In a recent article of the Naval War College Review, two authors discuss the growing problem of “lawfare” whereby non-governmental organizations, or NGOs, such as the Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC, and Greenpeace, have waged “legal war” on traditional military training.
There is serious work afoot to change the name of Whidbey General Hospital to the unimaginative and non-descriptive “Whidbey Health.”
In recent weeks, Oak Harbor lost Rich Linsenmayer, who was a remarkable husband, father, grandfather, teacher, coach, colleague and friend.
The beach and Wonn Road belong to the people, not the Montgomerys.
WhidbeyHealth? Is this a medical clinic? A fitness center? A health club?
In the wake of the Interstate 5 bridge collapse, I thought about the two most critical links to Island County residents: Deception Pass bridges and the State Highway 532 bridge to Camano Island. What would happen if these bridges were closed for a lengthy time due to structural failure, failure due to natural disasters such as earthquakes or terrorist activities?
Washington State Ferries, the City of Mukilteo and WSDOT are looking at a “Road Diet” concept for the new road alignment when the new ferry terminal is built in Mukilteo.
Accusations by Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce President Jason McFadyen in the Jan. 20 Whidbey News-Times about the distribution process of the county’s 2 percent hotel-motel tax funds as “being undermined by politics and or some other rationale …” are indeed unfortunate. They imply that the current involvement of the Island County Commissioners in this process is somehow unfair to the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
The (proposed) meeting room (at the Oak Harbor sewer plant) is another Oak Harbor boondoggle. It ranks right up there with the Pioneer Way fiasco.
I read the Jan. 13 front page story, “Battle for Wonn Road may end with settlement,” and I’m so upset about this whole thing. It should never had been an issue.
It is incredible that the Board of Island County Commissioners is considering accepting the 66-page “offer” of the Montgomerys in the case of Wonn Road’s public access.
We’re fortunate in Island County to have competent judges who rule with principled ethics and beneficial values. But the concept of judgment, condemnation and incarceration alone isn’t accomplishing what an enlightened civilization needs.
As we put away the last of the decorations to welcome in the New Year, we wanted to take a moment to think about the wonderful community we are so blessed to live in and to say thank you! We’ve had the privilege of coordinating a Christmas program for children on Whidbey since 2006, first as an Oak Harbor Venture Club project and then through the Soroptimists.
On Jan. 12, the extremist Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve group conducted a planned rant to the Island County Commissioners.
To our Island County commissioners regarding the “occupation” of Wonn Road: I doubt that I am the only one to see the timely similarity between the misguided guys with guns occupying public lands in Oregon and the bullies with money in Greenbank occupying public road access.
Let’s compare the behavior of two wealthy men regarding beach property near their houses.
Please join those who cherish bio-diversity and a good time Jan. 30 for WEANFEST II, Whidbey Environmental Action Network’s Annual Gala at the beautiful Bayview Hall.
Contrary to your editorial of Jan. 13, I assert that engaging in a court battle over Wonn Road is indeed worth its costs.
To the other three people recently fired by Mayor Dudley, I would like to say thank you for your work. I have been told that all of you were excellent, talented workers who have served our city well.