Opinion

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

Sound Off: Growth beliefs mostly myths

We need to bring in business to bring down taxes. This development will give us jobs. Environmental protection will hurt the economy. Growth is good… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2007

Sound Off: New county septic rules costly

Just because the state mandates something it doesn’t automatically mean that it is necessary, right, or reasonable. It is more likely to be designed to… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2007

Editorial: Big claim hurts credibility

Even to an insurance company, $300,000 isn’t peanuts. And the fact that Island County’s insurance group paid that much to settle an employee’s claim against… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2007

Editorial: Welcome to Whidbey Island

Visitors to Whidbey Island from the north end have a fantastic new welcome thanks to those involved with the impressive collective effort to mount an… Continue reading

  • Jul 4, 2007

Sound Off: Beware of costly septic program

The Island County Health Department is promoting a massive inspection and reporting program to solve alleged pollution of Puget Sound by failed septic systems. This… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2007

Sound Off: Voting changes starting now

Voting in Island County is changing. Earlier this year, with the recommendation of myself, the Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution declaring that all… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2007

Editorial: County roads up to state

Island County should look to the state for more money to maintain its county roads.The Legislature has imposed two hefty gas tax hikes in recent… Continue reading

  • Jun 27, 2007

Editorial: Crazy time arrives again

The founders of this great nation might have been amused at the craziness that presently surrounds Independence Day in the land of the free.The Fourth… Continue reading

  • Jun 27, 2007

Sound Off: A lesson on freedom from Vietnam

Today I sold my ‘92 Honda Accord to a man who recently became a U.S. citizen, along with his family, legally. We rode together from… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2007