Sound Defense Alliance: We Hear them – Do they Hear Us?

The recent letter sent by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) to the Secretary of the Navy echoes the region’s concerns in a long list of mitigations and considerations for the Navy to address. Some of these include: adverse effects on historical structures, agriculture and tourism. Members recognized that Growler jet noise would impact more than Central Whidbey.


Janet Thomas: The Science of Exploitation

On my morning beach walks, I bliss out in one direction and pick up plastic in the other. Either, Or and Holy Both. (Or “Wholly Both” if C.S. Lewis is to be quoted precisely.) The Either/Or of it all is having its way with me these days and it is not a pretty sight. Most recently it’s with the WA State Legislative process as they decide to act on behalf of whale-watching industry over the Southern Resident orcas.


Orca Relief Citizens Alliance letter to all legislators about killer whale's "acoustic hell"

Dear Senator Rolfes,

Thank you for your service and commitment to the people and places of Washington State. Because of the snow here in Friday Harbor, I was unable to be in Olympia for yesterday's testimony on behalf of the southern resident orca whales and their need for quiet and undisturbed waters in order to survive.

Here is my two-minute testimony in writing:


Janet Thomas: To Care Or Not To Care

“How do we make people care?” was my last discussion with scientist, Dr. Timothy Ragen, the retired Executive Director of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. We’d both been in Olympia on Tuesday to testify in support of noise-and disturbance-free waters for the Southern Resident orca whales.


Power: If I Were Randy Gaylord

Dear Editors,

Many people have approached me asking for my views on Sheriff Krebs’ manipulation of the courtroom security camera so that defense counsel notes were legible during the criminal trial of State v. Dustin Schible.

It is too early tell the full extent and duration of this type of conduct. But is essential that this must be resolved.


Janet Thomas: Being of Service

I had to go to India to meet Jeff Asher. I was at Deer Park Institute in northern India when another islander, Kurt Schwalbe, showed up to teach the Heart Sutra—with Jeff Asher in tow. Kurt, who is a Tibetan scholar and a Unitarian minister as well as a commercial diver, got me to Deer Park to begin with and I will be forever grateful. Ten years of visiting India has taught me a landslide of heart/mind lessons that I needed to learn.

Jeff at the local Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, N. India