Just wanted to say that I thought your editorial about the teacher and student was right on (“When a teacher crosses the line,” 11/4/15). You outlined the issues very clearly and mentioned other opinions that are irrelevant. Nicely done.
In the November 5 issue of Islands’ Sounder, two editorials regarding sexual misconduct by a high school teacher were printed. The one article, credited to three high school seniors of The Viking Voice, was tempered with compassion and respect for all those involved in the situation. It calls for restraint from judgement and blame, as well as calls for the use of right speech in discussing the situation in our community.
I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Congdon. I first met Roger about 25 years ago, when I joined the American Legion Post #93.
It is a real treat to work with our very own start-up internet/phone company. We now have high speed internet at our home. No more spinning wheels, and streaming doesn’t stop. Who would have thought it possible?
The Fosters would like to thank the community of Orcas Island for the renovation of our bathroom to accommodate Luanne’s wheelchair.
Thank you to everyone who attended Seniors Have Talent on Nov. 7. We had a full house!
As organizers of the new lecture and seminar series Orcas Currents, we are heartened by and deeply grateful for the tremendous response it has received. During its first full year, we presented eight events that attracted a total audience of well over a thousand participants — including the young, elderly, and young at heart. This encouraging response bears out our intent to keep events free of charge, open to all interested parties.
I strongly disagree with the journalistic choice you made to publish the victim's statement in the Oct. 31 front page story entitled "Teacher charged with sexual misconduct."
Editor's note: In no way does the Sounder condone the following judgment on the court case involving an Orcas High School teacher (Teacher charged with sexual misconduct, 11/3/15). But we are obligated to publish letters from the community unless they are slanderous to a named private party. This type of victim-blaming is widespread and can be seen in similar cases across the country. Fair and accurate reporting includes protecting the victims of sexual crimes.
While driving from Eastsound to Olga in the dreary, gray, rainy weather, I noticed many vehicles did not have on their headlights. They were difficult to see as the weather "grayed-out" color, etc.
We would like to thank the community for its participation in this year's Odd Fellows Wood Raffle. We had are best year ever and all the money raised will go to our Scholarship Fund and our Community Giving Fund.
Thank you to everyone who attended, the participants and the businesses that supported the first annual Trashion Fashion Show: Island Market, Darvill's, Cottage Gift Shop, Kay's Antiques, Rainbow Services, Chamber of Commerce, Orcas Recycling, Orcas Issues and Islands' Sounder (thank you to Meredith Griffith for a wonderful write up).