I write to bear actual witness about Georgia Gardner, Whidbey General Hospital board commissioner running for reelection.
I wanted to share our deep appreciation for your exceptional news coverage of our Oak Harbor Robotics student efforts to build a prosthetic arm for Jaelyn Crebbin.
What never seems to change is the dysfunctional board of commissioners who spend far more time taking cheap shots at staff and each other than actually doing business.
People need to ask permission to hunt on private property.
I am amazed Rob Born is requesting an apology for statements about the Whidbey General Hospital administration and board by two writers for mudslinging after his participation in the Elks forum, where he spent his time degrading all.
Editor, I want to thank all of the amazing members of the Oak Harbor Senior Center for your friendship and your support for the center and your enthusiastic involvement in every one of the exciting things we have accomplished since I was privileged to serve you as your program coordinator over the past year and one half.
Editor, It was gratifying to see the editorial in the Sept. 19 edition of the Whidbey News-Times titled “What will it take for voters to demand accountability from public hospital board?” One quote in particular referred to “the perils of secrecy and an insular culture infecting the hospital’s unabashedly stubborn board of directors and administration.”
Does hospital commissioner Georgia Gardner deserve re-election? I think not. Ms. Gardner supports the efforts of the anti-Navy group that wants to close down the Navy base that brings 88 percent of all economic to Island County. Seems strange she expects your vote even though, if the group she supports were successful, preventing carrier jet training thereby forcing base closure thus putting your job at extreme risk if most of Island County’s economic activity vanished.
Editor, Rob Born and Trish Rose, enough with the mud slinging. Your public feud has become rather tiresome.
Editor, In response to Mr. Gunn, Georgia Gardner replied with a half truth in her Sept. 16 letter to the editor of the Whidbey News-Times. Washington state law allows a property tax appellant a preponderance of evidence, more likely than not, appeal decision if the assessor can be shown to have errors in data or methodology.
As Rob Born called me out personally in a recent letter to the editor and tried to cry victim, I am compelled to defend myself against him.
Major General Trish Rose, USAF, and Col. Grethe Cammemeyer, RN, PhD, USAm, retired, are nationally recognized, award winning and respected individuals who have made and continue to make major contributions locally and nationally.
An experienced leader in this county, I’ve been carefully following the debate over the hospital commissioner seat and it’s clear that Rob Born and his lack of hands-on experience and knowledge and his bullying “My Way or the Highway” style would jeopardize what WGH now does so well—not to speak of his ambitions to end WGH’s independence as a small but highly capable, locally-led institution.
I am responding to online comments by Trish Rose, following her Sept. 9 letter to the editor, relating to hospital commissioner candidate Rob Born. Ms. Rose apparently suggests that Mr. Born may have had some knowledge of or connection to the embezzlement from clients by Freeland attorney, Peter Moote.
This is an open letter to hospital board incumbent Georgia Gardner. The two recent letters by your ardent supporters, fellow board member Grethe Cammermeyer and Trish Rose, go far beyond any semblance of fair campaign tactics — or good taste. Though the damage can’t be undone, I call upon you to publicly disassociate yourself from these two hate-mongers, and to condemn their endless name-calling and character assassination efforts.
Kate Daniel gave us some truly good news in her article “A Family Influence.”
There has been growing recognition of the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease, but the funding to find a cure lags dramatically behind what’s necessary.
Whidbey Camano Land Trust Executive Director Patricia Powell’s letter to the editor regarding Bos/Swan Lake, also know as Swantown Lake, located off West Beach Road, is apparently a piece of purposely misleading revisionist history.
Oak Harbor has been unfortunate in the last four years to be saddled with a mayoral administration which, despite some achievements, has suffered from what might be called “Washington, D.C. syndrome.”
We are so blessed to have Whidbey General Hospital on our wonderful island. I have been visiting an elderly friend at Whidbey General; she is 95 years old.