“Neighbors helping neighbors on Whidbey Island.” If that sounds familiar, it should. It’s the slogan of Hearts & Hammers, a community-driven organization that’s been helping South End homeowners in need for more than 20 years. It’s also one heck of a drumbeat. In our book, not much rings more true, is more representative of small-town life than one neighbor’s willingness — no, their desire — to look after one another in a time of need and ask for nothing in return.
If you could see what I see.... Right here in your community: squeals of delight and gasps of awe happen daily in the myriad rooms and stages at WCT — coming from actors and audiences alike! From four-year-olds shrieking in delight at a rack of costumes and lights to spotlight them, to the whoops of joy from teen actors at the end of opening night. Recognizing that all their dedicated, hard work and sacrifice has paid off. The sighs, laughter and applause of audiences add a satisfying and important final touch to experiences that WCT youth actors have while they journey through this world of performing arts.
Sometime in the near future, voters may no longer need to concern themselves with the semi-regular chore of deciding on South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District’s four- or six-year levy requests. Under a proposal being considered by the board of commissioners to become a “metropolitan” district, one that would require voter approval, the public would make the decision once and that’s it — substantial increases would need voters’ OK but the operating budget would largely be set in perpetuity. Such a move would certainly make life easier for district staff, and save money, but it’s not clear whether those benefits justify the stripping of a built-in accountability measure. The commissioners should consider this fundamental change with a wary eye before moving ahead.
Email is immeasurably important to our personal and work lives. Text messaging is a great convenience. Many of us are convinced we can’t function without either. Not many of us want to find out if that’s actually true.
Langley got big news this week when it learned first-term Mayor Fred McCarthy will not seek re-election this November. No doubt many will be disappointed in losing him so soon, for the mayor accomplished much in very little time. Indeed, the Village by the Sea will be hard pressed to find a replacement who is as committed to economic development and combating South Whidbey’s alarming drug problem. In these areas, McCarthy showed real leadership, and Langley is a better place for it.
South Whidbey’s charming little Village by the Sea is in an uproar this week, and it’s no surprise that the turmoil revolves around Langley’s proposed marina access/bluff conveyance project. The latest fuss erupted over an inflammatory handbill that recently arrived on doorknobs across town. Created by Sharon Emerson, a vocal critic and self-appointed white knight against the project, the handbill aimed to incite residents into rebelling against the city’s planned agenda for next week’s charrette by taking a public vote, one leaders at City Hall have expressly forbidden.
As one letter writer recently noted, it seems all we hear about in Langley these days concerns the proposed bluff/marina conveyance. Funicular this, funicular that, funicular, funicular, funicular. This single topic has utterly dominated The Record’s Opinion Pages for months, and with a healthy backlog of letters awaiting publication, there’s no end in sight.
In less than two weeks time, Langley will have its big meeting. This is the one that everyone’s been talking about, the one about the city’s proposed marina access/bluff conveyance project. Given all the expressed interest, it may well prove to be one of Langley’s best attended meetings of the entire year. Unfortunately, it may be a bit anticlimactic.