What will it take to get hospital leaders to clean up their act? | In Our Opinion

  • Jul 30, 2016 at 4:00AM

WhidbeyHealth’s board of commissioners and administrators just don’t get it: They work for the taxpayers — they must be accountable for every single action and for every penny of the public’s money that they spend.


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Commissioners desire unbiased policy lens | Sound Off

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 4:00AM

The Board of Island County Commissioners gives considerable attention to the importance of protecting our Island environment. Environmental considerations are always at the forefront of our choices while balancing other factors including vital infrastructure, property rights, agricultural needs and overall economic enhancement.

Island Scanner serves a purpose beyond its entertainment value | In our opinion

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 5:00AM

One of the most highly read items in the Whidbey News-Times has historically been “Island Scanner,” which is a collection of 911 calls to either the Island County Sheriff’s Office or Oak Harbor Police Department. We often hear grumbling from loyal readers when one hasn’t published in awhile. Trust us, given the its popularity, we try to run Island Scanner as often as possible. Island residents aren’t the only ones interested in the Whidbey 911 calls. There’s a radio station in Bellingham that reads News-Times’ Scanner items on the air. There was also a Facebook page dedicated to it.

How property taxes fund government | Letter

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 1:00AM

First, property values in a few neighborhoods within Island County increased by that amount, but the overall increase within the county was much less. For example, within the area served by Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue, AVs rose 3.9 percent.

Disillusioned by the state of our country | Letter

  • Jul 23, 2016 at 1:00AM

My heart is breaking. I love my country, but I cannot love the state it is in. What is going on? Are we killing each other because we are not technically at war and most of our conflicts are carried out with drones? Are we really such a vicious species that we always need to have a target?

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