Opinion

Why you should care about the hospital district | Editorial

The future of health care on Orcas Island is unknown. In April…

 

The cost of running a health clinic | Guest column

by Alison Shaw and Aaimee Johnson In the ‘50s and ‘60s, a…

  • Feb 14th, 2018

 

Bravo to state Senate for net pen ban | Editorial

When a Cooke Aquaculture net pen holding more than 300,000 invasive Atlantic…

 

Unintended consequences of good intentions | Part one

by Carol Sutton and Tom Baldwin Sometimes, the noblest of intentions can…

  • Feb 15th, 2018

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you? | Editorial

Valentine’s Day is traditionally thought of as a holiday to celebrate romantic…

Democracy in Chains | Guest Column

By David Turnoy Have you ever had a conversation with someone, asking…

  • Jan 24th, 2018

Consider a donation to Camp Orkila | Editorial

Camp Orkila’s 280-acre, waterfront facility is a major part of our community’s…

To protect orca and salmon, you need to protect beaches and forage fish | Guest column

Why Friends of the San Juans is appealing the county’s update to the Shoreline Management Program

  • Jan 22nd, 2018

What we can do today to help the orcas | Editorial

In a perfect world, the Southern resident killer whales would be thriving.…

County should call on Congress to pass Carbon Fee-and-Dividend legislation | Guest column

By David Foutch, Lopez Island Thank you for the informative article on…

  • Jan 13th, 2018

WSF mismanagement in the islands | Guest column

by John Brantigan In my Jan. 1 editorial in the Seattle Times,…

  • Jan 12th, 2018

We can all prevent suicide | Editorial

For those who are left behind after a suicide, the devastating emotions…

Thanks for helping to open the Exchange | Guest column

Submitted by the board and staff of Orcas Recycling Services and The…

  • Dec 21st, 2017

Every hour, someone dies in a drunk driving crash | Editorial

Drunk driving is the number one cause of death on our roadways.…

Equitable internet access for all Americans | Reporter’s Notebook

Like telephone and power, Americans should have access to the internet without…

What we’ve learned from Dickens | Editorial

At the Sounder, we are well aware of the powers of the…

Choose wisely where to spend your money this season | Editorial

All of us at the Sounder, Journal of the San Juans and…

A wave of assault stories sweeping away the debris of secrets | Guest Opinion

by Julie Gottman, PH.D. Special to the Sounder Al Franken, Harvey Weinstein,…

  • Nov 20th, 2017

What China’s recyclables ban means for us | Editorial

The Sounder has reported on China’s import ban on many recyclables including…

Thank you for veteran tribute | Guest column

by Tom and Karen Ritter Orcas Island A tribute to the military…

  • Nov 15th, 2017

‘Building the blue wall’

by Senator Kevin Ranker D-Orcas With the election of Manka Dhingra, Democrats…

  • Nov 14th, 2017

What you need to know about UW Medicine in the islands | Opinion

While UW Medicine has the potential to be a great benefit to…

Vote yes on school bond and levy | Letter

The school board has put forward a bond that will address the…

  • Oct 17th, 2017

Yes to both school measures | Editorial

Following the failure – by just a few votes – of the…

Abuzz about the Orcas Island Film Festival | Editorial

The Orcas Island Film Festival is becoming a pretty big deal. In…

Be a part of ‘Women in Business’ special | Editorial

Sometimes we are asked why we publish the annual Women in Business…

End lawmakers’ exemption from public records law | Everett Herald editorial

By The Herald Editorial Board Recall earlier this summer when the Legislature…

  • Sep 27th, 2017

Truth behind the mayor race | Guest column

Heidi Siegmund Cuda, whose short film “Rigged! A Tail of Corruption” debuts…

  • Sep 20th, 2017

Positive outcome for park and ride funding error | Editorial

Anyone who travels on the ferry has been watching the progress of…

In response to the Republicans | Guest column

by Martha Fuller The Republican Party guest editorial of Aug. 30, is…

  • Sep 1st, 2017

Why is it ok for the county council to protect “illegal” immigrants? | Guest column

By David Turnoy Now that the council has passed an ordinance protecting…

  • Aug 31st, 2017

An end to fish farming | Reporter’s notebook

When the news broke that thousands of non-native salmon were released into…

Republicans call for tolerance after alleged harassment at county fair | Guest Opinion

by Nathan Butler, Chair of the SJC Republican Party and Vice Chair…

  • Aug 26th, 2017

Quarterly county review | A tale of two trends

by F. Milene Henley San Juan County Auditor It is the best…

  • Aug 23rd, 2017

Ferry saga continues | Editorial

We’re not done talking about our ferry frustration. But let’s start with…

Clean air for San Juan County?

by Michael Riordan Special to the Sounder During the recent smoke surge…

  • Aug 7th, 2017

Child support plays important role | Editorial

I had a deadbeat dad. For those not familiar with the term,…

Preserving Mt. Constitution’s history | Guest column

by Rolf Erikson Special to the Sounder The stone tower on the…

  • Jul 31st, 2017

Fear the deer | Guest Column

by Emery Rhodes Orcas Island Deer. They are here, there and everywhere.…

  • Jul 26th, 2017

Ferry wake-up call | Editorial

The San Juan Islands have been at the center of a transportation…