Opinion

Letter: Don’t distance the homeless, treat them with empathy

Editor, In a recent letter to the editor, a citizen insisted that we remove financially-struggling neighbors from our town. Her letter used the words “they”… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2018

Letter: Avoid stereotyping the homeless with broad brush

Editor, I want to build on Ms. Duggan’s letter published in the, June 23 Whidbey News-Times. Foremost, I want to thank Ms. Duggan for her… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2018

Never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel

“I never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel.”— Roger Branigin, 1962 One wonders if Branigin, an attorney who three years later… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2018

Sound Off: Sheriff candidate wrong to say drug court ‘ineffective’

By Judge Alan R. Hancock and Judge Vickie I. Churchill Regarding Island County Deputy Sheriff Lane Campbell’s comments about Island County Drug Court: At a… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

Letter: For effective government, become more involved

Editor, “Tweaks,” not “Tweets,” to improve the operation of our republic/democracy: 1: Mix them up. No more “sides of the aisle”. Seat Democrats, Republicans and… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

Letter: Living with consequences of ‘regrettable discussion’

Editor, The recent coverage of the Island County Planning Commission meeting on the Housing Element draft text as part of the Washington State Growth Management… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

Letter: Maybe volunteering would change Williams’ viewpoint

Editor, Planning Commissioner Shannon Williams’ comment that “People who want to be here will work for it” shows she is out of touch with ordinary… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2018

Letter: Planning commissioner said what she believes

Editor, Island County Planning Commission met last week. Commissioner Rick Hannold’s new appointment, Shannon Williams, created headlines. Ms. Williams’ opinions on the affordable housing plan… Continue reading

  • Jun 22, 2018

Letter: Life isn’t free; it’s time for community to teach that

Editor, Suppose your car was giving you trouble. You put it in the garage and put a little of gas in it everyday. You think… Continue reading

  • Jun 22, 2018

Time for big pharma to address problem they created

Pharmaceutical companies continue to make astonishing amounts of money selling pills that can turn some people into addicts. These companies are accused of misleading the… Continue reading

Letter: Moratorium on vacation rentals is ‘anti-tourist’

Editor, I am not sure if anyone else is aware of this, but today I found out that Coupeville has put a moratorium on vacation… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

Letter: Should work toward solutions to local crisis

Editor, It doesn’t take much time for news to travel. My phone rang last Wednesday evening, then emails. I listened to the concerns, read the… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

Sound Off: Proposed Island Transit fares don’t add up

As a local leader, I work to improve regional mobility in support of our local businesses and working families. So I’ve kept an open mind… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2018

Letter: Base commander’s Sound Off ‘was a dud’

Editor, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Commander Capt. Moore’s recent Sound Off in the Whidbey News-Times was a dud. Sure, the intent of the Navy’s… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Letter: Central Whidbey road will not harm wildlife

Editor, Regarding the letter claiming that the Houston/Race connector road would “interfere with pristine wildlife habitat,” I disagree. While attempting to count birds in that… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Letter: The new rule on carts is the wrong approach

Editor, Our city leaders have done it again. They seem to prefer putting the horse in front of the cart. For years the police have… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Letter: Speak up, speak out against administration

Editor, I truly do not know how much more our democracy can handle. It certainly feels like the wheels are completely off the bus, while… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Letter: Hospital’s commissioners kowtow to administration

Editor, Why did WhidbeyHeath Medical Center change its name? Did they spend thousands of dollars on some marketing firm who suggested it? The hospital may… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Letter: It’s customers who will pay the price for new law

Editor, Well, Saturday’s front page of the Whidbey News-Times once again showed how out of touch with reality our local government can get. Who do… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018

Planning commissioners’ remarks reflect lack of empathy

Homeless people like to live in the woods and should just stay there. If you can’t afford to live in Island County, you just need… Continue reading

  • Jun 15, 2018