Letters To The Editor

Adams for commissioner | Letter

We have known Steve in a number of different capacities since we moved to Lopez in 2003. Since long before that time, Steve has been serving Lopez in more ways than we can count – as a schoolteacher, a firefighter, a member of the County Planning Commission and most recently, as a Lopez port commissioner.

  • Oct 6th, 2015

SJI Grange adopts greenhouse resolution | Letter

The San Juan Island Grange #966 has adopted a resolution concerning San Juan County’s proposed greenhouse regulations. Our mission, in addition to fostering social and political engagement, is “to support a resilient community of growers, makers, and keepers.”

  • Oct 6th, 2015

Rock En-Roll success | Letter

I am pleased to announce that the Rock En-Roll Music Festival that occurred on Sept. 6 raised over $3,500 for Lopez Island School District’s Music Program.

  • Sep 29th, 2015

Adams for Port | Letter

A safe and well managed Lopez Airport contributes immeasurably to the quality of life on the island. It’s easy to take for granted, but closer analysis identifies all the benefits it provides.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015

Co-op needs to serve members | Letter

OPALCO recently instituted new fixed rate power usage increases, some of which have already become effective. These rate structure increases have resulted in many letters lamenting the present and future impacts to San Juan islanders.

  • Sep 22nd, 2015

Thanks from FLIP | Letter

Friends of Lopez Island Pool would like to jump in and say thanks for all of those who participated in the SPLASH event on Aug. 1.

  • Aug 18th, 2015

An amazing Trashion Fashion Show | Letter

“Over-the-top” doesn’t begin to describe the ensembles that graced the runway at the 2015 Trashion-Fashion Show. We salute and thank the Lopez “Trashionistas” who dedicated time and energy to creating the amazing outfits enjoyed by the audience. You took the concepts of recycling and reuse to a whole new level!

  • Aug 18th, 2015

Thanks United Way | Letter

Funding for the Lopez Island Family Resource Center programs comes from many sources including United Way. The Lopez Summer Workshops Program is one of our programs that relies on these dollars in order to keep fees affordable and provide scholarships for local youth.

  • Aug 12th, 2015

Thanks to road crews | Letter

Thank you so very much, San Juan County road crew and passersby on the byways for respecting my line of blackberries …

  • Aug 12th, 2015

Hats off to the pharmacy | Letter

Three cheers and a chorus of hallelujahs for the immediate, outstanding and far beyond the call of duty actions of Rick and Marge McCoy of our community Pharmacy.

  • Jul 29th, 2015

Electricity usage | Letters

I have been recording my energy usage about every two to three hours (except nighttime) and can report the following for the first week (June 22 at 10 a.m. through 10 a.m. on June 29).

  • Jul 21st, 2015

Thanks for the derby | Letter

Thank you to Grandpa Jon and many volunteers for making the Kid’s Fishing Derby a casting success, and to IMC for stocking our favorite bait and donating the grand prize, poles and gear.

  • Jul 21st, 2015

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