Opinion

Island Transit should start charging bus fares

Island Transit doesn’t really have much of a choice when it comes to charging fares. State lawmakers and state Department of Transportation officials have said… Continue reading

 

Creating yet another tax in city is a bad idea

Creating a new tax to fund road improvements in Oak Harbor is a horrible idea, especially under a cloud of mistrust created by the major… Continue reading

  • May 11, 2018

 

Letter: Affordable housing development is needed

Editor, Oak Harbor has worked successfully to ensure that we enjoy a high quality of life with great schools, good health care, excellent police and… Continue reading

  • May 4, 2018

 

Consider giving to vets’ center

Editor, Combat Veterans on Whidbey Island lack easy access to professional counseling for PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and related conditions. To get needed help, vets… Continue reading

  • May 2, 2018

Pro-gun rally was lawful, notice given in advance

Editor, In response to an “open question” from David Wright, Freeland, published Wednesday, April 25 in the Whidbey News-Times, “Why aren’t heavily armed protestors being… Continue reading

  • May 2, 2018

We should be thankful Navy is treating water

Editor, I understand the concern regarding water quality addressed in Rick Abraham’s letter to the editor on April 28. We, which includes all American citizens… Continue reading

  • May 2, 2018

Growlers are not good for business

Editor, Whidbey Island and our neighboring islands and towns rely on tourism to balance town budgets. Many small businesses of all kinds have emerged to… Continue reading

  • May 2, 2018

City should cut instead of taxing

Editor, Oak Harbor considers creating a taxing district for roads (April 28 Whidbey News-Times article). Our streets and roads are deteriorating. The city does not… Continue reading

  • May 2, 2018

It’s time to consider running for office

It’s time for those who’ve entertained the idea of running for elected office to make a leap. Next week, May 14-18, is Filing Week in… Continue reading

Homelessness is a true problem

Editor, On Monday evening, I attended the Whidbey Homeless Coalition conversation, “What Does It Mean to Be Homeless on Whidbey Island?” Like many communities, homelessness… Continue reading

  • May 2, 2018

Does everyone now need to be armed?

Editor, The last two issues of the Whidbey New-Times have printed Ed Hickey, and Larry Larson’s concerns about their Second Amendment rights. Let’s give the… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2018

Cartoon for Saturday, April 21

Cartoon by Dave Granlund.… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2018

Article shows why there needs to be competition

Editor, Health care has been a big issue in westernized countries for many decades. The question of whether we should have single payer or private… Continue reading

  • Apr 20, 2018

SOUND OFF: Will island residents join in celebrating Earth Day?

Island County enjoys the valuable assets of our beaches and lagoons where families harvest shellfish, fisherman and crabbers enjoy abundant catches, and children swim and… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2018

Environment is big factor in gun control discussion

Editor, On and on the arguments rage about the Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms. Regardless of which side anyone is on, there are… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2018

Climate change not due to man, but part of God’s plan

Editor, The coordinated backlash against Commis-sioner Rick Hannold regarding “climate change” by David Coleman, Steen Hallings and now Gary Piazzon is regrettable. Their remarks were… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2018

Cartoon for Wednesday, April 18

Cartoon by Pat Bagley.… Continue reading

  • Apr 17, 2018

Housing project may be a win for downtown Oak Harbor

Over the decades there have been dozens of plans for revitalizing downtown Oak Harbor, including construction of a hotel, a convention center, a library, a… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2018

Cartoon for Saturday, April 14

Cartoon by Nate Beeler.… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2018

Protect your Second Amendment rights

Editor, In response to Larry Larson’s excellent letter “If one Constitutional right is taken, why not take all,” on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, I would… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2018