Editorial: Turn Concerns into Solutions Public Health Initiative is a starting point for sustainable health care

— by Margie Doyle — When presented with the petition circulated by the Coalition for Orcas Health Care (COHC), an initiative to form a public health taxing district, I was put off by its legal title: a Public Hospital Taxing District. Would I support another taxing district to build a … Continue reading

Editorial: Safeguard the Seaview Neighborhood Families, OPAL's first neighborhood put at risk

— by Margie Doyle — (Disclosure: I live across the street from 27 Aeroview in a lot also zoned Service/Light Industrial. My husband has lived on the island since 1982 and in this house since 1989). I’ve always loved living on Orcas, because for good or ill, you know most … Continue reading

Editorial | You Make a Difference File for elected county positions by May 15

— by Margie Doyle — One of the curiosities of local news publishing is how often “Government” is one of the categories that we check off before posting our stories live. School? that’s government. Fire and Rescue? that’s government, too. As is Senior Services, agriculture, marine, and many of our … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: State Legislators Block Internet Intrusion Ranker and Fain Introduce Internet Privacy Act

— from the Daily Olympian — Aided by the Congress, President Donald Trump struck a blow this week for high-tech freedom and against individuals’ privacy on the internet. Perhaps the Other Washington can strike back. Democratic state Sen. Kevin Ranker of Orcas Island and Republican Sen. Joe Fain of Auburn … Continue reading

Editorial | Community Institutions Depend on Your Vote Vote for the School Bond and the increase in Fire Commissioners

— by Margie Doyle — Orcas Island residents have the opportunity to have their say in our local government when they cast their ballots in the special election. Most island residents have received their ballots and as they cast their votes, due February 14, there is still time to witness … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Pipeline Project Poses Major Threat to San Juan Region state legislature needs to implement recommendations this coming session before the next barge incident

–by Fred Felleman and Jamie Stephens, originally published in Crosscut.com — There is a dichotomy that defines the Salish Sea, the network of waterways that includes Puget Sound, the San Juan region, and southwestern British Columbia. These deep, protected waters serve as habitat for a diversity of marine species and … Continue reading

Editorial: Giving Thanks When Others Are Hurting

— by Margie Doyle — Living and working on Orcas Island, I’m thankful: for Arts for Orcas Kids (A-OK) and the Music Advocacy Group, who work throughout the year to provide music and art experiences and learning to all our schoolchildren as part of the public school curriculum; for those … Continue reading

Editorial | Let’s Make This Our Last Columbus Day Celebration

— by Lin McNulty — “Columbus sailed the ocean blue In fourteen hundred ninety-two” We learned to recite that little ditty in school as we were taught that Christopher Columbus’ “discovery of America” in 1492 was a defining moment in our country’s history, that it is when American history really began. We are now learning to view … Continue reading

Orcas Sends a Troubadour for Our Times to the Big Apple Call to Action: See "The Climate Monologues" and Spread the Word

— a review of “The Climate Monologues” by Margie Doyle — Update: Repeat performance on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Random Howse — Sharon Abreu is an inspired listener. She listens to the stories of West Virginian coal mining families, NW activists, Tribal leaders, Mississippi teachers, a Colorado cowgirl and Orcas’ … Continue reading

Editorial: How About Fireworks That Are Better for Pets and Vets?

— by Lin McNulty — As we wade through the festivities of Independence Day, at least two groups would give anything to not experience the sounds of a lively fireworks display: pets and vets. An annual display that is a visual celebration, rather than a reenactment of war that causes vets … Continue reading

Editorial: Trust Me, You Should Have Been There

— by Margie Doyle — That’s the message implicit in all the reporting we do for Orcas Issues. Our reports, whether on a theater event, an infrastructure crisis, a non-profit campaign, or government meetings, convey to you the important, rewarding and challenging aspects of life on Orcas Island and in … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Theatre an Act of Empathy

— by Jake Perrine originally posted Nov. 2014, reprinted upon request — “Who Needs Performing Arts?” Working with the creative team at Orcas Center this fall to resurrect the high school drama program, and preparing to spearhead the community-wide pageant that is A Christmas Carol, I am consistently reminded of … Continue reading