Opinion

Cartoon for Saturday, Jan. 6

Cartoon by John Darkow.… Continue reading

  • Jan 5, 2018

Cartoon for Wednesday, Jan. 3

Cartoon by Paresh Nath.… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2018

Be part of conversation and write a letter to the editor

Letters to the editor have a long and proud history in American newspapers. Letters published in newspapers played an important role, for example, in rallying… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2018

County needs to deal with housing crisis now

Editor, Is affordable housing important to our county commissioners? An article in the Dec. 20 Whidbey News-Times refers to a housing needs analysis which the… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2018

A ‘thank you’ to our elected officials

Editor, This is an open letter I sent to our three glorious leaders, Rick Larsen, Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray about their vote on tax… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2018

Cartoon for Saturday, Dec. 30

Cartoon by Pat Bagley.… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2017

We will remember those we lost this year

Oak Harbor lost too many pillars of the community this year. They shared a lot in common. They were kind and compassionate, they were dedicated… Continue reading

Thanks to employees who kept roads clear

Editor, In response to our Christmas Eve snow event I would like to send my deepest gratitude and appreciation to the Island County Public Works… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2017

Was land proposal really about affordable housing?

Editor, What has become of the 1,500-home Wright’s Crossing “affordable housing” proposal? Was it ever really about providing “affordable housing” by a concerned, heart in… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2017

Treasurer’s office can’t take early property tax payments

Editor, Multiple national and local (Seattle) newspapers have recently published articles urging taxpayers to consider making payments for property taxes before year-end 2017 to assure… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2017

Brunell: Railroads implementing positive track control

By Don C. Brunell While the investigation continues into the deadly Amtrak derailment near Dupont, the clock continues to tick on the implementation of Positive… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2017

Cartoon for Wednesday, Dec. 27

Cartoon by Dave Granlund.… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2017

Navy should make water contamination test results public

Editor, The Navy should immediately make public the results of its October 2017 testing for 14 PFAS chemicals in public and private wells. It previously… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2017

Local government can’t afford unfunded mandates from the state | Editorial

For officials in local government, unfunded mandates can be the bane of their existence. Whidbey Island officials aren’t immune to this headache. Island County is… Continue reading

Thank you for speaking out on harassment

Editor, Thank you for your editorial on Dec. 13. I am heartened to see my paper come out on the side of decent treatment for… Continue reading

  • Dec 15, 2017

Hope nation remembers brave women

Editor, The impossible has occurred; a Democrat won an election this week in the red state of Alabama. Although the defeat of Roy Moore is… Continue reading

  • Dec 15, 2017

Call ISP and question net neutrality stance

Editor, On Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, the FCC voted to formally repeal net neutrality. I’ve emailed and called WhidbeyTelecom to ask them their official stance… Continue reading

  • Dec 15, 2017

Cartoon for Saturday, Dec. 16

Cartoon by Dave Granlund.… Continue reading

  • Dec 15, 2017

Not regulating internet providers a recipe for disaster

From Facebook to news sites, it’s impossible to overestimate the power and reach of the internet, which is why the unraveling of net neutrality regulations… Continue reading

  • Dec 15, 2017

‘No more’ when it comes to sexual harassment

It started out as #MeToo, but now it’s become “no more.” After a New York Times story detailed how movie producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed… Continue reading

  • Dec 12, 2017