Opinion

Editorial: Keep rolling on videotaping

The Oak Harbor City Council shouldn’t lose its momentum in support of the proposal to start videotaping its workshop sessions and other city committee meetings.Nearly… Continue reading

  • Sep 19, 2007

Editorial: Butter up Mary Margaret

There’s only one way for officials to fix the traffic nightmare on Highway 20 at the south end of Oak Harbor: Butter up state Sen.… Continue reading

  • Sep 19, 2007

Editorial: Good choice for commissioner

Island County Commissioners Mac McDowell and John Dean made a good choice in picking Phil Bakke to join them on the three-person board, replacing longtime… Continue reading

  • Sep 12, 2007

Sound Off: Town needs regime change

Well readers, it’s me again, sitting up in British Columbia, pondering the fate of the once little town that I love. I’m certain that many… Continue reading

  • Sep 8, 2007

Sound Off: These taxes are worth paying

Pay more taxes?Yes, and gladly so to help sustain resources that are core to the health and well-being of each and every one of us… Continue reading

  • Sep 8, 2007

Editorial: It’s a night for the ages

Has there ever been a bigger Friday night in Oak Harbor’s history? Definitely not, in terms of a single event that will make an enormous… Continue reading

  • Sep 5, 2007

Sound Off: Festival income continues to rise

The Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival is proud to announce another successful year in raising funds for our community. We even exceeded our income from… Continue reading

  • Sep 1, 2007

Sound Off: Help show we care for kids

Back to school can be a fun time for kids especially when they are able to start the school year with new school supplies. For… Continue reading

  • Sep 1, 2007

Editorial: In Coupeville, the race is on

The Town of Coupeville’s one primary race for city council suggests that it could be a hot political season in Whidbey’s most historic community.Incumbent Councilman… Continue reading

  • Aug 29, 2007

Editorial: Calm before the storm

One good thing about a primary in August is that, when it’s over, there’s time for candidates and voters alike to take a breather before… Continue reading

  • Aug 29, 2007

Sound Off: Put vaccines on school list

With September just around the corner and school physicals due soon, many children will have their medical and immunization records reviewed. With immunization programs so… Continue reading

  • Aug 25, 2007

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