Letters To The Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Ferry size is not the problem

Editor, I’ve been a ferry commuter for 20 years and I take…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | We have a right to our own opinions, not our own facts

Editor, During this super-heated political time, we sometimes hear such statements as…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Donald Trump embodies what?

Donald Trump embodies what? Editor, I wish my tolerance level prevented writing…

  • Oct 29th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | For once, let’s pass on Barbara Bailey

Editor, Why do people continue to vote for Barbara Bailey? Is it…

  • Oct 29th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | How about an atheist for United States president?

Editor, The Oct. 22 Record opinion page is full of praise for…

  • Oct 29th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Syria is about establishing a natural gas pipeline

Editor, During WWll the US lost just under one-half million people. Germany…

  • Oct 29th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey voters should OK Initiative 732

Editor, Cutting through soap opera drama and paying attention to news of…

  • Oct 29th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Bailey mailer unfair to Homola

Editor, I am appalled at Barbara Bailey’s hit piece that I got…

  • Oct 26th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Bailey’s campaign is still negative

Editor, Who do you trust? Our candidates for state Senate have made…

  • Oct 26th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Be careful with your mailbox on Whidbey

Editor, Found on Friday, Oct. 21: While out for a nice walk…

  • Oct 26th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Letter regarding Homola incorrect

Editor, I recently saw some negative mail smearing Washington Senate candidate Angie…

  • Oct 26th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Trump message one of hate, fear

Editor Every four years presidential election hype proclaims an election as the…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Be careful with your mailbox on Whidbey

Editor, Found on Friday, Oct. 21: While out for a nice walk near Wycliff and Wilkinson south of Langley, I noticed a blue Payless cloth bag in the grass on the side of the road. It was full of soggy mail from many different addresses, from Highway 525 to the Fairgrounds, which included things like Amazon bills, Bank of America statements, and Macy’s bills. Action taken: Turned in to Freeland police. I hope they will go through all of the mail and contact everyone involved! At the very least, people will be missing some bills. At the worst, identities could have been stolen.

  • Oct 25th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Bailey’s campaign is still negative

Editor, Who do you trust? Our candidates for state Senate have made a commitment to not run negative campaigns against each other, and only talk about the issues. Two days in a row I’ve received negative campaign mailers against candidate Angie Homola. They claim to be from the Good Government Leadership Council, but both the Public Disclosure Commission and I traced their origin. Funding for these hit pieces came from lobbyist working for the insurance industry, big tobacco, payday lenders & debt collectors, out of state drug companies, and Wall Street banks.

  • Oct 25th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Letter regarding Homola incorrect

Editor, I recently saw some negative mail smearing Washington Senate candidate Angie Homola; unflattering photo-shopped picture, you know the genre. Curious about the nasty-sounding “record” it portrayed, I did some digging. One typical example: “Before she was removed as an Island County Commissioner Homola voted 13 times to raise taxes, including property taxes.”

  • Oct 25th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Trump message one of hate, fear

Editor, Every four years presidential election hype proclaims an election as the most important ever. In truth some elections are more important than others. The election of Barack Obama in 2008 and the challenge of Donald Trump in 2016, for entirely different reasons, fit the important election category. Obama’s election brought forth what is best about America, appealing to the “better angels of our being.” It was a positive affirmation of our diversity.

  • Oct 25th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Bailey letter in mail unfair to Homola

Editor, I am appalled at Barbara Bailey’s hit piece that I got in the mail today — distortions, misrepresentations and outright falsehoods. This is the tone, the example she wants to set in her effort to get re-elected? For crying out loud, she attacks Angie Homola for voting to cut the county budget, cuts that were essential to balance the budget during the great recession. Bailey also claims that Homola was “let go” from her job as a county building inspector, a claim which is simply not true.

  • Oct 25th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | It’s time for an even playing field on South Whidbey

Editor, Less anyone feels sorry for the Archbishop Murphy football team, which…

  • Oct 22nd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Presidential pick is the business of all Whidbey voters

Editor, It’s the political season and, in America, isn’t it always? I…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Trump embodies Christian values

Editor, Thank God for Donald Trump. He stand up for the true…

  • Oct 22nd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Wake up, there’s a problem at Seawall Park

Editor, Recently there was a community forum in Clinton regarding drug use…

  • Oct 22nd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey Republican leaders should address Trump

Editor, The Trump campaign has now gone largely non-partisan with the abandonment…

  • Oct 22nd, 2016

Obituary for Kathryn Marty

Kathryn “Kathy” Fay Marty, born June 23, 1952 in Kirkland, WA to…

  • Oct 22nd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Wake up, there’s a problem at Seawall Park

Editor, Recently there was a community forum in Clinton regarding drug use and crime. The Langley Seawall Park now has hours limiting night use because of crime, vandalism and drugs. I found a used needle at the park this spring, but threw it away before I realized there was a growing issue. At a vacant property that I have listed for sale, I have had someone sleep in the yard this summer, something I’ve never seen before, even during the recession years.

  • Oct 21st, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Presidential pick is the business of all Whidbey voters

Editor, It’s the political season and, in America, isn’t it always? I just had to chime in re: a County Commissioner, Jill Johnson. When asked by Steve Erickson who she was supporting in the national campaigns for president she said, “None of your damn business, Steve.” I happen to believe it is all of our business to know where a local candidate stands philosophically. I suspect that Jill will vote for Trump and follow the “party line” with an answer like that to a constituent’s question, very Trumpian.

  • Oct 21st, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | It’s time for an even playing field on South Whidbey

Editor, Lest anyone feels sorry for the Archbishop Murphy football team, which has now had five consecutive forfeits, here are the facts about private schools like ATM competing in sports versus small, rural public schools. For the past seven years in the Cascade Conference, in the major team sports Archbishop Murphy and King’s have combined to win 90 percent of the Conference Championships.

  • Oct 21st, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey Republican leaders should address Trump

Editor, The Trump campaign has now gone largely non-partisan with the abandonment of many of the GOP leadership. As such any normative constraints of civility on his campaign are lost and the Republican party has been dangerously, morally compromised. And most tragically, the self respect of our entire nation, both internally and abroad, is ever more dishonored and ashamed. We can expect political discourse to stretch truth in favor of a candidate’s position, but stretching the truth is quite different from mostly outright lies for the purpose of self promotion and fear mongering. The country is not in dire crisis. The government is nowhere near a disaster. We still hold to a resilient constitutional process, albeit challenged by political and cultural divisions.

  • Oct 21st, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Trump embodies Christian values

Editor, Thank God for Donald Trump. He stands up for the true values that have brought freedom to all Americans. He believes in the Bremerton football coach who kneels and prays on the field. From 1964 to 1967, I attended a public school in Santa Ana, Calif. Our Christian football coach and entire team knelt and prayed in the center of the football field at our stadium before the crowds and before every game. I never heard anyone complain about Santa Ana High School.

  • Oct 21st, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | First it was Whidbey’s showers, now it’s food

Editor, First showers, now food. Wasn’t this the type of thing I…

  • Oct 21st, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Syrian refugee talk on Whidbey made need clear

Editor, Thank you all who came to the Syrian refugee talk on…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Angie Homola is the right choice for state Senate

Editor, I worked as a building inspector with Angie Homola from 2001…

  • Oct 20th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Passing laws to overturn Citizens United isn’t enough

Editor, Mixed in the array of initiatives on this year’s ballot is…

  • Oct 20th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | First it was Whidbey’s showers, now it’s food

Editor, First showers, now food. Wasn’t this the type of thing I was just talking about in my last letter? After Clinton’s community meeting last Monday, I have observed the prompt closure of the food machine behind the community hall. If you think taking away access to free food (which is for ALL WHO ARE IN NEED) will drive the junkies out of the community, think again.

  • Oct 19th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey letter writer is casting his vote for Homola

Editor, Angie Homola gets my vote for senator in the state’s 10th…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Knowing where campaign money comes from is important

Editor, Granted, it’s hard to figure why a candidate runs for office…

  • Oct 19th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Passing laws isn’t enough

Editor, Mixed in the array of initiatives on this year’s ballot is one that deserves the attention and support of Island County voters. Six years ago the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Citizen United decision, formally equated money with political speech, and in so doing, unleashed a torrent of campaign finance contributions that were unprecedented in our nation’s history.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Syrian refugee talk on Whidbey made need clear

Editor, Thank you all who came to the Syrian refugee talk on Monday night. The take away was that the most useful area to focus our resources on is financial assistance to the Lutheran Community Services Refugee Resettlement organization, and the making of kits for the new arrivals. These consist of items broken down into categories such as kitchen, cleaning, etc.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Angie Homola is the right choice for state Senate

Editor, I worked as a building inspector with Angie Homola from 2001 to 2004 in Island County’s planning department. Angie was a dedicated and skilled employee. Her plan reviews and permitted plans were always thorough, which made for fewer complications in the field and smoother projects for builders. She was careful to catch any errors in permit fees and always went the extra mile to assist citizens and builders alike. Angie had good ideas for the department and offered to create code compliant detail handouts for the public, and standardized inspection and plan review check lists for the staff.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Knowing where campaign money comes from is important

Editor, Granted, it’s hard to figure why a candidate runs for office and even harder to predict what, if anything, they will do if elected. Our grandfather would probably advise, “Just follow the money.” I tried it.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey letter writer is casting his vote for Angie Homola

Editor, Angie Homola gets my vote for senator in the state’s 10th Legislative District. She’s an honest person who will represent the citizens who live here and, unlike Barbara Bailey, she doesn’t take money from corporate sponsors or run smear campaigns against decent people. Her campaign is one of the people, by the people and for the people. For many years, I was a strong supporter of former state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen and if she were still available, she’d get my vote, but she was smeared by an unsavory corporate shill, Barbara Bailey, and lost the election.

  • Oct 18th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | A happy town with a drug crisis?

Editor, I just read Wednesday’s paper with the two Langley articles in…

  • Oct 15th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Clinton SPELLathon was a super success

Editor, While you threw in the towel before joining a team for…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Navy should think about affordable housing

Editor, Help me out here. In the same paper I read that…

  • Oct 15th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Seawall Park letter was misleading

Editor, I’m writing in response to a letter penned by Sharon Emerson,…

  • Oct 15th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Navy should think about affordable housing on Whidbey

Editor, Help me out here. In the same paper I read that we have an affordable housing crisis on Whidbey and that the Navy is bringing in thousands more sailors and their families to Naval Air Station Oak Harbor in the next few years, but sees no need to provide any new island housing because they believe there is plenty within a 100 mile radius. Since we don’t have enough on the island, will the new sailors commute from Issaquah? Index? Darrington? Kent? Langley, BC?

  • Oct 14th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Clinton SPELLathon was a super success

Editor, While you threw in the towel before joining a team for the SPELLathon, your candor about your reservations (strong competitors and being humiliated) spurred the community to participate in this event. We had teams that amazed us with their spelling, and amused us with their team names and costumes. The Clinton Community Hall was packed and the audience participation made the event even more fun. The “Braniacs” (Paul Thompson, Marshall Goldberg & Dianna MacLeod) earned best spellers and best costumes.

  • Oct 14th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Seawall Park letter was misleading

Editor, I’m writing in response to a letter penned by Sharon Emerson, published Sept. 12 in the South Whidbey Record regarding Seawall Park. For starters, conversation about Seawall Park was certainly on the agenda for the city council meeting on Oct 3. I was there, in support of the closing of Seawall Park from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m., allowing police to lawfully approach and question people in the park after hours in light of used needles being found down there over the past few months. I also understood that the closure was temporary.

  • Oct 14th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | How can Langley be the ‘happiest’ town but also have a drug problem?

Editor, I just read Wednesday’s paper with the two Langley articles in it. One was the “Happiest Seaside Town” story and the other was about the Langley City Council endorsing closing hours for Langley Seawall Park and the Whidbey opioid problem. This just doesn’t compute! One of these is a wonderful thing, “The Happiness Factor,” we all love happiness. The other is a story about fear and suffering, which we all would rather be free of.

  • Oct 14th, 2016

Hurricane to cause troubles on coast

Editor, After Hurricane Matthew has passed, the Southeast Coast will experience a…

  • Oct 12th, 2016

Langley Seawall Park vote like Music Man

Editor, In a sneak attack not on the agenda, and despite the…

  • Oct 12th, 2016