Opinion

New Coupeville construction project doesn’t blend in

Editor, I’ve hesitated to write, fearing I was just being curmudgeonly and resistant to change; but, having chatted with yet another Coupeville resident dismayed with… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

Letter: Trump has opportunity to put women back in ‘cages’

Editor, Justice Anthony Kennedy’s resignation from the Supreme Court gives Donald Trump the opportunity to put women back in their cages. Trump told Chris Matthews… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

Letter: Programs should not be replacing ‘consequences’

Editor, At a recent campaign forum on South Whidbey I shared some of my of real-life experiences that informed and shaped my opinion of the… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

It’s time to pick the Best of Whidbey 2018

What’s your favorite place to grab a beer? How about a burger? What community event do you enjoy most? Who best embodies the spirit of… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

Cartoon for Saturday, June 30

Cartoon for Saturday, June 30… Continue reading

  • Jul 2, 2018

Letter: Island County Drug Court provides needed learning opportunities

Editor, Kudos to Judges Alan Hancock and Vickie Churchill for speaking up for the wisdom their Drug Court has applied to our American system of… Continue reading

  • Jun 29, 2018

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