Letter: Planning commissioner said what she believes

Editor, Island County Planning Commission met last week. Commissioner Rick Hannold’s new appointment, Shannon Williams, created headlines. Ms. Williams’ opinions on the affordable housing plan… Continue reading

  • Jun 22, 2018


Letter: Life isn’t free; it’s time for community to teach that

Editor, Suppose your car was giving you trouble. You put it in the garage and put a little of gas in it everyday. You think… Continue reading

  • Jun 22, 2018


Time for big pharma to address problem they created

Pharmaceutical companies continue to make astonishing amounts of money selling pills that can turn some people into addicts. These companies are accused of misleading the… Continue reading


Letter: Moratorium on vacation rentals is ‘anti-tourist’

Editor, I am not sure if anyone else is aware of this, but today I found out that Coupeville has put a moratorium on vacation… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

Letter: Should work toward solutions to local crisis

Editor, It doesn’t take much time for news to travel. My phone rang last Wednesday evening, then emails. I listened to the concerns, read the… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

Sound Off: Proposed Island Transit fares don’t add up

As a local leader, I work to improve regional mobility in support of our local businesses and working families. So I’ve kept an open mind… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

Letter: Base commander’s Sound Off ‘was a dud’

Editor, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Commander Capt. Moore’s recent Sound Off in the Whidbey News-Times was a dud. Sure, the intent of the Navy’s… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Letter: Central Whidbey road will not harm wildlife

Editor, Regarding the letter claiming that the Houston/Race connector road would “interfere with pristine wildlife habitat,” I disagree. While attempting to count birds in that… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Letter: The new rule on carts is the wrong approach

Editor, Our city leaders have done it again. They seem to prefer putting the horse in front of the cart. For years the police have… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Letter: Speak up, speak out against administration

Editor, I truly do not know how much more our democracy can handle. It certainly feels like the wheels are completely off the bus, while… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Letter: Hospital’s commissioners kowtow to administration

Editor, Why did WhidbeyHeath Medical Center change its name? Did they spend thousands of dollars on some marketing firm who suggested it? The hospital may… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Letter: It’s customers who will pay the price for new law

Editor, Well, Saturday’s front page of the Whidbey News-Times once again showed how out of touch with reality our local government can get. Who do… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Planning commissioners’ remarks reflect lack of empathy

Homeless people like to live in the woods and should just stay there. If you can’t afford to live in Island County, you just need… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

What was that in the sky Sunday? We’d like to know as well

A weather photo of what some suggest looks like a rocket being fired from the northern end of Whidbey Island has generated a fair amount… Continue reading

Letter: Don’t eliminate all of island’s green spaces

Editor, Trees and green spaces are beneficial to human beings for many reasons. In populated areas they keep towns cool, provide animal habitat, help soil… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2018

New connector is just good common sense

Editor, Thank you for supporting a connector road between Houston and Race Roads. A gravel-road bypass around State Highway 525 will not do. I was… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2018

Letter: Captain’s job is to follow rear admiral’s orders

Editor, This is a response to the June 2 guest column by Naval Air Station Whidbey Island commander Capt. Geoff Moore, titled, “Navy committed to… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2018

Letter: Most vocal noise activists are the most recent arrivals

Editor, This letter is a general rebuttal to recent local-area anti-Growler messaging and specific response to the “Growler Expansions Have Consequences” letter to the editor… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2018

Letter: Don’t like the Navy jet noise? ‘Just get over it’

Editor, With regard to the dislike of the EA-18G and the noise and using the mindset of “not in my back yard,” I suggest you… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2018

Road will keep island traversable if highway is blocked

Island County commissioners’ decision to spend $4 million to build a short road off the beaten track on Central Whidbey was a wise investment. That… Continue reading