Letters To The Editor

Make a difference in a child’s life | Letter

Several weeks ago, a documentary called “Minor Differences” was shown at our local theater. An Orcas resident made this film, and it tells the story of five different young men who ended up in jail as teenagers.

  • Jul 3rd, 2015

Thoughts on the Charleston shooting | Letter

I wept when I heard of the Charleston church shootings; wept for the senseless loss of life, wept for how we as a nation have become numb to these never-ending tragedies.

  • Jul 1st, 2015

Separating recyclables | Letter

As the Sounder has reported, there is a plan for a new layout at the Orcas transfer station (the dump) to make it easier for us to separate our recyclables. Glass in one bin, paper in another, only certain plastics in a third and so forth.

  • Jul 1st, 2015

‘Love Letters Beyond the Veil’ review | Letters

All of us who share in conversation, spirited by your deeply honest and courageous performance, thank you for your message of truth-telling, truth-living and love.

  • Jun 26th, 2015

Lions BBQ benefits local students | Letters

This year’s Salmon BBQ is on Saturday, July 4, beginning after the parade at 1 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015

Farewell from Jack | Letters

I have truly enjoyed my term as mayor, and it has been an honor to serve. If my experience is any indication then I feel I am leaving Eastsound a friendlier town, and that is something of which we can all be proud.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015

Congratulations to Children’s House | Letters

We believe the accomplishment highlights the synergy of a dedicated and talented teaching staff, tireless leadership, coupled with family and community partners combining in common.

  • Jun 23rd, 2015

We must fully fund education | Letter

We must address our constitutional and moral obligation to fully fund education.

  • Jun 18th, 2015

Don’t use Amazon.com | Letter

Living as we do on an island and knowing that we can’t get everything we need here, the June 3 Sounder had an excellent suggestion from Rich Hughes.

  • Jun 18th, 2015

Fundraiser for Orcas Island Education Foundation | Letter

For more than 30 years the Orcas Island Education Foundation has been working to bring “excellence in education” to our public schools. This can only happen with the generous support of donors. In this school year our donors have made an impact in classrooms K-12.

  • Jun 18th, 2015

Thank you from Salmonberry | Letter

Many thanks to everyone who made this year’s Salmonberry School Annual Fundraising Event so exceptionally successful.

  • Jun 10th, 2015

Support United Way | Letter

Investing in our community is part of the United Way mission, and it shows here in the San Juan Islands.

  • Jun 10th, 2015

Money and the electoral process | Letter

A letter to the editor by David Turnoy in the Sounder’s May 20 edition speaks to the corruption that money has in the electoral process.

  • Jun 2nd, 2015

Open Mic a big success | Letter

From folk music to country, from jazz to rock and roll and blues, with a dash of poetry thrown in, Saturday night’s first open mic was a big success

  • Jun 2nd, 2015

Concerns about fire department | Letter

I would like to address some concerns that I have about some actions of the Orcas Fire Board of Commissioners.

  • Jun 2nd, 2015

Kind soul, please step up | Letter

Would the kind soul who returned my purse last week please step up and be recognized as a towering example of honesty and good neighborliness?

  • May 26th, 2015

Thank you from Orcas Senior Center | Letter

Thank you Orcas Island Community Foundation and all who supported their grant cycle. The Orcas Senior Center is extremely grateful for a grant of $6,160 to support the expansion of our weekly meal program.

  • May 26th, 2015

Thank you for DVSAS | Letter

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands is in awe of our amazing Orcas Island community for the overwhelming support for our first annual “Beautiful You Fashion Show” this last Sunday, May 17.

  • May 26th, 2015

Concerns about Orcas Fire | Letter

Since 2012 this board has gone into executive sessions 54 times in the course of 76 meetings. I understand the reason for confidentiality regarding medical information, qualification and bargaining terms, but 34 performance reviews during this period must be considered excessive especially in light of the fact that since March 2012 there was never any indication but great satisfaction with the performance of the chief who oversees the rest of the employees and volunteers.

  • May 23rd, 2015

Let’s get money out of politics | Letter

Are you tired of billionaires and corporations running/ruining our country, buying candidates and political outcomes? The only solution is to get money out of politics by passing a constitutional amendment that says that money is not speech and that corporations are not people.

  • May 21st, 2015

‘Across the Universe’ | Letter

Shakespeare responds to Grace McCune and Jake Perrine who said, “We liken them (The Beatles) to the Shakespeares of pop…”

  • May 20th, 2015

Project PAL thank you | Letter

Twenty years ago, Project PAL was started by Beth Anderson of OPALCO and a few community volunteers so co-op members could give each other a hand up with electric bills in tough times.

  • May 19th, 2015

Thanks for GiveBIG | Letter

Many, many thanks to all of YOU who supported your island nonprofits with gifts during GiveBIG May 5, the Seattle Foundation’s 24-hour online-giving event packed with matching gifts and bonus rewards!

  • May 13th, 2015

Letter to OPALCO board, members | Letter

At the OPALCO Election this year, we saw a record voter turnout: 24 percent compared to around 15 percent in past years. Thank you all who have taken the time to vote.

  • May 12th, 2015

Choral Society had amazing concert | Letter

The Choral Society performed Bach’s “B Minor Mass” and the very first chord sung by a five-part chorus sent chills down my neck.

  • May 12th, 2015

Consider filing for public position | Letter

Well, that was humbling! I was fourth in the voting for the open director positions at OPALCO’s Annual Meeting.

  • May 12th, 2015

Join teachers at the rally | Letter

As a teacher, I know Orcas Island students would benefit from smaller class sizes at every grade level, whether they’re in kindergarten or high school.

  • May 12th, 2015

Teachers to hold rally | Letter

Throughout the state, teachers are staging one-day walkouts to protest the Legislature’s failure to fully fund K-12 public schools. Our local teachers’ union (OEA) voted last month NOT to walk out on our students and schools.

  • May 12th, 2015

Support for teachers | Letter

The Orcas Island Education Foundation has been in existence for more than 30 years. Our mission is clear and simple:

  • May 12th, 2015

‘Across the Universe’ was amazing | Letter

I would like to thank Grace and Jake and all the performers for a fantastic evening. This production is the best that I have ever seen at Orcas Center in all the years I have lived on the island.

  • May 12th, 2015

Granny’s Attic was a big success | Letter

The Granny’s Attic rummage sale was a fantastic success due to an outpouring of community donations and a champion effort by dozens of volunteers. This is one of the Orcas Island Senior Center’s largest fundraisers of the year.

  • May 7th, 2015

Solar power; savings from the sun | Letter

Kudos to the Greacans and islanders invested in renewable energy.

  • May 6th, 2015

Thank you, Lopez | Letter

We would sincerely like to take this opportunity to thank all who attended and helped with Corey’s celebration. From the folks who mopped the floors, did dishes and cleaned the toilets and everyone in between.

  • May 6th, 2015

Thanks from Skagit Habitat for Humanity | Letter

Once again the visit of the Skagit Habitat for Humanity Store truck on Orcas Island was a success for islanders and the store.

  • May 6th, 2015

Thank you for Scotch broom help | Letter

On behalf of the San Juan County Noxious Weed Control Board, tremendous thanks go to Bill Buchan for his on-going efforts in removing Scotch broom from Orcas roadsides.

  • May 5th, 2015

Great Islands Clean-up thank you | Letter

Orcas, you are now a TON more beautiful than before! On Saturday, April 18, the Great Islands Cleanup returned to the island, and we collected 2,400 pounds of litter (and 320 pounds of recycling) in three hours!

  • Apr 29th, 2015

Larsen needs to reduce coal and fossil fuels | Letter

On Earth Day our congressman, Rick Larsen, sent out a message touting his support for efforts to protect our environment, including the laudable statement that “Our focus on keeping our local environment healthy must also include efforts to curb the devastating effects of climate change.”

  • Apr 29th, 2015

Thanks for help after paragliding accident | Letter

Several weeks ago I was visiting your beautiful island when I had a paragliding accident in which I fractured my patella (kneecap) and separated the patellar tendon. Needless to say I was in a bit of pain and needed help.

  • Apr 29th, 2015

Return aluminum sign | Letter

Please return my “Goats at Work” sign to Deer Harbor Boatworks. Thank you.

  • Apr 29th, 2015

Questions about OPALCO’s rates | Letter

Recent OPALCO announcements on the need to increase customers’ rates in order to recoup a $1.4 million revenue shortfall in 2014 and to plan for future capital improvements raise fundamental policy questions.

  • Apr 26th, 2015