Opinion

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

Editorial: Fire district needs support

Tax dollars are dear to us all, but sometimes it’s necessary to pay more, particularly when the community’s safety is at stake.Island County residents have… Continue reading

Sound Off: Operation Homecoming remembered

By Christine PicchiVietnam ... 35 years ago. The peace that seemed so promising in October of 1972 never materialized and the Paris peace talks broke… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Sound Off: Investigate the ferry problems

By Bob WilliamsThe Evergreen Freedom Foundation is calling on legislators to take action now on the ferry problems in Washington.To the best of our knowledge,… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Sound Off: PBY Memorial gets big lift

By Win StitesWhoever said community spirit is gone, needs to read this! The PBY Memorial Foundation, a non-profit historical group established in 1998, recently made… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editor’s Column: Give us money, not promises

The federal government is setting a good example in deciding to send each of us a check for $600 so we can spend it and… Continue reading

Editorial: Fire district out of touch

If you’re looking for the definition of “out of touch,” look no further than North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, which just experienced an embarrassing levy… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: The more you save the more it costs

I owe you all an apology for the inflation we are experiencing, because every time I try to save money, it costs us all in… Continue reading

Editorial: Fill vacancies in public view

The new city of Oak Harbor administration is off to a shaky start with how it fills vacancies on the City Council. The public is… Continue reading

Editorial: A dangerous learning curve

The Washington State Department of Transportation’s new-found love affair with roundabouts is perhaps too optimistic.The DOT now favors a roundabout at the busy Sharpes Corner… Continue reading

Sound Off: Heading off a Keystone crisis

Central Whidbey leaders are hard at work trying to head off an impending crisis on the Keystone to Port Townsend ferry run this summer.With only… Continue reading

Sound Off: Thanks anyway for applying

High interest in Oak Harbor city government was revealed in February when an astounding nine individuals applied for an open City Council position. Most towns… Continue reading

Sound Off: Ferry solutions in the works

By Sarah RichardsThe Keystone/Port Townsend ferry situation is about three years from being resolved completely and we’ll have some difficulties between now and then. After… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Sound Off: It all starts in the mirror

By Patricia KuenziWhile I enjoyed reading your recent column regarding attempting to save money and energy and the Catch-22 you were caught in, it also… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: Welcome back, Crescent Harbor

Kudos to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station for once again opening the Crescent Harbor Marina to sailors and their families.It came as a shock a… Continue reading

Editor’s Column: The ferry system survey for Keystone

Readers will be happy to know that I was secretly slipped the Keystone to Port Townsend version of the Washington State Transportation Commission 2008 Ferry… Continue reading

Sound Off: Give us change, not liberalism

By Mike TurnerAfter reading Mr. Joiner’s “Sound off” column in the Feb. 16 Whidbey News-Times, “Liberalism leads youth astray,” I felt compelled to reply.First, I… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Editorial: Be open, move forward

It’s unfortunate that a controversy cast a shadow over the Oak Harbor City Council’s unanimous decision to name Bob Severns to the seat vacated by… Continue reading

Sound Off: Prosecutor put county at risk

By Peter MooteThe newspaper requested a response to the letter Prosecutor Greg Banks and his attorney sent to me referenced in the article printed in… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008

Sound Off: Consider Death With Dignity

Please consider signing the Washington State “Death With Dignity” Initiative, known as I-1000. The text of the Washington initiative is based on Oregon law, passed… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2008