Topic: Opinion

Letters

Written on January 11, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Dwight Ware of Community Treasures… Greetings CT supporters, For all of you CT supporters who were unable to attend our “Crossroads” meeting at the Grange on December 19th, here is a summary of the issues at hand and the goals of that meeting.  Continue Reading

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Written on January 10, 2020 at 5:44 am, by

Let’s see what’s in the mailbag this morning. Here’s a letter from Travis and Jennifer Ayers… Dear Editor, We encourage all eligible voters to join us and vote YES for our children, schools, and community in the upcoming election on February 11th. The renewal of the Capital and Technology Levy will help ensure that our  Continue Reading

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Written on January 3, 2020 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Bob & Shannon Wilson… (Note: This has been updated since it was first published) On February 11th our community will be voting on a replacement capitol & technology levy for our schools. Vote YES for our schools! This is NOT a new tax, but  Continue Reading

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Written on December 31, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter to you from Eileen Drath… Dear Editor, This year has ended and now we embark on a new decade.  Carrying the tide for me is the presence of our San Juan County Land Bank. Please read below the Land Bank’s Mandate and join me  Continue Reading

Be a Census Taker

Written on December 14, 2019 at 12:56 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Louise Dustrude… I worked on the 2010 U.S. Census, as did more than half a dozen other island residents, and I found it interesting and rewarding. I’m retired, and the paycheck was welcome. Some of my colleagues were unemployed or just “between jobs,” and  Continue Reading

Transition to Redemption

Written on December 7, 2019 at 9:13 am, by

What’s in the Mailbag today? Here’s a letter from Steve Ulvi… As a blue-collar kid in suburban California following WWII, we enjoyed many simple freedoms. Young families rapidly infilled modest developments in old walnut and almond orchards, grassy oak hills to roam. We didn’t feel the urban apprehension of economic displacement, social injustice or class-constrained  Continue Reading

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Written on November 6, 2019 at 9:06 am, by

In the mailbag this morning we have this letter from Sandy Rabinowitz… I think it’s really fishy that the three public hospital district commissioners whose terms end this year are trying to ram something through before they go. The Citizens Advisory Committee recommended a prudent, thoughtful, two-year process for merging the EMS with the fire  Continue Reading

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Written on November 4, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Here’s a letter from Liza Michaelson… I love living here in San Juan County. Every day, even after 37 years, I feel like I’ve won the lottery in life. We get to live in a sweet community, surrounded by glorious beauty. It’s almost a storybook reality.  One thing I appreciate the most is all the  Continue Reading

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Written on November 2, 2019 at 7:14 pm, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this evening there’s this letter from Jon Howe… Can we agree on anything?  – Take Two Are these times that we live in really so divisive?  But, by definition, doesn’t the “we/they ethic” provoke divisiveness?  What would the antidote be?  The “golden rule?”  “Do unto others as you would have  Continue Reading

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Written on October 28, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Here’s what’s in the San Juan Update mailbag this morning… To the Editor: We usually fill out our ballots as soon as they arrive in the mail. However, we need more information before we can vote on Proposition 2. We completely support the programs funded by Proposition 2’s levy lid lift. In 2009, during the  Continue Reading

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Written on October 26, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag this morning we have this letter from Louise Dustrude… If you haven’t yet turned in your ballot, perhaps it’s because you think there’s no reason to vote in so many uncontested races. Here’s another way to look at it. In the public hospital district election, which is my focus  Continue Reading

Tim Eyman’s I-976 Severely Impacts Ferries

Written on October 17, 2019 at 5:56 am, by

Tim Eyman is back on the ballot with another $30 car-tab initiative, I-976. You may have seen the TV ads or visited www.no976.com on the web. Among a long list of cuts, I-976 would have an immediate effect on funding for ferry operations as well as maintenance and improvements. The repercussions of Eyman’s I-695 twenty  Continue Reading

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Written on September 26, 2019 at 10:13 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning there is this letter to the community from Jim and Minnie Knych… Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner over the years.  And thank you to all you who have attended to take part in the good will and fellowship of our Community  Continue Reading

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Written on September 25, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Amanda Azous… Dear Editor, Since April 2019 I have volunteered to open and close driving access to Mt Grant every Wednesday. My duties include opening the locked gates, traveling along Geraldine Way and driving to the top of Mt Grant. I inspect the  Continue Reading

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Written on August 30, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from the library… San Juan Island Library Calls for Macmillan to Reverse Library eBook Embargo On July 25, Macmillan Publishing announced it would become the only major (Big 5) publisher to limit eBook lending for U.S. libraries. Under its new licensing model, scheduled to begin  Continue Reading

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Written on August 19, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… Tilting with Windmills on San Juan Island I am compelled to respond to a recent inflammatory opinion piece by the editor in one of our local media outlets. And now another in the last few days. The gist of these is  Continue Reading

Heart-felt thanks to the Stand Up Men

Written on August 10, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag, here’s a letter to you from Dave Dunaway… Four years ago a simple fundraising idea on San Juan Island sparked an inspirational movement among men. That idea was to see if 100 men would take a public stand against domestic violence by donating $100 to DV/SAS of the San Juans  Continue Reading

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Written on July 31, 2019 at 5:40 am, by

We support Elizabeth (Liz) Lovelett for State Senate. We are impressed with Sen. Lovelett’s accomplishments in her first legislative session. We especially appreciate the bills she sponsored that improve services across state agencies for children, youth, and families; and improved boater education requirements regarding Southern Resident orcas. Sen. Lovelett is the best candidate to enact  Continue Reading

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Written on July 4, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we have this note from Minnie Knych… Dear San Juan Update, This video seems really appropriate to remind people why we celebrate July 4!  Minnie  

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Written on June 7, 2019 at 10:51 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag we have this letter from Richard Swenson… First, I would like to apologize to Madam chair that she felt my first letter was an attack. I was trying to point out without being at the lunches and personally seeing the harmony, how can you judge? I know she is relying  Continue Reading

A Definitive Fork in the Road

Written on June 4, 2019 at 9:16 am, by

In the mailbag this morning, we have this letter from Steve Ulvi… I have been unusually fortunate to have spent a lifetime finding deep fulfillment and direction for my troubled mind in expansive forests, on mountain slopes and coursing wild rivers. My youthful day dreaming, fueled by adventure stories before sleep, culminated in finding a  Continue Reading

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Written on May 31, 2019 at 5:38 am, by

Here’s a letter to you from Kathrine Morningstar-Simon… It’s not about lunch. It’s about community. Early this month the Mullis Center Operations Committee announced we would no longer be standing for the prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance at noon before announcements. The folks at the table at which I frequently sit were aghast. We  Continue Reading