Letters To The Editor

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

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Hurricane to cause troubles on coast

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.

  • Oct 11th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Langley Seawall Park vote is like Music Man

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.

  • Oct 11th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Another successful Mr. South Whidbey

Editor, The Friends of Friends Medical Support Fund (FoF) wants to thank…

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Horse poop on Whidbey trails is an issue

Editor, I was going to let it go, but now that Marion…

  • Oct 8th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Saratoga Orchestra says ‘thank you’ to community

Editor, As the Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island commences its 10th anniversary…

  • Oct 8th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey voters should support Initiative 732

Editor, Statewide Initiative-735 will be on the ballot in November’s general election.…

  • Oct 8th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Another successful Mr. South Whidbey

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.

  • Oct 7th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Saratoga Orchestra says ‘thank you’ to community

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.

  • Oct 7th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Horse poop on Whidbey trails is an issue

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.

  • Oct 7th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey should support Initiative 732

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.

  • Oct 7th, 2016

Vote for Barbara Bailey for state senator

Editor, I see the Angie Homola supporters are turning out in droves…

  • Oct 6th, 2016

It’s hard getting kicked on South Whidbey when you’re already down

Editor, Whether an actual homeless person or someone such as myself whom…

  • Oct 6th, 2016

South Whidbey parks commissioner’s poop response stinks

Editor, According to the Saturday, September 24 South Whidbey Record, because South…

  • Oct 6th, 2016

Mike Hawley is Whidbey’s very own Atticus Finch

Editor, Thank you for another uplifting story in the September 28 issue.…

  • Oct 6th, 2016

Homola’s stances more in step with personal values

Vote for Angie Homola for state Senate

  • Oct 6th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | 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.

  • Oct 4th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | It’s hard getting kicked when you’re already down

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?”

  • Oct 4th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Mike Hawley is Whidbey’s very own Atticus Finch

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.”

  • Oct 4th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Parks commissioner’s poop response stinks

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.”

  • Oct 4th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | I-732 is the only vehicle voters have to take a stand

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.”

  • Sep 30th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Senator Bailey has the right approach

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.

  • Sep 30th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Angie Homola really listens

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.

  • Sep 30th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Homola should have your vote this November

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...

  • Sep 27th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Climate change is being ignored by politicians

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.

  • Sep 27th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Shame on The Record for publishing letter

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).

  • Sep 27th, 2016