Opinion

In Our Opinion: No matter the nuisance, accessibility to public records is vital

The Public Records Act is based on the concept that the government should be transparent.

 

Doctor

Sound Off: The sooner we’re vaccinated, the sooner we’ll be back to normal

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

  • Sep 17, 2021

 

Dave Paul

Sound Off: Local law enforcement needs continued investments

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

  • Sep 14, 2021

 

In Our Opinion: Servers need higher wages, even if it means $10 shakes

Workers simply need a livable wage, not just a living wage.

In Our Opinion: Unvaccinated need to take responsibility for their choices

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

In Our Opinion: With tourism at all-time high, change in investment needed

More money could be spent on long-term, concrete investments related to tourism.

Rockin’ a Hard Place: An irresistible urge to emerge takes hold, on and off the Rock

One of the benefits of this urge for me was recalling what I miss about our Rock while far from it.

  • Aug 27, 2021

In Our Opinion: Meetings should be recorded, posted online even after COVID

One of the few silver linings of the pandemic has been the increased access to local government as meetings are livestreamed so anyone with internet… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: Barriers to prevent bridge suicides worth considering

Two suicides at Deception Pass Bridge in July have reignited a community conversation about placing nets on the structure to prevent such tragedies. Indeed, the… Continue reading

San Antonio - Torch of Friendship

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Opportunity to make statue a landmark slipping away

Oak Harbor could use a big landmark, something people recognize and talk about when they visit.

San Antonio - Torch of Friendship

In Our Opinion: Island County’s pandemic bonuses are a smart idea, if legal

The latest federal stimulus plan, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, distributed huge sums that local governments didn’t ask for and, in cases described… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2021

In Our Opinion: Welcome back, Whidbey Island Fair, how we missed ya

After a year marked by fear, divisiveness and distancing, attending the Whidbey Island Fair is the perfect way for the community to get together and… Continue reading

My garden.

On the Rock, we walk, wander and garden while the sun shines

During sunshine, we are outdoors walking our trails, wandering our beaches and tending our gardens.

My garden.

In Our Opinion: Ships should follow same environmental rules as everyone else

Over the last year, giant hulking figures emitting low, intrusive rumbles have appeared in Holmes Harbor. These massive container ships have impacted the lives of… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: It’s time for governor to put social distancing behind us

It’s time for the days of mandatory social distancing to come to an end and the summer of social gatherings to begin. Since the CDC… Continue reading

Sound Off: Coverage of clear-cutting on island doesn’t tell complete story

Your recent article, “Despite how it may seem, clear-cutting not increasing,” lacks important context and is likely to lead to more confusion and conflation on… Continue reading

  • Jun 8, 2021

From the Editor: Press releases always welcome, but they are just the first step

People are a lot more savvy about how newspapers work than they used to be. Most folks, for example, seem to understand that there’s a… Continue reading

Manke

Sound Off: This is a time to renew our pledge to remember the fallen

For many, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. The end of the school year and beginning of lake trips and get-togethers with family and… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2021
Manke

In Our Opinion: Illegal or not, Coupeville school board actions troubling

As role models for students, school boards should strive to follow the letter as well as the spirit of the law. This hasn’t been the… Continue reading

  • May 21, 2021

In Our Opinion: With candidate filing week at hand, it’s time to run for office

The outcome of this year’s election could have a significant impact on local government on Whidbey Island for many years to come. A total of… Continue reading