Letters to the Editor

Development: Harbor Pride works for Oak Harbor

In response to Michael Gartner’s recent letter and question about Oak Harbor, “Doesn’t anybody care about downtown anymore?” in this column, I want to tell him that Oak Harbor Pride, a local citizen’s group, cares a lot. This group of community activists meets downtown on Pioneer Way the first Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., in the Big Cup Coffee House. Come on in and join them in their proactive endeavors to get the charm back into Oak Harbor.

Harbor Pride extends open invitations to one and all who are creative, caring, concerned, and willing to work in harmony with the young, old, merchants, retirees, legislators, service clubs and the curious. Michael Gartner fills the curious role with this very sincere question. The group prides itself on being the pebble tossed into the pond whose ripples have extended throughout the Oak Harbor community and beyond.

They, too, join with the endeavors of the city of Oak Harbor in getting Web sites established that will show the world what living in Oak Harbor is all about. Harbor Pride is a work in progress, and invites everyone to have coffee, tea, a sweet and a voice in creating positive change.

P.S. to Michael. Regarding the unsightly theater: Check with City Hall and confirm if the asbestos in the building prevents it from being torn down, burned up, improved upon, repainted or put into public use until there is a way to prevent the toxins from getting into the harbor. Federal regulations are really tight and even though we’re living with ugly ... the shoreline thanks us for our current protective laws. Folks have lots of ideas for putting that nostalgic building to aesthetic use, but those good old days were often filled with new fangled ideas that have left us with an almost unsolvable problem.

Harbor Pride joins with the community in not replicating those problems and we need the curious, questioning citizens to be a part of the joint ventures of umpteen city groups who DO care.

Beverly B. Casebeer

Coupeville

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