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Dan Whitmarsh Dan Whitmarsh Love thy neighbor Violence changes us. It drills into our hearts with anxiety and fear. Violence drives us to self-protection. It puts us constantly on watch … more
Joseph Pentheroudakis It was the summer of 1992. I had recently moved to Seattle and was on the ferry to Southworth crossing Colvos Passage, the strait between Vashon Island and the Kitsap … more
Sue Surratt Fourth of July—Herron Island Style It's a reunion of sorts as you walk up Herron Road from the ferry dock. Islanders and guests mingle and prepare for a weekend of patriotic … more
Frank Slater Elections Belong to the People Abraham Lincoln spoke of our government as being of the people, by the people, and for the people. National polls show unprecedented unfavorable … more
Kevin Reed Call From "Not Provided" This morning I’m lying there, dozing on one of the few days I get to sleep in for a bit, and I’m slapped awake by a phone call on my landline. I look at … more
Cathy Warner I Wauna Call It Home Perusing Redfin’s real estate website a year ago, I fell for a gray shingled house with granny green carpet and a Gig Harbor address, hoping it would be the … more
Sue Surratt One Summer Night On Herron Island, visitors and residents alike are drawn almost with the pull of the tides down to beautiful North Beach. You are immediately captivated by the … more
Monica Rakowski How to Start a Community Garden Last year, the KP came together to build a community garden at the Red Barn, our local youth center. About 30 people, including quite a few kids, … more
Dan Whitmarsh Dan Whitmarsh Reflections on a Decade I moved here on a snowy day in March 2006 so I’ve been part of the Key Peninsula community for a decade now. I’ve been thinking a … more
Anne Nesbit The children are watching How should a community react when a child is harmed? The reality is that as caregivers (parents, guardians, older siblings, relatives), we are the most … more
T.S. Dickson 'Dude, Where's My Internet?' Dear KP Techie: “I work from home on the KP a couple of days a week and my Internet is really slow, which makes it difficult to do my job. Not to … more
Joseph Pentheroudakis Comings and goings Spring migration has come to the Pacific Flyway, the north-south route that migrating birds follow along the west coast of the Americas. A busy time in … more
Dale Goodvin Through the Filters that Abide At some point many of us have realized that we are seeing a blurred, indistinct, pale imitation of the real world. We go to a doctor and buy a pair … more
Rob Vajko Don't Let the Next President Ruin Your Friendships Election years are rarely defined by the word “unity,” and this one even less so. It isn’t simply along party lines either. … more
Carolyn Wiley A Sign for Our Times I am driving up the Key when I spy the sign—actually my favorite sign—and growing more so as the county works to stabilize the east side of the road … more
Kevin Reed Content, context and correctness Have you noticed that the national political split we see in the presidential race seems to rip all the way down to each of us as individuals? Makes … more
Sue Surratt Tides of Change It was 1975 when I first stepped ashore on Herron Island. I've been here off and on ever since. I've come to realize this unique little island offered childhood … more
Frank Slater Follow the rules A recent GOP survey I completed contained this question: “Would you support immigration reform that included securing our borders and a path to citizenship for … more
Monika Rakowski Monica Rakowski Cannabis, a powerful herbal medicine I was warned against writing this column. After considering the consequences, I decided this topic is too important not … more
Anne Nesbit You can stop suicide All you have to do is listen. Most people thinking of suicide want to stay alive. They are instead struggling to live with the pain they feel and are looking … more
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