Opinion

Editorial: If you’ve considered running for office, next week is time to act

Quite a few people have already announced their intentions to run this year for state and local offices. But next week is when they will… Continue reading

Technological problems don’t excuse meetings violation

The Coupeville School Board inadvertently violated the state Open Public Meetings Act by holding a meeting Monday night that many people couldn’t watch due to… Continue reading

Sound Off: Governor holds extraordinary powers in an emergency

As a community, state and nation, we are suffering from the effects of an unprecedented pandemic. We entrust our elected leaders to follow the law… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2020

Soundoff: Grateful for courage, stamina of essential workers in community

By Patricia Duff These are strange and difficult times for all of us. I happen to work at the hospital as the public relations officer… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2020

Publisher: A message to newspaper’s readers

To our readers, In a few short weeks our world has changed. It’s starting to sink in that, once the COVID-19 pandemic passes, we will… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2020

Letter: Not too early to begin thinking about recovery

Editor, From my vantage here in Everett, the public health emergency of the COVID-19 crisis is all around. Snohomish County has the second highest number… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2020

Editor’s notes: Still pursuing the facts in the age of coronavirus

While I’m normally not a big fan of Facebook, candy or long sentences, I also realized that I’m not immune to the impacts of the… Continue reading

Pandemic bringing major changes to your newspaper

Social distancing. Stay-at-home order. Coronavirus. COVID-19. Pandemic. A day doesn’t go by that most of these words don’t assault our daily lives or dominate our… Continue reading

  • Mar 24, 2020

Extraordinary measures during extraordinary times

With each day — with each passing hour, in fact — we’re learning more about how the coronavirus pandemic is transforming our everyday lives into… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Love in the time of coronavirus

Last weekend, as I have for the past three years, I volunteered at Musselfest in Coupeville, selling grilled hot dogs to raise money for the… Continue reading

  • Mar 14, 2020

Sound Off: Navy’s proposal would be unfair to city rate payers

“We are negotiating amongst partners who want to get to an equitable agreement.” I am sure that most of Oak Harbor citizens agree with this… Continue reading

  • Mar 13, 2020

In our opinion: Common sense is a good defense against coronavirus

Nobody can say definitively if, or when, the coronavirus will spread to Whidbey Island. Perhaps the relative isolation of being an island will forestall this.… Continue reading

  • Mar 6, 2020

Guest commentary: The process of choosing presidential delegates is changing

By John Amell The way in which political parties nominate presidential candidates is changing in Washington State. This year, the Democratic Party has a new… Continue reading

  • Feb 25, 2020

In Our Opinion: Options for controlling utility rates likely limited

Oak Harbor council members didn’t adopt a plan to raise city utility rates precipitously over the next three years. Instead, the members decided to explore… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2020

Rockin’ a Hard Place: How wet and muddy was it last month? Let’s talk it over

Let us all now take a moment, throw back our hoodies, heave a deep sigh of relief and kiss soggy January goodbye. As Cliff Mass,… Continue reading

City should stand firm in sewer negotiations with Navy

Oak Harbor officials had yet another financial surprise regarding the new sewage treatment plant. This time it was in the midst of negotiation with the… Continue reading

  • Jan 24, 2020

Sound Off: Built to last, and well worth a million bucks

Living in Central Whidbey, I have always thought that having all those historic structures in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve was worth a million bucks,… Continue reading

In our opinion: Holland Happening may have changed, but name should not

Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce leaders learned that a tulip called by another name may not smell as sweet. News that the chamber is changing… Continue reading

Sound Off: Holland Happening name is a cherished tradition

By Autumn Sundown During 2019, Oak Harbor’s iconic and beloved Holland Happening Festival celebrated its 50th year. This event is firmly rooted in cherished childhood… Continue reading

  • Jan 7, 2020

Sound off: Local newspapers will keep a close eye on legislators after court rules they are subject to Public Records Act

In 1869, the Daily Cleveland Herald quoted lawyer John Godfrey Saxe as saying, “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2020