, led by Ms. Pratt.

  • Dec 21st, 2013

What’s on your ‘top ten’? | Editorial

The dark days of December are also a good time for taking stock of the many events that took place over the past 12 months; the good, the bad and the somewhere in between.

  • Dec 18th, 2013

Journal political cartoon; December 18 edition | Opinion

Cartoon musings on local news and events are published periodically in the Journal of the San Juan Islands, and periodically on SanJuanJournal.com.

  • Dec 17th, 2013

A way out: ‘win-win’ for US Customs, Friday Harbor | Guest Column

The only option I see for the GSA to reconsider alternative locations for the CBP that would meet with broader community support would be for the GSA to identify an alternate tenant for the current lease...The idea for a ‘one-stop shop’ public lands information and interpretive center was identified as a high priority at the community listening sessions hosted by the Department of the Interior.

  • Dec 13th, 2013

Brickworks: vision becomes reality | Guest Column

Community comes together to create a place to gather in the heart of town

  • Dec 11th, 2013

Of mixed messages & Death with Dignity at PIMC | As I See It

When it comes to the issue of PeaceHealth's referrals about the option of Death With Dignity, it is our hospital district commissioners and PIMC chief administrative officer who are muddying the debate with misinformation and half truths.

  • Dec 10th, 2013

Military might; priorities misplaced | Guest column

U.S. sends misguided message by building 12 new Trident submarines

  • Dec 5th, 2013

Thanks to all for another memorable Thanksgiving Day

All of this is possible because of the volunteers who are so plentiful that sometimes you have to elbow your way into the kitchen.

  • Dec 4th, 2013

Journal political cartoon; December 4 edition | Opinion

Cartoon musings on local news and events are published periodically in the Journal of the San Juan Islands, and periodically on SanJuanJournal.com.

  • Dec 3rd, 2013

Co-op should show its cards | Editorial

When the chips were literally down, OPALCO, Rock Island and other local businesses responded quickly and effectively.

  • Dec 3rd, 2013

Don’t like this? Well, blame the editor

There’s no place like home. Particularly when you have a dear partner to be with.

  • Nov 29th, 2013

Importance of owning our broadband | Guest Column

Residents of San Juan County have likely realized by now that they do not have the luxury of putting their health and well-being into the hands of a remote monopoly player.

  • Nov 23rd, 2013

Weight on Food Bank rises in winter | Guest Column

Cutbacks in public programs, like food stamps, mean more challenges in store

  • Nov 19th, 2013

Lack of ‘profit’ no proof of failure for farm tax-break program

Assessor in error, farms needn’t be ‘profitable’ to qualify for tax breaks

  • Nov 15th, 2013

Hard times & the holidays: Concert, unity, faith to help community heal

It is in this spirit that a very special choral concert is being offered to our community on November 23rd

  • Nov 14th, 2013

Hey, can you hear me now? | Editorial

A community responded to make sure we remain safe, secure and healthy and we were reminded again that "we're all in this together."

  • Nov 12th, 2013

Optimism rises in Vendovi campaign | Guest Column

More than 350 households have donated to the Trust’s “Save Vendovi” campaign

  • Nov 12th, 2013

As I See It: superior service gets short shrift in decisions over emergency flights… why? | Guest column

Island Air Ambulance is a useful emergency backup, but never should be the primary means of emergency medical evacuation when Airlift's superior capabilities are available. But the questions here revolve around the massive shunting of emergency airlifts to Island Air over the past year and the self-congratulatory empire building that is going on at county expense to build up this fixed wing service and fraudulently bill it as an equivalent.

  • Oct 30th, 2013

Stability at stake in outcome of Prop.1 | Guest Column

Tampering with voting districts by initiative allows for too much chaos

  • Oct 29th, 2013

Initiative ‘By the People’? Prop. 1 is nothing of the sort | Guest Column

Ballot measure would put to much power into the hands of a few

  • Oct 24th, 2013

Journal political cartoon; October 23 edition | Opinion

Cartoon musings on local news and events are published periodically in the Journal of the San Juan Islands, and periodically on SanJuanJournal.com.

  • Oct 24th, 2013

I-522: labels mean a lot in debate over genetically modified foods | Guest Column

I prefer to stay away from this laboratory-created food until it’s proven to be reasonably safe over the long run, and not be a guinea pig in a huge uncontrolled nationwide feeding experiment.

  • Oct 19th, 2013

Debate muddied by misinformation | Guest Column

Contract with PeaceHealth provides for similar level of maternity care as offered at former medical center…not less

  • Oct 16th, 2013

‘New chapter’ for OPALCO? Here’s what we’d like to see | Guest Column

Let’s make conservation, investment in ‘green energy’ part of the solution

  • Oct 9th, 2013