Letters To The Editor

School needs buildings replaced, not repaired

After reviewing the many articles and letters that have been published about the forthcoming vote on the school bond, I am encouraged by the amount and depth of interest in this issue. For the most part, I see this as a reflection of community concern for the school. and I hope the outcome will be a voter turnout commensurate with that concern.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Bond needs more slimming

While I don’t think there is any argument that the OISD facilities need renovation and upgrade, is spending $27 million on facilities that will be used by a declining number of on-site students the solution? What bothers me is a more modest proposal is missing as an alternative to the expansive plans represented by the current bond.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Support for Larry Kalb

I want to give everyone who was part of presenting the Women’s League of Voters Candidates Forum on Orcas Island a huge thank you! It is such a pleasure to hear from such a range of candidates, in person. In the race for our U.S. Representative in Congress, Larry Kalb stands out as a thoughtful, respectful, hard-working, highly-educated person, who is willing to think outside the box.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Correction to Harvey Aldort letter

I want to clarify something. Our children did participate in the OASIS program at its creation. Our children were very young and we did not see it as a traditional classroom experience. For us it was mostly social, field trips, outdoor stuff and we met at the Funhouse.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Voting “yes” for bond sets example of financial irresponsibility

Rebekah & I are voting "NO" on the Orcas school Bond issue. This call for a mandated (mandatory tax) capital improvement when other options have not been seriously pursued or even explored seriously seems very unwise and even irresponsible to our small community.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Bond should be split into separate issues

My wife Judy and I have nearly always supported school issues when they made sense. When the superintendent offered tours of the buildings, I took her up on it and was shown through the elementary and junior high school buildings by the elementary principal and a school board member.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Paying for bond is only fair payback

I am a high school student at the Orcas Island Public School, and I would like to ask something to all the people who are planning on voting "no" for the bond: As all of you were going to school, did you have a bond that passed? If you did, isn't it fair that since your community paid for a bond, it is now your turn to pay for ours?

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Dive team supports Jeff Asher for sheriff

Under Jeff Asher’s leadership, this dive team has gained a reputation as a competent and respected dive team among state and national rescue teams. Jeff has demonstrated to us the qualities and policies that he proposes to implement as Sheriff, including careful personnel selection with an eye towards a commitment to excellence.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Asher for sheriff is the solution

It really is quite simple. If the people of this county want accountability from their Sheriff’s Department in the form of quarterly reports to the County Council and through a Citizens’ Advisory Committee, they will vote for Jeff Asher.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Monthly costs for the school bond

According to county assessor figures, on Orcas, roughly 19% of our properties fall in the less than $250k assessed range and account for 4% of our School bond tax; there are 6% of properties that fall in the over $1M range that account for 19% of the bond tax. 45% of our properties belong to owners who have off-island addresses. Eligible seniors and the disabled community can get relief from their property tax, and only need apply.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Helping Hands Noramise is helping Haitians, thanks to support

Thank you. On behalf of Helping Hands Noramise and the people of Limbe’, Haiti, we thank you so very much for the support that enabled our Orcas youth to travel to Haiti on the first island-to-island youth exchange and also for the support you are lending to the projects we have underway in Limbe’.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Thank you, United Way

Thank you, United Way, for your generous contribution to Hearts and Hands. Your mission of ensuring a healthy living environment for all and creating systems that increase physical and mental well-being focuses on those in our community who might otherwise go unnoticed.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Grateful to museum for bringing Journey Stories to Orcas

Last week, as part of Orcas Island Library’s Summer Reading Program for kids, a group of 17 children and parents were treated to a fascinating guided tour through the Journey Stories exhibit now on display at the Orcas Island Historical Museum.

  • Aug 2nd, 2010

Teachers weigh in on bond

We are writing to you as two teachers at Orcas Schools who…

  • Jul 30th, 2010

Farm to Cafeteria’s stake in the school bond

It’s no secret the school cafeteria, located in the 1960’s middle school building is old; yet this space, which has adapted to the easily forgotten times of plastic bagged sandwiches and deep fried processed French fries, now produces up to 300 delicious meals every school day made mostly from scratch and with locally produced fresh food products … like it used to be when so many of us older folks now considering the school bond used to enjoy at school.

  • Jul 30th, 2010

Journey Stories thank you

The Orcas Island Historical Museum would like to thank Bill and Valerie…

  • Jul 29th, 2010

Bob Coleman resigns from Islanders Bank

As the former President, CEO/CFO, Director and Secretary of the Board of…

  • Jul 29th, 2010

Brad Fincher knows the issues

At the League of Women Voters Forum I saw many fine candidates…

  • Jul 29th, 2010

Candidate Johnson understands narcotics operations

As I have watched and listened to the response from the community…

  • Jul 28th, 2010

Doesn’t support Asher for San Juan County sheriff

I normally don't like "letter wars," but I feel compelled to respond…

  • Jul 27th, 2010

We need to take care of the school

From friends with whom I correspond I learned that there is another…

  • Jul 27th, 2010

Thank you for Waldorf donations

On behalf of the School of the Salish Sea I would like…

  • Jul 27th, 2010

Support for Dusty Gulleson

After the Eastsound parade celebrating the Fourth of July and our glorious…

  • Jul 27th, 2010

Doesn’t support Asher for San Juan County sheriff

I must also add my name to the others who do not…

  • Jul 27th, 2010

Thanks to all who participated in Orcas Center gala

The sun shone on Orcas Center last Saturday. Approximately 120 guests attended…

  • Jul 26th, 2010

Thank you for conservation news

Wow, what a great issue last week! On the front page, news about discovering why animals in the islands are disappearing, and an article about our tax dollars doing something new and innovative to change our sometimes toxic effect. Then, in letters to the editor, a very cogent synopsis of our present situation and its origin.

  • Jul 23rd, 2010

Primary voters guide online

Our primary election day is coming up on August 17, and ballots…

  • Jul 23rd, 2010

Support for sheriff candidate Asher

I support Jeff Asher for Sheriff. He will do an excellent job.…

  • Jul 23rd, 2010

Vote no on bond; education will not suffer

I will be voting no on the school bond despite the tent…

  • Jul 23rd, 2010

School board explains need for bond

In the 1940s the island school enrollment was around 100 students. Orcas…

  • Jul 22nd, 2010

Please help Food Bank matching grant happen

Greetings from the back room of the Food Bank!As members of an…

  • Jul 22nd, 2010

Jeff Asher would be excellent as sheriff

I am pleased to see that Jeff Asher decided to run for…

  • Jul 22nd, 2010

Support for Jerry Gonce

I would like to ask that you join me in voting for…

  • Jul 21st, 2010

Considering school bond from all angles

I like to think that logic, historical perspective and common sense are…

  • Jul 21st, 2010

Voting yes for trimmed down school bond

I encourage you all to vote “yes” for the school bond.I believe…

  • Jul 21st, 2010

Letter writer explains school enrollment figures

Keith Whitaker and others suggested my enrollment numbers are inaccurate and misleading.…

  • Jul 19th, 2010

Colton will get lost in the system

So the Barefoot Burglar has been caught.Some people are going to be…

  • Jul 16th, 2010

Bond is too much to swallow

As a past employee of the Orcas School, I have consistently supported…

  • Jul 16th, 2010

Way to go, Greg

The recent article of your climb of Mt. McKinley was very good,…

  • Jul 16th, 2010