Opinion

Sound Off: Make a plan to quit smoking

By Jessica M. Minderf you are thinking about quitting smoking but not sure you’re ready to take the plunge maybe the Great American Smokeout is… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: I-747 was never tried

The state Supreme Court killed off Tim Eyman’s Initiative 747 last week. The move was highly controversial and came on a 5-4 vote, but the… Continue reading

Sound Off: Set a place for a soldier

By Randy BradfordI really dread this time of year. Everything is so dark and dreary. Even the time change, rather than making me feel like… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: 54 reasons to be thankful

Every year at Thanksgiving time there are plenty of reasons for Whidbey Island residents to be thankful. All you have to do is look at… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: This Thanksgiving, pass the rolls

Let’s face it, Thanksgiving dinner is rather boring. For all the buildup to the big holiday, all we do is eat, chat a bit between… Continue reading

Sound Off: Involve citizens with Harbor Side

By Terry LeDeskyI am responding to Mr. Adams’ (Letters, Nov. 3) invitation to express an opinion regarding the spending of money in the Old Town… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Sound Off: Surface mining notice too short

An urgent community meeting was held Nov. 22 in Greenbank. Neighbors of Rempel Brothers Concrete Inc. came together to discuss our horror at the notices… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: Hopes hinge on tall tree

Oak Harbor’s new downtown Christmas tree towers 40 feet into the sky, symbolizing a rebirth of sorts for holiday festivities in the heart of the… Continue reading

City educates on stormwater

Oak Harbor has launched a major public education effort on the issue of stormwater runoff that should pay dividends down the road.Even the mayor is… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: Whidbey Island social life at risk

A call to action is needed to protect Whidbey Island’s great but endangered social gathering places.We are speaking, of course, of our recycling centers, formerly… Continue reading

Sound Off: Oak Harbor’s own treasure

By Grace SchiffmanI just wanted to let everyone in Oak Harbor know about a treasure I have discovered and have grown to love and cherish.… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: Let’s end the Dillard dispute

The 30-plus residents of Dillard’s Addition, the small housing development on Oak Harbor’s waterfront, have a right to be furious. In a controversy that has… Continue reading

Editorial: We can count on the Navy

In times of emergency the entire Northwest can count on the U.S. Navy from Oak Harbor.Search and Rescue teams from Whidbey Island Naval Air Station… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Sound Off: Recycle, then be social in church

By Roxallanne MedleySo, from the same paper that branded me as not the ideal candidate for Coupeville Town Council because of my ultra-creativity, comes the… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editor’s Column: Santa sets a fashion example

Every Christmas in recent years my thoughts have turned to Santa Claus. Not the gifts he may bring me, or the joy he gives to… Continue reading

Sound Off: Haugen shares ferry blame

By Ed DrumIs Sen. Haugen rescuing the ferry system or her image?I spoke with Sen. Haugen on Nov. 29, the day of special session in… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Sound Off: A boon to education in Coupeville

By Wilbur PurdueThe Historic Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival Association has provided a series of grants for special projects occurring within the Coupeville School District.… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: Businesses make noise

The new Oak Harbor City Council members taking over in January would be wise not to further limit business operations due to noise concerns.The noise… Continue reading

Editorial: Be realistic about inflation

Oak Harbor School District leaders seem to be having trouble facing the reality of inflation. Every time they estimate the cost of the high school… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: The worst holiday of the year

The transition from the year’s best holiday to the year’s worst is swift. We spend Christmas with our families eating food and swapping presents, then… Continue reading