Opinion

Sound Off: Bad math equals bad growth

Figures for growth projection are flying everywhere in Island County and Oak Harbor, and frankly the urban sprawl that we see in Oak Harbor is… Continue reading

  • Aug 25, 2007

Editorial: Fewer county residents smoke

There’s some very good news on the health front: The percentage of people in Island County who smoke is lower than the state average, and… Continue reading

  • Aug 22, 2007

Editorial: Health care woes grow

It was an ill-timed coincidence last week when soon after the Navy announced it is closing its emergency room at Naval Hospital Oak Harbor, Whidbey… Continue reading

  • Aug 22, 2007

Sound Off: Stadium marks a new beginning

If you haven’t had a chance to drive by our new Wildcat Memorial Stadium recently, you should do it. It is an impressive facility that… Continue reading

  • Aug 18, 2007

Editorial: On praise and criticism

Oak Harbor officials were both praised and criticized in last week’s city council meeting.The criticism, hostile in nature, came from a group of citizens who… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2007

Editorial: Too grueling, too secretive

Those who run the Island County Republican Party chose a process that’s too grueling and too secretive to replace Island County Commissioner Mike Shelton.The four… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2007

Sound Off: Closing Navy ER is for the best

This letter is in response to the recent article (News-Times, Aug. 8) regarding the imminent transition from E/R to Urgent Care facility with reduced hours.I… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2007

Sound Off: Closing Navy ER costly, dangerous

I would like to make everyone aware of an injustice that is now taking place. I am an emergency room physician, and I work at… Continue reading

  • Aug 15, 2007

Sound Off: Summer fun with family

In the past few weeks I have been watching families leave the library with stacks of books, DVDs and other library materials, and it has… Continue reading

  • Aug 11, 2007

Sound Off: Strong-arm tactics enforce septic rules

In 1993 I purchased a manufactured home with a septic system on 10 acres two miles south of Coupeville. That purchase carried many responsibilities, one… Continue reading

  • Aug 11, 2007

Editorial: Let’s assess the candidates

Oak Harbor is blessed to have a number of good candidates running for political office. So many, in fact, that a primary election is needed… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2007

Razzle and the Chief Justice

One minute our dog Razzle was standing excitedly in the driveway, eyeing the door to the pickup, knowing it was bound to eventually open and… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2007

Get informed before you vote

Ballots should be in North Whidbey mailboxes today or tomorrow for the earliest primary election in Oak Harbor, Coupeville, and the entire state’s modern history.“Election… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2007

Sound Off: Your home is not your castle

A little over two years ago, the Supreme Court handed down one of the most far-reaching decisions in a generation. In June 2005, five of… Continue reading

  • Jul 21, 2007

Shelton served county well

Island County Commissioner Mike Shelton will be hard to replace on the three-member panel that rules over county operations.In nearly 16 years of service, Shelton,… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2007

Editorial: Straight answers trump money

Oak Harbor is small enough that money isn’t everything - or even nearly everything - in politics. It’s more important how long you’ve been around,… Continue reading

  • Jul 18, 2007

Sound Off: Eagle flies off with fishermen

As a longtime resident of Admirals Cove I read with interest Paul Boring’s story (News-Times, July 7) of the bald eagle population soaring on Whidbey… Continue reading

  • Jul 14, 2007

Sound Off: Orca capture victims honored

On the 37th anniversary of the Penn Cove orca capture, Orca Network holds its annual commemoration of all the Southern Resident orcas taken during the… Continue reading

  • Jul 14, 2007

Editorial: Save island, donate land

One of the best ways to save Whidbey Island for future generations is to donate some land.Dr. George Fairfax recently did just that, giving title… Continue reading

  • Jul 11, 2007

Editorial: Eagles set an example

Whidbey Islanders no doubt played a role in helping the American Bald Eagle get taken off the national Endangered Species List last week.While banning the… Continue reading

  • Jul 11, 2007