Letters To The Editor

Thanks for support | Letter

I made an important omission on the March 4 obituary of Francis Fay, that Lopez Hospice and Home Support was very helpful to our family during all of Francis’s illness.

  • Mar 18th, 2014

Criticism over CAO | Letter

I vigorously oppose the Feb. 11 unilateral passage by Councilmen Hughes and Stephens of an amendment to the Critical Areas Ordinance that would increase a so-called fish and wildlife habitat critical habitat area – the shoreline – from 110 feet to 200 feet.

  • Mar 3rd, 2014

Exxon Valdez-like spills happening here? | Letter

25 years ago, the Exxon Valdez hit a reef and leaked oil that covered an area 25 times the size of San Juan County waters, devastating the Alaskan ecology and economy.

  • Mar 3rd, 2014

Reliable ferry service rests with legislators in Olympia | Letter

(Below is an open letter to Washington state senators by Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher, seeking support on a bill that would help fund construction of a new ferry).

  • Mar 3rd, 2014

What is the “American Way of Life” to you? | Letter

Comfy home, good health care, freedom to worship as you please, good schools and a safe community? Is there a feeling of pride when we declare we are American?

  • Mar 3rd, 2014

Concern over pipeline | Letter

I am deeply concerned by the proposed expansion of Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline and the resulting increase in oil tanker traffic that would occur in the restricted waters adjacent to the San Juan Islands.

  • Feb 25th, 2014

Are we safe? | Letter

At the recent local meeting concerning the jet noise problem a lot of valuable information was presented. Studies about the effects of noise on the human body were cited.

  • Feb 25th, 2014

Resolution on hayride incident | Letter

The Christmas Eve Hayride has been of concern to many in our community. After a thorough review of the information available, interviews of several witnesses and parties involved in the event, and discussions with other law enforcement agency executives I have come to several conclusions.

  • Feb 19th, 2014

Support education | Letter

"Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself” John Dewey, American philosopher and educator. These words ring true for me.

  • Feb 14th, 2014

Thanks for M&O support | Letter

The Lopez School administration and board of directors would like to express our deep appreciation for the strong show of support demonstrated by the initial results of the Feb. 11 election and the strong approval of the M&O Replacement School Levy.

  • Feb 14th, 2014

What are our rights? | Letter

After enjoying a slight respite from jet noise last autumn, it seems in the past few weeks the jets are back in full force, and seem to be louder than ever. I just found out the reason.

  • Feb 6th, 2014

Hope to end the jet conflict | Letter

When I joined the military the first thing I was told was “this is not a democracy, you do as you’re told and do not ask questions.” I fear the longer one lives under this mantra the more it becomes a mindset. Witness the atrocities committed in the name of “just following orders.”

  • Jan 22nd, 2014

Yes for the levy | Letter

We, as high school seniors, support the Lopez Island School and its methods of education. We feel that the staff of this school does its best to provide us, the students, with the tools that we need to succeed in the future.

  • Jan 22nd, 2014

Vote yes on M&O school levy | Letter

The Lopez School District’s replacement Maintenance and Operation Levy (M&O levy) will be on the Feb. 11 ballot that we will receive in our mailboxes next week. This levy replaces the current 4 year levy that expires at the end of 2014.

  • Jan 22nd, 2014

Concerns about SJC deputy | Letters

It would appear that San Juan County Sheriff Rob Nou has been presented with a very fortunate Christmas gift - a clear and early warning on the serious threat to his department embodied in the form of deputy Felix Menjivar.

  • Jan 16th, 2014

Concerns about SJC deputy | Letters

We have a right to expect our law enforcement personal to have good judgment and be reasonable neighbors not merely automatons.

  • Jan 16th, 2014

Don’t keep us in the dark | Letter

I appreciate OPALCO’s role in easing the communication difficulties caused by CenturyLinks’ cable break. The support for OPALCO to provide broadband services in the county is greater than ever. The board has thus decided on Nov 21, 2013 to accelerate and fund this effort through the use of OPALCO equity and electricity rates.

  • Dec 12th, 2013

An unfair report | Letter

In the October 26 issue, Steve Wehrly reported Washington Wire’s claim that “the typical family of four would pay an additional $490 a year for groceries.”

  • Nov 13th, 2013

Outrage against anti I-522 ad | Letter

How much money did you receive for the full, page ad against 522? How much of that money was from out of state?? For shame! I and many other readers are sorely disappointed that our local rag has given in to the corporate powers.

  • Nov 13th, 2013

No to County Charter Prop 1 | Letter

False: “Proposition 1 is a small change in the Charter.” True: This represents small change with enormous consequences. This would remove a prohibition on changing County Council districts by initiative.

  • Oct 29th, 2013

Support for current school board | Letter

There are many reasons I’m voting for Dixie Budke, Del Guenther, John Helding, and Clive Prout for the Lopez school board.

  • Oct 29th, 2013

No on Prop.1 | Letter

Currently, our charter requires an elected Charter Review Commission to make recommendations to the voters for any changes to council districts and the number of council members.

  • Oct 21st, 2013

No on Prop.1 | Letter

This proposition was put forward last May in a last ditch effort by a disgruntled, lame duck, six-member county council to change our current charter. If approved, it may lead to:

  • Oct 21st, 2013

Support for Porter | Letter

At the League of Women Voters meeting here on Lopez last Thursday eve, Bob’s opponent listed the many improvements made at the airport during his lengthy tenure.

  • Oct 21st, 2013

Berg for school board | Letter

Have you been to Woodmen Hall recently? If you have, you have seen the repairs and changes to the building. The building was slowly falling apart when the Seniors took it over.. The person who guided this work was Paul Berg.

  • Oct 21st, 2013

Support for Helding | Letter

I attended the Candidates Night on Lopez Island last evening and how interesting it was. John Helding displayed a wonderful breadth of experience and knowledge about Lopez School.

  • Oct 21st, 2013

Support for current school board | Letter

We are writing to Lopez community members to request your support and vote to reelect John Helding, Clive Prout, Dixie Budke, and Del Guenther for the Lopez School Board.

  • Oct 21st, 2013

Opposition to County Prop.1 | Letter

I am writing to oppose San Juan County Proposition 1. This Proposition is an attempt to run around what the voters decided last year on how to change the charter.

  • Oct 16th, 2013

Porter for port | Letter

There’s an old adage about Letters to the Editor; “be quick, be concise, and then be quiet”! We’ll try!

  • Oct 16th, 2013

Vote for current board | Letter

I am writing to voice my support for John Helding, Dixie Dudke, Clive Prout and Del Gunther.

  • Oct 16th, 2013

Support for current school board | Letter

This letter is in support of the current School Board; I ask readers to vote for the incumbents in the upcoming election.

  • Oct 16th, 2013

Support for Brant | Letter

We invite Lopezians to take a close look at Jay Brant’s qualifications for school director.

  • Oct 16th, 2013

McCullough for school board | Letter

I am happy to endorse Teddy McCullough as a candidate for the Lopez School Board. I have known Teddy for over six years, first as a student and later as a young adult currently working in the field of drug and alcohol prevention at a national level.

  • Oct 16th, 2013

Thornton for School Board | Letter

Joe Thornton is running for Lopez Island School Board in the upcoming election and I believe he would provide the expertise and leadership that the School Board needs.

  • Oct 11th, 2013

Support for Budke | Letter

Dixie Budke is my neighbor. I am writing in support of Dixie Budke for School Board. Dixie is a jewel.

  • Oct 11th, 2013

Helding for Lopez School Board | Letter

I am writing in support of John Helding for Lopez School Board. I have known John for many years and I greatly respect his intelligence, humor, compassion and determination.

  • Oct 10th, 2013

Two Proposition No. 1’s on the ballot | Letter

Lopez voters should be aware that the November 5 election ballot will contain TWO Proposition No. 1’s.

  • Oct 10th, 2013

Helding for School Board | Letter

I am writing to support the re-election of John Helding to the Lopez School Board. John helped me prepare for the SATs during my junior year and then assisted me in applying to college

  • Sep 17th, 2013

Another great Trashion Fashion show | Letter

Lopez Trashionistas, you did it again! You gave Lopez an over-the-top performance both entertaining and inspiring.

  • Aug 23rd, 2013

Lopez Loves Chamber Music | Letter

Thank you to every Lopez Islander, whether here to stay or here for now, for your enthusiastic support once again for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival concert at Lopez Center on Sunday August 11th!

  • Aug 21st, 2013