Opinion

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

A sad bear, angry deer and Tom Cruise make year memorable

It was an interesting year on Whidbey Island, as it is every year. The top story of the year was an April Fools joke from… Continue reading

In our opinion: Justices’ rebuke of lawmakers is democracy in action

The framers of the Constitution would be proud to see that the separation of powers doctrine has flourished in the state named after the nation’s… Continue reading

In our opinion: Shopping locally makes for better gifts, stronger communities

Christmas is a week away, but there’s still plenty of time for residents to find the perfect gifts for everyone on their lists. Even teenagers.… Continue reading

  • Dec 17, 2019

In our opinion: Dealing with domestic violence is often complex

The most dangerous place for a woman is her home. Statistics on domestic violence are staggering. An estimated 10 million people are victims of domestic… Continue reading

  • Dec 10, 2019

In our opinion: You’re not alone if you are irritated by slow drivers

A peculiar quirk of some Whidbey Island drivers is to travel slightly under the speed limit on the highway, creating a line of cars that… Continue reading

Sound Off: SPIN Cafe is in urgent need of a new home

SPIN Cafe exists to serve people in need. Today, SPIN itself is in need and may be without a home in less than a month.… Continue reading

  • Dec 3, 2019

In our opinion: Remove the politics from development permit decisions

A proposal to remove the Oak Harbor City Council from quasi-judicial decisions about development proposals is a good idea and should move forward expeditiously. The… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2019