Letters to the Editor

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR, Nov. 21, 2001, issue

Thanksgiving

Things to be thankful for

Have you ever thought about Thanksgiving? I have. I am thankful for my family, my health, and freedom.

The first thing I am thankful for is my family. We have fun together. Once a ditch full of water had frozen. My brothers and I all ended up falling through the ice into the water.

The second thing I am thankful for is my health. I am thankful that I was born healthy. I am glad I have the strength to play all the sports I play.

The third and final thing I am thankful for is my freedom. Some places do not have freedom. I am glad that our country has freedom. I am sorry for the people who do not have freedom.

I am glad for all of the good things in my life, like good health, freedom, and family.

Eric McCardle

6th grade

Oak Harbor Middle School

Taxes

Message sent, was it understood?

Can someone explain to me why a “reduction in the rate of increase” of property taxes (News-Times, Nov. 17) is reported as a “tax cut.” With the passage of I-747, we told our elected officials that we wished for them to operate more efficiently and limit the rate of growth of government. To them I say, you were chosen to lead not hold us hostage.

You have your marching orders. If you can’t lead or follow then get out of the way. Just a note of caution to those with the power to raise taxes in other ways — don’t even consider it. The spirit of Tim Eyman lives.

Dave Thomas

Oak Harbor

Public access cable

We will help put you on local TV

I just finished watching the tape-delayed Oak Harbor City Council meeting and let me say, that the Harbor Pride Steering Committee feels there’s a need for more cable access exposure for Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island activities.

Currently, AT&T Broadband offers Channel 10 air time to the city as a community service. So, why does the city fail to make that same community service available to various facets of the community? It seems to me, that the mayor is always talking about “Oak Harbor needs to expand our horizons.” However, except for a few city council meetings and a few community announcements, there’s very limited community info! (Nobody really knows when any of the local info will be aired.) Heck, there wasn’t even an intro or “outro” for the city council meeting I just watched. It just popped on and popped off.

Where are all the high school ball games? Where are the county commissioner meetings? How about a crisis prevention program? How about civic meetings and events? Where are the hospital or utility board meetings? How about a local fishing show or animal control program? Where was the Red Ribbon Week coverage? Or Race Week?

Maybe some school board meetings. Or, hey, how about local historical documentaries? Maybe a state of the local government program for the mayor’s office. Or, recent pre-election debates and info?

Well, Harbor Pride realizes that the city does not have production facilities or capabilities. Whereas, a city council member just mentioned the need for better communication to the general public. And Harbor Pride can volunteer some assistance by extending the following offer to any civic organization that would like to take advantage of better usage of Channel 10.

Together, a new avenue can develop in the effort to inform more of the community. Let’s allow those who are interested to figure out how the cable access technology can better serve and inform from within our community!

Harbor Pride can provide your organization video exposure by covering half of the production expense. And hopes this support will be utilized by many civic organizations. Simply contact our videographers, Gary Powell and Eric Richardson, at 675-9417.

Terry LeDesky

Harbor Pride Steering Committee

Support

Community shows it cares about senator

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for the tremendous support and caring I received from all of you during the past couple of weeks. Your prayers, cards and e-mail messages have lifted my spirits immeasurably during my recovery. I am blessed to have so many wonderful friends, neighbors and colleagues.

A special thank you to the staff, nurses and doctors at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham. Had it not been for their incredible pulmonary and cardiovascular teams, I would not be here today. We are truly fortunate to have such high level, quality medical care in our region.

Thank you again for your many kindnesses and I look forward to continuing to serve you as your state senator.

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen

10th Legislative District

Feedback

Wording change changed meaning

I recently wrote a letter (News-Times, Nov. 17) in reference to an article. You printed it for me, but made one major change which took away much of the context of the rest of the letter.

In the fifth paragraph I wrote, “Many of us do eat beef and pork and I certainly prefer to purchase it from the local farmer as opposed to the store located next to the auction.”

Your paper incorrectly wrote, “Many of us do eat beef and pork and I certainly prefer to purchase it from the local farmer located next to the auction as opposed to the store.”

The whole point of the letter was in supporting the fact that there are LOCAL FARMERS, in Coupeville, Freeland, Langley, Greenbank, Oak Harbor — LOCAL AREAS, that do NEED the custom meat shops services. The last place that I would buy my beef from would be the darn farmer next to the auction yard, thank You very much. Thanks for printing most of my letter, my way.

Kristin Hurlburt

Coupeville

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