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First off, let me offer my formal and public congratulations to the newly elected members of Oak Harbor city council. With half of the council… Continue reading
We need better ferry service. As you know, we’ve seen far too many ferry sailings cancelled this year. I’ve been working with my colleagues in… Continue reading
Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, it’s comforting to fall back on that image of the First Thanksgiving we learned in grade school. The Pilgrims, half… Continue reading
Shopping local is always a good idea everywhere, but this year there are more reasons than ever to browse for holidays gifts at shops, markets… Continue reading
Four years ago, Oak Harbor officials’ decision to raze the windmill in Windjammer Park caused an uproar among current and former residents who have nostalgic… Continue reading
Oak Harbor Councilmember Tara Hizon was right on the money when she recently suggested that the city should explore changing the city’s form of government.… Continue reading
I have experienced a wonderful time here on the island. From being welcomed into businesses to talk, to chats on the street, I have had… Continue reading
The best candidates for Langley City Council are relatively easy to identify, although voting may take a little extra effort this year. Gail Fleming is… Continue reading
By Island County Commissioner Melanie Bacon Whidbey Island is the largest island in the Stat of Washington and the fourth-largest island in the contiguous United… Continue reading
When I was in my senior year of high school several centuries B.I. (Before Internet), I was invited with about a dozen other seniors who… Continue reading
Election season has exposed a rift between Oak Harbor City Council and the city administration that is deep and getting deeper. The motivations and loyalties… Continue reading
The schools need leaders who will work together and get things done, not argue over dogma.
Voters should support a levy increase to fund operations at Whidbey Island Public Hospital District.
Dear Editor: This year the citizens of Oak Harbor have the opportunity to improve the leadership we have on the City Council greatly. Instead of… Continue reading
Welcome to my column. For those who missed my introduction in the Sept. 22 edition, I am R.J. Benner, the new publisher for the Whidbey… Continue reading
The Public Records Act is based on the concept that the government should be transparent.
We all wish COVID-19 was over, don’t you? Eighteen months into this pandemic, we are eager, more than ever, to get back to “normal.” Unfortunately,… Continue reading
In my three years in office, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to law enforcement officials, constituents, and communities of color about improving public… Continue reading
Workers simply need a livable wage, not just a living wage.
The pandemic in America would be over if everyone had gotten vaccinated. Instead, mask mandates are back, hospitals are overfilling, the economy is taking more… Continue reading