The Board of Island County Commissioners gives considerable attention to the importance of protecting our Island environment. Environmental considerations are always at the forefront of our choices while balancing other factors including vital infrastructure, property rights, agricultural needs and overall economic enhancement.
First, property values in a few neighborhoods within Island County increased by that amount, but the overall increase within the county was much less. For example, within the area served by Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue, AVs rose 3.9 percent.
My heart is breaking. I love my country, but I cannot love the state it is in. What is going on? Are we killing each other because we are not technically at war and most of our conflicts are carried out with drones? Are we really such a vicious species that we always need to have a target?
Instead, the public’s concern about Growler jet noise was met with systemic stonewalling, hostility and shocking disregard for the harms people suffer. Openly hostile board members have canceled a meeting with no public notice and attempted to relegate citizen input to the end of the meeting, instead of at the beginning, as has always been the practice.
Donald Trump doesn’t keep his promises and doesn’t pay his bills. Remember when he claimed that donors were offering him “millions of dollars” for his campaign? He said he told them, “I don’t want your money.” If he took their money, he said, they would own him. He would finance his own campaign and be his own man.
One of the most highly read items in the Whidbey News-Times has historically been “Island Scanner,” which is a collection of 911 calls to either the Island County Sheriff’s Office or Oak Harbor Police Department. We often hear grumbling from loyal readers when one hasn’t published in awhile. Trust us, given the its popularity, we try to run Island Scanner as often as possible. Island residents aren’t the only ones interested in the Whidbey 911 calls. There’s a radio station in Bellingham that reads News-Times’ Scanner items on the air. There was also a Facebook page dedicated to it.
Question of the Week: What do you think of the new mobile game Pokemon Go that has people wandering all over town?
Whidbey Island Rocks is capturing the imagination and interest of people of all ages in our community in a way that is interactive and fun.
It’s time to put action to words and for a community member to step up and help make decisions about how local tax dollars are being spent.
I send my deepest sympathies to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department and to the wives, husbands, children, mothers, fathers, family members and friends of those officers who lost their lives in the tragic and senseless killings on Thursday.
Question of the Week: Should there be a mid-block crosswalk on East Whidbey Avenue, between State Highway 20 and Oak Harbor Street?