Letters to the Editor

Our baggers deserve a tip

In response to Steve Peck’s letter in the Sept. 3 paper. I am appalled that you can say the baggers at the commissary lack service skills. Have you ever engaged them in conversation by asking how their day is going? They work through every kind of weather and make sure our eggs or other delicate purchases don’t get broken. Have you ever noticed how they pack your vehicle? They make sure that everything is in place so the frozen items stay together to stay frozen on the way home. Having been born and raised in the military life, gone active duty and married to a Navy man for 25 years, I have always shopped at the commissary. The baggers work for tips only so the prices of our groceries can be kept so low.

  • Sep 12, 2008

Lions appreciate your support

We, the North Whidbey Lions Club, would like to extend our appreciation to the city of Oak Harbor for supporting our 23rd Annual Car Show that was held Aug. 9, 2008 in Windjammer Park.

  • Sep 12, 2008

Major Megan McClung Memorial Run benefits Marines

We wanted to write and thank your reporter Liz Burlingame, the Marines of MATSG-53, NAS Whidbey, the Gold Star Mothers of Washington, the Oak Harbor VFW, the Washington Marine Corps Leagues and all the sponsors for their support and participation in the Aug. 23 running of the Major Megan McClung Memorial Run.

  • Sep 10, 2008

Don’t be fooled by Astroturfing

There’s a name for efforts by big corporations to manipulate public opinion by creating fake “grassroots” citizens’ organizations. It’s called Astroturfing, and now we have our very own example, the “Whidbey Consumers for Affordable Energy.” Would it shock you to learn that this group has no known “Whidbey consumers” as members, and is financed entirely by puget Sound Energy? Perhaps you’ve seen the hundreds of red “Pull the Plug” signs they’ve blanketed the island with (which, according to the county, will have to be removed at taxpayer expense).

  • Sep 10, 2008

Wrong venue for bagger critic

I read with surprise and dismay the letter to the editor from Mr. Steve Peck. Not only was it rude, but in the wrong venue!  It should have been in the Northwest Navigator and not in a civilian paper.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Bailey right on government

I think a letter in favor of Barbara Bailey is in order. Now, I don’t agree with everything she does, but I do agree with her stand on expanding government.

  • Sep 9, 2008

Victims always stuck with crime

I am appalled by the recent stories of the young youth leader at Living Faith Christian Center. It sickens me to read about how concerned everyone is about the young man. Did we forget about his victims, who were children, some as young as three years old?

  • Sep 9, 2008

Whidbey commissary baggers’ work is appreciated

Steve Peck (Letters, Sept. 3) would have us believe that there are no options when shopping at our local commissary. He would also have us believe that the sheer volume of shoppers on any given day at the commissary compares to our civilian counterparts. In contrast Steve, the civilian stores only hire a few customer service representatives to handle their customers’ needs. Whereas the commissary has over 70 baggers (military family members) to assist their patrons as demand dictates.

  • Sep 6, 2008

Attack ad way off base

The disparaging 14-by-8 inch attack ad against Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen in the Sept. 3 issue of the Whidbey News-Times was paid for by the so-called Leadership Council in Olympia.

  • Sep 5, 2008

Story misses music store

The Whidbey News-Times reported Aug. 2 that “North Whidbey’s only all-instrumental music store, ClickMusic.biz opened last month to serve islanders and the city of Anacortes.” Perhaps the reporter should have done her homework before submitting this article.

  • Sep 5, 2008

Whidbey commissary baggers lack service skills

Norman Hamrick (Letters, Aug. 27) asks us commissary customers what it is we do not understand about commissary baggers. I’ll tell him. I don’t understand why most of them don’t have any customer service skills. In seven years of military life, I’ve only been greeted twice by a bagger; the rest of them just stand there, stone-faced, bagging the groceries or chatting with the other baggers.

  • Sep 4, 2008

Big surprise on Camano

On behalf of all of us at Island Transit, I would like say thank you to our Camano Island - Everett Connector commuters, and to tell you how completely overwhelmed we were by their generosity, kindness and sincerity in providing such a phenomenal surprise celebration on Sunday, Aug. 10, in appreciation of our Island Transit Camano employees and the Route 412 Camano Island - Everett Connector transit service.

  • Sep 2, 2008

Save the Enchantress

The Enchantress rests in Fidalgo Bay, just east of Anacortes. She sits in seven to 14-feet of water, covered in a crust of barnacles and marine life, home to a family of otters and perch for a pair of nesting bald eagles.

  • Sep 2, 2008

Price Johnson is there for us

This letter is to endorse Helen Price Johnson for Island County commissioner.

  • Sep 2, 2008

Judge gratified by supporters

To the voters of Island County, thank you for the landslide victory! I am pleased and grateful to be your judge for Island County Superior Court.

  • Sep 2, 2008

Farm property just as valuable

The Boyer property mentioned in a recent letter is not at the end of any runway. You can see it’s next to Westgate Mobile Home & RV Sales and there are other businesses on old Oak Harbor Road.

  • Aug 29, 2008

Rezone must have a reason

You can’t fault people for owning property, but you can fault a commissioner for rezoning land without any input from the landowners or the general public during public hearings on the property.

  • Aug 29, 2008

Waiting for an election disaster

Our old “bedsheet” primary ballots were not perfect, but they stood the test of generations, and they were kind of fun. Anything seemed possible. The more standard “straightjacket” primary ballots forced upon us were just not Washington, no matter how common they were around the rest of America.

  • Aug 29, 2008

Bailey votes against a lot

“Barbara Bailey, one of the leaders of the pack of ultra-conservative Western Washington legislators, has one of the most astoundingly bad voting records in the… Continue reading

  • Aug 27, 2008