Opinion

Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column

Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column

Editor’s note: This guest column was submitted prior to the San Juan…

  • Mar 26th, 2020
Islands need to reject tourists during outbreak | Guest column
When is it OK to give someone the bird?

When is it OK to give someone the bird?

By David Hampshire This story gets a little complicated. Among other things,…

  • Mar 23rd, 2020
When is it OK to give someone the bird?
We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

As islanders, it can be unsettling when the “outside world” comes slipping…

We can’t ignore coronavirus | Editorial

Vacation rental blues sweep San Juan, Lopez

Submitted by the Vacation Rental Working Group The Orcas-based Vacation Rental Working…

  • Mar 15th, 2020
Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria

What began as a mild apprehension has escalated into a buzz of…

Coronavirus: what you can do amid the cacophony of hysteria
Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial

Women have played a critical role in American history, and since 1981…

Honoring women’s contributions | Editorial
Extensive cutting ruins vital habitats | Guest column

Extensive cutting ruins vital habitats | Guest column

Submitted by Cynthia Brast It sure seems early this year, but spring…

  • Mar 5th, 2020
Extensive cutting ruins vital habitats | Guest column
Environmental group makes statement on dam resolution | Guest column

Environmental group makes statement on dam resolution | Guest column

Joseph Bogaard, executive director, Save Our wild Salmon Salmon and fishing advocates…

  • Mar 4th, 2020
Environmental group makes statement on dam resolution | Guest column
Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial

Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial

In the last two weeks, firefighters from both San Juan and Orcas…

Local firefighters raise money for cancer research | Editorial
February is all about pets | Editorial

February is all about pets | Editorial

February isn’t just a time to celebrate love for the humans in…

February is all about pets | Editorial
Celebrate Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month

It’s troubling — but not surprising — to note that the San…

Celebrate Black History Month
Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure

Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure

by David Turnoy San Juan County Democrats The procedure for choosing presidential…

  • Feb 12th, 2020
Updated Presidential Primary/Caucus/Convention Procedure
What love means | Editorial

What love means | Editorial

One of my favorite definitions of love I discovered in RZA’s book…

What love means | Editorial
The pursuit of money versus the prosperity of orcas | Guest column

The pursuit of money versus the prosperity of orcas | Guest column

Submitted by Sorrel North Lopez Island Another Southern resident orca is missing…

  • Feb 5th, 2020
The pursuit of money versus the prosperity of orcas | Guest column
Thankful for OPALCO’s change of heart | Guest column

Thankful for OPALCO’s change of heart | Guest column

Submitted by Heather Nicholson The goodness at heart everyone shares was felt…

  • Jan 29th, 2020
Thankful for OPALCO’s change of heart | Guest column
Vote yes on both special election measures

Vote yes on both special election measures

San Juan Island residents have been able to vote since Friday on…

Vote yes on both special election measures
Snow in the San Juans | Editorial

Snow in the San Juans | Editorial

Snow struck suddenly Sunday, Jan. 12 — or so it seemed. Though…

Snow in the San Juans | Editorial
Reflections on the top stories of 2019 | Letter

Reflections on the top stories of 2019 | Letter

Everyone has a list of significant stories about the preceding year filtered…

  • Jan 23rd, 2020
Reflections on the top stories of 2019 | Letter

Skagit Transit eliminates free transfers

Submitted by David Hampshire Did you read the article in the Journal…

  • Jan 19th, 2020
What it means to register as a sex offender | Editorial

What it means to register as a sex offender | Editorial

Periodically, the sheriff’s log will feature entries regarding sex offender residence checks.…

What it means to register as a sex offender | Editorial
A wrong decision for OPALCO | Guest column

A wrong decision for OPALCO | Guest column

Submitted by Elisabeth Robson Lopez Island I am extremely disappointed to hear…

  • Jan 15th, 2020
A wrong decision for OPALCO | Guest column
New year’s note from school superintendent | Guest column

New year’s note from school superintendent | Guest column

Submitted by Kari McVeigh San Juan Island School District superintendent As the…

  • Jan 8th, 2020
New year’s note from school superintendent | Guest column
Start the new year off with our special sections | Editorial

Start the new year off with our special sections | Editorial

In the first quarter of the new year, your island papers are…

  • Jan 8th, 2020
Start the new year off with our special sections | Editorial
Looking toward a new year | Editorial

Looking toward a new year | Editorial

It’s the dawn of a new calendar year, and we asked our…

  • Jan 1st, 2020
Looking toward a new year | Editorial
Thank you, island family, for making the holidays bright for APS-FH pets in waiting| Guest column

Thank you, island family, for making the holidays bright for APS-FH pets in waiting| Guest column

Submitted by Animal Protection Services - Friday Harbor It began with a…

  • Dec 31st, 2019
Thank you, island family, for making the holidays bright for APS-FH pets in waiting| Guest column
Good news from around the world in 2019 | Editorial

Good news from around the world in 2019 | Editorial

As 2019 comes to its end, the Journal of the San Juans…

Good news from around the world in 2019 | Editorial
A shuffle of positions at the island newspapers

A shuffle of positions at the island newspapers

There have been a few changes in the island newspapers this year…

  • Dec 18th, 2019
A shuffle of positions at the island newspapers
We got here as fast as we could | Guest column

We got here as fast as we could | Guest column

Submitted by Will House Hello San Juan Island. Will House here. I…

  • Dec 18th, 2019
We got here as fast as we could | Guest column
Transition to redemption | Guest column

Transition to redemption | Guest column

Submitted by Steve Ulvi As a blue-collar kid in suburban California following…

  • Dec 11th, 2019
Transition to redemption | Guest column
Save lives: don’t drive under the influence | Editorial

Save lives: don’t drive under the influence | Editorial

Tis the season for holiday parties, and with the festivities often comes…

Save lives: don’t drive under the influence | Editorial
The ethics of reporting on crime | Editorial

The ethics of reporting on crime | Editorial

Unequivocally, the most difficult part of our job as journalists is writing…

The ethics of reporting on crime | Editorial
Jarman welcomes new hospital district board members | Guest column

Jarman welcomes new hospital district board members | Guest column

Submitted by Bob Jarman Chairperson of the Fire District No. 3 Board…

  • Dec 5th, 2019
Jarman welcomes new hospital district board members | Guest column
Functional medicine in action | Guest column

Functional medicine in action | Guest column

Submitted by Gavin Guard In a recent guest column, I discussed the…

  • Dec 4th, 2019
Functional medicine in action | Guest column
Giving thanks | Readers share what they are thankful for this year

Giving thanks | Readers share what they are thankful for this year

It has become a tradition here at the Journal and the Sounder…

  • Nov 28th, 2019
Giving thanks | Readers share what they are thankful for this year
Growlers are detrimental | Guest column

Growlers are detrimental | Guest column

by Susan Shannon Orcas Island About 35 people attended a meeting in…

  • Nov 27th, 2019
Growlers are detrimental | Guest column
Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column

Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column

by Mark Reynolds and Ryan T. Palmateer It appears Republicans and Democrats…

  • Nov 21st, 2019
Bipartisan hope emerging on climate change | Guest column
An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial

Thanksgiving is a week away, and with that comes the launch of…

An abundance of opportunities to shop here at home | Editorial
A new approach to chronic disease management | Guest column

A new approach to chronic disease management | Guest column

Submitted by Gavin Guard Living in modern times has brought about great…

  • Nov 16th, 2019
A new approach to chronic disease management | Guest column
I-976 could have dire consequences

I-976 could have dire consequences

Our hearts sank when the election results filtered in on Nov. 5.…

I-976 could have dire consequences
RB Chronicles | Part 4

RB Chronicles | Part 4

Anniversaries are funny things. From celebrating a wedding anniversary, sobriety milestones, friendships,…

  • Nov 7th, 2019
RB Chronicles | Part 4