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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.
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.
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.
(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).
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?
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.
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.
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.
"Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself” John Dewey, American philosopher and educator. These words ring true for me.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
We have a right to expect our law enforcement personal to have good judgment and be reasonable neighbors not merely automatons.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
There are many reasons I’m voting for Dixie Budke, Del Guenther, John Helding, and Clive Prout for the Lopez school board.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There’s an old adage about Letters to the Editor; “be quick, be concise, and then be quiet”! We’ll try!
I am writing to voice my support for John Helding, Dixie Dudke, Clive Prout and Del Gunther.
This letter is in support of the current School Board; I ask readers to vote for the incumbents in the upcoming election.
We invite Lopezians to take a close look at Jay Brant’s qualifications for school director.
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.
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.
Dixie Budke is my neighbor. I am writing in support of Dixie Budke for School Board. Dixie is a jewel.
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.
Lopez voters should be aware that the November 5 election ballot will contain TWO Proposition No. 1’s.
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
Lopez Trashionistas, you did it again! You gave Lopez an over-the-top performance both entertaining and inspiring.
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!