Opinion

Sound Off: Gov. takes bum advice

By Bill ViertelBelow average and average leaders in any field of endeavor, whether in business or government, concentrate on the day-to-day tyranny of the urgent,… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Sound Off: Don’t blame Senator Haugen

By Al WilliamsSeveral have written taking Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen to task about the Keystone ferry situation. As chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, she… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: Island Transit still on a roll

In many ways, Island Transit has come to personify Whidbey Island for visitors since its first order of five buses rolled off the ferry 20… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: Reminiscing as we start our diets

Now that we’re all on our diets, we can reflect back fondly on our holiday cooking successes.My personal victory came in the art of creating… Continue reading

Sound Off: Ferry system shorts Whidbey

By Sarah RichardsRecent news stories about the crisis on the Keystone to Port Townsend ferry run have focused on how the removal of the Steel… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Sound Off: Act now to save our wetlands

By Angie HomolaMy fellow citizens, Island County is on the brink of adopting the “new” Critical Areas Wetland Ordinance. When we failed to provide adequate… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: A reminder to our men

Tracy Adams, known as “Trace” to his friends, will soon start serving a 22-month sentence in a state prison for 10 counts of computer trespass.… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: A story fit for the whole island

The Whidbey Reads program, in which everyone reads the same book, is looking for a book that the entire island would be interested in reading.This… Continue reading

Sound Off: Wetlands update fair and balanced

By John Dean, Mac McDowell & Phil BakkeThe Board of Island County Commissioners Monday accepted the county’s Critical Area Ordinance wetlands update, as recommended by… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: Watch over our wetlands

The Island County Commissioners are proud of the wetlands ordinance update they will soon approve, and time may show that they have a right to… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: Our democratic process explained

Q: I’m very excited about Washington’s upcoming presidential primary election. If things work out, our votes could mean a lot in the big picture. How,… Continue reading

Sound Off: ampbusting now allowed

By Steve EricksonAll three Whidbey newspapers have now printed a letter from the Island County Commissioners singing the praises of their proposed Critical Areas Ordinance… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Sound Off: Academic upgrade coming to OHHS

By Dwight LundstromOHHS PrincipalThe modernization of Oak Harbor High School is a multi-year project that is not so much about bricks and mortar as it… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: Catch these winning girls

The Oak Harbor High School football team has gotten most of the local prep sports publicity in recent years, and for good reason. With several… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: County needs to look more rural

Islanders could make it much easier on our overworked legislators if they would just look more rural.Rep. Barbara Bailey and Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen have… Continue reading

Sound Off: Holiday greeting not courageous

By Patricia KuenziAfter reading Ellie Peck’s letter regarding what “courage” it took for the Whidbey News-Times to broadcast the “Merry Christmas” message, my initial response… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Sound Off: School needs a new flag

By Wes HeckathornI was at the Coupeville High School Jan. 11 to drop off a book for my daughter. As I was leaving, I looked… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: Lolita gets a big boost

The long-stalled effort to bring Lolita home to the waters of Puget Sound has received a boost from, of all places, Hollywood.Whidbey Island’s Orca Network… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: White stuff’s a welcome change

We seldom stop to think how great it is to live on a planet where white stuff falls from the sky occasionally.Winter would be so… Continue reading

Sound Off: Mental health services fade

By Tim ClarkI recently retired after serving for nearly 20 years as a County Designated Mental Health Professional. In that capacity I evaluated people with… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008