Opinion

Sound Off: Something’s fishy with salmon plan

Our state legislators have issued a plea for support to bring back salmon to the Puget Sound. One method is a program called the Puget… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2007

Sound Off: ‘Sale-rs’ should know sign policy

Spring has arrived and with it, the beginning of garage sale and non-profit yard sale season. Over the weekend, I observed city employees in city… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2007

Editorial: Growth adds another cost

Island County will be sending us all a septic system checker in coming years.This will be the biggest change in on-site sewage disposal since the… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2007

Editorial: Too many voting changes

Filing period for candidates in June. Primary election in August. A “pick a party” primary in which you can’t vote for all the candidates of… Continue reading

  • Apr 11, 2007

Sound Off: Save the trees and save taxes

The news of a recent 40-acre forest clearcut near Honeymoon Bay cast a stark light on what can happen when landowners feel backed into a… Continue reading

  • Apr 7, 2007

Editorial: Tourists can take a boat

Whidbey Island is getting even better for tourists thanks to a couple of boating operations that have recently started.Newest to the scene is Deception Pass… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2007

Editorial: Another city for Whidbey?

For the first time in more than 30 years, a serious drive is under way to incorporate the community of Freeland, which if successful would… Continue reading

  • Apr 4, 2007

Sound Off: Don’t just sit with the single guys

Carol Wiseman’s recent letter asking where all the men were on the dance floor has prompted me to respond from a different point of view.… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2007

Sound Off: In abuse cases, put kids first

I agree with Frank Murphy’s letter of March 17 that headlines can imply a certain amount of guilt if worded incorrectly, particularly about alleged child… Continue reading

  • Mar 31, 2007

Editorial: Health care must be funded

When the federal government provides medical care, it has a moral obligation to make sure it’s available.Whidbey Island is home to many people enrolled in… Continue reading

  • Mar 28, 2007

Editorial: How they’re spending money

“What else can you say about somebody that is spending money like a bunch of drunken sailors on a three-day pass?”This quotation from Marysville businessman… Continue reading

  • Mar 28, 2007

Editorial: Buddy, can you spare a ferry?

Washington State Ferries was caught with its boats down and users of the Keystone/Port Townsend ferry route paid a heavy price last week.For two entire… Continue reading

  • Mar 21, 2007

Editorial: Prudent pass pruning possible

The trees get in the way of the view.This sounds like the complaint of some Kansan visiting the great Pacific Northwest. After all, Midwesterners are… Continue reading

  • Mar 21, 2007

Sound Off: School board fails tennis

Your coverage of the Whidbey Island Tennis Associations recent meeting with the Oak Harbor School District did not begin to convey the confusion and disappointment… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2007

Editorial: Road deaths too common

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown is on the right track in deciding to crack down on poor driving habits on county roads.The combination of speed,… Continue reading

  • Mar 14, 2007

Editorial: Public trust first priority

When you see a local teacher scandal on TV screens throughout the Northwest, you know somebody messed up. Such is the case with the Oak… Continue reading

  • Mar 14, 2007

Sound Off: Schools must regain lost trust

I am writing in response to the article on the front page of the Whidbey News-Times March 7 regarding the report of inappropriate behavior by… Continue reading

  • Mar 10, 2007

Editorial: Keep a lid on rate hikes

Most pension checks are fixed and Social Security increases hover around 3 percent annually, so it’s no wonder then that older people, particularly, get upset… Continue reading

  • Mar 7, 2007

Editorial: Why miss a day of school?

The Oak Harbor School Board was remiss in signing on to an administration plan to cut this school year short by one day.This high-level version… Continue reading

  • Mar 7, 2007

Sound Off: Sharing the road with bikers

When you see motorcycle riders moving past you quickly:Don’t take offense or think we’re trying to “show off.” Ninety-five percent of the time, we’re trying… Continue reading

  • Mar 3, 2007