Opinion

Love it or hate it, be smart about the snow | Editorial

On the first day of the snow storm this week, we listened…

  • Feb 23rd, 2011

Thank you, Orcas, for being engaged | Editorial

Want to feel a community’s pulse?Take a look at the local newspaper’s…

Thank you, Orcas, for being engaged | Editorial

Want to feel a community’s pulse?Take a look at the local newspaper’s…

Orcas teacher: help end the violence | Guest Column

by Pam JenkinsA few weeks ago, one of my kindergarten students asked…

  • Feb 4th, 2011

Buxbaum expresses fears for Orcas community, young families | Guest column

Our family’s time on Orcas Island is drawing to a close, a time that has been deeply rewarding, full of community and magic and beauty. As a pediatrician, I have had the privilege to get to know many of our young families on the island, and I have seen the struggles so many face just to remain here. I have seen several of these young families leave, and many more have expressed just how hard it has been to stay on the island. As a result of this unique vantage point and as part of just one family that has struggled and ultimately decided not to stay here, I have some fears for this community.

  • Feb 3rd, 2011

Clarifications on park and rec levy | Guest Column

by Jim BredouwSome opinions and clarifications re: the Park and Rec levy,…

  • Feb 1st, 2011

Put cardboard and newspaper to good use | Guest Column

by HELEN VENADAWith the new recycling fees now in place, you might…

  • Feb 1st, 2011

Support art education in the schools | Guest Column

by Andrea CohenSpecial to the SounderOrcas Island is a community that loves…

  • Feb 1st, 2011

Park and Rec gives our kids a variety of athletic options | Letter

Why vote for Park and Rec? If the kids could vote, they…

  • Jan 28th, 2011

Protect your right to know | Editorial

State legislators are looking for ways to pare down a budget deficit…

  • Jan 28th, 2011
A draft budget for the district.

Park & Rec levy: why you should vote yes | Editorial

We’re not sure why Orcas Islanders overwhelmingly approved the formation of a…

  • Jan 25th, 2011
A draft budget for the district.

Rough waters ahead for Washington State Ferries | Guest Opinion

There are rough waters ahead that threaten Washington’s world-class ferry system and it’s on us to do something about it. Our picturesque ferries serve 23 million people a year and help define us throughout the country and around the world, but the future of this system, as we know it, is in jeopardy.

  • Jan 7th, 2011

Don’t blame DVSAS for doing its job | Editorial

In the Sounder’s print and online “opinion” section, a public agency’s integrity has been called into question.

  • Jan 4th, 2011

2010 was tough, but 2011 will be better | Editorial

2010 was a tough year. We have reason to believe 2011 will be better.

  • Dec 23rd, 2010

Prosecutor pay raise comes at a bad time | Editorial

The San Juan County Citizens’ Salary Commission has voted to give Prosecuting…

  • Dec 21st, 2010

New fees for recycling are not excessive | Editorial

On Dec. 7, the San Juan County Council approved a package of recycling fees designed to help stabilize the finances of the Solid Waste Division.

  • Dec 14th, 2010

Why it pays to shop on the rock | Editorial

You’re probably thinking: if I hear “shop locally” one more time...While it…

  • Dec 7th, 2010

Thank you, OPALCO | Editorial

While most of us were tucked into our blankets at home, OPALCO…

  • Dec 1st, 2010

County assessor urges community to attend ‘important’ budget hearing | Guest Column

Recent articles in local online media have focused on certain assessment programs available for land managed for commercial forest or agricultural purposes or for preservation, which allow the land to be appraised for tax purposes at its “current use,” rather than its “highest and best use.”

  • Nov 26th, 2010

A tribute to Orcas farms | Guest Column

I don’t tell many people this, but I was born and raised in Pomona, Calif. But, when I was growing up, there were cows in the fields in back of our home; orange, lemon and cumquat trees on one side, and walnut groves on the other. We raised chickens, turkeys and a variety of other animals, and had a little Victory garden. We even churned our own butter and fresh bottles of milk with several inches of pure cream at the top were delivered to our doorstep. I’d like to say, I was raised on a farm, albeit small by most accounts. My mother, however, was born on a sizable family-owned farm in Illinois, so I guess one could say farming is in my blood.

  • Nov 26th, 2010

Adopt SWAC’s solid waste funding plan | Editorial

Prosecuting Attorney Randall K. Gaylord ruled earlier this year that a parcel fee to support solid waste services, as recommended by the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, would be legally indefensible, because it is not directly tied to solid waste transfer station use. Now he’s changed his mind.

Nou for county sheriff | Editorial

The San Juan Islands are fortunate to have two very qualified candidates…

  • Oct 26th, 2010

Park & Rec levy is an investment in community | Guest column

In last year’s November election, an Orcas Island Park and Rec District was created by a 72 percent majority of Orcas voters. On this November’s ballot you will be asked to vote on the levy necessary to fund it. The proposed levy amounts to 10 cents on every $1,000 of assessed property value.

  • Oct 19th, 2010

Neighbors helping neighbors | Editorial

Although food bank recipients may be reticent about publicly discussing the importance…

  • Oct 19th, 2010

Vote yes on parks and rec levy this November | Editorial

Orcas Islanders overwhelmingly supported the formation of a parks and rec district…

  • Oct 11th, 2010

Feeling discouraged about solid waste? Try composting | Editorial

Most of us are frustrated with the current condition of our solid…

  • Oct 6th, 2010

Community waste facility is an essential public service | Guest Column

by George PostHave we all gone mad or is it just the…

  • Sep 28th, 2010

Help stop illegal fishing at hatchery | Editorial

Salmon trying to finish their last journey home to an Orcas hatchery…

  • Sep 27th, 2010

Local Bishop reflects on proposed Islamic Center located near ‘Ground Zero’ | Guest Column

The following is a sermon that Bishop Craig B. Anderson recently gave…

  • Sep 22nd, 2010

Is closing local transfer stations the answer? | Editorial

Come January 2011, Orcas Island could be home to the only transfer…

  • Sep 22nd, 2010

Change cell phone regulations sooner rather than later | Editorial

We’ve all experienced the lost calls, lack of service, and occasional roaming…

  • Sep 7th, 2010

Taxpayers will bear the cost of airport access rights | Guest Column

by ERIC GOURLEYNot long ago the Sounder had a cartoon caption entitled,…

  • Sep 1st, 2010

Election 2010: stay on topic, keep it clean | Editorial

One of the best statements we’ve heard going into the general election…

  • Sep 1st, 2010

County should scrap Mt. Baker Road project | Editorial

The environmental hurdles are more than expected.The project cost is rising.The community…

  • Sep 1st, 2010

Sounder endorses Rob Nou for sheriff | Editorial

There are five very qualified candidates running for San Juan County Sheriff.We’ve…

  • Aug 3rd, 2010