Letters To The Editor

Questions about water district | Letter

I went to the Journal’s website. When I clicked the search items for legal notices regarding the Mackaye Harbor Water District Proposal the links are blank. It seems strange that notice was given, if indeed notice there was, in this paper instead of the Island’s Weekly, distributed to every Lopez home.

  • Jul 16th, 2015

Response to fire chief column | Letter

Before retiring, I was an open heart surgical assistant and research assistant in a prominent heart research center, so I have the background to say the following: The death Mr. Ghiglione cites in his recent article, while tragic, was not necessarily due to a five-minute lapse in treatment.

  • Jul 16th, 2015

Thank you, United Way | Letter

The Lopez Island Conservation Corps summer crew of seven youth and one crew leader is hard at work completing hands-on conservation projects on public lands. Through the six week program, youth earn a stipend, gain new skills and explore the outdoors.

  • Jul 16th, 2015

Much needed grant award | Letter

Gathering of Island Voices and Expressions, better known as KLOI-LP, 102.9 FM, Lopez Island’s Community Radio station, would like to publicly thank United Way of San Juan County for the grant awarded to them this year.

  • Jun 24th, 2015

Call for change for ferry reservations | Letter

I wrote the following response to Kevin Ranker’s request for input on ferry reservations: Kevin, thank you for soliciting ideas on reservations.

  • Jun 24th, 2015

OPALCO, clean up this mess | Letter

Thank you OPALCO for placing a huge strain on some of us and destroying the trust in “our” co-op for many of us. I sometimes feel Enron didn’t die, it has returned as a Phoenix rising out of the Salish Sea.

  • Jun 16th, 2015

Demand a jet study | Letter

In addition to the harm to citizens in San Juan County and surrounding communities, the Growler jet noise is destroying the serenity of our public places.

  • Jun 16th, 2015

Leave no trace | Letter

Last fall I went to a community workshop in the village called “Leave No Trace.” I was very taken with the trainers and the program that promotes making good decisions to protect the environment.

  • Jun 16th, 2015

Housing issues | Letter

Gregg Blomberg’s excellent piece in last week’s Weekly brought up a number of important points. I should like to amplify one of them: affordable housing.

  • Jun 2nd, 2015

Thank you, United Way | Letter

It is with the ongoing support of United Way that Hamlet House continues to provide top notch care in Lopez Islands only Adult Family Home.

  • May 1st, 2015

The road to universal tolerance is hard | Letter

I agree with Senator Kevin Ranker’s frustration resulting from inaction by the Washington State Legislature to pass an anti-discrimination statute.

  • May 1st, 2015

No Conflict of Interest | Letter

In his recent letter, Bill Wertz envisions the worst. His allegations of my having a conflict of interest have no merit. He jumps to the erroneous conclusion that I knew what the future would bring.

  • Apr 1st, 2015

Thank you to the United Way for ongoing financial support | Letter

Lopez Children’s Center believes that early childhood education develops skills for school and for life. It also builds community by enabling families to live and work, keeping Lopez Island diverse and vibrant.

  • Mar 19th, 2015

Health Dept. urges vaccinations | Letter

The U.S. is currently experiencing outbreaks of measles, mumps and pertussis (whooping cough), including cases reported in Washington state.

  • Feb 25th, 2015

Celebrate women’s right to vote | Letter

Feb. 14 marks our 95th anniversary of the oldest nonpartisan voter registration organization in the U.S. – the League of Women Voters. After a struggle of more than 50 years, Washington women won the right to vote on Nov. 8, 1910 – 105 years ago.

  • Feb 13th, 2015

Preserve & protect: of trees, carbon and tax breaks | Letter

Several years ago a friend expressed her frustration about her need to drive a car, which only added to the destruction of the air quality and contributed to global warming.

  • Feb 10th, 2015

Support for Cherry Point Terminal | Letter

I support the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal to be located in the Cherry Point area of Whatcom County. I believe in sound environmental principles, but firmly feel this can be built in an environmentally compatible manner.

  • Feb 10th, 2015

Get vaccinated | Letter

According to the state Department of Health, San Juan County has the lowest vaccination rate in the state. Of the 1,929 students enrolled in grades K-12, (2013-14), only 57.2 percent are vaccinated. Vaccinations are required but parents/guardians can, and do, obtain exemptions for their children.

  • Feb 10th, 2015

Correction to Schiessl comments | Letter

The letter from Herb Schiessl titled “Money not well spent at ferry terminal” questions the costs to implement the reservations program, pointing to a recently-awarded $199.5 million contract.

  • Feb 6th, 2015

Is OPALCO unfair? | Letter

Citizen Ludwig says OPALCO’s “Unfair”, no matter that I just received a check for 90 some dollars as a co-op member, which would have otherwise been delivered to a greedy capitalist shareholder.

  • Feb 6th, 2015

Reservations about reservations | Letter

Let’s say the whole area of Capitol Hill or Alki Beach was told they had to have reservations in order to return to their neighborhood after going on an outing to downtown Seattle. That would not be right. Nobody would accept that burden.

  • Jan 28th, 2015

OPALCO’s new rates are unfair | Letter

The worst thing about OPALCO’s new “rate structure” is how grossly unfair it is. For example: With the higher “facility charge” added to the kilowatt-hour charge a typical small user of 400 kilowatt-hour per month would pay $34 for power plus the $38.90 facility charge, a total of $72.90 divided by 400 equals 18.2 cents per kilowatt-hour.

  • Jan 16th, 2015

A look at cannabis | Letter

Since the discussion regarding growing marijuana in San Juan County is complicated and multi-faceted, I would like to start a conversation with one concern at this time.

  • Jan 15th, 2015

Help with a kidney transplant | Letter

My wife and I have lived in the San Juans for seven years and we are now asking our community for help.

  • Dec 23rd, 2014

Thank you | Letter

Jeff and Debbie Walvatne would like to thank this community for all of your support after fire destroyed our home on Lopez.

  • Dec 23rd, 2014

Hamlet House gives thanks | Letter

Thanksgiving lives on at Hamlet House. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers who keep Lopez Thrift Shop thriving. Our islands’ residents not only have access to great deals the whole year through but many non-profit organizations also reap the benefits of their hard work.

  • Dec 17th, 2014

Show the Navy we care | Letter

Navy Growler noise and over flights have been increasing over the past year. We have an opportunity on Wednesday, Dec. 3, between 3-6 p.m., at the Lopez Center to meet one-on-one with the Navy and express our concerns.

  • Dec 4th, 2014

Thanks, Bruce Distler | Letter

I wish to express my praise and gratitude for Undersheriff Bruce Distler’s years of service for our community.

  • Dec 3rd, 2014

Don’t attack, be civil | Letter

We recently underwent a national election with possible negative consequences. A disturbing aspect of our election system is the increasing use of attack ads.

  • Nov 17th, 2014

If you wish peace, prepare for war | Letter

I become apoplectic (in my own sedate and refined way) when I read that Chris Greacen questions Rick Larson’s definition of Morality because he (Rick) votes for Growlers!

  • Nov 6th, 2014

Silent witness | Letter

Thank you for the feedback regarding the Silent Witness Project on Fisherman Bay Road. Creating the installation has been a healing and enlightening experience for everyone involved. Some of you have asked me why we put up the Silent Witness Project when our island had no domestic violence fatalities last year.

  • Oct 29th, 2014

Concerns about school bond | Letter

I see that the only thing that’s changed from the original school bond proposal is that now they have a wish list. The problem is there are no costs for any of the repairs or upgrades on their list.

  • Oct 29th, 2014

Yes for school bond | Letter

The undersigned support staff of Lopez School would like to speak in favor of the Capital Projects Bond. We, who work every day in the buildings that house our students, staff and programs understand too clearly that major work is overdue.

  • Oct 29th, 2014

Support for the school bond | Letter

Today I received my general election ballot, and I happily selected “Approved” for the Lopez Island School District bond measure.

  • Oct 29th, 2014

Yes to prop. 1 | Letter

Along with supporting the Lopez School bond and the Lopez Solid Waste levy, please vote to support San Juan County Proposition 1.

  • Oct 29th, 2014

Joan White for San Juan County Clerk | Letter

We are writing to express our support for Joan White’s reelection as San Juan County Clerk.

  • Oct 29th, 2014

Nou for Sheriff | Letter

I am writing this letter to voice my opinion on the Sheriff’s race. I have served over 25 years in law enforcement and over 26 years in the military. I have worked as a patrol officer and am currently one of your patrol sergeants.

  • Oct 28th, 2014

OPALCO board to discuss rate structure | Letter

September is the start of OPALCO’s budget season and the board will be discussing rates at the Sept. 18 regular board meeting in Friday Harbor.

  • Oct 27th, 2014

In support of school bond | Letter

We understand that the proposed school bond includes funds for significant upgrades to the science teaching facilities at the Lopez School.

  • Oct 21st, 2014

Take a ‘vested interest’ | Letter

The pun is intended. First of all, Joanne and I join in the continued support of our dump by voting yes on Proposition 1, the Solid Waste Levy. Next, the “vested” part is to invite you to come and put on one of those orange vests that we volunteers wear during our shifts.

  • Oct 14th, 2014