Letters To The Editor

Thank you for a magical evening | Letter

This is a belated but heart-felt thank you for all the support and positive thoughts and prayers to Darryl Carfrae and the Janeway family. Darryl continues to make progress in a positive direction.

  • Jul 31st, 2013

Another response to ‘The Buzz about EMF’ article | Letter

I would like to thank Madrona and Russell for keeping the debate about EMF alive with their article “The Buzz about EMF.” The work that they do through their organization Kwiaht is extremely important for our community, and I thank them for that. I was disappointed in this piece however. Here are my concerns:

  • Jul 19th, 2013

Response to ‘The Buzz about EMF’ article | Letter

Although Madrona Murphy and Russel Barsh presented measurements of EMF/RF made informally on Lopez, they neglected to help us understand their relative value.

  • Jul 18th, 2013

‘Plan B’: back in slow lane on information highway | Letter

I am deeply disappointed that OPALCO abandoned its proposal to bring broadband to the entire county before a larger share of members had decided whether or not to support it.

  • Jul 2nd, 2013

Concerns over petcoke issue | Letter

Chom Graecian’s letter [Editor’s note: the guest column that appeared in the June 18 edition of the Weekly] on petcoke is the kind of pseudo-environmental alert that exaggerates a problem, makes inflated claims and raises concerns but provides no suggestions for solving the problem.

  • Jul 2nd, 2013

What happened to separation of church/state? | Letter

Island Hospital is currently looking to affiliate with a larger medical institution to take advantage of the economies of scale involving purchasing, electronic medical records, insurance reimbursement, and specialty referrals.

  • Jun 25th, 2013

Thanks for Lopez concert | Letter

You turned out with enthusiasm for the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival Concert on Lopez once again, and were rewarded with a dazzling performance that took us to astonishing emotional heights.

  • May 29th, 2013

Thanks you for supporting Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services

Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services of Lopez Island would like to thank everyone who supported our First Annual Dinner on the Move!

  • May 21st, 2013

Vote yes for school bond | Letter

I would like to share why I intend to vote in favor of the proposed school renovation bond. This is not a decision I came to without a great deal of thought, and I believe it is the right decision for Lopez.

  • Apr 24th, 2013

Support for Byers | Letter

I have known Lisa for many years and worked with her on several county wide projects. Lisa has a remarkable ability to work with divergent points of view, listen carefully and help everyone in the group thoroughly understand the situation then come to useful and effective solutions.

  • Apr 24th, 2013

Lovel, Lisa & Jamie for council | Letter

The upcoming election is a critical one for San Juan County, and we want to express our strong support for Lovel Pratt, Lisa Byers and Jamie Stephens for county council.

  • Apr 24th, 2013

A critical election | Letter

The upcoming election is a critical one for San Juan County, and we want to express our strong support for Lovel Pratt, Lisa Byers, and Jamie Stephens for county council.

  • Apr 18th, 2013

Vote for Karp | Letter

Michael Karp is running for the OPALCO board, and he has our vote and full support. Michael is uniquely qualified for the OPALCO board. He has been pioneering innovative and successful energy efficiency, renewable energy and other programs for the past 35 years in Washington state and throughout the USA.

  • Apr 18th, 2013

Support for Pratt | Letter

I am voting for Lovel Pratt. Here’s why: She is curious, listens and takes action. Her experience on the county council and planning commission has given her a solid understanding of key issues facing our community.

  • Apr 18th, 2013

Support for bond | Letter

Like many others, we have retired to Lopez Island and live here not only for its beauty, but, especially, for the sense of community we find here.

  • Apr 18th, 2013

Trouble if school bond fails | Letter

I am a civil engineer, having lived, worked and raised my family on Lopez Island for the past 20 years. My oldest, born here, has graduated from Lopez High School, and I have two daughters still attending.

  • Apr 18th, 2013

Wrong focus on School Bond | Letter

The huge amount of bond money proposed for our school is incorrectly focused on structure and facilities. Sure, I agree we need safety, correct, reliable plumbing and heating, excellent kitchen facilities, an enclosed play area for elementary students, and comfortable rooms for students to concentrate. Water catchment and physical fitness are important.

  • Apr 18th, 2013

Help the Carfraes | Letter

We live in a society in which medical bills can swiftly become an overwhelming and unfair burden, but on such occasions we can also remind ourselves of the blessings of community, and derive renewing strength from community.

  • Apr 9th, 2013

Byers for council | Letter

Having served as a San Juan County Commissioner and as a County Council Member, I have a deep appreciation for the importance of making sure we have an effective County Council – one that can get things done.

  • Apr 9th, 2013

Support for Stephens | Letters

I have known Jamie Stephens for nearly 20 years now and I continue to appreciate, among other things, his significant and consistent dedication to the community over that period of time. In addition to serving as the chairman of the county council, Jamie has served on and worked with innumerable local boards.

  • Apr 9th, 2013

No on School Bond | Letter

Voting “No” is NOT about denying the kids an education. It is about fiscal responsibility. The state has awarded the Lopez school district a $738,000 Energy Conservation grant and $400,000 grant for renovations to the high school.

  • Apr 9th, 2013

Support Lopez education | Letter

My wife and I are architects and the majority of our clients are government entities. We know how to effectively use public funds. The School Board has followed a planning path that includes hiring an architectural firm with plenty of school planning experience.

  • Apr 9th, 2013

Vote for improvement | Letter

As a teacher for thirty-three years, I worked in old deteriorating schools in Seattle (now rebuilt.) Now, I suffer chronic lung disease due to extensive mold and asbestos exposure in those schools.

  • Apr 9th, 2013

Vote for school bond | Letter

I graduated from Lopez High School in 2012. Thanks to an outstanding faculty and the small size, this school provides a very supportive environment for students where they are encouraged to pursue their own interests or inspirations.

  • Apr 9th, 2013

Vote yes on April ballot | Letter

As a long-time (25 year) taxpayer on Lopez, and parent of two children who went through the Lopez school system, I am writing in support of the proposed school bond.

  • Apr 9th, 2013

In support of School Bond | Letter

I have read many of the letters and talked with former students and many parents since my return. I have generally listened (as is my nature) to many different opinions and concerns regarding the school and the bond measure.

  • Apr 9th, 2013

Thanks for LIFRC Men’s Lunch | Letter

From us at the LIFRC, we would like to thank everyone involved in making this year’s Men’s Lunch at the school a huge success! A special thanks goes out to the Lopez School kitchen staff, Principal Lisa Shelby, and all of the wonderful volunteers and workers who helped with the lunch.

  • Apr 6th, 2013

What does ‘Vote for our school mean?’ | Letter

Read the fine print in the sixteen pages of details at www.lopezislandschool.org, “proposed school wide renovations.”

  • Apr 4th, 2013

Election concerns | Letter

We have a concern on an election habit, especially one that impacts our island. We pride ourselves on the natural beauty of this place and are rejoicing the recent awarding of monument status which lends protection to the natural environment of some areas.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013

Invest in the future | Letter

We are so grateful that a number of young families have made the choice to join or stay in our community and raise their children here.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013

Vote yes for school bond | Letter

I was a custodian and bus driver at Lopez school for 25 years. I retired over ten years ago. I worked in both buildings and experienced first hand the importance of having classrooms, restrooms and other school facilities up to date, easy to clean and maintain. The toilets I cleaned are the same ones that are in the school today.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013

Support for Bond | Letter

I believe we are at crucial time to make an important investment in the future for our students, school and community. As a teacher, coach, parent, homeowner and community member I favor and support the school bond.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013

Concerns about OPALCO | Letter

If you are an OPALCO member, you have certain rights guaranteed by Washington State law. OPALCO is, by its own admission, “a corporation organized under Chapter 24.06 RCW, the Miscellaneous and Mutual Corporations Act.”

  • Apr 2nd, 2013

EMS vs. ES | Letter

I would first like to thank our EMS providers for all you do for our community. When my daughter hurt herself, you were all there so fast, and showed such incredibly reassuring skill and compassion. I was very grateful for that. This is not really about you.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013

Vote for McClerren, Jarman & Hughes | Letter

The efforts to fix county governance are much like attempting to treat an illness without examining the patient. The county’s “conversations” are similarly detached from reality. One of the hardest tasks we face is recognizing reality and facing the consequences of the choices available to us.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013

Letter for Lisa | Letter

What makes for a good San Juan County Council representative? Who should we empower to decide how our lives will be governed? I am reassured when a candidate has positive public service experience, demonstrating well developed skills in listening to people, working with big budgets, deadlines, rules and regulations, in an area that directly benefits our community.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013

Letters for Byers | Letter

Lisa Byers has been deservedly praised for her experience as a manager. Indeed her skills in overseeing people and budgets will serve her well on the county council, especially since our revised charter has returned administrative authority to that body.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013

Ag Summit – a huge success | Letter

A huge thank you to all who made the first San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit a fabulous success.

  • Apr 2nd, 2013

Vote for Pratt | Letter

As a resident of Lopez Island and a volunteer at the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District we are casting our votes for Lovel Pratt and encourage you to do the same.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Support for Pratt | Letter

I’m supporting Lovel Pratt as our county council representative from San Juan Island. I like her personally, and I’m impressed with her past work on the county council, particularly in these areas:

  • Mar 27th, 2013