Letters to the Editor

Knue knows farming best

As a long time resident of this district, I can earnestly say that I have never heard of or met a candidate that is better… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008

Patients already control their own demise

For many years now patients have been encouraged to be actively involved with their physicians in end-of-life issues concerning how and where they expect to… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008

Ignore labels, vote issues

My family’s political ideology has deep roots. I was raised by a pilot,Marine, and long-time Republican state representative. Now as a marriedwoman with two children… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008

PUD, not Wall Street

At the League of Women Voters forum in Coupeville the Puget Sound Energy executive was asked what sort of compensation they, the executives, would receive… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008

Vote to support our Greenbank Farm jewel

The Greenbank Farm is one of the jewels of Whidbey Island. In supporting the small increase in tax levy currently proposed by the Port of… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008

Island County’s desperately in need of change

Don Meehan, upon retiring as director of Island County's WSU Extension program, said this about his 800 volunteers and half-dozen paid coordinators: "Sometimes it's a… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008

Haugen is a friend of fire departments

Senator Mary Margaret Haugen has been a constant strong supporter of the emergency services community. When firefighter training was suffering in Island County and throughout… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008

Port did its Greenbank Farm planning poorly

Do any of you remember the applause, "attaboys," and superb job congratulations concerning the Coupeville Port District's Comprehensive Plan (2007-2026) adopted May 2007. At that… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008

Slow down only when children are present

Heller Road, near the high school stadium and Hillcrest Elementary, has a speed zone of 20 mph during the house of 7 a.m. to 4… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008

Haugen scuttled Keystone terminal move

After reading about and listening to so much glorification and adulation over the political career of Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, I am compelled to bring… Continue reading

  • Oct 29, 2008

Male Republicans have done enough harm in Island County

Back around 1980 I had a job in the Island County Planning Department analyzing the impact of a proposal to build the biggest supertanker port… Continue reading

  • Oct 23, 2008

Vote yes to keep fire services

Vote yes to keep fire servicesI would like to explain North Whidbey Fire and Rescue's proposed levy lid lift in a simplified manner.North Whidbey Fire… Continue reading

  • Oct 23, 2008

PUDs offer lower rates, better service

Washington law granting citizens the right to form Public Utility Districts was approved by the state’s voters in 1930. Since the first PUD started operations… Continue reading

  • Oct 23, 2008

Summer tanager apparently spotted in Oak Harbor

For all of you bird watchers out there, my husband, Ed, and I have seen what appears to be a summer tanager, an unusual bird… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008

Fire district running out of gas masks

The 80 volunteers of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue desperately need your vote this election. The model of breathing apparatus they must wear at every… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008

Price Johnson a good choice for both parties

If you follow local politics, it will come as no surprise that Republican candidates don't get many votes on the south part of the island.… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008

Bailey offers intelligence, integrity

As election day draws closer and the “Democrat at any cost” rhetoric increases, I become all the more convinced that those who so fervently wish… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008

Bakke placed access in jeopardy

Charges about Angie Homola's alleged difficulties reveal some serious problems with the past management of the Island County Planning Department.If the planning director at the… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008

Elect someone in the majority

The average voter needs to understand the structure of the legislature and how it functions. In this governing body, the 10th Legislative District has been… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008

Revenue raised, county’s heritage destroyed

Well, it looks like the county's financial chickens have come home to roost. Are the Island County commissioners ready for it? Clearly not, since they… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008