Editor, I read the news article, “Langley eyes funicular, walkway for marina access fix,” about Langley considering using eminent domain to put a public walkway through several residential waterfront properties. Way to go, Langley. Rile up your property owners who have owned those family properties for decades! OK, sorry, I couldn’t help it.
Editor, Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 for the public to demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our service members past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country. After the parades and other recognitions of public service, challenge yourself to learn more about our Island County military members and veterans’ service experiences and the value that they bring to our communities.
Editor, Imagine it is an ordinary day. You are going about your usual routines. You are at work, in a meeting with colleagues when you are approached by strangers who tell you that you must leave with them. They help you gather whatever belongings are within your reach and take you to their car. They assure you that you are safe with them and that they are acting in your best interests.
Editor, Bad timing! The week I get a subscription renewal request, you publish an intolerably racist “cartoon.” With stories of young black men being brutalized by law enforcement agencies appearing almost weekly, you choose to publish a “cartoon” showing poor dirty Harry being unable to dispatch his “punk” because his body camera demands that he be responsible for his actions.
Editor, Being against the funicular doesn’t mean anything except that the person thinks a funicular is a bad idea, for all the reasons that have been brought up by so many people for so long. It doesn’t mean that the person is opposed to change, or wanting to go back to the horse and buggy era, or uninterested in the welfare of local businesses. It just means that we think there are more effective and less expensive and destructive ways to help local businesses.
Editor, A very successful fundraising lunch was held at Useless Bay Country Club late last month by members of the Trudy Sundberg Lecture planning team. We thank all those who attended, and especially our speaker, Bob Whitsitt, who donated his time and shared his unique (and very entertaining) sports perspective.
Editor, The recent funicular fuss and mayoral race has highlighted what’s been obvious for awhile: Langley is dying and instead of trying to save it, people are tightening the noose around her neck.
Editor, I would like to comment on the May 6 story in The Record, “Freeland continues to fight for growth in Comp Plan” both as a Freeland Water and Sewer District commissioner and as a Freeland resident. The article was very confused and contained erroneous information.
Editor, My wife and I moved to Whidbey from Bellevue over a year ago to enjoy the island’s peace and quiet, and to get away from the greed, the lack of concern for the environment and the misconception that more people coming into Bellevue meant a better life due to the growth and prosperity.
Editor, There has been a lot of negative press about the ferry: late ferries, broken down ferries and lack of staff. I am writing to applaud and thank the ferry workers for helping me when I experienced an emergency. I consider the ferry staff like my community; as a commuter, besides my husband, I see them more of them than I see anyone. For me to know them by name, to know that one of their kids went to the same graduate school as I, to know what bracelets they like, how their divorce is going, has the baby arrived yet, oh-you are a leap year baby!
Editor, In the wake of the charrette, it is evident that Langley residents have little interest in supporting a funicular to ferry people from the harbor to town (page one story, May 2). By contrast, there seems to be much enthusiasm for the Port of South Whidbey’s future (and ambitious) plans to expand the marina. Perhaps now is an opportune time to consider what the city might do to create economic opportunities down at the harbor.
Editor, On Saturday, May 2 I had the privilege of seeing the Hearts & Hammers group in action. As an American Red Cross volunteer I was involved in a project we have which is designed to place smoke detectors in as many homes as possible. As part of the project I visited 10 of the 30-plus Hearts & Hammers crews which were working on people’s homes that day on South Whidbey.
Editor, I just want to once again thank Hearts & Hammers for all of their help. They were terrific — Dave Love, Richard Epstein and the crack crew at South Whidbey Plumbing. They have big hearts and big hammers.
Editor, Your April 29 editor’s column, “A Rebirth for Clinton?” questions what purpose a roundabout in Clinton, or a traffic light on Highway 525, would serve, beyond slowing traffic and perhaps causing some of those car drivers shooting off the ferry to take a look around, maybe even stop. But then you ask, what’s left to stop for, alluding to the scarcity of retail shops and the current status of proposals to revitalize Clinton.
Editor, I’m doomed. I exercise, watch my diet, follow my doctor’s advice with medications and tests. I carry emergency supplies, buckle my seat belt, I’ve made my will and advanced directives. As an atheist, I don’t pray. I live in peace with respectful religious believers of all varieties.
Editor, We are blessed to live in a really great community. This includes really great teachers and staff at our schools. I want to personally thank all teachers and staff on Whidbey. You are amazing!
Editor, The South Whidbey Homeless Coalition would like to thank all the wonderful friends who attended the dedication and celebration of the House of Hope in Langley. Our awesome “Parking Guy,” Charlie Davies, counted the number of those who stopped by at 175. We also wish to thank the dedicated and hardworking volunteers who are upgrading the home and making it ready for occupancy for families with children and vulnerable adults in our community this spring.
Editor, We feel compelled to comment on the April 8 front page article “Winery debate ferments into complaint.” Thus far coverage of the topic has highlighted the concerns of a small, but very vocal group. Carl and Rita Comfort have been portrayed as having little regard for neighbors or the quality of life on Whidbey. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Editor, On Saturday, April 18, Whidbey Environmental Action Network and Island County Noxious Weed Board held a Scot’s broom pulling event at Double Bluff beach. We thank the Whidbey Island Garden Tour for the grant which provided the weed wrenching tools. A fair amount of broom was pulled, but there’s a lot more to go. The largest plant was attacked with a chain saw because there was no way a weed wrench could have gotten it. The stem had a diameter of about 4 inches and we counted 14 rings. This was a very well established plant. We took home a round as evidence.
Editor, When I attended the April 14 meeting on the proposals for the Langley marina, there were brochures being handed out at the entrance to the meeting hall and on the tables inside titled “The Langley Funicular… we can make it happen!” Upon reading the brochure I noted the author(s) of the brochure made some claims as to the similarities between Langley and Saltburn by the Sea, which is a Victorian seaside town on the North Sea in North Yorkshire, U.K.