Janet Thomas: Why Now, Vietnam?

On Saturday, May 26th, the Friday Harbor American Legion Post 163 will be open to the public for a special Memorial weekend visitors’ day event. And I’ll be there. No, I am not a veteran of Vietnam. But my life was profoundly affected by those who are. “War Never Ends” is the name of the local Vietnam Veterans exhibit at SJIMA—and it is true. War lives on, shaping lives and destroying them too.


Note to Self: Raise & Release


I find myself compelled to comment on the trending “college admissions scandal.” If you haven’t been following the saga, you may be shocked to learn (hold on to something to steady yourself) that wealthy parents often use their influence, fund endowments, pay for building construction and brazenly just bribe elite institutions to get their mediocre academic offspring admitted.


The Stand Up Men: Starting fund raising campaign

To the Editor:

Perhaps you’ve noticed us standing at the corner of the courthouse lawn every Friday from noon until one. Ten to 15 to 20 guys with a couple of banners and a couple of signs. We are the Stand Up Men and are united in supporting efforts to end domestic violence in our island communities. As such, we are part of an entity called Safe San Juans.

This month we are beginning a fund raising campaign that we think will have a positive effect on the islands for years to come. Our goal is to raise $45,000 to support sexual assault and domestic violence prevention education for our kids, their teachers and their parents. The goal behind this program is that students and adults will learn how to detect and correct unhealthy relationships and how to create and maintain healthy ones.

Is there a need for such a program? Don’t we live in paradise with few of the problems associated with the big cities? One interesting statistic is that our San Juan County Sheriff’s office reports domestic violence accounts for more than half of all the calls they receive. More than half! And nationwide statistics say that one out of three women and one out of six men will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes.

What can you do to help? Perhaps you could consider donating to help raise the $45,000 needed for this educational project. The Stand Up Men will be canvassing the business community and we also want to encourage individuals to check out the Safe San Juan website. At the website you’ll be able to see what Safe San Juans is all about and to find out more about Stand Up Men. And there are some cute yellow buttons there just in case you may care to make a donation.

Thank you for your consideration.


The Stand Up Men



Explanation for delayed posting of press releases from PA

There are three press releases from the San Juan County Prosecutor's office posted Sunday evening. The press releases were dated March 25, April 2 and April 5. They were sent to other members of the media but not to San Juan Islander. I had to file a Public Records Request to obtain them. My efforts to find out why San Juan Islander was removed from the media list have been unsuccessful.  


Stand Up Men: Raising $45K for SAFE San Juan

Stand Up Men chose April, Sexual Assault month, to launch a campaign to dramatically upgrade SAFE San Juans' in-school and community prevention education programs. SAFE’s mission is to make our community and youth free from sexual assault and domestic violence.

The Stand Up Men can be seen every Friday from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in front of San Juan County Courthouse. Matt Pranger photo


San Juan Island Real Estate market summary

The first quarter results for San Juan Island were very similar to the first quarter results last year. San Juan Island’s dollar volume for the quarter reflected a decrease of 12.5% as compared to the same quarter in 2018. The first quarters are often a roller coaster for our islands and are affected by weather, local and national events. The number of transactions was down 31%.