Letters To The Editor

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

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