Letters to the Editor

Feedback: Catching up with the issues

I have read with interest several topics in letters to the editor over the past few months. I will address them in no particular order.

The Wal-Mart intersection, Highway 20 north to Swantown: A real “bottleneck,” four lanes would fix it, but an interim fix would be to make the lane ending at the Wal-Mart intersection a “right turn only.” I have personally witnessed road rage and two accidents due to competition to merge up the hill. Most drivers form one lane, but it’s the “others” that are the problem.

Gravel pit: Quit whining! The roads you drive on contain gravel as do most of your driveways. Change and progress are inevitable, embrace change and get on with it. It is always the “late-comers” on Whidbey Island that want to halt all progress. Save your energy for a “real crisis!”

Oak Harbor’s theme: I agree, a new theme is needed. Ethnic, cultural and naval themes are overused. How about “Slug Capital of the World?” We could have parades, beauty contests and races. By way of a slogan we could call it the “Slug Fest!”

Patriotism: Finally and most importantly, patriotism is not a fad type of thing! We need to be patriotic 100 percent of the time. To go from negative patriotism during the Vietnam conflict to 110 percent since last Sept. 11 is just not realistic. Let’s put the USA first all the time and show respect for the flag that signifies our freedom. To misuse the U.S. flag is disgraceful, including some clothing, bird houses and worst of all, doormats.

Gary Fisher

Captain USN Retired

Oak Harbor

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