Last week Coupeville School Board held a special meeting to interview and appoint a candidate to fill a vacant board seat.
What is it about life on the Rock that makes all of us so contented most of the time?
Can’t be the weather — too wet. Can’t be the booming economy — it isn’t. Can’t be the scintillating night life — um, let’s not go there.
A recent letter to the editor from Michael Monson, president of the anti-Navy group, stated people were crying “Chicken Little” because of the belief the base would close if the Coupeville group was successful in preventing the Growlers from flying out at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station’s OLF Coupeville.
If Michael Monson’s letter was an attempt at humor — quoting a children’s story of farm animals running willy nilly and worrying about the “sky falling” — he should keep his day job.
Many of those in his group, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, may not have lived here when the specter of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station being closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission was a very real threat.
For nearly 125 years, the Whidbey News-Times has been providing loyal readers with coverage they can count on.
The industry has been transformed countless times during that century, going from hot-lead presses to giant floppy disks to all-desktop. Now into our second century, newspapers are finding a place on the Internet.
Our most avid website readers will notice something new starting today. All website readers will be prompted to either register their print subscription account for full online access at no additional charge, and others will be invited to subscribe.
For nearly 20 years, The Whidbey Examiner has been providing loyal readers with coverage they can count on.
The industry has been transformed many times over the decades, incorporating websites and, later, social media.
Somewhere in time, history got a little lost.
Nine years, to be exact.
But now it is found.
While researching past editions of the Whidbey News-Times for an upcoming column, I made a discovery related to the newspaper’s founding.
I wanted to respond to the editorial opinion in the March 26 edition.
You stated that I have “little to no regard for public opinion, nor the spirit of open government.” That could not be farther from the truth.
I ran for the office of mayor with a focus on public safety, economic development and increasing government transparency.
Why should anyone be concerned about their government leaders meeting behind closed doors?
According to Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley, even the potential that someone “might” sue the city is reason enough to call an executive session.
Using that litmus test, virtually any city action should be taken in secret if it could possibly perhaps maybe cause someone litigious to consider suing the city.
Until I set foot upon the Rock, my interactions with the U.S. Postal Service were fitful and usually frustrating. Buying stamps or mailing a package was a detested ordeal of waiting in long lines of equally impatient, angry city dwellers with too much else to do.