Opinion

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

Effective leaders constantly evaluating decisions

Editor, In response to “Shutdown a reminder of grade school civics class,” I would choose dysfunctional leadership, which touches on all parts of society from… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2018

Cartoon for Wednesday, Feb. 7

Cartoon by Dave Granlund.… Continue reading

  • Feb 6, 2018

No vote on bump stock ban telling of Bailey’s integrity

Editor, I am a firearm owner. I have legally hunted wildlife in the past. I enjoy target shooting on an approved range. I am also… Continue reading

  • Feb 2, 2018

Early net pen warnings came from Island, other counties

Early net pen warnings came from Island, other counties

There’s a simple alternative to roundabouts

Editor, Do not be deceived by alleged traffic improvement benefits of roundabouts, especially when there is a more simple alternative. Roundabouts enormously increase lane-changing situations… Continue reading

  • Feb 2, 2018

Cartoon for Saturday, Feb. 3

Cartoon by Rick McKee.… Continue reading

  • Feb 2, 2018

Lets refrain from writing about national politics

Editor, With regards to Ty Welch’s letter to the editor on Trump and racism etc., where to begin? Wait, I have a better idea: don’t… Continue reading

  • Jan 30, 2018

Democrats are not reacting with ‘mindless hate’

Dems not reacting with ‘mindless hate’

  • Jan 30, 2018

There’s got to be better commissioner candidates

Editor, It is truly ironic that in the same edition of this newspaper in which Rick Hannold announced his desire to be reelected as a… Continue reading

  • Jan 30, 2018