Guest Column: Background Check Vote Has Ripples Nationwide

— by Kathy Sakahara for the League of Women Voters of Washington State — On November 4, Election Day, over one million Washington voters said yes to background checks for gun sales and other transfers, giving Initiative 594 a landslide victory of almost 20 points. We would like to thank … Continue reading

Guest Column: County Fails to Notify Neighborhoods of Re-zoning

2014-08-04_cdp_Eastsound Proposed Land Use Maps Exhibit 2

— by John M. Campbell – As the currently revised Eastsound Subarea Plan works its way thru the adoption process, a neighborhood rezoning has been added to the agenda without any notice or explanation to the residents and property owners directly affected. The rezoning is a small sideshow to the … Continue reading

Actors Theater Showcases Orcas Playwrights in “Familiar Distance”

 — by Margie Doyle – Orcas playwrights Michele Griskey, Lin McNulty and James Wolf have created landscapes of home in three complex, provocative plays, collectively titled, “Familiar Distance.” The plays are produced by Lin McNulty and directed by Lynda Sanders, Lin McNulty and Robert Hall. On opening night, seven Orcas … Continue reading

Guest Column: Water Users’ Board Policy is Discriminatory

– Lesley Liddle – The [Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA)] Guest House Initiative remains in my mind an unjustified discriminatory surtax which will affect some long time small water users who happen to have guest apartments inside modest homes or nearby on their property, usually created as small spillover units … Continue reading

Guest Column: Many Questions Raised by New EWUA Compliance Policy

— by Doug Bechtel — I’m surprised that Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) continues to hold a hard line on their plan to make people with bathrooms in outlying buildings pay for an additional half membership. After hearing from affected people at their recently held Board Meeting, they must understand … Continue reading

Guest Column: Why I Welcome the New Ferry Reservation System

FERRY MEETING ALERT!! Saturday, November 1, at the Orcas Library, WSF representatives will give three “Reservations 101” presentations: 2:00–3:15p.m., 3:30–4:45 p.m., 5–6 p.m. This is a change from the previous announcement. – by Margot Shaw – They tell us that, to keep young minds and bodies, we should change our … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Support Continued Funding to Keep Our County Parks Open and Well-Maintained

– from Jeff Struthers – Support for proposition number one on the November ballot continues the current “Levy Lift” funding needed to keep our county parks open, well-maintained, and in good repair. Our county parks make it possible for us all to enjoy some of the best features of living … Continue reading