Opinion

Awareness is the first step | Editorial

Without awareness and action, there cannot be social change. Nationally and locally,…

Starting construction at April’s Grove: change for a worthy purpose | Guest Column

by Jeanne Beck and Lisa Byers OPAL Land Trust OPAL Community Land…

  • Sep 30th, 2018

Stand up in the face of bigotry | Guest column

by Timothy Coffey Orcas Island Recently, I was having lunch at a…

  • Sep 21st, 2018

WSF responds to ferry debacle | Guest Column

Washington State Ferries provided the following information to particular residents, elected officials…

  • Sep 14th, 2018

Why the Sounder reports on crime | Editorial

Why do we write court stories? Are we being sensational? We are…

  • Sep 5th, 2018

A local pilot’s opinion on the airport master plan | Guest column

by Clark Cundy Special to the Sounder Here are my thoughts on…

  • Aug 15th, 2018

The future of Moran State Park is bright | Editorial

There are some intriguing changes afoot at our beloved state park. The…

  • Aug 15th, 2018

Threading the needle: public funding of public education | Guest column

by Tom Baldwin For the Budget Advisory Committee Orcas Island School District…

  • Aug 15th, 2018

Don’t use social media to report crime | Editorial

In this age of technology, it’s become easy and convenient to make…

Ranker: ‘Witnessing extinction is not an option. We must do everything in our power to protect and recover our resident Orca’

Senator Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, released the following statement regarding the need for…

  • Aug 3rd, 2018

Vote for a prosecutor you can trust | Guest Column

Editor’s note: The following is a rebuttal to Nick Power’s column “Candidate…

  • Jul 30th, 2018

Elections are an important part of democracy | Guest column

by Brad Brown Our Revolution Orcas “Elections belong to the people. It’s…

  • Jul 29th, 2018

Asher runs for sheriff

Submitted by Jeff Asher. In this election, I am running “for” rather…

  • Jul 25th, 2018

Candidate talks drugs, prosecution | Guest column

Submitted by Nick Power. I’m running for San Juan County Prosecuting Attorney…

  • Jul 25th, 2018

Elder abuse can happen here | Editorial

As we enter our golden years, the risk of isolation and neglect…

Are we ready for a wildfire?

by Jeffrey Bossler Orcas Island Back in the 70s and the 80s…

  • Jul 12th, 2018

Sounder deadlines are changing | Editorial

Here at the Islands’ Sounder, we have deadlines printed every week in…

Experience with an opioid addict | Reporter’s notebook

The editorial staff at the Islands’ Sounder commends San Juan County for…

San Juan County is violating the Constitution | Guest column

by Nicholas Power San Juan Island There has been a lot of…

  • Jun 20th, 2018

Graduation season: endings, beginnings | Editorial

High school graduation is the big event that officially ushers you from…

San Juan County is in the crosshairs of the Alberta Tar Sands | Guest Column

by Elisabeth Robson Lopez Island Many of us know how devastating the…

  • Jun 13th, 2018

Vote yes for REET affordable housing measure | Editorial

The local housing crisis is real. Islanders are forced into communal living…

An eagle survived being poisoned thanks to Wolf Hollow | Guest Column

by Sara Christensen I am a part-time resident of Orcas Island and…

  • Jun 12th, 2018

I loved my public school education | Reporter’s Notebook

I remember making three dimensional maps of the country with flour dough.…

Democracy in action? | Guest column

by Michael Riordan Orcas Island Despite tremendous opposition voiced at its meeting…

  • May 21st, 2018

Council made right choice with sidewalk ordinance | Editorial

Commercial and residential growth is not showing any sign of slowing down…

  • May 16th, 2018

New housing project is step in right direction | Editorial

I don’t fault anyone for owning a vacation rental or second home…

A response to Seattle Times’ coverage of local ‘sex and deception’ | Editorial

Thanks to one corrupt detective, the county is facing a $10 million…

Taking care of our island tourists | Editorial

We can’t imagine what would happen to our communities if tourism drastically…

Why programs like aerial acrobatics are so critical | Editorial

Aerial acrobatics are a superhuman feat. To see performers swinging high in…

COHC offers second opinion | Guest Column

The “Vote no on public hospital district” published recently are inaccurate, stating…

  • Apr 9th, 2018

Lange for hospital commissioner | Letters

Please take a few minutes to learn about Art Lange, who is…

  • Mar 27th, 2018

Vote yes on public hospital district for Orcas | Editorial

The issue of health care on Orcas Island is not going to…

Thank You from the Community Resource Center

by Meg Massey for the Orcas Community Resource Center Hurrah! You kept…

  • Mar 23rd, 2018

Orcas Island students benefit from legislative action | Guest Column

Carol Sutton and Tom Baldwin As we described in our previous two-part…

  • Mar 23rd, 2018

Being prepared when the ‘big one’ strikes | Reporter’s Notebook

When it comes to disaster preparation, do as I say, not as…

Our kids are fighting for what they believe | Editorial

We felt overwhelming pride and a deep well of sadness as our…

UW isn’t serving needs of community | Letter

I have the exact problem that Coleen O’Brien outlined in her letter…

  • Mar 6th, 2018

Thanks to Inslee, veto is a major win for the people | Editorial

We have been truly appalled by the actions of our state government…

Arming teachers with guns | A cautionary tale

by Hank Pollard Special to the Sounder The security guard watched the…

  • Mar 1st, 2018