Editor, The fairgrounds in Langley is a wonderful community owned property with a rich history and great potential.
Editor, Recently, Editor and Publisher Keven Graves questioned in his column why Oak Harbor has a Flintstone car. Maybe it is time for the paper to do a story on the history of the Flintstone Freeway and the car.
Editor, Just about one year ago, Island County finally filed its lawsuit against property owners on either side of Wonn Road, which had a public beach access since before statehood in 1889.
Editor, When I moved to Oak Harbor in 1982, I knew there was a Navy base here. My cousin who was stationed here during World War II told me he flew planes under Deception Pass Bridge. What I didn’t expect was that planes would be flying over my house.
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I think at the next Oak Harbor City Council meeting I will personally ask each council member for $5. That way I can pay for the $25 manicure I get each week. As I do it, I will also complain about how I just can’t make ends meet each month and that I’m going to need to keep asking them for money.
First, let me say that I am grateful for the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform. Their sacrifices allow me the freedom to write this letter. The Tricare health benefit extended to our active duty personnel, retired service members and their eligible beneficiaries is excellent: Free for active duty service members and their beneficiaries under the Prime benefit — managed care — and very affordable for retirees and their family members at $45.64 a month.
The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County Sheriff’s Office and the Oak Harbor Police Department:
We live in such a peaceful place with low persecuted people of faith in the U.S., even with the terrible crimes that we have. But, imagine waking up to a day-to-day, in fear of seeing your neighbors, friends, even families being killed, beheaded, tortured — women and children being raped and killed. For what? For just believing in the same God as we do, for not denouncing God and conforming to someone else’s beliefs.
I can’t believe that the Oak Harbor City Council is considering spending more money on art. We need to put the money to better use. We already have ducks and a mermaid. I challenge the city council to go to Coupeville to the Juvenile Court, held 1 p.m. on Mondays. That might offer an idea if what our youth have to do in Oak Harbor.
I had sent an email to Mayor Scott Dudley expressing my concern about the proposed art work. Your article says the art work will be paid out of a utility tax, which infuriated me and apparently a lot of Oak Harbor citizens. I was surprised and delighted when I received a phone call from Mayor Dudley on Sunday afternoon responding to my email.
My wife and I are one of the hundreds of families affected by the Navy’s pronouncement that we will no longer be able to see the primary care providers we have seen for years, if not decades. My former physician and I have developed a level of communication and intimacy over the years that cannot be replicated by a doctor who knows nothing about me and who may or may not be around the next time I need care.
With regard to the closure to the public of certain Island County offices on Fridays and the push to reopen them, maybe there is room for compromise. If the office staff has found it useful and efficient to close one day a week, move the day to Wednesday.
Does anyone besides me feel that the demand we pay a minimum of $19.90 to the city of Oak Harbor to pick up our garbage is unjust, un-American and just plain wrong? I take a lot of stuff to recycle and don’t generate even one full can a month. At the facility on Old Oak Harbor Road, the most I ever paid was $14.50. Usually it’s $11 and that’s for several months. I have a metal can to keep out rats, and, yes, it gets icky.
North Whidbey’s first Holistic Health Fair was a big success. More than 50 people attended this free event in January, and members of the public consulted with and sampled mini-treatments from over a dozen practitioners with a wide variety to choose from, including nutritional supplements, acupuncture, aromatherapy, CranioSacral therapy and talks on essential oils, hypnotherapy and therapeutic touch.
In an attempt to address Cate Andrews’ letter about the Navy flight schedule, there could be any number of reasons the Navy has not been bouncing at Outlying Field Coupeville — no aviators in that part of their flight training, more simulator use, who knows? They have been doing some limited flying on the north end where I live and it has been quiet here also.
I find it appalling, not to mention a violation of U.S. Code, that some businesses and residents in Oak Harbor consider it appropriate to fly their “12th Man” flags positioned above their American flags on their outdoor flag poles in the days leading up to and after this year’s Super Bowl.
Here is the City of Oak Harbor again spending our money when we have other more important bills to pay. Last week, in the Whidbey News-Times, an article I read said that the citizens of Oak Harbor will have to pay for the mistakes that the city council made on the remains of ancient burial site on Pioneer Way. So, the city decided to increase our taxes to pay for their mistake.
In response to the letter, “Wait until the trial before reporting story,” I know, I know, you guys want to give everyone the feeling that their opinion counts, but how about we leave the morons out?
It appears that the Navy is now caught between a rock and a hard place. The Navy has not flown at Outlying Field Coupeville more than a couple of times since May 2013, lending very strong credence to the observation that they do not really need to use the outdated, encroached upon, World War II emergency landing strip.