Okay, things had better calm down now so that I can get my column up on Mondays again! Like many of you, I was caught up in last week’s blender on high speed when all I would have said anyway was, “Hang on, this is going to be a rough ride!” It was for many people. But now that the war in the heavens has calmed down and everyone is tending to the wounded (including themselves), we come into the true feeling of approaching autumn; the Equinox is on Saturday and Mercury will be in Libra with the Sun. We come into the time of year of bonfires, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, falling leaves and a general winding down to prepare for winter.
To the Editor:
This is a wonderful community - one that deserves a constant flow of gratitude. Today I’d like to say many thanks to United Way of San Juan County and everyone in the community who gives to United Way, both monetarily and by giving of their time! United Way has supported Hospice of San Juan reliably over the years, and is one of very few sources of “no strings attached” funding for our operational expenses.
On behalf of the Board and staff of the Orcas Community Resource Center, we urge all members of our community to vote in favor of YES FOR HOMES on the November 2018 San Juan County ballot.
We live in an interesting time with respect to earth’s ecology. Several centuries of extreme overhunting by humans – first by European colonials and later with commercial overexploitation and human population expansion – have resulted in animals at the top of most food webs being removed.
As General Counsel for the largest public employee labor union in Orange County, California, I represent working people at scores of municipal offices, including those of the District Attorney and Public Defender. I know from my own experience how fortunate San Juan County residents are to have a Prosecuting Attorney with the integrity and experience of Randy Gaylord, and I strongly support his re-election.
Please join me in saying YES for Homes Coalition of San Juan County in the next election! I’m a lifelong Islander and I’ve seen dramatic change in affordable housing and home ownership in San Juan County, and it’s not for the better. Please consider your neighbors, the elderly, and children growing up here, their teachers, your health care providers, house cleaners, bankers and bakers, when you fill out your ballots this fall.
We owe it to our community to help with the housing crisis in San Juan County. You can do just that by voting YES! https://yesforhomes.net
Lisa Nash Lawrence
I was relieved to read that the San Juan Island Public Hospital District overrode the fear-based concerns of EMS Chief, Jerry Martin. As reported in your article, “he believes it is too dangerous for his EMTs to administer the pre-packaged nasal spray” (Naloxone).
Last Tuesday’s SRKW Task Force meeting at the Swinomish Casino and Lodge in Anacortes reflected all the bells and whistles of capitalism vs. life itself. When I arrived at 7:30 in the morning, there was a fellow in the parking lot who looked like he knew where he was going. I mentioned the Task Force meeting and he said, “Yes. Follow me.” So, I did.
Thank you, Community Foundation,
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) was thrilled to participate in the County Fair Matching Grant Program by the Community Foundation of San Juan Island.
We were in the company of many worthy organizations that make our community more healthy, livable and cohesive. We all thrive due to the work, commitment to excellence and contributions of the SJICF.
And, thank you the individual donors who supported our Family Art Days, the island’s only free program for families. More FAD’s are coming soon.
The Board of Trustees of SJIMA
Six heavenly bodies occupy Earth signs and the Moon will make it seven this weekend. As we move away from the frantic pace of summer in the northern hemisphere, there is a collective sigh of relief. We have a chance to slow down and catch up with each other now, and while things wax ever more insane out in the wild, we have a chance to share our harvests and swap some stories. We can achieve that earthy feel that connects us to the planet and to each other. The nights are cooler, the days are shorter and pumpkin flavored things are popping up like Whack-A-Moles.