Letters to the Editor

Letter: Vegas corporation pouring money into council races

Editor, As the election draws near, Oak Harbor is once again inundated with a forest of yard signs. Hoping to influence voters with a slogan… Continue reading

  • Oct 17, 2019

Letter: Music Festival fabulous because of community

Editor, On behalf of the board of directors of the Oak Harbor Music Festival, I would like to express our sincere thanks to all the… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2019

Letter: Navy naysayers will have irreversible consequences

Editor, To the misguided citizens trying so very hard to force the Navy to leave Whidbey Island — admit it; that has been your agenda… Continue reading

  • Oct 15, 2019

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

Editor, I have two properties on Whidbey Island, both in the Oak Harbor area. When we first came to the Island in 1989 on a… Continue reading

  • Oct 11, 2019

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

Editor, I urge all residents of Island County Fire Protection District No. 2 to vote for Marv Koorn as commissioner of North Whidbey Fire and… Continue reading

  • Oct 11, 2019

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

Editor, This letter is to express my support for the re-election of Bob Severns as mayor of Oak Harbor. I am a resident of the… Continue reading

  • Oct 11, 2019

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

Editor, I want to compliment all who run for office as it is difficult with mass media sharing fiction, fact and other which can lead… Continue reading

  • Oct 8, 2019

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

Editor, Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your “Growler flight path” column, Mr. Graves, and how those who live under it made the choice… Continue reading

  • Oct 8, 2019

Letter: Proposed housing code change is a matter of greed

Editor, I’d like to respond to reporter Laura Guido’s article, “County eyeing cluster housing code revamp.” This proposal supports greed and does not help working… Continue reading

  • Oct 8, 2019

Letter: Salute the ‘sound of freedom,’ its impact on community

Editor, This past Fathers Day, me and my dad, former Oak Harbor mayor Al Koetje, sat down and talked about what Naval Air Station Whidbey… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2019

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

Editor, Dear Publisher Keven Graves, amen to your Sept. 21 column in the Whidbey News-Times regarding the controversial Outlying Field Coupeville and Naval Air Station… Continue reading

  • Oct 7, 2019

Letter: If you agree with retired captain’s letter, say ‘ditto’

Editor, Navy Capt. Larry Salter wrote an eloquent Sound Off in the Sept. 28 issue of the Whidbey News-Times. He summarized my feelings exactly, only… Continue reading

  • Oct 4, 2019

Letter: Captain offers up same old tired arguments

Editor, I just had to respond to the “Sound Off” article in the Saturday Sept. 28 Whidbey News-Times by Bremerton resident Capt. Larry Salter, USN… Continue reading

  • Oct 4, 2019

Letter: Need to live closer to jets’ roar to understand

Editor, Your take on the sound “noise” made by the Growlers is wrong. Normally I would not tell someone they are totally wrong but I… Continue reading

  • Oct 1, 2019

Letter: Navy hasn’t learned any lessons from the past

Editor, Apparently the U.S. Navy never did learn the lessons of Pearl Harbor. With all these atomic bombs and nuclear ships, we are a target.… Continue reading

  • Oct 1, 2019

Letter: Environment should be a co-plaintiff in Navy lawsuit

Editor, The U.S. Navy in Oak Harbor is a very bad neighbor indeed. Not only do their Growler fly overs violate my sound space, they… Continue reading

  • Oct 1, 2019

Letter: Keep in mind, America’s adversaries are watching

Editor, We as a community are divided over the Navy’s continued use of Outlying Field Coupeville for fleet carrier flight crew bounce training. A word… Continue reading

  • Oct 1, 2019

Letter: Tax payments: Don’t assume we lost your check, it’s likely in the mail

Editor, Island County retrieves its mail from the post office daily at 8:30 a.m. By 10, it has been distributed to the appropriate department or… Continue reading

  • Sep 27, 2019

Letter: Candidate comments at recent forum left a bad first impression

Editor, I read with interest your news coverage of the local candidates’ forum at the Elks Lodge on Sept. 19. I was particularly struck by… Continue reading

  • Sep 27, 2019

Letter: Affordable housing project opposition is misguided

Editor, I respectfully believe the Main Street Association appeal of the Pioneer Way affordable housing project is misguided. The City of Oak Harbor Planning Department… Continue reading

  • Sep 24, 2019