Editor, I am safe and down off Mount Rainier. I am tired but no longer wet. After six days of climbing and learning new mountaineering skills, our team was at Camp Schurman—9,400 feet— preparing for our summit attempt.
Editor, We are writing this letter to see if there might be other people on the island who feel as we do, and if knowing this might encourage the South Whidbey Record to take a somewhat different stance toward being able to post comments to articles. Recently, The Record began a subscription for online readers. We understand this step. However, this change occurred a couple of years after The Record began requiring Facebook accounts in order to post comments to articles.
Editor, Growing up, I enjoyed some great friends and one was even my “best” friend. Years later, and since moving to Whidbey Island I am grateful for many new and wonderful friends and happily, my wife is my “best” friend.
Editor, Island County taxpayers must consider recent revelations about the losses of investment funds during the current treasurer’s term in office when casting their ballot. Our county needs a treasurer who understands investment strategy thoroughly and can ensure county residents that their tax payments are wisely invested to result in maximum gain without undue risk in both good times and bad. That person is Wanda Grone.
Editor, I just read your article about Island Transit and their financial problems. I am not surprised that the only people who are going to suffer over this huge mistake are the drivers and the riders, as usual.
Editor, Regarding the Island Transit scandal involving financial mismanagement, taxpayers should be outraged. Executive Director Martha Rose should be sacked. Thanks to her, as many as 22 percent of her employees will be losing their jobs.
Editor, Camano Island and its fate is so closely tied to Stanwood, my hometown and place I love, that I feel compelled to take an interest in its politics. For that reason, I am writing to provide my heartfelt endorsement and support of Karla Jacks. Anyone with half an eye to Island County politics in the last few years should feel some shame for the low level of political discourse. In Karla we can all be proud.
Editor, Democrats have a choice this year. Americans are held in thrall to party politics. We are told for whom to vote. Democrats are expected to vote for the candidate bestowed with the magical “D.” The two major parties gerrymander congressional districts to ensure incumbents remain safe. It’s all about maintaining the status quo, not about representing people or fixing our nation’s problems. The result is the mess in Congress.
Editor, In a recent editorial about the Holmes Harbor Golf Course, you wrote, “If there is more to it than that, and this really is about money and making the most from an investment, then they should be clear about their intentions publicly, for the surrounding community has a vested interest in what happens at the golf course.”
Editor, This letter does not represent the Holmes Harbor Sewer District Board of Commissioners’ official opinion, inasmuch that it would take a vote to make that official even though I am the current president of the board. And I appreciate your effort to simplify the issues in your editorial of July 23 even though there are some complicated components to the Holmes Harbor Golf Course conflict.
Editor, The South Whidbey School District has lost a great volunteer, Richard Allen Thomas. For 17 years, Richard would help 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in learning to enjoy math and reading. I am going to miss my friend when the schools return this fall.
Editor, Summer of the fawn: South Whidbey is still beautiful, but it is not the open frontier. It is a community, and living in community requires respect for neighbors; our dogs cannot run loose. We love them and do not easily acknowledge that they are predators by nature and as a pack of efficient killers, even toy breeds. Now is the time of spindly, vulnerable baby deer rightly guarded by mothers who will justly pound any danger to their young to a pulp if they can.
Editor, I am very sorry to see the Loganberry Festival cancelled. It is absolutely one of my most favorite summer events on the island. I don’t understand since the Island County fair, or whatever they are calling it now, is the weekend of Aug. 1.
Editor, I feel a recent letter to the editor by my opponent in the South Whidbey Record distorts the truth for personal political gain rather than telling the whole story.
Editor, The South Whidbey Kiwanis would like to thank our friends on South Whidbey for their support of our fireworks sale this year.
Editor, On July 10, the three Island County treasurer candidates participated in the League of Women Voters’ forum in Coupeville. Six questions were asked and answered by all candidates. Challenges were made in response to answers given; in response to statements made during one of those challenges, I followed up with the Island County Auditor’s Office for clarification of a statement made by Ana Maria Nuñez.
Editor Regarding your request for suggestions for the online version of The Record.
Editor, I guess this letter to the editor should be called “The Last Time.” I am only writing this to thank Mr. Freeman for responding to my first letter.
Editor, As part-time island residents, my family has had little need for veterinary assistance for our animals, who travel with us every summer. This past Saturday morning, however, our little Schnauzer took on an opponent that was more than she bargained for, causing her to suffer serious injury. After frantically calling area vets, we found the only one open on Saturday morning was South Whidbey Animal Clinic. As we approached the clinic with our wounded Daisy, we found the Clinic’s staff on the sidewalk waiting for us. They immediately took her to stabilize her and assess the injuries. They acted with calm professionalism, understanding and compassion.
Editor, I want to criticize the editorial, “First Street proposal was not a good fit,” written by Justin Burnett in the July 12 edition of the South Whidbey Record. Just a week after the newspaper asked the community what they want from their community newspaper, he wrote a scathing editorial about the Francisco commercial proposal in Langley.