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Editor, After Hurricane Matthew has passed, the Southeast Coast will experience a huge secondary disaster, never seen across such a large area: extended power outage. This will impede rescue efforts, slow or block traffic, discontinue clean water service, disrupt sewage treatment, keep the lights, air conditioning, telephone landlines and computers off; discontinue some mobile phone, text, and Internet service, and delay the return of evacuees to their homes.
Editor, In a sneak attack not on the agenda, and despite the mayor’s assurances a week before that the city wasn’t going to act on the proposal for a long time, the council voted to close Seawall Park at night. The vote was the triumph of irrational fears over fact. The council knew full well that there is no ongoing Seawall Park problem.
Editor, The Friends of Friends Medical Support Fund (FoF) wants to thank…
Editor, I was going to let it go, but now that Marion…
Editor, As the Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island commences its 10th anniversary…
Editor, Statewide Initiative-735 will be on the ballot in November’s general election.…
Editor, The Friends of Friends Medical Support Fund (FoF) wants to thank the South Whidbey community for a successful Mr. South Whidbey Pageant 2016. Our annual fundraiser grossed over $29,0000 — money that will continue to help South Whidbey neighbors with medically-related expenses. Six local men played to an enthusiastic crowd on October 1, competing for the Mr. South Whidbey title. The tongue-in-cheek pageant rules are simple: the candidate who raises the most money for FoF wins.
Editor, As the Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island commences its 10th anniversary season this month, we would like to publicly thank the community for all the support it has shown us over the past nine seasons. It is indeed impressive that a community our size can count a hometown professional orchestra among its cultural jewels. This season we are dedicating our season to Whidbey’s greatest asset — its youth.
Editor, I was going to let it go, but now that Marion Blue has lifted the lid on the horse manure debate with her Oct. 5 letter to the Editor, I’m compelled to weigh in. As a user of the many and wonderful trails on the South End of the island, I too have had to navigate around enormous piles of horse dung during my wanderings. Luckily, I’ve been on foot and could either leap over the mounds or leave the trail and go around. Not so easy for bicyclists or parents with hiking strollers, I would imagine.
Editor, Statewide Initiative 735 will be on the ballot in November’s general election. It calls for Washington state to join 17 other states asking Congress for a constitutional amendment to restore our right to limit big money in politics. Here on Whidbey, each of our city councils has already passed a similar resolution, and they did it unanimously.
Editor, I see the Angie Homola supporters are turning out in droves…
Editor, Whether an actual homeless person or someone such as myself whom…
Editor, According to the Saturday, September 24 South Whidbey Record, because South…
Editor, Thank you for another uplifting story in the September 28 issue.…
Vote for Angie Homola for state Senate
Editor, Using facts, not fiction or unfounded accusations, I want to express my support for Angie Homola for state Senate in the 10th Legislative District. Angie’s qualifications have been thoroughly vetted by others, so I’ll focus on why she is more aligned with my beliefs and values than her opponent, Sen. Barbara Bailey. • Sen. Bailey publicly declared that she is not convinced of the link between human activity and climate change.
Editor, Whether an actual homeless person or someone such as myself whom has chosen not to retain a physical address, the following scenario is a reality: They will say, “Why don’t you go get a job?”
Editor, Thank you for another uplifting story in the September 28 issue. When the news is filled with violent confrontations by convoys of police terrorist squads, Mike Hawley, on foot, quietly and respectfully arrests a mentally disabled man. Coincidentally, a New York Times feature story today was entitled: “When ‘Yelling Commands’ Is the Wrong Police Response.”
Editor, According to the Saturday, September 24 South Whidbey Record, because South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District Commissioner Matt Simms has never, apparently, stepped in, had his dogs eat/roll in, or noticed clouds of flies around horse poop, he says that he feels the complaints over horse poop are about a “nonissue.”
Editor, John Thompson claims in his recent letter to the editor that Initiative 732 “purports to deal with climate change.” There is room for disagreement about how to structure a carbon tax, in particular in what to do with the tax revenue, but there is no doubt I-732 will be effective. A carbon tax in British Columbia has been a success. Dr. Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, recently told The New York Times, “There is an….obvious consensus that putting a price on carbon pollution is by far the most powerful and efficient way to reduce emissions.”
Editor, Critics of Senator Barbara Bailey have tried to paint a picture of her being beholden to big business. A review of Senator Bailey’s work debunks that accusation. A report on Legislative activity shows that in the past two years she has been an original sponsor of 51 bills. A review of the titles demonstrate they are all family related issues rather than corporate interests. Bills supporting veterans, in-state tuition rates for military, and improvements in care information for individuals coming home from the hospital which AARP gave her an award for.
A few years ago there was a political proposal that was very alarming to us at Island Home Nursing, so my business partner and I decided to do everything we possibly could to influence the outcome. To that end, we met with all our elected representatives to talk to them about the issue and explain how damaging to businesses like ours it would be.
Editor, This November you will have a definite choice as you vote for a senator to represent you in Olympia. A person who is funded by private local citizens or a person who is beholding to corporate America; a person who wants to promote environmental safeguards or one who sees only the best interest of profit making entities...
Editor, Global climate change is the most pressing issue facing our nation, and the world, today. Yet our elected representatives in Olympia, like their counterparts in Washington, DC, have failed to take any significant steps to deal with this crisis. Out of frustration over this inaction some people have started to promote Initiative I-732, which purports to deal with climate change.
Editor, This letter is in response to John Stone’s letter, “Voting Democrat is the only way,” in the Saturday edition of The Record. First off, I cannot believe that no one has replied to this statement. Second off, I can not believe that The Record has even published this as a “letter to the editor.” To me, it seems to lean towards bait (shame on you for publishing this), or just the way this paper’s editor leans (even more of a shame).
Editor, I am writing in behalf of Helen Price Johnson for Island County commissioner, District 1. In the political environment that we are experiencing today, with the vitriol taking the place of reasoned discussion of important issues facing our country, state and local communities, we more than ever need people in elected positions who have demonstrated good judgment and want to solve problems rather than score ideological political points.
Editor, This lake is so poorly managed it is depressing. People come from places as far as Canada to fish this lake; every fly fishing store and club in the Puget Sound will have a report on this lake and yet it is managed by idiots. I have fished this lake with a fly since the late 80’s and have watched it deteriorate into a slimy, green and smelly mess.
Editor, When I was in my 20s I worked for social justice and followed my heart when voting for candidates who most represented my values. Hence, I voted for candidates of the Democratic Party. In my forties, at the height of my business career, I used my brain and voted for the candidates whose policies were best for the economic health of the nation. I found I voted for candidates of the Democratic Party.
Editor, Have you peeked behind the old Bayview School building lately? I spy a 20-foot by 48-foot hoophouse filled with tomato plants that nearly scrape the top, 130-foot rows of hardy greens and root vegetables, and a 13-tree orchard of young plum, pear, Asian pear, and quince trees. I see bees and insects pollinating and hear birds chirping and twittering.
Editor, We are writing in regard to the upcoming advisory vote on the kind of street lights to use in Langley. We urge the citizens of Langley to support the environment, human health and preservation of the night sky by voting for the 3000-Kelvin LED street lights. We also are writing to suggest that citizen concerns regarding the conversion may be best addressed by shielding the city’s street lights so the light points down.
Editor, Would you like to actually do something about climate change? Something more than the small steps toward energy conservation all of us should be making. Voters in Washington have the opportunity to pass Initiative 732 (I-732) this November. The proposed tax on fossil fuels is revenue neutral. The money paid by oil, gas and coal companies will be used for three things:
Editor, Congratulations to Justin Burnett on a thoughtful and comprehensive article on an important Island issue: ferries. I know, many defenders will say “It’s complicated.” Maybe, but we’re not trying to go the moon, only to Mulkiteo.
Editor, Tuesday, the home of Merla Halbeisen was destroyed by fire, a total loss. Nothing was spared, even my best friend, Chloe, a great black lab mix, and her friend Lucy, a rat-terrier, perished in the smoke. Merla is just fine, no physical harm thankfully. I’ve been a little distracted, needless to say, but I want to tip my hat to all the folks who have come running to my family’s aid. Words and tears can’t express our feelings.
Editor, We are lucky we live on Whidbey. We’re surrounded by great infrastructure happening right before our eyes. Washington State Ferries are modernizing the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal, along with a multi-modal connection for the Sound Transit Commuter Trains and Community Transit Buses. There will be overhead passenger loading/off-loading. Let’s hope they get the loud message that we also need ample parking over there!
Editor, It is disconcerting to read the firebombs lobbed by fact-free critics of state Senate candidate Angie Homola. Recent example: Mr. Edmundson of Burlington (not even of Island County) insists she spent taxes “wildly” and “pursued tax increases. Earlier, Barbara Bailey (accepting large bucks from the Koch Bros., Big Tobacco, etc.) mailed unfounded accusations that Angie was inefficient with tax dollars and was fired from previous jobs.
Editor, Being a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) isn’t easy. Our CASAs are highly trained volunteers who are appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of children that have been removed from their homes following allegations of abuse or neglect. They visit the children on a regular basis, interview the people who have known them to become better informed about their circumstances, and report to the court with their recommendations in ongoing periodic hearings.
Editor, On the Island County Board of Commissioners, Angie Homola was out of control with our tax dollars. She spent her time protecting bureaucracy and friends, while cutting funding for sheriff’s deputies and pursuing tax increases. All told, Homola voted to raise our property taxes 13 times. After voters rejected her extreme agenda and defeated her in 2012, she’s back this year running for state Senate.
Editor, Doris Brevoort, rhymes with report, running for State Representative for the 10th Legislative District is a refreshing change to the current position holder, Dave Hayes. I am voting Brevoort because she is a doer and not afraid of innovation. She gets involved and contributes. She serves on several boards including the Skagit Transit Advisory Board and National Association for Mental Illness board. Brevoort is also a member of the Washington Education Association, an education union.
Editor, I’ve known Helen Price Johnson for many years. She has the right combination of temperament, skills and experience that Island County needs now. I will be voting for Helen’s re-election as Island County’s District 1 commissioner in November.
Editor, Well, I’m now recovering from my third bout with cancer, and Whidbey Island has proven itself to be the finest place in the world to live. I won’t even attempt to name everyone who has helped me in my recovery because as we all know my mind is a sieve and I’ll forget someone. Before I even went in for surgery, U.S. Bank took myself and my best little buddy to a Seattle Mariners’ game.
Editor, As we gaze at the full moon and the array of stars on these clear nights, I wonder at the majesty of the universe and its bright heavenly lights, I also ponder America’s exalted place in that exciting world, and its might.
Editor, I’ve been following letters regarding horse poop on trails with interest. In response to the health hazards, I am much more concerned about what might be growing in my fridge than what I might be exposed to in managing mounds of horse dung on a daily basis — cleaning stalls, paddocks and transporting to our compost bins. We have a large four-bin operation which creates fabulous compost loaded with red wigglers, which gardeners love.
Editor, Will residents use the Freeland Trail enough to justify the cost? If the idea is to create a north/south trail for cyclists, we have reservations. The concept seems to be the Tenino, Centennial and Burke-Gilman trails.
Editor, I have to start off saying you are not doing your party of choice any favors nor gaining any brownie points for stealing political signs that don’t coincide with your beliefs. In fact, you are proving quite ignorant and I would venture to say as educated as a third grade bully.
Editor, My name is Mel Watson and I am the director of Time Together Adult Day Services. I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by a mom from Oak Harbor who said that her two children wanted to have a lemonade stand to raise money for Time Together. I was so surprised and overwhelmed with warmth from this call, I could barely contain myself. “Really?” I said. “Such compassion and kindness from these young folks.”
Editor, I am writing on behalf of Helen Price Johnson. I have known Helen since she served on the South Whidbey School District Board of Directors. In this capacity and her subsequent service on the Island County Board of Commissioners, she has always demonstrated her willingness to serve our communities. I have worked with Helen during her years of service to the South Whidbey school board and have remained in contact with her during her service as an Island County commissioner.
Editor, The headline in Saturday’s (August 27) South Whidbey Record regarding the Wonn Road lawsuit is extremely misleading. Mr. Montgomery did not win the case. As pointed out in the article, Montgomery’s lawyers managed to convince the judge that there are disagreements as to the material facts that require the case to go to trial.
Editor, My third son is about to enter South Whidbey High School this fall. He was looking forward to taking some of the hands-on elective courses that his older brothers enjoyed. While looking through the course book, we were shocked and disappointed that many of these classes have been discontinued. Important and engaging elective education such as wood working, metal shop and auto shop. None of these are offered anymore.
Editor, The controversy regarding freshly excreted horse feces on the trails of South Whidbey Community Park has generated many dubious assertions that demand clarification and comment. Although horse to human transmission of disease is rare, it actually does happen. The Center for Disease Control website lists a dozen examples, including salmonellosis, cryptosporidiosis and ringworm.
Editor, Your’s and Whidbey Island Citizens’ intent to gain the legal right to walk to the beach or launch a kayak at the end of Wonn Road may be all but lost (“Montgomery wins again; Skagit County judge nixes summary judgment bid for second time, case heads to trial, Aug. 27). With a Skagit County judge deciding to obstruct your quest for justice, your wishes may be nullified by the intricacies of the legal system and the financial power of one man.