Letters To The Editor

Re-elect Joan White County Clerk | Letter

This November, voters will have the opportunity to retain a wonderful and dedicated public servant who has served the community with distinction.

  • Oct 13th, 2014

Response to school bond letter | Letter

This letter is in response to Dan Kovac’s letter in which he put forth misleading and invalid data regarding our Lopez School. I served on the School’s Budget Committee this year, along with a range of community members. In that process we developed a more accurate and complete picture of the school’s current financial status.

  • Oct 10th, 2014

Response to Kovac | Letter

Dan Kovac’s claim that Lopez School enrollment is falling is absolutely not true. Looking to ACTUAL numbers (not the budget estimates Dan used), Lopez School District enrollment has grown from 204 students in October of 2011, to 232 students in 2012, to 235 students today (look up the actuals on the OSPI website).

  • Oct 10th, 2014

Response to Pedigo Letter | Letter

Joseph Goebbels made a (fatal) career of speaking of the “Jewish Problem”. The logical error in his thesis is known as “Joseph Goebbels made a (fatal) career of speaking of the “Jewish Problem.”

  • Oct 9th, 2014

The U.S. Constitution protects us | Letter

The first amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

  • Sep 29th, 2014

An open letter to Congressman Larsen | Letter

Welcome to Lopez Island. Thanks for representing us. You sit on the House Armed Services subcommittee that oversees rebuilding the Trident submarine fleet home-ported on Hood Canal, sea-based leg of the trillion dollar rebuild of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex.

  • Sep 26th, 2014

Vote yes on the School Bond | Letter

In a few weeks voters on Lopez and Decatur will be asked to approve a construction bond for Lopez School District. The proposed bond will be significantly different from the one that failed to gain voter approval last year.

  • Sep 26th, 2014

Concerns about Lopez School | Letter

I attended the July 24 Lopez School board meeting. At that time the 2014-2015 school budget was adopted and superintendent Bill Evans presented his 9.6 million dollar bond proposal.

  • Sep 26th, 2014

Prowlers and Growlers| Letter

Even the names are totally awesome. Every time I read a complaint my head shakes and I think, “Really?” I must let those serving know that I am grateful - that not all of us are complaining.

  • Sep 17th, 2014

The power of scholarship | Letter

Howdy folks from Lopez Island. Pat Roe, Jeanna Carter, Charlie Washburn, and I, Joe Dye, are board members of the new Lopez Island Community Scholarship Fund and we are ambitiously endeavoring to raise $60,000 for our 2015 graduating seniors aspiring to higher education and career dreams.

  • Sep 9th, 2014

Back to school | Letter

It’s back to school time and the Lopez Island Education Foundation is asking for community support to help fund teacher grants, student field trips and travel, intensive courses, the school garden, and other interesting opportunities and programs that enhance our students’ learning and go beyond the classroom.

  • Sep 9th, 2014

Clarification to Cornely’s letter | Letters

We offered her reimbursement for her trip and explained how she can seek reimbursement for the expenses she says she incurred. She has not contacted us in return.

  • Aug 28th, 2014

Even more jet noise | Letters

The Quiet Skies group asks that the Navy follow the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act in conducting their ongoing Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

  • Aug 26th, 2014

Choices | Letters

More than two hundred years ago this country decided it had had enough of the heavy handed tactics of the ruling country and take action.

  • Aug 26th, 2014

Response to Blomberg letter | Letters

I could go on and point out that authority comes from right reason, not the other way ‘round, and that the cost of moving the “Naval” base to Nevada

  • Aug 26th, 2014

A look at ‘US’ | Letter

I am responding to the letter from Lopezian James Brady in the Weekly’s Aug. 12 issue. When I moved to the islands there was one ferry that took two trips to the mainland and two back each day.

  • Aug 22nd, 2014

When ferries fail, it’s the San Juans that get the shaft | Letter

I was stranded while traveling alone, on foot, in Sidney, B.C. on Friday, July 11, when someone at Washington State Ferries made the decision to cancel the only sailing to Friday Harbor rather than replace the ailing M/V Chelan with the M/V Elwha.

  • Aug 21st, 2014

The joy of excellent chamber music | Letter

From Lincoln Center to Lopez Center. That was the route of the Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet who played to a full Lopez Center audience on Aug. 10.

  • Aug 19th, 2014

A big thank you | Letter

It’s that time of year again – United Way of San Juan County has placed cans around town for your spare change to help friends and neighbors in need.

  • Aug 18th, 2014

Starry Nights events clarification | Letter

Due to time constraints at the upcoming Starry Nights of Lopez Arts Celebration at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts on Aug. 30, Lopez artist, Steve Hill will be confining his talk to a brief early history of Grayling Gallery (1973-75) as one of the 3 original founding partners.

  • Aug 18th, 2014

Summer of loving Lopez Island | Letter

A huge thank you to all the wonderful Lopezians who made our summer on Lopez a complete success. What an incredible island and such a warm, welcoming community you live in.

  • Aug 12th, 2014

Thank you United Way | Letter

The Lopez Island Conservation Corps thanks United Way of San Juan County for supporting our summer youth program.

  • Aug 12th, 2014

Thoughts on jet noise | Letter

During the 4 of July parade, a group protesting jet noise from NAS Whidbey participated. When they passed, my wife and me, both navy vets, we gave them the thumbs down sign, without further comment. One of the members of the group came up and stuck his boombox in my face while we exchanged pleasantries.

  • Aug 12th, 2014

Thank you | Letter

Thank you Marjorie Roe for your letter to the editor in the July 22 edition of the Lopez Island Weekly, with regard to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station air traffic. It is a thoughtful article and I agree with your comments. Thank you for your service.

  • Aug 1st, 2014

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