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: Music Festival fabulous because of community

Editor, On behalf of the board of directors of the Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Letter: Navy naysayers will have irreversible consequences

Editor, To the misguided citizens trying so very hard to force the… Continue reading

Letter: Doing simple research would have prevented today’s noise complaints

Editor, I have two properties on Whidbey Island, both in the Oak… Continue reading

Letter: Fire district has been and will be served well by Koorn

Editor, I urge all residents of Island County Fire Protection District No.… Continue reading

Letter: Severns is committed to the city, should be re-elected

Editor, This letter is to express my support for the re-election of… Continue reading

Letter: Support the candidate who serves as a ‘voice of reason’

Editor, I want to compliment all who run for office as it… Continue reading

Letter: Failure to do due diligence is a self-inflicted injury

Editor, Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your “Growler flight path”… Continue reading

Letter: Proposed housing code change is a matter of greed

Editor, I’d like to respond to reporter Laura Guido’s article, “County eyeing… Continue reading

Letter: Publisher’s column on the nose about Growler noise

Editor, Dear Publisher Keven Graves, amen to your Sept. 21 column in… Continue reading

Most Read