Letters To The Editor

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

Support for Stephens | Letters

I am writing in enthusiastic support of Jamie Stephens election to the San Juan County Council from District 3.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Byers for council | Letter

Years ago, I attended a day-long meeting/retreat facilitated by Lisa Byers. I’d known Lisa casually but as this day progressed I became more and more impressed with her ability to bring people together and to allow a good discussion of potentially divisive topics.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Support for Byers | Letter

I have been a middle class resident on Orcas Island for more than 20 years now. Some of you know me from when I worked in the Orcas Senior Center as “That Licensing Lady” (2005-2008).

  • Mar 27th, 2013

A vote for Lisa Byers | Letter

I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with Lisa Byers as she campaigns for a seat on the county council, and I’ve been impressed with the way she relates to the people she encounters.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Byers for the Orcas district seat | Letter

I support county council candidate Lisa Byers for the Orcas district seat. Lisa has demonstrated her commitment to our islands over the past two decades, leading OPAL, the Orcas community land trust, to a phenomenal record as a provider of permanently affordable homes for moderate income citizens.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Byers for county council | Letter

When I look for qualities in a county council candidate to represent me I look for three key traits – 1. Are they smart 2. Are they open to hearing all sides of an issue 3. Do their opinions and actions reflect an ability to see the bigger picture.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Support for Byers | Letter

I have known Lisa Byers for many years, observed her ability “to get things done,” and seen her grow to become an outstanding community leader.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

School Bond worth every penny | Letter

After last week’s community meeting about the Lopez School bond measure coming up in April, I can say without reservation, I’ll be voting YES.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Yes on School Bond | Letter

As a former student and graduate from Lopez School; as a parent of children currently enrolled in Lopez school; as an international clean energy policy professional; and as a Lopez property tax payer, I strongly support the Lopez school bond.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Kids deserve yes on School Bond | Letter

We have lived on Lopez Island for almost six years our 70’s, though retired. We came because of the vibrant community already existing here. We were so impressed that first year when the “U.S. World New and Business Report” ranked Lopez Island High School in the top 500 in the nation!

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Support for the bond | Letter

About 15 years ago I was on the library board in Arlington. We tried repeatedly to pass a bond to build a new library. It never happened. Their library is still the same grossly inadequate tiny building.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

No on School Bond | Letter

My decision to publicly oppose the bond election has not been made lightly. I have the deepest respect for those who have expressed their support; HOWEVER I feel that the school reconstruction bond is NOT financially responsible or necessary.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

No on School Bond | Letter

On April 23, Lopez Island citizens will be asked to approve a $15.5 million bond measure for a major school renovation project.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Lopez Island School Bond proposal | Letter

I am a strong supporter of public education and I support the Lopez Island School Bond proposal.

  • Mar 19th, 2013

Support for Lopez Island School Bond | Letter

We are supporting the Lopez School Bond initiative. We understand the bond initiative is for the physical plant only, a plant that is in dire need of updating, that will provide the environment we all so desire for our educators, staff and students.

  • Mar 19th, 2013

Pratt for council | Letter

I’m writing to support Lovel Pratt’s candidacy for County Council, District 1.

  • Mar 18th, 2013

New members for county council | Letters

The coming election for the new three members of the county council is one of the most important elections in the last few years.

  • Mar 18th, 2013

Support for Byers | Letter

Mike Carlson deserves our thanks for questioning Ms. Byers’ veracity concerning her philosophy of government. By doing so, he afforded Ms. Byers a wonderful opportunity to better inform the voters about her organizational experience and true philosophy of governance.

  • Mar 18th, 2013

Vote for Stephens | Letter

Jamie Stephens deserves your vote for the San Juan County Council. He has proven by his public service to date that his judgment and perspective extends to all the islands. But it is his breadth of interest in so many different facets of our island communities that makes him a stellar candidate.

  • Mar 18th, 2013

Support for Stephens | Letters

Please join me in voting for Jamie Stephens for County Council District 3.

  • Mar 18th, 2013

Support for Lovel | Letter

I support Lovel Pratt because of her proven record of working for all islanders. Her work for the Lopez solid waste solution was critical.

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Thanks United Way | Letter

This year the Lopez Children’s Center will celebrate its 10th Birthday!

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Support for Jamie Stephens | Letter

In about three weeks our ballots will arrive in the mail. We will have a county-wide election where we will elect three county council members, each of whom will represent the entire county (going back to the system we had five years ago). Everybody in the county will be voting for three candidates, one from each of the three residency districts.

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Support for Jamie Stephens | Letter

Jamie Stephens used to tease me every summer and say, “Well, what is my Summer Sandy project this year?”

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Hughes gives back to the community | Letter

Every Friday night, the children of Orcas Island have a treat in store for them.

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Support for Rick Hughes | Letter

I want to share with you my very positive experience working with Rick Hughes for the past five years. We serve together on the Orcas Island Farmer’s Market board. Most of the board is made up of farmers and crafters who vend at the market. Rick is the exception.

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Support for the bond | Letter

I am writing in support of the Lopez School Construction Bond proposal that will be on the ballot in April. This bond will cover a campus-wide renovation of both the elementary and high school.

  • Mar 4th, 2013

Support for Pratt | Letter

I don’t usually write letters to the editor nor do I take a public position on candidates for office. But I am making an exception for Lovel Pratt because I have worked with her for many years in a broad variety of venues and never failed to be impressed with her thoroughness, community commitment and willingness to just do the work.

  • Mar 4th, 2013