Opinion

Shop local | Editorial

All of us at the Sounder, Journal of the San Juans and…

  • Dec 1st, 2017

County Marine Resources Committee recruits new members | Guest Column

By Ken Carrasco Vice-Chairman, San Juan County Marine Resources Committee We have…

  • Nov 28th, 2017

Community task force on long-term care gives updates | Guest Column

Submitted by care task force organizers Over the last few weeks, many…

  • Nov 25th, 2017

Wave of assault stories sweeps away secrets | Guest Column

By Julie Gottman, PH.D. Special to the Journal Al Franken, Harvey Weinstein,…

  • Nov 25th, 2017

Readers tell us what they’re thankful for | Editorial

Every year the Journal of the San Juans asks its readers to…

Wonderful watch of the vote count | Guest Column

By Lee and Dawn McCravey San Juan County election count witnesses We…

  • Nov 19th, 2017

You are a partner in community journalism | Editorial

Dear Journal of the San Juan Islands reader, We are proud to…

Unbalanced local support for islands film festivals | Guest Column

Submitted by Karen Palmer and Lynn Danaher Friday Harbor Film Festival The…

  • Nov 16th, 2017

Declaration of appreciation of all American men of honor | Guest Column

Signed, on behalf of millions of beneficiaries across the globe, Peggy Butler…

  • Nov 16th, 2017

Dispersants: A controversial oil spill response | Guest Column

Recent Friday Harbor Labs review suggests keeping dispersants as a response option

  • Nov 16th, 2017

Find solution after Life Care closure | Guest Column

By John Johnson San Juan Island My grandparents died in the Life…

  • Nov 14th, 2017

Changing the way we consume | Editorial

China’s import ban of many recyclables including plastics, mixed paper, and metal…

Holiday guide makes the season bright | Editorial

Can you hear those sleigh bells jingling? OK, maybe not quite yet,…

  • Oct 27th, 2017

Young Friday Harbor Film Festival fan | Guest Column

By Theresa Simendinger Last year, Manager John Hamilton was too busy with…

  • Oct 25th, 2017

Farhad Ghatan for mayor of Friday Harbor

We write in enthusiastic support of Farhad Ghatan for mayor of Friday…

  • Oct 23rd, 2017

Serious flaws in criticism of ‘Hunting Ground’ | Guest Column

(Editor’s Note: To read more on the Journal’s policy on what we…

  • Oct 21st, 2017

Editorial staff’s 2017 general election endorsements

The editorial staff of The Journal of the San Juan Islands and…

  • Oct 20th, 2017

Four steps to lower your monthly energy bill | Guest Column

Submitted by Ryan T. Palmateer San Juan Islands Conservation District Fall is…

  • Oct 19th, 2017

Serious flaw in reporting sexual assault | Guest Column

By Philp W. Cook Islanders may not give a hoot or howl…

  • Oct 18th, 2017

Why the Journal endorses candidates | Editorial

As ballots are mailed and voters prepare to cast their vote, we…

Marijuana is harmful to young people | Guest Column

By Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN Many parents on San Juan Island are…

  • Oct 6th, 2017

Preserve future by participating in comp. plan | Guest column

By Steve Ulvi This place, protectively moated by surging tidal waters from…

  • Sep 28th, 2017

Sound Publishing sues state over Public Records Act exemption | Editorial

By The Herald Editorial Board Recall earlier this summer when the Legislature…

  • Sep 28th, 2017

Lessons from Hurricane Harvey | Guest column

By Brenden Cowen Emergency Management Director, San Juan County and Town of…

  • Sep 23rd, 2017

Many ways to savor the San Juans | Editorial

Our local food community is ever-changing. Just a decade ago in 2007,…

Help seniors find resources | Editorial

Winter is fast approaching. It’s a time when the pace slows down,…

  • Sep 14th, 2017

Legislators need to fund science | Guest Column

Letter- tell congress to fund science

  • Sep 8th, 2017

United Way is quiet, community contributor | Guest Column

By Jennifer Armstrong Director, San Juan Island Family Resource Center This past…

  • Sep 7th, 2017

Listen to our teachers | Editorial

On Friday morning of last week, San Juan Island School District teachers…

It’s OK to protect ‘illegal immigrants’ | Guest Column

By David Turnoy Now that the council has passed an ordinance protecting…

  • Sep 5th, 2017

Why I peacefully protested at the San Juan County Fair | Guest column

By Gretchen Allison To contribute to the conversation about the political discussions…

  • Sep 4th, 2017

Non-Profit Affordable Housing? | Guest Column

By David S. Gow Executive Director, San Juan Community Home Trust The…

  • Aug 30th, 2017

Republicans harassed at county fair | Guest column

Submitted by Chairman Nathan Butler, Vice Chairwoman Lynda Lee Gerpheide, State Committeeman…

  • Aug 29th, 2017

An end to fish farming | Reporter’s notebook

When thousands of non-native salmon were released into the Salish Sea due…

Immigration initiative should have gone to general election

An immigration ordinance was adopted by the San Juan County Council with…

Ferry saga continues | Editorial

Editor’s note: This editorial was written prior to the Elwha going out…

San Juan County needs to monitor local air quality | Guest Column

Michael Riordan Special to the Journal During the recent smoke surge into…

  • Aug 8th, 2017

Celebrate parents who care | Editorial

I had a deadbeat dad. For those not familiar with the term,…

It’s ferries’ fault | Editorial

The San Juan Islands have been at the center of a transportation…