Opinion

Editorial: Help keep farming alive

Farming in Island County isn’t what it once was, but that doesn’t mean it has no future. It’s good to see that farmers are getting… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2007

Editorial: Taking stock of ourselves

What is Oak Harbor’s destiny? In the coming weeks, candidates for mayor and city council should give some deep thought to answering this question.To many,… Continue reading

  • Jun 20, 2007

Sound Off: Don’t fragment island’s habitat

Whidbey Environmental Action Network has appealed Oak Harbor’s attempt to expand its Urban Growth Area (UGA). Amazingly, the Island County Planning Department has determined that… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2007

Sound Off: A soldier in Iraq gets his say

In the paper dated May 30, William Ludlow writes that “the media never shows what the men and women in the military have to say… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2007

Editorial: Summertime vote tested

Oak Harbor and Coupeville voters are fortunate to be among the first statewide to test the new August primary election date.Most jurisdictions don’t have three… Continue reading

  • Jun 13, 2007

Sound Off: Helping with growing pains

Graduation is in the air. Conversations about this transition abound:… Continue reading

  • Jun 9, 2007

Editorial: New ferries needed quickly

We trust that Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, the Democrat from Camano Island who chairs the powerful Senate Transportation Committee, will keep pressuring the Legislature and… Continue reading

  • Jun 6, 2007

Editorial: Good luck, and thanks a lot

A community is always proud when another class graduates from its high school, but for the Class of 2007 at Oak Harbor High School, we… Continue reading

  • Jun 6, 2007

Sound Off: Tough league, but we did well

This is in response to sports editor Tim Adams’ column in the May 26 Whidbey News-Times, “No good, just bad and ugly.”Mr. Adams, in your… Continue reading

  • Jun 2, 2007

Sound Off: Community should be ashamed

On Memorial Day every year the three veterans organizations hold a memorial service both at the Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor and Sunnyside in… Continue reading

  • Jun 2, 2007

Editorial: Filing time has arrived

The announcement that Oak Harbor Mayor Patty Cohen will not run for re-election gives added impetus to the need for qualified candidates for a host… Continue reading

  • May 30, 2007

Sound Off: Time to move the troops out

Whether one believes our entry into Iraq was justified or not or was strategically beneficial to the U.S. or not (considering oil, Israel or the… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2007

Sound Off: Don’t forget heroes who live

Naval Air Station Whidbey Whidbey Island recently learned that three of their own were killed in action near a town called Kirkut, in Iraq.Thinking about… Continue reading

  • May 26, 2007

First cruise trip starts slowly

First cruise trip starts slowlyIt was my first cruise, but I was privileged to be making history."This is my 40th cruise and I've never seen… Continue reading

  • May 25, 2007

Editorial: Be aware of our orcas

June has been proclaimed Orca Awareness Month by Gov. Christine Gregoire, a move which puts our resident orca whales in the spotlight.The proclamation was spearheaded… Continue reading

  • May 23, 2007

Editorial: Let’s show our respect

Memorial Day weekend should be treated as more than just the unofficial beginning of summer. Having fun over the three-day weekend is fine, but don’t… Continue reading

  • May 23, 2007

Sound Off: Why close Clover Valley?

Remind me again Dr. Schulte, members of the Oak Harbor School Board, students and taxpayers, why are we closing Clover Valley? I know we have… Continue reading

  • May 19, 2007

Sound Off: I broke the law on whale teeth

You recently printed an article (News-Times, April 28) about my pleading guilty on one count that I violated a Marina Mammal, Endangered Species and Lacey… Continue reading

  • May 19, 2007

Editorial: People can make it happen

Why can’t we get anything done?That question haunts Mayor Patty Cohen and the Oak Harbor City Council as we head into another election year. The… Continue reading

  • May 16, 2007

Sound Off: Good news for island children

This month we are very excited to formally announce the formation of the Island County Children’s Commission. This new commission will consist of 15 to… Continue reading

  • May 12, 2007