Letters to the Editor

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

Knue, not Smith, led on education

I believe Republicans, Democrats, and Independents in the 10th Legislative District all agree that we deserve a candidate that does not distort the truth. Norma… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008

Obama and wife go to church

I find it distressing that some evangelicals, in books, on radio and TV, are leading many good Christian people into villifying a devout fellow Christian,… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008

If you like Bush you’ll like Smith

Norma Smith was appointed a few months ago by a group of hardcore Republican operatives. She states that she was unanimously selected by the "leadership"… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008

Ferries aren’t Haugen’s fault

I urge voters to look beyond the spin campaign against Mary Margaret Haugen to see all the good she has done for Island County and… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008

More football players need to play

In pro football no player ever plays both ways. Even at college level, every player is assigned specialty positions they play.High school and peewee football… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008

Taxes squash American dream

In the last four or five weekly papers there have been articles about the city and state complaining about their operating cost for materials and… Continue reading

  • Oct 22, 2008