Orcas Issues Presents: “Democracy Futures” with Lori Benjamin

Climate Resilience for All of Us When I think about climate change, earthquakes, and the end of civilization as we know it, I find myself pining over the small but significant comforts I’ll miss: Floss. Contact solution. A fresh toothbrush. Yes, it’s true — I’m as tied into the consumer … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Is OPALCO Mismanaged?

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— by Alex MacLeod — A day after the OPALCO board approved an emergency 10% increase in our electric rates, effective at the start of this month, its management issued a press release announcing the “Temporary Revenue Recovery Add-On.” In it, General Manager Foster Hildreth “explained” that the emergency increase … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Rental Housing and “Families”

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— by Fred Klein — First off, OPAL is to be congratulated for thinking big and initiating the first large, affordable rental housing initiative that Eastsound’s seen since Wally and Gretchen Gudgell’s creation of Lavender Hollow over twenty years ago. Likewise, OPAL’s approach to gather community input via an initial … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Make a Difference, Mentor a Youth

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— by Heather Dew Oaksen — Many thanks to David Turnoy for his Guest Opinion: Make a Difference in a Child’s Life explaining the very real need for additional youth mentoring on Orcas; as the filmmaker of MINOR DIFFERENCES, the documentary he mentioned, which follows five former juvenile offenders from … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Resolution Needed from Council for Safe Shipping

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— from Islanders for Safe Shipping — A growing number of communities in Washington State have been voicing their concerns over the increase of fossil fuel rail transport. When this volatile danger travels right past their front yards, waterfront parks, their places of business, and their children’s schools, people speak … Continue reading

A Letter to OPALCO Members to Clear-Up Some Lingering Confusion

(Editor’s note: A version of this letter appeared in the Comments section under the Orcas Issues post last Friday:  ((orcasissues.com/opalco-board-sets-temporary-revenue-recovery-add-on )). Since there has been a response to the letter, we are keeping the original version in the Comments as well as publishing it here.) — from Suzanne Olson (solson@opalco.com)– … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Gov. Inslee Applauds “Obamacare” Decision

— from the office of Governor Jay Inslee — Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued the following comment regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare]: “I applaud the Supreme Court for upholding this landmark law that is helping so many people here in Washington state … Continue reading