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Regarding “Takes planes to a different base,” (Letters, Whidbey News-Times, April 5).
Great gray whales have the longest migration route of any animal known, from the Bering Sea and Chukchi Seas, north, to the Baja Mexican waters, south, roughly 5,000 to 6,000 miles.
In rebuttal to the statement made by Senator Mary Margret Haugen in the Whidbey News-Times article dated April 19, titled “Ferry bidding delayed again.” That statement reads as follows:
Washington State Ferries’ desk pilots have at long last fired up their calculators and determined they can’t build three ferries for $85 million, so they will build two instead.
Americans almost never get a chance to spend like their government, but thanks to our elected leaders that chance is coming to a mailbox near you.
In these times of divided politics and increasing numbers of our men and women deployed in defense of our country, it is so important to foster patriotism in our youth.
Mr. Thomas Garrod (Letters, April 19) doesn’t do his homework very well. According to the Whidbey Island Almanac, 60 percent of the population is connected to the Navy base. The mistake that most people make is thinking that the military only includes those in uniform. There are people here who are retired military that would also leave if the base closed. That includes teachers, law enforcement, doctors, small business owners, and artists: at least two-thirds of your neighbors. The base itself pours over $500,000,000 into the island economy each year. That doesn’t count the money that we retired military spend here.
Cases in Oak Harbor and Everett last week look ridiculous on the surface, but do make that point that it’s very hard to return sex offenders to the community once they have served their time.
I strongly believe the pope should resign. He has failed to fulfill his responsibilities to the Catholic Church and its members, especially the children, by not expelling the pedophiles within the priesthood. There is no excuse for his gross negligence.
A disturbing new trend in roadside litter leaves us wondering about the future of Whidbey Island.
In January 1986 as a third year teacher I listened with pride as our nation’s first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe, blasted off in the space shuttle Challenger. I was due at a meeting, I turned the radio off before the explosion. And in the time that it took me to walk to the office of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, seven astronauts were dead, eulogized by President Reagan that evening as having “slipped the surly bonds of earth” to ”touch the face of God.”
As the period for requesting intra-district transfers (May 13 through June 6) draws near, one feels compelled to ask those form-filling-out folks, have you considered your neighborhood elementary school?
System must change first
The value of combining Whidbey Island’s school districts is an idea that has existed for some time and is worth exploring further. Without analysis, it is hard to say if the exercise would improve each school district’s current financial circumstances.
Habitual readers of obituaries can’t help but notice that a lot of the guys in the listings are pictured holding a fish. This happens occasionally in the Whidbey News-Times, and continually in The Herald of Everett. It must the the Scandinavian heritage. You see more fish-picture obituaries in The Herald than the Seattle Times, which has four times the circulation.
I’ve always had a slight problem with dyslexia. However, “backward thinking” isn’t always a disadvantage. These days it seems to be critical to understanding environmental issues, like the current global food crisis.
The Oak Harbor City Council last week made it possible for long-time city pier supporters to realistically imagine the presence of a pier in our lifetimes.
Mr. Average Citizen: Tell me, Mr. Capitol Hill Observer, what is Congress doing about this $4 a gallon gasoline? It’s killing me. Memorial Day Weekend we stayed home and ate raw hot dogs. We couldn’t afford gas or charcoal lighter fluid.
Many families in Washington are struggling. Property taxes are rising and the costs for fuel and food are skyrocketing. These added costs, along with some unscrupulous subprime mortgage lenders, have undermined the American dream for too many families in our state and around the nation.
Tuesday’s gala welcoming of the the first EA-18G Growler to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station was the official beginning of a bright future for Oak Harbor.