Guest Opinion: French Elections Have Lessons for U.S. Inclusive politics on the rise

— by Tom Owens — France has just seen a revolution in their political landscape. The old guard is out. Emmanuel Macron, a new, little known politician started a new party and went on to win the Presidency.  He now faces parliamentary elections to gain seats and legislative influence.  He … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Sign the “Immigration Rights” Initiative June 30 deadline for required signatures

— by Bill Buchan — I am no longer a resident of San Juan County, but [I am doing what I can] to help get Initiative 2017-07 on the ballot. I urge each of you to do what you can to oppose the wrong-headed aspects of our President’s Immigration Policy. … Continue reading

Guest Column | Tar-Sands Threat to Northwest Waters Massive increases in marine transport of tar sands crude could easily lead to submerged oils in the Salish Sea.

— by Michael Riordan for Sightline — This article is part of the series “The Risk of Northwest Oil Spills” Every week another barge or tanker traverses the narrow straits through the San Juan Islands north of Seattle, bearing a cargo of tar-sands crude or other heavy oils from Canada, … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | A New Vision

— from Joe Symons — Imagine a county whose population of residents and visitors chooses to honor its rural, wild, sustainable, refreshing, slow, nature-dominated, non-exploitive, respectful, in-perpetuity heritage. Imagine stepping off the ferry into a sacred sanctuary. Imagine that while everything looks the same, humans operate with a mindset of … Continue reading

Guest Opinion | Whale Watching Endangers Our Orca Public comment deadline only two days away

— from Janet Thomas — The public comment deadline for supporting a protection zone for our Southern Resident orca whales is Apr. 13. The Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) are facing extinction. The science is irrefutable–the whales need to be able to access the food that is available and the … 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

Guest Opinion | Eastsound Vision Needs Many Voices

— from Marilyn Jonassen — I attended the event for public comment on the recently crafted Vision Statement for Eastsound on Friday night and was reassured by the amount of citizen interest in the future quality of our Village. A number of impassioned and thoughtful comments were made including those … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Trees in Eastsound Swale Essential to Good Development and how one woman worked to preserve essential open spaces

— by Sadie Bailey — I really appreciate the thought that went into Charlie Carver’s Letter to the Editor on March 6 (see orcasissues.com/waterfront-development-not-waterfront-reclamation/ ).Thank you for caring about Eastsound; so few Orcas people understand what we are up against here. I would add one thing to your concerns that’s … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Could Orcas Be Nantucket? Never Say Never

— by Joe Symons — Anyone who has moved to San Juan County (SJC) since 2000, and many others who already were here, may not know that in 2000 the SJC planning department commissioned a study of San Juan County specifically to be compared with other island counties on the … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Why Waterfront Development, Not Waterfront Reclamation?

— from Charles Carver — On Mar. 6 I attended a meeting of the EPRC, curious about the visioning process for Eastsound that I have heard about. I much appreciated that portion of the meeting, the items under consideration and the enthusiasm of attendees. Another topic came up at the … Continue reading