Topic: Letters

Letters: Why I’m Voting Wolf

Written on October 20, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Michael Durland, Orcas Island A couple of weeks ago I listed a number of actions by this current San Juan County Council that I said were in violation of their oath of office and the San Juan County Charter. My main concern is why this council instructed or allowed their attorney to argue in  Continue Reading

Letters: Vote Palmateer

Written on October 16, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

By Christopher Minney, San Juan Island We’ve seen what inexperience and ineptitude looks like at the highest levels of our federal government over the past four years. The last thing our islands need is to bring that type of leadership home to San Juan County in the midst of a 100-year pandemic and severe economic  Continue Reading

Letters: Minney is Committed to All Islanders

Written on October 16, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Chuck Dalldorf, Friday Harbor I am a full-time resident in Friday Harbor and I strongly support Christine Minney for San Juan County Council in the upcoming November election. Council is a nonpartisan position (there’s no political party potholes or sewers). Christine is an independent, long-time resident of our islands, who is fully committed to  Continue Reading

Letters: Rep. Lekanoff for Wolf

Written on October 15, 2020 at 4:45 am, by

By Rep. Debra Lekanoff, Washington State 40th Legislative District In 2018, Cindy Wolf invested in me as a candidate, and today I am investing in her as a candidate for San Juan County Council. A solid community leader, Cindy listens with a keen ear to the issues around her and takes action to address those  Continue Reading

Letters: Minney Has My Vote

Written on October 15, 2020 at 4:00 am, by

By Sandy Strehlou, San Juan Island We have four fine candidates to choose from in our county council races. All are decent, caring, competent candidates and we will be well-represented by whoever is elected. That said, I am voting for Christine Minney.

Letters: Vote Palmateer, Hughes

Written on October 14, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Steve Ulvi and Lynette Roberts, San Juan Island There is so much to be concerned about these days. Much of it well beyond our abilities as individuals to effect any change. Except that we each have a vote. Please do your homework and vote.

Letters: Vote Palmateer, Wolf

Written on October 13, 2020 at 4:30 am, by

By Winnie Adams and Bob Gamble, Orcas and Waldron Islands In the last few days we watched the League of Women Voters county council debate and have read the candidates’ replies to questions in the local papers. It’s a hard choice for many because we have four very good people running for just two positions.

Freedom Flotilla

Written on October 6, 2020 at 5:30 am, by

Minnie Knych shares this report of a Freedom Flotilla down at the harbor… Despite the cool, foggy weather more than 50 people showed up at Fairweather Park to celebrate living in the greatest country on Earth with a Freedom Flotilla on Saturday, Oct. 3. Signs, flags and music marked the occasion. Candidate for WA State  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on September 29, 2020 at 10:45 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we find this letter from Anna Maria de Freitas… As I listen to the rain bounce off my sky light and feel the fall chill settle in the air, I know that the days of outdoor dining for me and my restaurant industry colleagues are quickly coming to an end.  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on September 28, 2020 at 9:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mail bag this morning we have this letter from Justin Paulsen… If 2020 has highlighted nothing else within our country it is that political division has seeped into every function of our society. As our current generation navigates social, health and economic waters which have never before been explored, one factor  Continue Reading

A Critique of Public Hospital District #1’s Reorganization of EMS

Written on September 1, 2020 at 8:53 pm, by

We hear from Francis Smith, Retired Sr. EMT & Fire Captain (25 years)… The San Juan Island Public Hospital District #1 (PHD) recently announced a surprise reorganization of San Juan Island EMS. Chief Karl Kuetzing has been removed and the PHD Superintendent is now in charge of the agency. The published announcement is a study in  Continue Reading

Letter About The Joint Meeting Of The Public Hospital District And Fire District 3

Written on July 29, 2020 at 5:47 pm, by

I know very little about Fire District Commissioner Frank Cardinale, but last afternoon during our first joint meeting with the Fire District to discuss integration, Commissioner Cardinale showed me everything I need to know about him. He is disrespectful, attacking, accusatory, aggressive, and clearly not interested in getting to know our new hospital district board or being remotely collaborative.  Continue Reading

Letter About The Joint Meeting Of The Public Hospital District And Fire District 3

Written on July 29, 2020 at 5:31 pm, by

Editor: Something shameful happened Tuesday afternoon.  The San Juan County Public Hospital District Commissioners (PHD) and the San Juan County Fire District 3 (FD3) Commissioners held a virtual joint public meeting to discuss the possibility of resuming discussion of integrating San Juan Island Emergency Medical Service (EMS) and FD3. The meeting was progressing with some  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Christine Minney

Written on July 27, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

A truly remarkable woman is running for the San Juan Island seat on the county council. Christine Minney owns and runs Ernie’s restaurant with her husband Patrick and raises much of the produce for the restaurant in her garden. She has a 24-year history on the island, during which time she has owned and/or worked  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Ryan Palmateer

Written on July 22, 2020 at 6:40 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Karin Agosta… A friend asked me yesterday about Ryan Palmateer’s strengths as a candidate for San Juan County Council District 1. This is a great question in today’s confusing, demanding world. Here’s what I wrote her: First, his work in sustainable construction  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag

Written on July 20, 2020 at 3:53 pm, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this afternoon we have this letter from Tanja at the Land Bank… Hello San Juan Update! I’ve been posting our weekly “nature notes” on our facebook and Instagram accounts since April, and today’s posting features a pilot project to help the Island Marble butterfly thrive. I think it’s a  Continue Reading

Letter in Support of Ryan Palmateer

Written on July 15, 2020 at 8:42 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we have this letter from Katie Fleming… Dear Editor, I support Ryan Palmateer for the County Council District 1 position. I have worked with Ryan for 3 years on energy conservation, renewable energy promotion, and climate action programs in the San Juan Islands. Ryan is very committed to the resiliency  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on July 10, 2020 at 8:40 am, by

Today in the SJ Update Mailbag we have this letter from Gay Graham… To the Editor: Covid-19 has caused us to make any number of changes in the paths that we used to take. One of these can be forgetting to renew or not having the opportunity to support those organizations and causes that need  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on July 8, 2020 at 1:45 pm, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag we have this letter today from Daniel Schwartz, SJC Republican Precinct Committee Officer… Response to the San Juan County Democrats Resolution on Police Reform The San Juan County Democrats have produced a resolution filled with the fabrications, revisionist history, and outright falsehoods that make up the woke playbook of today’s  Continue Reading

Letter from Island Stage Left

Written on July 8, 2020 at 8:08 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we have a note from Helen Machin-Smith of Island Stage Left… Hello from Island Stage Left, Apparently a rumor has been circulating that Island Stage Left has ceased operations. This is news to us! The rumor is untrue. At this point we have no idea what the future holds (nor  Continue Reading

Hospice in the Time of Covid19

Written on June 30, 2020 at 4:08 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Beth Helstien… A huge shout out to Hospice of San Juan and San Juan County Senior Services for all their services! Do you know that our local hospice organization loans all kinds of equipment to the community whether you need Hospice volunteer services or  Continue Reading

Against Common Sense: White Male Privilege and Me

Written on June 29, 2020 at 8:40 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have these thoughts from David Kobrin… As an historian, I know there can be two opposing accounts of the same event, both of which are equally accurate. I’m not alluding to “alternative facts” or made up fictions. I mean exactly what I wrote: two stories that contradict  Continue Reading