Letter: Oak Harbor can be unsafe, but police doing their best


This is a letter of gratitude and appreciation. My husband and I returned from spending the winter in our Arizona home in mid-May to find the homeless population had grown considerably, City Beach Park closed for renovation and an increasing lack of concern regarding public safety on the part of our city council.

At least from our perspective, it appears there is little attention given on the part of our city’s government to the steady erosion of our once-pristine environment.

As an example, we went to dinner with friends the other night and witnessed a homeless person sitting between two shrubs — using it as a toilet — across the street from the parking lot for the Pioneer building.

We are saddened and appalled by what has happened to our city.

I am, however, happy to send this letter of appreciation regarding the efforts of our police department. Officers are coming to the park, regularly, and moving along the loiterers.

Finally, we see young families using the park again. We received a call from the city this week advising the restrooms will be removed and ultimately replaced. We know there has been some damage to the facility and we worry about having a new restroom as there is little respect shown for public property.

It is truly sad that we no longer feel safe to walk the streets of our city. We are alarmed at the increase in crime and a general sense of distrust and fear. However, we applaud the police department for its efforts to protect our citizens.

Linda M. Haddon

Oak Harbor

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Greenbank Progressive Club is back ‘home,’ come and see

Editor, The Greenbank Progressive Club is back home in our clubhouse and… Continue reading

Letter: Navy League uninterested in facts, science, solutions

Editor, It’s bad news for this community and our region that the… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Balkanizing the Rock: What distrust may lead to

I’m just back from a dream trip along the coast of Slovenia… Continue reading

Letter: Growlers were designed to be loud, to be heard by all

Editor, We hear it all the time. We have the best military… Continue reading

Letter: How can one not notice our changing climate?

Editor, Mr. Gunther, thank you for your letter to the editor of… Continue reading

Letter: Many helped to make 2019 garden tour a huge success

Editor, The Oak Harbor Garden Club would like to thank those in… Continue reading

Letter: Another reason why Island County area is so healthy

Editor, Unrecognized too often are the special people who go the extra… Continue reading

Letter: Apparent effort to silence opposition ‘anti-American’

Editor, To whomever has been stealing the anti-Growler yards signs in Coupeville,… Continue reading

Letter: State should use taxation system akin to California’s

Editor, On Proposition 13, the California property tax revolt of 1978 —… Continue reading

Most Read