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It’s been 33 years since voters chose a Republican governor in Washington. It’s been even longer since a member of the Grand Old Party got elected from the 38th Legislative District to the state House of Representatives. You have to go back half a century to find the last one — Jack Metcalf, a Whidbey Island Republican who won a House seat when the district’s boundaries encompassed parts of Snohomish and Island counties.
Community Events, December 2013
Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler made national news when he quickly rejected President Obama’s call for insurers to extend individual health insurance policies which were cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, also referred to as Obamacare. While five million insurance policies have been cancelled to date, the Obama administration estimates that as many as 18 million of these policies will be cancelled because of the ACA.
Members of the Whidbey Island community will gather Friday in the spirit of the holidays and for a very worthwhile cause. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County is holding its annual Festival of Trees Auction and Gala. It is the nonprofit organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. Every year, the auction features an assortment of beautifully decorated trees available for purchase at auction.
By starting the consumer shopping frenzy called Black Friday a day early, several large retailers are being criticized for eating away at Thanksgiving Day, a traditional time for family gatherings, feasting and reflection, Whidbey residents can easily avoid the madness and keep the holidays merry by shopping on the island. Whidbey Island has an abundance of unique shops and is great for thoughtful gift items all season long.
It is human nature to take things for granted. When you’ve always had something, when it’s been around your entire life, it’s only natural to overlook it, to think it will always be here. But that’s not the case, and this time of year reminds us to be appreciative of what we have. I’m not talking about creature comforts like plentiful electricity, clean water, electronic gadgets or the family car.