Letters to the Editor

Letter: Sound Defense Alliance more than a ‘handful’ of disgruntled island locals

Editor, Recent letters to the editor painted an inaccurate picture of the Sound Defense Alliance, or SDA, portraying the group as a handful of disgruntled… Continue reading

  • Jun 18, 2019

Letter: Jet noise can affect health and welfare of residents

Editor, As a retired professional with 40 years of experience in the mental health field, I’m concerned about the health and welfare of citizens —… Continue reading

  • Jun 18, 2019

Letter: What it means to be the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve

Editor, It’s hard to be to be a leader in our world today. Since its founding in 2012, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, has… Continue reading

  • Jun 18, 2019

Letter: Dave Paul is doing great job as a state representative

Editor, People who serve as elected officials work hard for the people they serve. I am very impressed with state Rep. Dave Paul, who represents… Continue reading

  • Jun 18, 2019

Letter: Many changes are needed at Oak Harbor City Hall

Editor, The April 10 Whidbey News-Times contained a front-page article that Patrick Harman is running for mayor of Oak Harbor because, he said, “the current… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2019

Letter: Writer’s suggestion in his letter ‘smacks of fascism’

Editor, The pretentious critique by John Thompson of Dr. Dawn Keith-Madeiros’ Sound Off further illustrates misconceptions encouraged by biased reporting. A public safety information meeting… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2019

Letter: Steps should be taken to regain control of fire district

Editor, Where or where has the fire district gone? It was with great disappointment that I read both newspaper and social media accounts of the… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2019

Letter: Idea for moving jet practices a good one

Editor, The May 18 suggestion in the letter by Robert Brown, Walt Sutton and Bill Lane to move Growler landing practice operations to Joint Base… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2019

Letter: ‘Sanctuary’ is falling victim to progress

Editor, My wife’s mother turned 104 years old earlier this month. Now she lives in town. It was National Fireman’s Appreciation Day and a bunch… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2019

Letter: Garage a blessing to those in most need

Editor, Garage of Blessings is a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to assist others in a time of need. The Garage of Blessings collects… Continue reading

  • Jun 14, 2019

Letter: Proposed ‘solutions’ to the jet noise are nonsense

Editor, I read the letter to the editor by Patty Houts-Hussey and think someone needs to speak up. She claims that two Growlers were recently… Continue reading

  • Jun 11, 2019

Letter: Publisher should use fewer anecodotes, do research

Editor, Keven Graves’ recent Opinion column about homelessness invites empathy, but it fails to look deeply enough to reflect responsibly on a very complex, tragic… Continue reading

  • Jun 11, 2019

Letter: It isn’t always about money

Editor, Money wins over aesthetics, trees, ambiance. The land on the corner of State Highway 20 and East Sleeper Road was sold to the highest… Continue reading

  • Jun 7, 2019

Letter: Letter writer remark ‘sexist,’ but services are necessary

Editor, John Thompson was correct. Some letters should be returned to the writers for a rewrite, including his. He should have been given the opportunity… Continue reading

  • Jun 7, 2019

Letter: Anti-jet noise rep incorrectly labeled the Navy as a ‘bully’

Editor, In her May 29 letter to the editor, Paula Spina incorrectly stated the Navy as the “bully” in the situation regarding the OLF in… Continue reading

  • Jun 7, 2019

Letter: OLF Coupeville was chosen long ago as ideal location

Editor, I read the letter to the editor by Jim Innes, “OLF was here before the noise complainers.” I then thought, “while I’m not one… Continue reading

  • Jun 7, 2019

Letter: Blame for homeless issues doesn’t lie with nonprofits

Editor, A letter of response to Dawn Keith-Madeiros. Our family moved to Oak Harbor in October 1975 and built our home south of town. Oak… Continue reading

  • Jun 7, 2019

Letter: Wants to see ‘balanced resolution’ to OLF issues

Editor, This week, I witnessed firsthand the dangers we are facing with the increased number of Growlers practicing around Outlying Landing Field Coupeville. Growler jets… Continue reading

  • Jun 4, 2019

Letter: Replacing aging bridge needs to remain an option

Editor, As the writer of the advertisement published in this newspaper, I want to thank John Bjoge for reading the article and writing a response… Continue reading

  • Jun 4, 2019

Letter: Sound Off should have been returned for rewrite

Editor, The editor of the Whidbey News-Times must have taken an early Memorial Day weekend. The Sound Off by Dr. Dawn Keith-Madeiros should have been… Continue reading

  • Jun 4, 2019