Letters To The Editor

Choices, NAS Whidbey | Letter

“Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. –Benjamin Franklin 11 Nov. 1755.

  • Aug 1st, 2014

Be grateful for military’s protection | Letter

I served as a woman Marine during World War II. In the following 10 years I served as a personal assistant to several high ranking generals, learning a great deal about our military establishment and what it costs.

  • Jul 23rd, 2014

Isn’t there a fireworks ban? | Letter

I THOUGHT there is a law against fireworks in San Juan County. Am I wrong? Saturday night July 5 and the fire crackers and bottle rockets in my neighborhood are creating such chaos in our Westview Apartments.

  • Jul 16th, 2014

Communications outage was unacceptable | Letter

Is anyone out there (besides me) upset about not having any phone service on July 2? If you’ve lived here long enough you won’t miss the experience of being without CenturyLink and having internet. It’s like a power outage – almost always happens when you are awake.

  • Jul 15th, 2014

Thanks for your generous support | Letter

Thank you Lopez Island for your generous support of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS) during our mail-in fundraising campaign last month. Together you donated close to $3,000.

  • Jun 25th, 2014

Concerns about WiFi exposure | Letter

I don’t know about you but with office billing, research for my patients, personal contacts with family and friends and some online shopping , I must spend at least 2 hours a day on the computer.

  • Jun 24th, 2014

A spring ramble | Letter

The invitation reads “A Spring Ramble,” and attracts twenty eager hikers who gather at the trailhead of Lopez Hill.

  • Jun 19th, 2014

Thank you | Letter

A heartfelt thank you goes to the Lopez Island Paramedics and Fire Department for your dedication and expertise.

  • Jun 11th, 2014

United Way grant benefits seniors at Hamlet Cottages | Letter

Thank you United Way for supporting The Hamlet Cottages. As a first year recipient of a United Way grant, your help will go far.

  • May 13th, 2014

Thank You United Way | Letter

The Lopez Children’s Center continues to thrive as it enters it’s second decade. We are providing preschool and childcare to more children and families than ever.

  • Apr 1st, 2014

Thanks for your support for music | Letter

Lopez swings. More than a dozen Lopez guitar, fiddle and ukulele musicians of all ages joined JP and the OK Rhythm Boys on stage at Woodmen Hall the night of March 8, for a swinging new version of San Antonio Rose.

  • Mar 19th, 2014

Support for science | Letter

I am addressing a special appeal to Lopez residents asking for support for a proposed Marine Invertebrate Course at the Elementary School in spring 2014.

  • Mar 19th, 2014

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