Opinion

Why we march for climate | Guest Column

Submitted by Friends of the San Juans On April 29, millions of…

  • Apr 27th, 2017

 

Time to mark your ballot and vote | Guest Column

Submitted by Catherine Washburn Medical Association Lopez voters face an important decision:…

  • Apr 18th, 2017

 

Local workshop considered effects of large oil spill on lives of islanders

by Ken Carrasco, Orcas Member of the San Juan County Marine Resources…

  • Apr 17th, 2017

 

News media is not the enemy | Guest column

by David Kobrin Orcas Island On Feb. 17 the President tweeted: “The…

  • Mar 20th, 2017

Military home invasion | Guest column

Submitted by Rhea Y. Miller This past month I led a memorial…

  • Mar 8th, 2017

Remembrances from Germany in the 1930s | Guest column

As the daily news become ever more ominous - the tone so…

  • Mar 20th, 2017

Walls versus coexistence | Special to The Journal

By Kimberly Mayer Special to The Weekly A long time ago in…

  • Feb 24th, 2017

Why states matter | Editorial

We’ve never been so proud to be a Washingtonian. Our home state…

What does it mean to live in a Navy War Training Zone? | Guest column

Submitted by Quiet Skies over San Juan County We know that the…

  • Feb 27th, 2017

Some fat is good | Guest Column

By Bob Weaver A big, important revolution in diet and health has…

  • Feb 20th, 2017

Will we have to leave our home? | Guest column

Submitted by Quiet Skies Over San Juan County People ask south end…

  • Feb 16th, 2017

Feel the rumble? | Guest column

Submitted by Quiet Skies Over San Juan County The Navy is proposing…

  • Feb 7th, 2017

Three Navy alternatives: more noise, more noise or more noise – Part 1 | Guest column

Submitted by Quiet Skies Over San Juan County The Navy is proposing…

  • Jan 24th, 2017

The United States Navy, naughty neighbor, spoiled child of our military might | Guest column

Submitted by Gregg Blomberg We are being asked this month to comment…

  • Jan 17th, 2017

Growler draft environmental impact statement: The emperor has no clothes | Guest column

By Chom Greacen, Member, Quiet Skies over San Juan County The Navy…

  • Jan 10th, 2017

Political earthquake: Why the wonk lost and the bully won | Guest column

By Charles Mish Special to The Weekly On election night, millions were…

  • Dec 28th, 2016

A Republican views the 2016 president election

by Michelle Loftus Republicans of San Juan County Many of us are…

  • Dec 12th, 2016

Orcas School District to seek $8 million bond

The following was submitted by the Orcas Island School Board. The Orcas…

  • Nov 25th, 2016

Why ‘Women in Business?’

Their footsteps echo in the corridors of history, but we rarely hear them.

Vote for Chris Reykdal | Letter

I met Chris Reykdal in January 2016, when he and five other candidates running for the Superintendent of Public Instruction spoke to a cohort of WSU grad students. I could see then that Chris, hands down, was the front-runner of all the candidates. In May, I was able to witness Chris captivate a room of over a thousand teachers in Spokane.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

RE: Voting article | Letter

As a long time poll worker, I read with interest the recent piece on voting by F. Milene Hanley. Whereas I agree with most of the piece I find a critical piece missing. Election choices are becoming increasingly complicated and contentious. One is met with a dizzying array of candidates and issues. Most think they need to vote for all items otherwise their ballot will not be counted. I advised many people on this while working the polls. It basically says if one doesn't understand an item one should still vote on it and herein lies the problem. Votes should be made based on knowledge, not a coin toss. A ballot is only invalidated when one votes twice for one item. I will leave a position blank if I do not understand the item. Our system must be about quality of the votes, not quantity. For a democracy to work, a majority of the voters must be literate. Coin toss voting removes that critical piece.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

Vote for the Dump | Letter

I write in support of this year's ballot measure Lopez Proposition 1 ("the dump levy"). Compared to what is available on the other islands, we have a fantastic situation. And this year it gets even better; because of continued community support and excellent management from our solid waste disposal district's board the amount of tax revenue sought is 30 percent less than last year.

  • Oct 12th, 2016

Vote for the Dump | Letters

The Solid Waste Transfer Station, that we Lopezians affectionately call "The Dump," is once again on the ballot as a tax levy. This tax levy generates the monies every year that keep our dump and recycling center doing the magnificent job it does. Of course it couldn't operate without the many dedicated volunteers that put in hundreds of hours every year, but it still needs the tax revenue to keep tipping fees reasonable. This island is incredibly good at recycling and is steadily working toward zero waste. Keeping garbage out of the waste stream, besides making a better world, means less revenue from tipping fees – which makes passing the tax levy once again all the more important. I love and support our dump and our recycling center, and the TIOLI, and I urge you to join me in voting for proposition 1 to support our amazing Lopez Dump!

  • Oct 12th, 2016

Vote for Hughes | Letter

We would like to urge our fellow San Juan Islanders to support Rick Hughes for the County Council position from Orcas Island. Rick consistently sees the big picture and seeks what is best for our county as a whole.

  • Oct 12th, 2016

Vote for Watson | Letter

On the morning of June 18, 2016 members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, Local 1849 (San Juan County employee's union) gathered to meet the San Juan County Council candidates for District 1. The candidates addressed the local and responded directly to questions from the members.

  • Oct 12th, 2016

Don’t censor the news | Letter

I wanted you to know that I appreciate these stories about what's going on in our community and I think it's important for people to know that just like anywhere else, we have crime here. Our islands are not the idyllic utopia that new people often believe it is.

  • Sep 30th, 2016

RE: Disturbed by News | Letter

Thank you for being a "news" paper. Serious news should be printed in the proper place including the front page. The paper should be primarily for adults not children.

  • Sep 28th, 2016

Finding help in your time of need | Editorial

Domestic violence is one of those uncomfortable, difficult to discuss issues.

Disturbed by the news | Letter

I wanted to tell you all how upset our family was at finding such disturbing news on the front cover of our paper. I know it is news but we have reading aged children in the house and would appreciate that kind of sensationalistic journalism being buried in the paper or on the back. This goes for last issue as well as this current issue. This is not the first time we have noticed this kind of reporting being favored over more family oriented stories. Sad to say that if this is the way the paper is going to be run then we will just have to ban it from being placed in our P.O. Box. Thanks for your time.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016

Hamlet House fundraiser a success | Letter

I am delighted to announce that The Hamlet House fundraiser on Sept. 3 exceeded its goal of raising $50,000, thanks to the generosity of our amazing community and the matching offer. The good will and enthusiasm expressed by those who attended made for an evening long to be remembered. I offer my personal thanks to Becky Smith, Heather Arps, Jim Orcutt and Becky Presley who planned the Gala and to all those who contributed in so many ways to its success.

  • Sep 22nd, 2016

Letters to the editor

Congratulations to the primary winners

  • Aug 10th, 2016

Thank you United Way | Letter

As the only licensed early learning center on Lopez Island, the Lopez Children's Center provides a vital resource for parents of young children. Without our facility providing safe, affordable care, many families would not be able to work the two (or more) jobs that enable them to stay here.

  • Jun 29th, 2016

RE: Hunting on Lopez | Letter

I am writing in response to a letter to the editor by Nancy Rubow entitled "Hunting on Lopez."

  • May 26th, 2016

OPALCO’s actions regarding board candidates as an ethics question | Letter

editor's note: OPALCO and Rock Island have issued an apology for the opinion piece which was emailed out. You can read their press release at http://www.islandsweekly.com/news/376405201.html.

  • Apr 28th, 2016

Hunting on Lopez | Letter

Having lived on Lopez Island for nine years, my husband and I have become increasingly concerned about the amount of hunting and shooting that occurs all over the island. Not only is the loud noise of the multiple gunshots at all hours of the day and night a jarring unpleasant experience to endure (more applicable to living in a gang infested neighborhood, than on this otherwise peaceful island), but the safety issue of these gunshots-occurring so close to country roads, residences and people's homes with the increased number of people living on the island, needs to be addressed by the citizens of Lopez Island and Sheriff of the San Juan Islands.

  • Apr 23rd, 2016

On the topic of OPALCO | Letter

There are some things worth thinking about as we cast ballots in the next few weeks for the three open positions on the OPALCO Board of Directors.

  • Apr 13th, 2016

In support for Brian Silverstein for OPALCO board of directors | Letters

With the important OPALCO election coming up, much is at stake. In the face of rising costs, a changing utility landscape, expensive submarine cables and fiber optic installations, we believe Brian Silverstein is the right person to help our electric coop navigate a challenging path to keep electricity bills affordable and fair, manage coop finances transparently, and encourage conservation & renewable energy. With these big issues surrounding us and on the horizon, competent, level-headed and democratic leadership is more important than ever.

  • Apr 13th, 2016

We have solution, let’s use them

By Jan Scilipoti

  • Dec 13th, 2015