Editor, The icicle Christmas lights over the balcony danced animatedly as the wind picked up, and then the lights flickered. I lit candles to be on the safe side and set about making dinner, but as I was about to serve it, my partner Leckey’s pager erupted in static: “South Whidbey Fire, staff your stations.”
Editor, Can this shame get any worse? Scott Dudley was railroaded out of the Island Transit board. The only person allowed to ask questions was ousted from an organization that needs to be questioned. Heads in the sand do not have clear vision as to how to fix the problem which is Island Transit. It is time to disband Island Transit in its entirety and turn it over to another transit company, such as Skagit Transit or Community Transit.
Editor, We’re a little biased, being that our daughter has a small role in this production, but what a show! Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has done it again with “A Christmas Story.”
Editor, When I read Eric Levine’s article proposing a funicular to the Langley marina from the bluff above, it reminded me of my experience riding one such vehicle to reach Orvieto, a hill town in Italy. It was an amazing construct and the view of the countryside during the ascent and descent was amazingly beautiful.
Editor, Eric Levine’s viewpoint expressed concern about a few opponents to constructing an elevator or funicular who may not have all the facts. I am one of those. Eric said he composed a summary of answers to many questions. He forgot some.
Editor, Eric Levine and some in city government say that those in the community who oppose a funicular are in the minority. Mr. Levine further comments that some who voice opposition do not know all the facts. One fact clearly absent is how the majority of Langley residents feel about the need for such transport. Do the residents of Langley feel that some sort of funicular/tram is needed and of great benefit to the community in order to justify spending $500,000 of our Island County tax dollars? The will of the majority should be the basis on whether this kind of project is constructed and even whether our city budget and resources are being used to investigate and plan for it.
Editor, Eric Levine thinks the opponents of the city’s plan to spoil the view from Cascade Avenue with a funicular are “few,” but he really has no evidence of this. What we do know is that when the city asked for comments on the elevator, the response was overwhelmingly negative. We know that when the city had a meeting on the subject, with very little notice, the room was packed, standing room only, with people primarily opposed to the idea. That’s pretty good evidence that opposition to the idea is more than just a few people.
Editor, Our Unsung Heroes: On Dec. 2, I fell prey to the icy roads on the South End with a rollover. Within minutes an entire emergency response team was there, assessing the situation and getting to work. Great care and concern was directed my way and amazingly all was OK. Sgt. Laura Price with the Island County Sheriff’s Office was wonderful and obviously a great asset to the department.
Editor, South Whidbey Wind basketball team, parents, and coaches wanted to express our appreciation for the recent article in The Record. We are thankful for the tremendous support we receive from the newspaper, South Whidbey Schools and Trinity Lutheran Church to use gym facilities, and the numerous South Whidbey and Coupeville students who have been assistant coaches over the seven years of our existence. It is great to start off our eighth season as defending state champs in two different age categories.
Editor, Now that the November 2014 election results have been certified, I want to officially thank the voters of Island County for electing me to the office of Island County treasurer. I will do my best to maintain your trust and respect in this important office of our local government.
Editor, Why the looting and vandalism leading up to, and following the Wilson/Ferguson incident’s verdict? Frustration? Anger? Rage? Fury? OK, but were any of those looters and vandals at the incident, in the courtroom, or on the jury themselves? No?
Editor, Diking District No. 2 covers the south end of the Maxwelton Valley, approximately from French Road down to Burley Road and across from Bailey Road to Maxwelton Road. To the southeast, the district stretches some way up No Name Creek. The district has been in operation since 1914. Until recently, the district did not feel it necessary to raise a levy for its operations. The commissioners and other land owners voluntarily contributed to meeting the costs and there was also some grant funding.
Editor, Your local Datters of Norway lodge, Ester Moe #39, would like to thank each and every one of those who came to our 15th annual Nordic Fest, held at South Whidbey High School on Nov. 8. It was one of our most fun fests, ever. This is partly because of our wonderful high school staffers — Leo our custodian, and Sandy, Jean and Susie in the kitchen, who absolutely save our lives. Every year! It is partly because of Trinity Lutheran (and especially Robin), who lets us come and make all that lefse throughout October and has been so supportive in so many other ways. It is partly because of our wonderful local Boy Scouts, who brought their strong backs and trucks to our aid.
Editor, dear friends and family, What an amazing turnout and event on Saturday, Nov. 15, in honor of Tucker Stevens. Thanks to all of you who helped plan and execute a complex celebration and all who attended, despite the chilly air, the walk down to the bonfire at the marina. Thanks to the mayor and the city for the surprise recognition of Tucker’s contribution to the City of Langley and especially to Mayor Fred McCarthy for leading us in the personalized sing-a-long to commemorate a life well-lived. Thanks to the band members who played a rousing rendition of “When the Saints Go Marching In” without former knowledge that this was a piece Tucker had requested at his memorial service.
Editor, I couldn’t agree more with your editorial about the transit board actions in selecting an interim director. They do not seem to get it. They were charged with supervising the supervision of the transit system. They failed in that duty as defined by the state audit.
Editor, It’s not a matter of “if” the Outlying Field Coupeville will close, it’s more a matter of “when” it’s going to close and I believe each of us on the island needs to be making plans and preparations for that eventuality. It was the right thing to build in the early 1940s when it was first developed and it served its purpose admirably.
To the editor: Steve Burr has it right on: The game IS rigged. The question then becomes, what should we do?