Opinion

Journal political cartoon; March 5 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.

  • Mar 4th, 2014

Change in practice that will benefit all | Guest Editorial

More than 80 No Discharge Zones have been established in 26 states; there are currently no NDZs in Washington state... The No Discharge Zone would require a change in practices by those on the water, but it’s a change from which we, and future generations, will benefit.

  • Feb 26th, 2014

It’s a lifetime commitment; be sure you’re ready | As I See It

Between 9 and 11 million pets die every year in animal shelters in the U.S. The great tragedy of this is that it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s up to us—those of us who choose to include pets as part of our family, to create a new and better reality for those who cannot speak for themselves.

  • Feb 24th, 2014

Don’t sell cheap US coal to Asia | Guest Column

An environmental hazard, sure, but coal exports undermine U.S. economy, too

  • Feb 20th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; February 19 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.

  • Feb 18th, 2014

Right there in the fine print; GSA’s bureaucratic blunder | Guest column

GSA administrators clearly violated 1-203(c) because they did not consult with local government in Friday Harbor. The Town had no direct communication with GSA in calendar year 2013, the year in which the lease was negotiated. What more “appropriate” local government officials could there be?

  • Feb 18th, 2014

Faults, failures in the ‘fairness’ test | As I See It

Our property tax system could be more uniform, equitable and fair; here’s how

  • Feb 13th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; February 12 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.

  • Feb 12th, 2014

Fish for Teeth: bounded together for sake of a healthy, happy smile | Guest column

Fish for Teeth operates from a 100 percent volunteer effort; teeth wouldn’t be fixed without support from the dental community, and every dental office on San Juan Island has either helped already or pledged their support for future clinics.

  • Feb 10th, 2014

Of waterfront and tax levies | Editorial

One way to make sure the “new waterfront” remains user-friendly and attractive is to make your voices heard. The Port of Friday Harbor will unveil its latest plans, Thursday, at a meeting at Friday Harbor House conference room.

  • Feb 6th, 2014

Key to better stewardship? Teamwork | Guest Column

Ties that bind; conservation coalition celebrates 20 years of building bridges

  • Feb 6th, 2014

Journal political cartoon; February 5 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.

  • Feb 4th, 2014

Testing… Testing…. San Juan Island: ‘The Quiz’ | Guest Column

So, you think you pretty much know all there is to know about San Juan Island? Well, think again. Mike Buettell offers up a quiz that might get you to think twice about events that shape our local landscape.

  • Feb 1st, 2014

Journal political cartoon; January 29 edition | Opinion

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

  • Jan 30th, 2014

Disrespect puts gravel pit park at risk | As I See It

The reality is that being able to let our dogs off leash there is a privilege not a right.

  • Jan 29th, 2014

Higher wages = more spending, and more jobs | Guest Column

Raising the minimum wage won’t erase income inequality, but it’s a good start.

  • Jan 29th, 2014

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