Letters to the Editor

Republicans do the same

Sometimes I get a little peeved over the hypocrisy of the Republican establishment and the issue over Sen. Haugen opening an office in Oak Harbor is definitely one of these times that raises my blood pressure. The Republicans conveniently do not object publicly that Rep. Norma Smith opened an office in Coupeville and that former Rep. Chris Strow had one before in Oak Harbor.

  • Jul 3, 2008

MS walker finds support

I would like to thank everyone who supported me on my MS Walk 2008. I reached my goal and beyond. For this I am very grateful. A special thanks to Laura and Ron Apgar who opened their store to me by hosting a paint for MS Day at Paint Your World in Oak Harbor. Also, I would like to thank all of those who participated. Your support and caring are very much appreciated. God bless.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Should we all stay in bed?

Regarding the Whidbey News-Times article, “McDowell on hot seat over APZ,” dated May 10.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Tracking our moral compass

Almost every decision made by a person is a conscious decision. I would say these decisions are based on their moral compass. Without a moral compass those decisions become blind decisions, turning the person into an animal of impulse instead of a person of good reason. My question is what, or who, is this moral compass?

  • Jul 3, 2008

Office costs really ad up

After reading the Whidbey News-Times on May 10, referring to the opening of state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen’s new office in Oak Harbor, and her denial that it was not for political reasons, my question is this: Do the Democrats in this state do anything that is not political? The only reason the office was opened is to cover the tracks of this ferry boat mess.

  • Jul 3, 2008

List omitted oil, gas donors

A week or so ago the Whidbey News-Times headline read: “Candidates follow the money.” The article noted some contributions made to Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen from large employers in Washington state and noted some locals that contributed to her opponent.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Donations help gardeners

I would like to thank the many businesses that helped support the WSU Island County Master Gardeners’ 2008 Whidbey Gardening Workshop held in March in Coupeville. The workshop was a grand success which included 56 classes, several educational and static displays, nursery and gardening booths, and a fantastic raffle.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Bring them home safely

We walked over to Sunnyside Cemetery in the afternoon sun. We pulled a few stray bits of weeds and grass and put some flowers on the grave of Kathy’s father next to the headstone that so briefly mentions World War II.

  • Jul 3, 2008

No complaint, just politics

In response to May 10 News-Times article about the “controversy” over Sen. Mary Haugen’s Oak Harbor office, Jim Larsen could have done further investigation to see the accusation as empty political play. He found no campaign material anywhere. He then quoted Gina Bull, the legislative assistant at the office and then quoted the GOP accusations once again.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Wild scooter produces heroes

Thursday, May 22, I was riding down Swantown to SR 20 on my red scooter. I had just crossed SR 20 when my scooter wouldn’t go straight for me. I was going full speed when I finally got control and stopped and got out of the seat.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Defib project reaches goal

I would like to thank everyone who helped out with my Eagle Scout Project which raised money to purchase and then donate Automated External Defibrillators or AED’s to the Coupeville School District. I am happy to announce that enough money was raised to purchase three AED’s with all the necessary accessories and they were presented to the Coupeville School District Board of Directors at their last meeting.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Rachel finds the help she needs

Four years ago my husband went to pick up our granddaughter at middle school. He found her sitting on the floor sorting trash. He took her by the hand and told the teacher she would not be back. At the time she was reading at preschool level. Also, her eyes were downcast and empty. She was a very unhappy child and had threatened suicide. Today she is happy, reading at almost a fifth grade level and has a seventh grade spelling book.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Mussels, beer benefit children

The Coupeville Boys and Girls Club would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Jefferds of Penn Cove Shellfish, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, and the volunteers of the Mussel Festival for donating the proceeds of the 2008 Mussel and Beer Garden to our club.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Whidbey Island reader: ‘Please give me another George Bush’

I was reading a good letter in the May 28 edition of the Whidbey News-Times entitled, “Bring them home safely,” when I came upon the words “real or pretended war.” Surely this is not speaking of World War I or World War II, everyone concludes they were real, don’t they? It wouldn’t have been the Korean War where we liberated South Korea, now one of the most successful nations in the world. We might also have liberated North Korea. Our soldiers had almost secured Pyongyang, before being called to return south, being hamstrung by the United Nations. Was it the Vietnam War, was that pretend? At least, I believe, they thwarted the advance of communism in the world.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Island County GOP is hypocritical

I have read with interest and sometimes amusement, the recent letters to the editor. The Island County Republican Party is outraged that our Sen. Haugen opened an office in Oak Harbor. I must admit this is losing its amusement; hypocrites wear on me after a time.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Oak Harbor man suspects gas price gouging

The day before yesterday I drove past the Safeway gas station and the price for regular was $3.99. Yesterday morning the price had gone up to $4.06, and by evening it was $4.13. Today it’s higher! What happened to stores purchasing their stock and charging a fair profit?

  • Jul 3, 2008

Brake for bikes, save a life

Give us a brake. Please. The next time you’re driving one of our island’s beautiful country roads and come upon a cyclist using part of your lane, resist the temptation to veer slightly to the left and roar past them. I know you’re an expert behind the wheel, and a miss is as good as a mile, but trust me, my heart rate is already high enough. I don’t need the extra burst of adrenalin that comes when your SUV flies past at 40 or 50 miles an hour, inches from my leg.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Stealth paver needed on road

I read the letter to editor concerning the paving projects in Burlington and south of Oak Harbor and the article which came out right after that explaining the reason why paving was delayed, concerning nesting bald eagles near the road project south Of Oak Harbor.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Punishment exceeds prank

The senior prank is one of several unofficial traditions at Coupeville High. The Class of 2008 demonstrated some laudable ingenuity, teamwork and restraint in pranking at the new facility without physical harm or damage (Whidbey News-Times, June 4).

  • Jul 3, 2008

Timing curious on state Sen. Haugen’s new office

In all the hub-a-baloo over the legality of Mary Margaret Haugen’s district office in Oak Harbor? I think some folks missed the point. The point simply is, why now? Mary Margaret has been in office nearly 26 years. I asked around and as far as I can tell she has never once had a district office. Never once received permission for an additional staff person.

  • Jul 3, 2008