Editor, During this special season of giving thanks, we would like to acknowledge the sponsors, vendors, presenters and participants for their support of the 2013 Caregiver Conference, “Caregiver Safety Nets.” These donations made the conference experience a very rewarding one for our caregivers, who play such an important role in the lives of their loved ones and their community. Caregivers on Whidbey Island are fortunate to have the support of so many community agencies, businesses and individuals.
Editor, I’m about to rescue my fifth stray cat, a young neutered male, since moving here in 2009. I have found the stray and feral cat situation here out of control. WAIF has an excellent spay and neuter program and they are a wonderful organization. I do have a theory and it doesn’t involve just blaming the military.
Editor, North Whidbey Aquatic Club is the only North Whidbey youth athletic team with a fullsalaried coach funded by the taxpayers. The pool board seems to understand that the subsidy they give to their NWAC and masters family members and friends is only about 30 percent of the $40-$60 each property owner is assessed for the North Whidbey park and recreation tax levy.
Editor, Vincent Hagel is to be commended for his “out of the box” thinking about relocating the OLF to Smith Island in his Oct. 23 letter. There is, however, one teensy-weensy problem. That is, Smith Island is part of the San Juan Islands National Wildlife Refuge.
Editor, I find it interesting, or should I say frightening, that anyone who is a responsible citizen of this great country could say, “Congress is doing fine.” Really? The last time I checked, this is supposed to be a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Editor, I am responding to the Nov. 14 letter from John Close, which presumes that Outlying Field neighbors all received some form of noise disclosure, and that even if such disclosure was insufficient, exercise of due diligence would have made prospective buyers aware of the potential noise the Growlers produce. Not true on either count. A third of buyers, like us, saw/signed no disclosure document. We first learned of the existence of such documents this year.
Editor, Concerning your piece about the “Mean Girls,” why did you choose to label them “Tea Party supporters,” especially the anonymous ones? Is there any evidence to support this label?
Editor, Ala Spit is one of my favorite places on Whidbey Island. I went there with my son and we talked about cool places to build forts for his little green army men. It’s a really cool place, no doubt. But like others, I have noticed that the tides have wreaked havoc on the spit, and if a person is not aware of the tidal directions they could find themselves in a bit of trouble. What some people may be unaware of is how fast the water overtakes the land.
Editor, I am not on the Ebey’s National Historical Reserve Board, but I live in the reserve. I find the move by the Navy to fortify the Outlying Field Coupeville, which is adjacent to the historical reserve, provocative. It flies in the face of the collaborative planning process done by the reserve, the county, the state and other federal agencies.
Editor, What do you love too much to lose? There is a proposal before the Island County Board of Commissioners to essentially gut the highly successful and popular Conservations Futures Fund. What has the fund done? It has helped preserve and create public beach access, forest parks, off-leash-dog areas, wildlife habitat of regional significance; miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails and helped preserve prime farmland. Double Bluff County Park, Ala Spit, Greenbank Farm, Davis Slough Heron Rookery, Trillium Forest and the Three Sisters farm to mention just a few examples of what the fund has done for us.
Editor, According to the Washington State Liquor Control Board, even though the Island County Board of Commissioners approved a moratorium for six months, it will not affect licensing and applications. What the moratorium does is force investors to spend thousands on application fees while a handful of people decide if they personally want this business in Island County.
Editor, My wife and I, along with friends, attended the “Musical Tribute to Veterans” program sponsored by the Navy League, at the Oak Harbor High School on Veterans Day. Thanks to all who made this such a heartwarming, moving, patriotic event.
Editor, I served as your county commissioner because I cared not just about today, but about the long-term future of our islands and their people. There is no future without crop-yielding farms, food and oxygen producing oceans and forests and clean and plentiful water.
Editor’s note: The following was submitted to the Whidbey News-Times as an open letter to the Island County Board of Commissioners: We are organizations that work on behalf of public recreation, habitat conservation, shore access and animal welfare. We urge the commissioners to continue funding the Conservation Futures Fund at its current level, and not reduce funding or freeze acquisitions.
Editor, With regards to the danger at Ala Spit, a similar situation is in play at Dugualla Bay, where the Whidbey Island Land Trust and Washington State Department of Transportation are in the process of building a new section of dike from Frostad Road to the parking area on the current dike.
Editor, A few weeks ago, I wrote a letter regarding the theft of recyclable wiring from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The letter generated interest beyond our expectations. Whitehead-Muzzall Post No. 7392, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., would like to extend a public thank you to Blue Mountain Electric and Burley’s Funeral Chapel, Inc. for their generous donations to help offset our loss.
Editor, When did we stop taking responsibility for our own actions? Why are we always looking to blame others for our misfortunes, either real or perceived? This is the case of the so-called Citizens Of Ebey’s Reserve. The COER want to blame the jets for their alleged misfortunes, yet refuse to acknowledge their own responsibilities for moving here, in the first place.
Editor, Two months ago, my producing team and I came to Whidbey to put together the plan and build the infrastructure for the feature film “Lost & Found.” But, in reality, the planning began many years earlier. When I started writing the script for this film, I always had Whidbey in my mind and heart. Whidbey is majestic yet quaint, mysterious yet glorious.
Editor, Daughters of Norway Ester Moe Lodge no. 39 held its annual Nordic Fest, and what a good crowd we had. We sincerely thank our Whidbey Island friends, neighbors and visitors, who came from far and near, for their enthusiastic support of our 14th Annual Nordic Fest. You made our day great in so many ways.