Congratulations to the City of Oak Harbor on a marathon well done. The 13th annual event drew more than 3,000 people to run along Whidbey Island’s scenic roads. And with many of those 3,000 participants came family and friends to cheer them on. That’s a pretty hefty number of visitors.
Sometimes it takes a calamity to move anything through Congress. In the case of the Green Mountain Lookout, it took a tragedy for federal lawmakers to keep an iconic structure exactly where it is.
A few weeks ago, the Whidbey News-Times did an article on homelessness here on Whidbey Island. Toni MeMaggio shared that he is giving out sack lunches to the needy every Friday and Saturday. He forgot to mention that the sack lunches are provided by Whidbey Presbyterian Church.
“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better,” said Albert Einstein, a bright fellow. Congratulations and thank you for your April 7 supplement, “Whidbey Green Guide.” It’s a helpful gift to all who enjoy the wonders of this island. May we all drink deeply of its offerings in this Earth and Ocean month.
A recent letter to the editor from Michael Monson, president of the anti-Navy group, stated people were crying “Chicken Little” because of the belief the base would close if the Coupeville group was successful in preventing the Growlers from flying out at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s OLF Coupeville.
If Michael Monson’s letter was an attempt at humor — quoting a children’s story of farm animals running willy nilly and worrying about the “sky falling” — he should keep his day job. Many of those in his group, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, may not have lived here when the specter of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station being closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission was a very real threat.
Evidently. the running gods are not superstitious. The 13th running of the Whidbey Island Marathon on the 13th of April attracted more than 3,000 registrations, nearly double the number from 2013. This year’s event featured a marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and children’s 1K.
Washington state auditor looks at 13 agencies and their disposal practices.
I spent all day Thursday in Seattle, visiting my daughter who teaches third grade at Queen Anne Elementary. Mount Rainier stood watch over the city with stunning strength and beauty, owning the landscape.
For nearly 125 years, the Whidbey News-Times has been providing loyal readers with coverage they can count on. The industry has been transformed countless times during that century, going from hot-lead presses to giant floppy disks to all-desktop. Now into our second century, newspapers are finding a place on the Internet. Our most avid website readers will notice something new starting today. All website readers will be prompted to either register their print subscription account for full online access at no additional charge, and others will be invited to subscribe.
Somewhere in time, history got a little lost. Nine years, to be exact. But now it is found. While researching past editions of the Whidbey News-Times for an upcoming column, I made a discovery related to the newspaper’s founding.
I wanted to respond to the editorial opinion in the March 26 edition. You stated that I have “little to no regard for public opinion, nor the spirit of open government.” That could not be farther from the truth. I ran for the office of mayor with a focus on public safety, economic development and increasing government transparency.
Why should anyone be concerned about their government leaders meeting behind closed doors? According to Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley, even the potential that someone “might” sue the city is reason enough to call an executive session. Using that litmus test, virtually any city action should be taken in secret if it could possibly perhaps maybe cause someone litigious to consider suing the city.
No one could be happier to see state lawmakers wrap up and head home than Gov. Jay Inslee. They departed and won’t return until January, 2015.