After a sunny weekend, dark clouds and a steady drizzle Monday seemed to enhance the sad experience of the Memorial Day ceremony at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor.
Trouble in Tripoli. What’s a president to do?
President Barack O’Bama joined forces with NATO to address the situation. President Thomas Jefferson sent in Lt. Presley Neville O’Bannon, USMC.
Longtime Oak Harbor resident Bob Barber thinks residents are taking things too seriously these days what with the economy, local politics and the Pioneer Way construction delays.
So Barber called the paper with a humorous story that the main character might find embarrassing — except that the main character is himself.
“I got in the hot tub and couldn’t get out,” he said with a laugh.
When dissatisfied with a restaurant experience, Mark Spadaro isn’t willing to stop until he gets what he wants.
The retired Navy man drove to the Oak Harbor Jack-in-the-Box Aug. 9 to pick up a large order to bring home to his family. The fast food feast was going well until his daughter, Virginia Lockard, 28, bit into something hard.
Long before the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941, there was a war going on, and while the United States wasn’t yet officially involved, its sailors saw a lot of action all over the world.
I hate to bring this up but the national symbol of the United States is getting a little annoying on Whidbey Island.
Twice in the last week the bald birds have interfered with my driving. One was playing daredevil at 5:30 a.m., seeing if I would slow down and perhaps swerve a bit to the right to miss him. It’s as if he knew he had national protection, and he was daring me to damage even a single feather. I chickened out and let the eagle have his way, swerving to the edge of the road so he could have the center line. He may have been looking for fresh road-killed rabbit or raccoon.
Finally, our flower is blooming. We have only one flower in our front yard, as it’s the one thing that grows naturally in our dark, damp surroundings. The rhododendron is native to the Northwest, but this one is the result of some mad hybridizer’s experiment years ago.
Good gosh, now they’re thinking of bringing TSA to AMTRAK. For those who aren’t familiar with acronyms, that’s the Transportation Security Administration to American Track. So to be precise, some Congress people want the dreaded TSA found at airports to search AMTRAK passengers as well, which is quite an alarming prospect.
A private health care company interested in purchasing or otherwise operating Whidbey General Hospital may confuse the $50-million expansion bond election now in progress.
Hospital officials see little chance that the facility, beloved by many, will be sold, but worry that the unexpected brouhaha could affect how people vote.
Saturday was bill paying day but there were no stamps in my wallet or the special box that usually holds them. The post offices were closed, but a small memory popped up: At one time, “Buy Stamps” was seen on the list of choices offered by a bank’s ATM machine.
Cookbooks abound on store shelves. Anyone who has ever successfully baked a cake ends up writing a book about it and peddling it on Ellen, Oprah or dozens of other shows on cable. Often they sell thousands which join the millions of other unread cookbooks on the nation’s shelves. The best thing about Kindle and other electronic reading devices is that they can store thousands of books but since nobody else can see the titles, they impress no one. So let’s put an end to the decorative cookbooks and use all that extra kitchen shelf space as guest beds for thin visitors.