Opinion

Letters-Thank you from the SJI Public Schools Foundation

Submitted by the San Juan Public Schools Foundation

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Support Jarman – Letter

Others have written letters of support for Bob Jarman, and I feel compelled to join that list. I have been on a board with Bob and have worked with him on a committee looking at the health care needs of SJC. I have been impressed with his diligence (he always comes to meetings prepared), his willingness to ask questions on issues in need of further explanation. He is nonpartisan, and responds only after considering what's best for San Juan County residents.

  • Oct 24th, 2016

Support for Watson-Letter

I am very uneasy about another term on County Council for Bob Jarman. I am not in any way a political insider and I have not been here for 85 years but I have a right to expect fair representation across the board. I am very clear that I have not had this from Mr. Jarman.

  • Oct 24th, 2016

Lessons from the storm – letter

So what if the storm from last weekend didn't turn out to be the biggest storm to hit SJI since the Columbus Day 1962 blow-out? I still disagree with the quote in the Journal (10/19/16, p. 16) by weather expert Cliff Mass that his profession "has to stop providing the worst case" scenario for a storm. I would rather know what the worst possibilities of a storm system could be, than to be lulled into a sense of complacency and inattention with "full probablistic guidance."

  • Oct 24th, 2016

Journal wins big | WNPA awards

The Washington Newspaper Publishers Association announced its winners for the 2016 Washington Better Newspaper Contest in Wenatchee, Washington. The Islands' Sounder and Journal of the San Juans took home 44 awards including general excellence. This year, the entries were judged by the New York Press Association.

Real estate market report

Submitted by Merri Ann Simonson

  • Oct 19th, 2016

Letters – scary good play

We here on San Juan Island are very generous with our applause after events at the San Juan Community Theatre.

  • Oct 19th, 2016

Letters – vote for Watson

I began visiting the San Juans in the 1990s, having heard of their uniqueness from family members who lived and worked here starting a century ago. Buying a home in 2002 and later moving here permanently from a major metropolis has givenme good insight into the issues islanders face. My career in science taught me critical thinking, especially the value ofproperly assessing relevant data before analysis. I'm supporting Bill Watson because we share that background. Adequatedata are fundamental to problem solving and our islands do have problems, such as our growing population unsupportedby a variety of housing and employment opportunities. I feel Bill brings a fresh perspective because of his understanding ofthe step-wise nature of resolving issues. Knowing Bill as a friend for about seven years and attending the recent candidateforum confirms for me his genuine integrity. Bill is a man of his word and if he says he will work diligently as a councilman,respecting staff input and other's viewpoints, he indeed will do so. Bill and I also share a deep love of the natural beauty ofthese islands. Having lived in an urban setting neither of us elects to duplicate that lifestyle here, by our own choices or bypassively accepting the poorly made decisions of others. Bill recognizes that we cannot create a community for only theprivileged few on either end of a bell curve of an environmental versus property rights agenda. His skills and strengthsinclude an ability to a forge a realistic compromise of protection and regulation fairness. Let's rise above the infighting wesee tragically occurring in our larger governmental arenas and bring a sense of really working together at our county levelby voting for Bill Watson for county councilman.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

Letters-Big thanks for needed grant

Our sincerest thanks to the San Juan Island Community Foundation for their recent grant award to help Islands' Oil SpillAssociation obtain a badly-needed new outboard motor for our spill response vessel that is stationed at the Port of FridayHarbor.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

Letters – vote Jarman

Bob Jarman has my vote. Bob has worked hard, along with incumbents Rick Hughes and Jamie Stephens, to move tocompletion several critical projects. They have worked cooperatively to represent all San Juan County citizens.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

Letters – Bill for council

As full-time San Juan County residents since 1983, we've watched the county grow from sleepy little laid-back communities to vital location destinations with great eco-tourism appeal. We appreciate the difficult balance between economic survivaland potential destruction of what makes the islands so treasured and magical. Bill understands that fragile balance.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

Letters-Reykdal support

I met Chris Reykdal in January 2016, when he and five other candidates running for the Superintendent of Public Instructionspoke to a cohort of WSU grad students. I could see then that Chris, hands down, was the front-runner of all thecandidates. In May, I was able to witness Chris captivate a room of over a thousand teachers in Spokane.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

Letters -Jarman for council

I first met Bob Jarman when he was in charge of Pacific Telephone operations here in the county. Those were the days whenyou actually felt satisfied if you had a problem and called in for service. They actually knew we were on an island and caredabout getting your phones fixed. Customer service was a big part of Bob's approach to his job.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

Letters- voters obligation

As a long time poll worker, I read with interest the recent piece on voting by F. Milne Hanley. Whereas I agree with most ofthe piece, I find a critical piece missing. Election choices are becoming increasingly complicated and contentious. One ismet with a dizzying array of candidates and issues. Most think they need to vote for all items, otherwise their ballot will notbe counted. I advised many people on this while working the polls. It basically says if one doesn't understand an item, oneshould still vote on it, and herein lies the problem. Votes should be made based on knowledge, not a coin toss. A ballot isonly invalidated when one votes twice for one item. I will leave a position blank if I do not understand the item. Our systemmust be about quality of the votes, not quantity. For a democracy to work, a majority of the voters must be literate. Cointoss voting removes that critical piece.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

Letters- vote for Jarman

We are delighted to support Bob Jarman for San Juan County Commissioner in District 1. Bob brings great synergy andbalance to the existing team of three with his focus on making the basic county government services work well beforeadding more responsibility and burden to our small community; historical experience in all the islands so he's not focusinghis energy on just his "home" island; his time as a San Juan Island Fire Commissioner so he understands our needs foremergency services while at the same time our need to be able to take care of ourselves as much as possible and not relyon mainland services to be able to come to our rescue; and for his calm accountability.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

Letters-Bob for council

Sometimes things happen in life that then come full circle and deliver a surprise – which is how my dear friend reacted whenI told her we were supporting Bob Jarman for County Council District 1. Given past events, she asked me to explain mystance, which I will share with you as well.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

Voting the Entire Ballot May Matter More Than You Realize

Dear fellow Bernie Sanders supporters,

  • Oct 17th, 2016

Letters – Re-elect Bob Jarman

As a business owner and farmer, I am voting for Bob Jarman for county councilman. Bob has solid historical knowledge of our county andits many needs through decades. He has a proven record of working for communication, business, transportation, agriculture andenvironment conservation projects. Why? Because the islands are his family. I am confident Bob's love for our county weighs heavy in hisdecisions. We are fortunate to have had his leadership in SJC. I encourage everyone to vote for Bob Jarman, a good man and leader, forSan Juan County Council District 1.

  • Oct 13th, 2016

Letters – Thanks for forum

I would like to thank the volunteers of the San Juan Grange, the Eagle Forum and the League of Women Voters for hosting candidateforums these past two weeks. The service these organizations do for our county, by providing the voters of San Juan County a chance tomeet the candidates running for office, ask questions and voice their concerns in a non-partisan format, is very important. Attending theforums was a positive experience for me. I am a non-partisan candidate in a non-partisan election. I strive to be accessible andresponsive to all county citizens regardless of any political affiliation or special interest group.

  • Oct 13th, 2016

Letters – Hughes for council

We would like to urge our fellow San Juan Islanders to support Rick Hughes for the county council position from Orcas Island. Rickconsistently sees the big picture and seeks what is best for our county as a whole.

  • Oct 13th, 2016

Letters – Community Treasures

Many of you know that I am passionate about recycling and the need for siting of Essential Public Facilities. I can attest to the fact thatover the last four years, Bob Jarman has been the only council member to agree to meet with me on these two issues, and to publiclysupport Community Treasures' activities. Last month, I organized a public meeting to discuss the future of Community Treasures and itsbeing at a crossroad. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gvfbjOLM5Q The questions and answers are posted on Youtubeas well. I invited Bob Jarman and Bill Watson to that public meeting via email. Bob Jarman was the only council member to show up andspeak in support of CT. I hope Bill Watson will, at some point, see the value of CT, and speak out in favor of it. Months earlier when Iasked Rick Hughes to meet with me on the topic, he wrote back, "I don't think it is a good idea to meet." When I wrote back listing theEssential Public Facility issues and reasons to meet, he refused to reply. When I challenged Hughes about not meeting with me on a ferryride to Lopez, his reply was that he was not going to support me.

  • Oct 13th, 2016

Letters- Supporting education

Fall is in the air, the throngs of tourists are beginning to thin, and the children are back in school. For those of us who live here full time,it's time to take stock in what makes San Juan Island such a desirable place to live. We are a vibrant community, at least in part, becausewe invest in one another.

  • Oct 13th, 2016

Letters – Heartfelt praise

Thank you social services, hospital staff and the EMT support we have on the islands. The caring community coupled with all the peoplewho helped Richard Campbell in the ferry line deserve our heartfelt praise. Coworkers, neighbors and friends have all stepped up duringthis very difficult time to help our family navigate the loss. We are over-whelmed by your kindness and appreciate all you have done toshow your respect.

  • Oct 13th, 2016

Checking in about relationships

Submitted by SAFE San Juans, from "How's Your Relationship?" published by the Washington Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • Oct 13th, 2016

Letting go, saying goodbye | Editorial

The human spirit yearns to forgo the inevitable: the closing of books, the shutting of doors and that bitter dying of the light. Eternal darkness or even the afterlife can fill us with dread, so when one individual steps up and lights an orange torch in a landscape of black, we, too, take heart.

Attracting health care providers

By Merry-Ann Keane

  • Oct 6th, 2016

To Bernie Supporters, From a Bernie Supporter

By David Turnoy

  • Oct 5th, 2016

Letters- Consequences

This is a reminder to your readers that Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau will make a decision in early December regarding expansion ofthe Trans Mountain Pipeline. If approved, there will be a subsequent increase from five to 35 tankers a month plying the waters ofBoundary Pass and Haro Strait. This will result in a much increased risk of an Exxon Valdez type spill, with environmental and economicdevastation, stretching for tens to hundreds of miles depending on weather, tides and the size of the spill. This warning is written to urgeyour readers to contact Senators Murray and Cantwell and Governor Inslee urging then to try and persuade Prime Minister Trudeau not toapprove the permitting of the pipeline expansion.

  • Oct 4th, 2016

Letters- Great Greeting Ceremony

Wow! Not only was The Whale Museum's 10th annual "Greeting Ceremony" event a lot of fun, it raised much needed funds for our exhibitsand facility. Our heartfelt thanks are expressed to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.

  • Oct 4th, 2016

Letters-Yes for Watson

On the morning of June 18, 2016 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Union, Local 1849 (SanJuan County employee's union) gathered to meet the San Juan County Council candidates for District 2. The candidates addressed thelocal and responded directly to questions from the members.

  • Oct 4th, 2016

Letters- Restoring my faith in newspaper

I want to express my satisfaction and admiration at your courageous decision to provide complete and factual coverage on the recentmurder-suicide incident here on my home island of Lopez. Another reader and I were discussing this story when your first article came outin Volume 36, Number 35 of the Weekly. We came to a reluctant agreement that your staff would most likely bow to political correctness andnot provide any further details in subsequent issues. But you surprised us with your professional and accurate reporting and for this I amgrateful. Sadly, it's not so common these days for the printed press to do its job and give the people the full and relevant details of a story,no matter how much discomfort they may cause to a particular segment of our society.

  • Sep 30th, 2016

Letters- Appreciation of stories

I wanted you to know that I appreciate these stories about what's going on in our community and I think it's important for people to knowthat just like anywhere else, we have crime here.

  • Sep 30th, 2016

Letters- Disturbing news

Thank you for being a "news"paper. Serious news should be printed in the proper place, including the front page. The paper should beprimarily for adults, not children.

  • Sep 30th, 2016

Reaction to violence – Editorial

On an evening ferry sailing to Anacortes on Sept. 23, passengers heard a disturbing message from the loudspeakers: "We have very sad news. There has been a shooting at the Cascade Mall in Burlington. If you have shopping, we urge you to not go to the mall, as the shooter is still at large."

  • Sep 29th, 2016

Grieving and processing tragedy

My phone and email have been very busy lately with community members who want to talk about the heart-breaking event in our island community this month.

  • Sep 29th, 2016

Heroin addiction – Letter

I, too, was shocked to see the headline "Reality of Heroin Addiction – Is heroin becoming more common in the San Juan Islands?" on the covers of our local papers on Aug. 17. I applaud the writers of this well-written article as well as the editors for printing it as it behooves us all to be well-informed in matters that significantly affect our communities.

  • Sep 15th, 2016

Thank you for making Jazz at the Labs a success – Letter

I'm delighted to say that the University of Washington Friday Harbor Labs' 16th Jazz at the Labs fundraiser in support of the Friday Harbor Labs (K-12) Science Outreach Program was a great success! It was a perfect summer evening for excellent music, delicious food and generous giving. Dr. Adam Summers the "fabulous fish guy" was entertaining and engaging as he collected donations from the audience in support of two terrific science projects - the 9 day Biotechnology Invasive Mussel Lab and the Diver for a Day Program conducted aboard the Research Vessel Centennial.

  • Sep 14th, 2016

Wildfires | Guest Column

By Doug McCutchen

  • Sep 8th, 2016

Thank you land bank | Letter

I just wanted to give a shout out to the San Juan Island Land Bank and the library for sponsoring the Discover San Juan Scavenger Hunt. All summer long, we had so much fun exploring the public preserves around our amazing island. My sister and nieces live in Nashville, Tenn. and visit Friday Harbor every summer. We loved hunting for the tile rubbings together and finding new areas so well cared for. Islanders are lucky to have the Land Bank secure these special spots for us to enjoy. Sidney and Sam had a great day on Labor Day hiking to the last two venues. Booklet completed!

  • Sep 8th, 2016

Thanks for supporting education – letter

With another school year about to begin, I'd like to acknowledge the important work that United Way of San Juan County does to ensure that all children in our community have the support they need to thrive in the classroom.