“Ooooo, dat wascaly wabbit. Oooooo.” One can almost picture Elmer Fudd fuming over Langley’s newly declared public enemy number one — Bugs Bunny. Lips pursed, shaking his head and lifting a fist to the heavens crying, “That scwewy wabbit!”
Coming up with laws that pander to the masses has long been a way that lawmakers and other public officials try to grab easy votes. Just pick something most people like or don’t like and target it.
Two weeks ago, The Record published a story about the South Whidbey School District’s new policy of identifying anyone and everyone who makes public records requests online. It was a lengthy piece that covered a lot of ground: The policy itself, the ongoing legal battle with a former teacher who is at the heart of the district’s move, the legality of identifying requestors according to a state Attorney General’s Office expert, past legislation, what other cities and school districts are doing, and of course the position of school board members.
This is the theme that came out of the city council’s planning meetings as it prepared a budget for 2015 through a series of workshops and public hearings. In 2013 our theme was “Centennial Year.” In 2014 the theme was “A Year of Economic Development.” Having a theme for the year brings us back to our goals and objectives when the strategic improvements and initiatives that we plan are challenged by the immediate demands of emerging needs.
Of all the island’s newspapers, ours has the best name. The South Whidbey Record — it has a good ring to it, for several reasons. To start, I love that we’re The Record, rather than a times, examiner, herald or whatever. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all classic and traditional titles, but newspapers are a first draft of history, and nothing speaks to that so clearly as the word “record.” I dig that.
There’s an old saying out there that goes something like this: If one person calls you a donkey, forgive and forget. If two people call you one, think twice. But if three people say the same thing, it’s time to turn around and look for a tail.
The cold-blooded murder of 12 people at a French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, is a reminder that a freedom sometimes comes with a high price. It’s also a reminder that none of us should take our precious freedoms for granted, as there are those in the world who would gladly strip them away.