Opinion

Sound Off: Working to strengthen WhidbeyHealth’s financial position

The declaration of a global pandemic was made just over a year ago. Since then, WhidbeyHealth providers and staff have found ways to sustain core… Continue reading

  • Mar 26, 2021

From the Publisher: Times are changing, and so is our mode of newspaper delivery

When you’re nearly 130 years old, you have to adapt to the times. Such is the case with the Whidbey News-Times and South Whidbey Record.… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: Those fighting for racial equality should focus on county government

It’s a little ironic, but perhaps not surprising, that so much of the discussion about racial equality and inclusion on Whidbey Island in recent years… Continue reading

Sound Off: State must help with fallout from ‘extraordinary opinion’

On Feb. 25, the Washington Supreme Court issued an extraordinary opinion with far-reaching consequences. With a 5-4 majority, the Court in State v. Shannon Blake… Continue reading

  • Mar 15, 2021

In Our Opinion: Deer and loathing in Coupeville: Some possible solutions

To many Coupeville residents, the resident black-tail deer are no longer the noble wild creatures or the cute novelties they once were. At a recent… Continue reading

  • Mar 5, 2021

Rockin’ A Hard Place | The Rock got great help to take care of itself when needed most

We Rock dwellers enjoy the distance we have from America. It takes awhile to get anywhere from here, by ferry or bridge. We like to… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2021

In Our Opinion: Letters to schools misguided but should spur reflection

Both the Oak Harbor and the South Whidbey School districts were recently presented with letters claiming that students are being indoctrinated or influenced in political… Continue reading

  • Feb 19, 2021
Melanie Bacon is and Island County Commissioner.

Sound Off: Until all are vaccinated, remain vigilant, patient

Every day I receive heartbreaking emails and phone calls from citizens who are enraged or scared about their inability to be vaccinated against COVID-19 due… Continue reading

  • Feb 12, 2021
Melanie Bacon is and Island County Commissioner.

In Our Opinion: Offer of towering artwork should not be squandered

Oak Harbor has a once-in-a-lifetime shot at getting a bold, superlative and truly memorable sculpture that was created by an internationally renowned artist. The executor… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: Regional reopening plan doesn’t work for Island County

It’s ridiculous that people can’t eat inside restaurants in Island County, which has largely maintained low COVID-19 infection rates, while restaurant customers are joyfully chowing… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: Passage of school levy is imperative, even during a pandemic

Voters who live in North Whidbey will decide whether to return to the dark ages of the Oak Harbor school district. There was a time,… Continue reading

Sound Off: Much of school district’s excellence due to levy ‘yes’ vote

Four years ago, North Whidbey voters approved a maintenance and operations levy for the Oak Harbor School District. It has funded an exciting flourishing in… Continue reading

Sound Off: County needs to respond, in public, in detail

This newspaper published an editorial on Dec. 29, “Public Health nurse exodus is cause for reckoning.” The editorial was a measured response to the resignation… Continue reading

  • Jan 15, 2021

In Our Opinion: Oak Harbor pro-Trump rally during Capitol siege poorly timed

An angry and violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters were still in the midst of a deadly siege of the U.S. Capitol when a… Continue reading

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Sound Off: Navy committed to environmental stewardship

Numerous area media outlets, including The Seattle Times, have published stories citing studies that have raised questions about whether Navy jet noise affects Southern Resident… Continue reading

  • Jan 5, 2021
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In Our Opinion: Public Health nurse exodus is cause for reckoning

It’s not unusual for the state Department of Health to assist a county with investigating people who tested positive for COVID-19 and tracing their recent… Continue reading

My wish list to Santa Claus after a very hard Rock year

Dear Santa, This has been a Hard Rock year on Whidbey Island, and I really wish I could mean that just in the music or… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: CARES money should be spent on pandemic recovery

Apparently we have different Facebook friends than Zencity. In its first report, the company the Oak Harbor City Council is paying $15,000 in CARES Act… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: With proper mitigation, classroom learning can be done safely

Oak Harbor Schools are bucking the trend across the island and the state by planning to continue with limited in-person classes for students in sixth… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: Local education is a key to COVID-19 vaccination success

The COVID-19 vaccine does not contain tiny microchips, it won’t infect you with the virus, it won’t ruin your DNA and it won’t turn you… Continue reading