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Guest Column by Alex MacLeod: Why doesn't council demand solutions from WSF

According to Washington State Ferries, fewer than half of all ferry sailings in the San Juans through July have departed on time. The exact number is 44.1%.

Late sailings have become so standard that the measure WSF uses to determine “late” — leaving the dock more than 10 minutes behind the posted departure — we have come to consider something of a miracle. We’re much more used to sailings being 30 to 90 minutes late, sometimes longer.

Alex MacLeod: WSF service a mess, County Council needs to step up

I don’t know about you, but it sure seems like ferry service in the islands just keeps getting worse. That’s also the assessment of Jim Corenman, the longtime chair of the county’s Ferry Advisory Committee (FAC), who summarized it in a note to me recently “as bad as I’ve ever seen it and almost certain to get worse.”

Guest Column: Visitor's view of stereotyped photographers

Recently, we were guests on your beautiful island. As a senior citizen and a novice photographer, we enjoyed the beauty of your island. We reside on a nearby island. However, we were also treated to some hostility by some well meaning, "locals". I would like to point out that not ALL of the photographers who visit the island violate the wildlife regulations.

Reasons why guest column/letter about COVID at SJCT was removed

From the editor: Readers are wondering what happened to Kate Small's letter/guest column. It was removed Monday after she told me it wasn't supposed to be a letter to the editor and that it contained many inaccuracies. 

Small sent in the following letter explaining her first email. It speaks for itself. 

Sheriff Krebs: Reflections on the devastating fire and aftermath

On April 7th, our town was changed forever by an act of arson.

There are no words to describe how it felt to arrive on scene and see the scope and magnitude of the fire. It was devastating to watch our iconic downtown burn. The destruction was extensive and the unanswered questions of how and why weighed heavily on all of us. An immediate investigation into the cause of the fire quickly resulted in the identification and arrest of the suspect, giving some small closure to those questions, for which I am grateful, and we can now concentrate on healing and rebuilding.

Windermere set up in Islander Bank's former admin building

It's been two weeks.

Two weeks ago, our lives were impacted by the single, criminal act of a lost soul. Millions of dollars in material damage is just a number, but the collective shock and personal suffering of everyone who worked in the buildings along with their families, friends and neighbors has a greater impact than cash ever could.

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