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Friday, 31 March 2017 15:16

Logging Articles Miss Some Key Points

I am an associate professor with Washington State University Extension Forestry. I provide education and assistance to small-forest landowners in six Puget Sound counties.

Friday, 31 March 2017 15:14

Logging on the Key

Even though logging companies need a forest renewal plan to get the permit that requires them to replant within three years, some have found a loophole where they purchase the land, clear it with a permit from DNR, then go to the county to get the property use changed and then resell it without doing the forest renewal plan and leaving behind a mess for the people of the Key Peninsula to deal with. The companies who are doing a lot of the clear-cutting on the Key Peninsula do not care about what is happening here, they are only looking to profit.

This is happening in my neighborhood right now and I have talked with the DNR. The gentleman who was hired to cut down the trees was the one who informed me that the companies are sending out letters to landowners on the Key who have timber on their land to see if they will sell. The property in my neighborhood wasn't even for sale, and now they have started putting in the septic and well. I guess they went to the county and had it changed, even though their permit with DNR said they were going to replant. 

I understand that this can work well for the selling landowner, but not for life on the Key.

Emme McAbee

Lakebay

Friday, 31 March 2017 15:12

Education Funding

I would like to make a few comments on state Sen. Angel's article about school funding.

Friday, 31 March 2017 15:10

A Thank You from the Superintendent

During my first seven months here, I have had meetings at least two or three times a week with some group, organization or individual seeking to find ways they can support our students and this school district.

Sunday, 29 January 2017 13:55

PSD Thanks Community for Input

The Peninsula School District recently released results of our Thoughtexchange survey, which took place over the last several months. Thoughtexchange is like an online meeting, allowing community members, parents, teachers and staff to anonymously say anything they feel needs to be said.

Invitations to participate were sent to everyone who lives in the district. In total, 2,802 people participated and shared 6,554 comments, including both concerns about and praise for PSD.

Among the top concerns were overcrowded classrooms, the need to update facilities and technology, too much testing and students with behavioral problems.

The top kudos for PSD were for great teachers who care for our kids, the positive learning environment, and our communications and security upgrades.

PSD will use Thoughtexchange again within the next few months to solicit feedback from the community about our long-range facilities plan.

We are incredibly grateful for the level of participation and the thoughtfulness of the community’s responses. We particularly appreciate the concerns expressed, as this gives us a better understanding of where we need to improve.

To view the survey results, go to psd401.thoughtexchange.com/welcome.

Rob Manahan, Ph.D.

Superintendent

 

Peninsula School District

Sunday, 29 January 2017 13:54

Defending the Second Amendment

I am a member of the NRA, a member of the national organization APIII, a legal gun owner who practices regularly, a concealed pistol license holder and a strong advocate of the Second Amendment. I recently attended the gun rally at the state Capitol building Jan. 13 where several hundred armed citizens joined to send a very strong and clear message to Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the Legislature opposing his new gun legislation.

Firearms and our Second Amendment, whether one wants to admit it or not, have been and always will be the security that ensures our constitutional rights are extended to every U.S. citizen.

The proposed legislation is an attempt to infringe on our Second Amendment rights. It does not mention and would do nothing to address the unlawful possession of firearms by criminals, while requiring the legal owner of a semi-automatic handgun to obtain a yearly permit to own their “assault weapon” because it can hold more than 10 rounds in the magazine.

That's not sensible legislation and frankly I'm disgusted with politicians continually wasting our tax dollars and their time promoting worthless legislation that does nothing but turn upstanding citizens into potential felons.

I urge readers to contact their state representatives to voice opposition to senseless legislation such as this.

 

Eric Erdman

 

Lakebay

Sunday, 01 January 2017 12:41

A New Year’s Wish

Dear Neighbors: 2016 was a year we will all remember and one that we hope will lead to a better and more peaceful world. While some are pessimistic, we remain optimistic because of the people we know.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:51

Postelection Reflection

A wise person told me that we vote our lifestyle. I'm not sharing how I voted, but I will tell you that education, compassion and children are at the forefront of my decisions.

Let me tell you a little about my fifth-grade students.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:50

Postelection Reflection

In hopes of getting away from the drama of the presidential election, I switched to the CD that had been living in my car, unplayed for several years. Great song from 1992: 10,000 Maniacs, "Candy Everybody Wants." I don’t remember listening to the lyrics before, but heard them this time.

Thursday, 01 December 2016 09:50

KP Postal History

I commend the Key Peninsula News on the November article, “The Key Peninsula's Peculiar Postal History” (KP News, November 2016). This was an especially interesting, well-researched and well-written article. It cleared up many questions I've had about the names and locations of the various post office locations. Keep up the great work!

 

Merry A. Kogut

 

Herron Island

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