Shopping local sounds great and I have done my best for 12 years now. Certainly there are some well run and wonderful local businesses I frequent. I do not even mind the Whidbey tax of slightly higher prices.
For South Whidbey’s garden and fresh produce lovers, this coming weekend is a big one. A big one for shoppers, but also for those on the other side of the counter.
The public is learning this week that a large section of Possession Point State Park is proposed for surplus — a term used by Washington State Parks for property that would either be traded to another public entity or, in rare cases, sold to a private party. For parks lovers across South Whidbey, it’s a frightening thought. People are nervous, and they should be. Make no mistake, Washington State Parks is in dire financial straits.
Friday is Earth Day, but the most important day for the environment in Washington state might be election day. Last year, thousands of volunteers, including many on Whidbey Island, gathered more than 250,000 signatures to get Initiative 732 on the ballot. If voters pass it this fall, it will make Washington the first state to tax carbon. It’s the right way to limit carbon pollution — in a political compromise.
By HEIDI HOELTING I recently participated in two engaging “conversation cafes,” one after viewing “An Inconvenient Truth,” Al Gore’s movie on global warming, and the other after attending a lecture on the same subject by climatologist Dr. Richard Gammon at the Front Room at Bayview Corner. Both served to stir up my already aching heart and inspire me to re-examine my responsibilities as a citizen of this planet.
Officials at Whidbey General Hospital took an important step this week in healing its relationship with people in the community who are critical of a culture among administrators and elected board members that once was insular and opaque. For the first time Monday, the hospital board’s meeting was videotaped and the administration plans to put it online. Now anyone with Internet access may see firsthand how elected officials are spending the community’s money and making decisions about the community’s healthcare.
Imagine you’re a parent and you’re spending an enjoyable day at the beach with the kids. The sun’s out, everybody is having a good time. Then a reporter with a camera and a notepad approaches and says the lagoon your children are playing in has been found in the recent past to contain high levels of fecal coliform bacteria. Your head swivels from side to side looking for the posted sign, any form of warning, but there’s none to be seen.