Letters to the Editor

Letter: Be certain to you pay your property taxes on time

Editor, Taxpayers of Island County, please take note. Property taxes are due April 30, 2019. Please mail early. When you mail your tax payment from… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2019

Letter: People of Oak Harbor deserve rent, tax cuts

Editor, I think the people in Oak Harbor deserve a rent reduction and property tax reduction. The Navy is bringing 36 more EA-18G jet airplanes.… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2019

Letter: Military Catholics welcome at the community parishes

Editor, Members of the Catholic communities of St. Augustine in Oak Harbor and St. Mary in Coupeville join our fellow Catholics at Naval Air Station… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2019

Letter: Why doesn’t the Navy take jets off of Whidbey?

Editor, This is regarding EA-18G and F/A-18 training flights Why doesn’t the Navy conduct this training at Selah Airfield at the Yakima Training Center? It’s… Continue reading

  • Apr 9, 2019

Letter: What is going on with the Senior Center bus?

Editor, I am appalled at the City of Oak Harbor. For the past 10 years, the bus used by the Senior Center has given many… Continue reading

  • Apr 9, 2019

Letter: Why did a noise naysayer move in next to airfield?

Editor, You have given substantial coverage to Robert O. Brown’s complaints about Growler noise and Navy aviators not flying “where they are supposed to.” Mr.… Continue reading

  • Apr 9, 2019

Letter: Is this noisy life the new Navy normal on Whidbey?

Editor, Is the Navy planning on “taking” Whidbey Island from us? The Secretary of the Navy has said their declared expansion is only returning to… Continue reading

  • Apr 9, 2019

Letter: Growler jets are flying off of their flight patterns

Editor, I fully support our military and their mission to keep America safe, but as I read the Saturday April 6 Whidbey News-Times article about… Continue reading

  • Apr 9, 2019

Letter: There’s much more that the taxpayer needs to know

Editor, Letter writer Mark Wahl, of Langley, accurately noted in the March 27 Whidbey News-Times that the 300-pound gorilla influencing housing issues here is our… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2019

Letter: Characterization of Navy personnel was offensive

Editor, I found Mr. Wahl’s characterization of Navy personnel offputting (March 27 letter to the editor). He thinks the 300-pound gorilla is Navy personnel “soaking… Continue reading

  • Apr 5, 2019

Letter: Puget Sound Energy was not transparent on bill

Editor, This is a tale of woe that began last summer, involving two households, a failed shared well and Puget Sound Energy. When our well… Continue reading

  • Apr 2, 2019

Letter: Thanking those who made annual event a big success

Editor, Another incredible St. Patrick’s Day parade and pub crawl was pulled off without a hitch, thanks to such an eclectic group of volunteers from… Continue reading

  • Apr 2, 2019

Letter: Jet noise is crippling for Navy veteran husband

Editor, As a 19-year resident of Coupeville, I am finding it difficult to understand why, at 79, I am forced to consider selling my “forever”… Continue reading

  • Apr 2, 2019

Letter: Why is housing company not paying property taxes?

Editor, Why isn’t the privately owned Navy family housing company paying real estate taxes? The family homes on the Navy base are owned by a… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2019

Letter: State needs to spend within its income limits

Editor, Tuesday March 25, the Washington State House of Representatives released its proposed budget. Listening to an interview with the House minority leader yesterday afternoon,… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2019

Letter: Increased Growler noise diminishes island’s value

Editor, After years of testimonies and commentaries and public meetings and protests, the Navy has determined what it already knew — that, despite the proven… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2019

Letter: Growler noise levels are overwhelming, unfair

Editor, For the past three years, I’ve attended meetings, presentations and rallies, signed postcards, written letters and hoped that the U.S. Navy would minimize their… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2019

Letter: Navy needs to be part of the solution for housing

Editor, I read in Saturday’s, March 23 Whidbey News-Times that Whidbey leaders in planning and real estate met to try to “solve” Whidbey’s burgeoning housing… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019

Letter: Don’t believe false claims about MMR vaccine safety

Editor, The following is in response to the Feb. 20 letter to the editor by Ed. A. Drum. Mr. Drum made unsubstantiated claims about how… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019

Letter: Habitat for Humanity saw successful building event

Editor, Thank you for a successful Women Build 2019 event. On March 8 and 9, we saw over 80 enthusiastic Women Build volunteers at our… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2019