Keven Graves

Join in honoring all Women in Business | Publisher’s Column

Every October, the Whidbey News-Times recognizes and celebrates National Women in Business Month. And for very good reason. Women-led and -owned businesses play a key role in keeping our community vital and strong. Despite the economic difficulties of recent years, the National Women’s Business Council reported that women-owned businesses performed just as well as men-owned businesses between 2007 and 2010.

Pickard article became about more than Pickard | Publisher’s Column

Saturday’s Whidbey News-Times article on Ken Pickard, president to the board for the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, resulted in some serious backlash this week. The most vocal response wasn’t from the corner one might expect. COER’s board of directors responded to the article by calling the article a “hatchet job” and saying they were canceling a scheduled full-page advertisement in the News-Times after deadline.

Opportunities abound if sewage plant option includes new library | Publisher’s Column

While some people are quick to deem public libraries as obsolete because of the Internet, I believe libraries will forever hold an important place in our society. No electronic device can replace the experience of reading a real book, magazine or newspaper. Holding a Kindle doesn’t offer the sensation or satisfaction of holding a print edition or provide the distinctively soft rustle that comes from turning a page.

As state parks hit the century mark, join in celebration | Publisher’s column

Can you imagine Whidbey Island without its parks? Luckily, none of us has to. On Saturday, Aug. 3, a celebration is planned at Deception Pass State Park, the grandaddy of all state parks, located in our own backyard here on Whidbey Island.

Island offers up great discoveries every day | Publisher’s column

As the publisher of all three Whidbey Island newspapers, one of the challenging parts of the job is also one of the most enjoyable. From end to end, Whidbey is approximately 35 miles long, but jumping into the car and traveling to each of the newspapers is one of my favorite tasks.

Be wise to audience in sharing humor | Publisher’s column

I’m not politically correct. Hopefully that admission won’t land me in the kind of hot water that’s currently boiling TV cooking show host Paula Deen. Her career is falling faster than a bad butter soufflé.

Healthy skepticism is good, but cast an informed vote | Publisher’s column

I think taxpayers are feeling fatigued. Not just by the rising costs of living, but also from the constant drumbeat of government asking for more money. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that rumbles of an additional state tax on gas wasn’t embraced with open arms.