Letter to Editor | Regarding the Recent Media Post from Local 3911

— from San Juan County Firefighter and Paramedic Association, IAFF Local 3911, via Chad Kimple — The following message is a follow-up statement from our previous media release last week (January 30, 2017). The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 3911 (also known as San Juan County Firefighter and Paramedic Association) is … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Something to Be Proud Of and Fight Against

— from David Kobrin — Last week, at the Eastsound Post Office, I asked for American Flag stamps. I said aloud, “Now, there’s something to be proud of. There’s something worth fighting against.” Judging by looks on the faces of some patrons near enough to hear my comment, I realized … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: School’s Vitality Depends on Rejecting Bond

–by April and Clyde Duke — We had three children go through the Orcas public school system. Two graduated conventionally and one through the OASIS program. We want to support the ongoing viability of this important institution therefore we will be voting NO on the school bond measure. When our … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Levy Should Focus on Maintenance, Preservation

— from Justin Paulsen — The Orcas Island School District has placed before the voters a proposal seeking funding for many important and critical projects. I fully support OISD in completing the critical repairs and upgrades to the physical plant. In fact, in the final analysis, I am left to … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | On That OPALCO Rate Increase

— from Alex MacLeod — In what has become an annual event, OPALCO put out a news release the other day letting us know our electricity rates are increasing yet again, this time by another 5%, effective January 1. It said the increase is necessary “to meet OPALCO’s cost of service, … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | A UW Clinic Accessible to All

— from Bob Waunch — Merchants, tradesmen, teachers, students, parents, real estate agents, restaurant staff, business owners, lawyers, contractors, heavy-equipment operators, arborists, consultants, retirees: All of us are likely to have medical issues at some time – hopefully minor, but some will be serious. Even when our outstanding Orcas Island … Continue reading