Topic: Opinion

Letters

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

Letters

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

Letters

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

Letters

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

Letters

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

Letters

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

Letters

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

Letters

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

Letters

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  

Letters

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

Letters

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

Climate Change Prevention: Eco-Friendly Changes You Can Make to Fight Global Warming

Written on April 16, 2019 at 8:48 am, by

The following article was written by Neil Stawski… As much as the skeptics and critics might try to deny climate change, the signs that it’s a critical issue are all around us. The evidence of global warming can be found in the death of our coral reefs due to the increased temperatures of our ocean  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag

Written on March 26, 2019 at 8:15 am, by

Today we have this letter from Gordon Fowler in the San Juan Update mailbag… Mullis Center Denounces Pledge of Allegiance to American Flag. The Mullis Center Operations Committee has decided to discontinue the practice of honoring the American Flag at the majority of Senior Lunches, served twice weekly, at the Mullis Center. Recognition of the  Continue Reading

Home Trust Does It Again

Written on December 21, 2018 at 12:13 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we find this letter from Gay Graham… The San Juan Community Home Trust has done it again, and with a special bit of flourish! A few weeks ago, the 11th and 12th houses were barged into Jackson’s Beach and trucked to their permanent lots in the affordable housing project,  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag

Written on December 12, 2018 at 5:37 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have a letter from Allison Lance… The more diverse an eco-system is, the greater its odds are for survival. Genetic diversity insures robust populations. This applies to Earth’s life forms, which includes humans. In order to ensure our survival we need robust biodiversity. Therein lies the problem, nature is  Continue Reading

In the Mailbag

Written on December 10, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

Susan Wingate writes to share this article on deer population control… Dear SJ Update, I’m hoping to submit some information about the deer population that has become an issue with a certain sector of our residents and with the fish and wildlife community. [Please see] this information from the website: http://www.pzpinfo.org/pzp_faqs.html

From the Mailbag…

Written on December 5, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Steve Ulvi… Running Down the Dream without Becoming Comfortably Numb Along with about a hundred others I attended the library presentation on black-tailed deer by Ruth Milne, WA Department of Fish and Wildlife. It promised to be interesting given the obvious problems and  Continue Reading