Opinion

Soundoff: Mayor, council remain accountable in project cost increases

To the citizens of the City of Oak Harbor: You elected me to serve as your mayor in 2016 and I take that responsibility very… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2018

States must find gun regulation compromise

When he was a candidate for president, Donald Trump promised to do the seemingly impossible if elected. He said he would negotiate with the NRA… Continue reading

Banning all guns isn’t the answer to mass shootings

Editor, In reply to Sharron Gray’s Feb. 10 letter to the editor, she said that her niece, visiting from London, had the answer to our… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2018

Cartoon for Wednesday, Feb. 21

Cartoon by Bob Englehart.… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2018

‘Fringe group’ seeks base closure, not compatibility

Editor, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve and other fringe groups have expanded their operations and under-the-table influence over the past years. On the surface, they claim… Continue reading

  • Feb 20, 2018

Thank you for urging responsible climate change action

Editor, Thank you for your editorial urging responsible action in confronting climate change. Washington state is poised to be a leader and model for other… Continue reading

  • Feb 16, 2018

Irony in Navy, civillian responses to security

Editor, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island just concluded a two-week drill which was an anti-terrorism exercise called Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield. A year ago I sent… Continue reading

  • Feb 16, 2018

Roundabout isn’t safe solution to traffic

Editor, Washington State Department of Transportation has not put traffic counters on State Highway 20, Banta or other roads. How can WSDOT design any road… Continue reading

  • Feb 16, 2018

Cartoon for Saturday, Feb. 17

Cartoon by Kevin Siers.… Continue reading

  • Feb 16, 2018

State should follow county in banning fish net pens

Editor, I want to take a moment to express my appreciation to the past and present Island County Board of Commissioners for their efforts to… Continue reading

  • Feb 16, 2018

Net pens should be banned by the state

Five years ago, Island County commissioners banned net-pen salmon farming in the county. It wasn’t an easy move for commissioners since it involved taking on… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2018

Cartoon for Wednesday, Feb. 14

Cartoon by Pat Bagley.… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2018

Appreciate community’s thoughts, prayers after death

Editor, We would like to thank all the friends and family that attended the funeral and reception for Leanne Mae (Libbey) Sahli. We appreciate all… Continue reading

  • Feb 13, 2018

Prosperity, greatness does not meet Dem’s agenda

Prosperity, greatness does not meet Democratic agenda

  • Feb 13, 2018

Grateful for community’s support in time of grief

Editor, Once again, I must thank the community for their consideration during my time of grieving after the passing of my son. Pete had more… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2018

Hannold calming for island’s Navy community

Editor, I ask that your readers please understand this Valentine’s Day the anxiety that many of us in the Skagit-Whidbey region like I have. It’s… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2018

Is there simple way to stop gun violence?

Editor, My niece and her husband, both from London, visited recently and we watched the local news one evening. Covered was a senseless school shooting,… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2018

Sure, lawmakers should pass Sasquatch bills

Orcas, eagles and bears. Oh my. These Western Washington animals — and many more — are recognized and protected in a plethora of ways. Meanwhile,… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2018

All levels of government should take climate stand

Elected leaders at all levels of government are taking stands on global warming. Last month, the city of Langley became the 21st municipality in the… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2018

Navy needs to address other chemicals in Coupeville wells

Editor, The Navy’s agreement to do something about its contamination of Coupeville’s water is long overdue. However, the decision the Navy and town are heralding… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2018