Editor, About one week ago I read a letter to the editor in The Record about gun ownership, specifically the responsibilities of securing those weapons properly.
Editor, Thank you for highlighting National Hunger and Homeless Awareness week in the editorial on Nov. 19. I especially appreciate the request to discard stereotypes of homeless people.
Editor, Is it by chance the first day of April, as in April Fools Day? You would think so, what with those folks who call themselves commissioners of Island Transit selecting as interim director someone with Kenneth Graska’s background. There must be a way to reclaim control of a bureaucracy run amok. Any ideas?
Editor, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is Nov. 15-23. It will be recognized across America as communities everywhere work to address the crisis in their towns.
Editor, I am a new resident of Whidbey Island, having moved here from Rhode Island. When I visited the island last winter, I signed on to volunteer at The HUB in Langley. I was immediately impressed with the organization, the program and the wonderful people involved. I have been an educator for over 40 years and know the value of after-school programs that occupy time for today’s young people. Research tells us that the time from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. is when young people who have no or little supervision can and do make some bad choices.
Editor, I find it very puzzling that your article on Crawford Road fails to mention that there is a church, Unity of Whidbey, also on the street. The entrance is the first driveway on the right as you start up Crawford Road from the highway.
Editor, It is fitting that this season of Thanksgiving is also the season to give thanks to the adoptive parents and families who grace our communities. November is National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoptions are significant, the particular focus for this month is the adoption of children from foster care.
Editor, Buy a dad or loved one a gun safe for Christmas. I waited in the aftermath of the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting to write this letter so as to not jump on the emotional bandwagon. Please buy a dad or loved one who needs a gun safe one for Christmas. School students are a very emotional bunch who don’t need access to guns. I think the best things we as dads can do to contribute to lowering school gun violence is to prevent easy access or unintended access to guns.
Editor, I would like to thank you for the faith and support you have bestowed upon me as I served as your Island County treasurer. Though I was not successful in my bid to continue to serve you, I have no regrets. I am very proud of the accomplishments made during my tenure. From eliminating the backlog in supplement processing (adjustments to property taxes due) to decreasing banking costs over 70 percent, I have been driven to improve the services to you, the citizens of Island County. This has always been my goal.
Editor, This election has been just plain disgusting. Not because of who won or lost, but because of what did not happen. Two-thirds of the people in this country who are eligible to vote did not vote. This is disgusting.
Editor, I’m so sorry to read about the problems Island Transit is experiencing. Island Transit provides a wonderful service to our community.
Editor, With respect, this transit user disagrees with your Nov. 1 editorial, “Island Transit board should remain” and would like to explain why.
Editor, Thank you for all of your time, effort, donations, enthusiasm and support for the Langley Middle School Creepy Concert this year. We were very proud of the students and felt the event was a HUGE success. We nearly reached our monetary goal and will now have funds to support field trips, scholarships, and equipment needed. We would like to thank all the businesses who donated prizes for the raffle or as door prizes especially Joe’s Island Music, Music for the Eyes, Craig and Leslie Breeden and Callahan’s Firehouse Studio & Gallery. Thank you for your support.
Editor, A huge thank you to the South Whidbey ambulance guys who transported my husband, Bob, to Providence Hospital this past Sunday morning, Oct. 26. You are the best. SUE MCQUEEN Clinton
Editor, Island Transit’s current Board oversight challenges may have many causes, but the greatest may not be the fault of the current Island Transit Board at all. According to RCW 36.57A.050, which spells out certain guidelines for public transportation benefit area boards, these boards: “…shall consist of elected officials selected by and serving at the pleasure of the governing bodies of component cities within the area and the county legislative authority of each county within the area.”
Editor, Recent discussion of Island Transit finances confuses the state audit report with the separation agreement for the previous executive director. The official state audit report covers 2013 and part of 2014 and recommends more careful definition and tracking of paid leave (sick leave, vacation time, and compensation time). It did not document any “theft” of sick leave, vacation time, or compensation time; rather it recommended better documentation of these categories for all salaried personnel, which has been instituted immediately. Unfortunately, the Audit Report did not mention that accrued vacation days for 2013 and 2014 for the former executive director can and do accurately account for the longer dates out of the office in 2013 and 2014.
Editor, Island Transit is in deep doo-doo and Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson thinks that the stench of the board’s failures will go away by holding her nose and telling us everything smells like roses. Her attempt to mask the gravity of the situation by spraying political Febreze on the editorial pages of this newspaper is insulting, and our community deserves better.
Editor, Personally, I’ve read enough of the “Dan Freeman mantra” in this paper and it’s time someone sets him straight on a few things. First, never presume you may tell me or anyone else who to vote for under any circumstances.
Editor, Regarding Island Transit being back “in the black,” it is nice to know that the directors believe this but how are we to know what “in the black” actually means to them? They borrowed $2 million, they have laid off 20 or so people, they have cut service. We have no information about how these actions are related to being “in the black.”
Editor, There are several ways of looking at why Island Transit is in disarray. One is to focus on people. The other is to focus on organizational structure. When one takes the perspective of focusing on people, such issues as their competence or honesty become most important. It follows from this thinking that if the executive director or the board is replaced with “competent” and honest people, then the problem will be solved.