Letters To The Editor

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

Keep the heart of Lopez beating | Letter

We must keep the heart of Lopez beating for generations to follow.

  • Oct 13th, 2014

Vote yes for school bond | Letter

With great optimism Bob and I urge a yes vote on the proposed Lopez Island School District’s construction bond.

  • Oct 13th, 2014

Yes for school bond | Letter

I’ve worked at Lopez School for 24 years in the school kitchen. I’m proud of our program. We serve healthy meals in collaboration with the garden program and the culinary class.

  • Oct 13th, 2014

Letter to Larsen | Letter

Thank you for coming to Lopez to hear our community’s concerns about Growlers. I live in Lopez Village and see Growlers flying overhead and often hear them.

  • Oct 13th, 2014

Re-elect Joan White County Clerk | Letter

This November, voters will have the opportunity to retain a wonderful and dedicated public servant who has served the community with distinction.

  • Oct 13th, 2014

Response to school bond letter | Letter

This letter is in response to Dan Kovac’s letter in which he put forth misleading and invalid data regarding our Lopez School. I served on the School’s Budget Committee this year, along with a range of community members. In that process we developed a more accurate and complete picture of the school’s current financial status.

  • Oct 10th, 2014

Response to Kovac | Letter

Dan Kovac’s claim that Lopez School enrollment is falling is absolutely not true. Looking to ACTUAL numbers (not the budget estimates Dan used), Lopez School District enrollment has grown from 204 students in October of 2011, to 232 students in 2012, to 235 students today (look up the actuals on the OSPI website).

  • Oct 10th, 2014

Response to Pedigo Letter | Letter

Joseph Goebbels made a (fatal) career of speaking of the “Jewish Problem”. The logical error in his thesis is known as “Joseph Goebbels made a (fatal) career of speaking of the “Jewish Problem.”

  • Oct 9th, 2014

The U.S. Constitution protects us | Letter

The first amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

  • Sep 29th, 2014

An open letter to Congressman Larsen | Letter

Welcome to Lopez Island. Thanks for representing us. You sit on the House Armed Services subcommittee that oversees rebuilding the Trident submarine fleet home-ported on Hood Canal, sea-based leg of the trillion dollar rebuild of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.

  • Sep 26th, 2014

Vote yes on the School Bond | Letter

In a few weeks voters on Lopez and Decatur will be asked to approve a construction bond for Lopez School District. The proposed bond will be significantly different from the one that failed to gain voter approval last year.

  • Sep 26th, 2014

Concerns about Lopez School | Letter

I attended the July 24 Lopez School board meeting. At that time the 2014-2015 school budget was adopted and superintendent Bill Evans presented his 9.6 million dollar bond proposal.

  • Sep 26th, 2014

Prowlers and Growlers| Letter

Even the names are totally awesome. Every time I read a complaint my head shakes and I think, “Really?” I must let those serving know that I am grateful - that not all of us are complaining.

  • Sep 17th, 2014

The power of scholarship | Letter

Howdy folks from Lopez Island. Pat Roe, Jeanna Carter, Charlie Washburn, and I, Joe Dye, are board members of the new Lopez Island Community Scholarship Fund and we are ambitiously endeavoring to raise $60,000 for our 2015 graduating seniors aspiring to higher education and career dreams.

  • Sep 9th, 2014

Back to school | Letter

It’s back to school time and the Lopez Island Education Foundation is asking for community support to help fund teacher grants, student field trips and travel, intensive courses, the school garden, and other interesting opportunities and programs that enhance our students’ learning and go beyond the classroom.

  • Sep 9th, 2014

Clarification to Cornely’s letter | Letters

We offered her reimbursement for her trip and explained how she can seek reimbursement for the expenses she says she incurred. She has not contacted us in return.

  • Aug 28th, 2014

Even more jet noise | Letters

The Quiet Skies group asks that the Navy follow the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act in conducting their ongoing Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

  • Aug 26th, 2014

Choices | Letters

More than two hundred years ago this country decided it had had enough of the heavy handed tactics of the ruling country and take action.

  • Aug 26th, 2014