Reporters and editors often half-jokingly remark amongst themselves that they don’t become journalists for the money. That’s drummed into journalism students starting in college. A professor told a group of us first-year Journalism 101 students to consider another major if money was the driving factor in our career choice.
Resisting a new-car smell that apparently still lingers at the 90-year-old Island County Fairgrounds, Port of South Whidbey commissioners this week agreed the board needs more information before it can decide whether or not to take on the role of property manager. In doing so, the board exercised restraint and sound judgment as stewards of public funds. One simply doesn’t drive an old Cadillac off the lot without first taking a peek under the hood.
Drug addiction is one of the great wrecking balls of the world. With devastating effect, it tears apart families, smashes its way through communities and reduces lives to utter ruin.
Quite a few people lately have been asking variations of what is essentially the same question: Why does the South Whidbey Record have a Facebook page if it’s going to charge readers to view stories?
The fair was pretty darn good this year. The events were fun, the exhibits impressive and the rides a blast. I ate a genuine buffalo burger — or so the vendor claimed — bumped into friends and talked politics, rocked out to live music and got my fingers sticky eating my first bag of cotton candy since I was teenager. I haven’t attended annually for decades like many on South Whidbey, so I suppose I’m no expert, but from a new guy’s perspective it was everything one would expect from a county fair.
By FRED MCCARTHY Mayor of Langley This past week the City of Langley lost a passionate advocate for community development, the arts community lost one of its foremost cheerleaders and one of its most generous benefactors, and his lovely wife lost her life companion. Many of us feel like we lost a mentor and friend with the passing of Paul Schell.
Each and every one of us bears some responsibility for the financial calamity that has befallen Island Transit. There are critics of IT who’ve remarked to me that they saw this disaster coming for years, like a train wreck happening in slow motion.
Soon, the wheels on the bus won’t be going round and round all around the town — or the island for that matter. In fact, those wheels appear to be falling off.