Opinion

Editorial: Answers to protests not simple, but there is hope

Editorial writers at newspapers across the nation are grasping for words when it comes to responding to the Minneapolis police officer’s killing of George Floyd,… Continue reading

  • Jun 2, 2020

 

Editorial: COVID responses should continue as we reopen

Island County residents have taken the response to the pandemic seriously. That shouldn’t end now that things are gradually changing and the local economy reopening.… Continue reading

 

Memorial Day: Remember, honor those who sacrificed

I am humbled anytime I have the opportunity to pay homage to our fellow Americans who gave their lives in defense of our nation. Memorial… Continue reading

  • May 22, 2020

 

Sound Off: Coronavirus, work must somehow coexist

By now it is apparent that, barring a miracle, a cure for COVID-19 will not happen soon; however, to make it a condition of removing… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2020

Editorial: Governor, allow the show to go on at Blue Fox Drive-in

Somehow people are choosing sides when it comes to COVID-19. And it’s evidently an oddly shaped virus since there seems to be a lot of… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Overcoming an eerie feeling in an empty tourist town

Eerie is an onomatopoeia – a word that sounds like what it means. I was reminded of that tidbit I learned in my high school… Continue reading

Editorial: If you’ve considered running for office, next week is time to act

Quite a few people have already announced their intentions to run this year for state and local offices. But next week is when they will… Continue reading

Technological problems don’t excuse meetings violation

The Coupeville School Board inadvertently violated the state Open Public Meetings Act by holding a meeting Monday night that many people couldn’t watch due to… Continue reading

Sound Off: Governor holds extraordinary powers in an emergency

As a community, state and nation, we are suffering from the effects of an unprecedented pandemic. We entrust our elected leaders to follow the law… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2020

Soundoff: Grateful for courage, stamina of essential workers in community

By Patricia Duff These are strange and difficult times for all of us. I happen to work at the hospital as the public relations officer… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2020

Publisher: A message to newspaper’s readers

To our readers, In a few short weeks our world has changed. It’s starting to sink in that, once the COVID-19 pandemic passes, we will… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2020

Letter: Not too early to begin thinking about recovery

Editor, From my vantage here in Everett, the public health emergency of the COVID-19 crisis is all around. Snohomish County has the second highest number… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2020

Editor’s notes: Still pursuing the facts in the age of coronavirus

While I’m normally not a big fan of Facebook, candy or long sentences, I also realized that I’m not immune to the impacts of the… Continue reading

Pandemic bringing major changes to your newspaper

Social distancing. Stay-at-home order. Coronavirus. COVID-19. Pandemic. A day doesn’t go by that most of these words don’t assault our daily lives or dominate our… Continue reading

  • Mar 24, 2020

Extraordinary measures during extraordinary times

With each day — with each passing hour, in fact — we’re learning more about how the coronavirus pandemic is transforming our everyday lives into… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Love in the time of coronavirus

Last weekend, as I have for the past three years, I volunteered at Musselfest in Coupeville, selling grilled hot dogs to raise money for the… Continue reading

  • Mar 14, 2020

Sound Off: Navy’s proposal would be unfair to city rate payers

“We are negotiating amongst partners who want to get to an equitable agreement.” I am sure that most of Oak Harbor citizens agree with this… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2020

In our opinion: Common sense is a good defense against coronavirus

Nobody can say definitively if, or when, the coronavirus will spread to Whidbey Island. Perhaps the relative isolation of being an island will forestall this.… Continue reading

  • Mar 6, 2020

Guest commentary: The process of choosing presidential delegates is changing

By John Amell The way in which political parties nominate presidential candidates is changing in Washington State. This year, the Democratic Party has a new… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2020

In Our Opinion: Options for controlling utility rates likely limited

Oak Harbor council members didn’t adopt a plan to raise city utility rates precipitously over the next three years. Instead, the members decided to explore… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2020