Editor, It has become all too clear that Greenbank Farm, as we know it now, may change dramatically in the near future. Most of the business tenants have been leasing on a month-to-month basis for nearly three or more years, all the time hoping that issues between the Port of Coupeville commissioners and the Greenbank Farm Management Group would be resolved. For the past six months, port commissioners have regularly informed us that they were working on our new leases, which would be forthcoming “soon.”
Editor, After enjoying a delicious lunch at the new food truck on First Street I picked up a copy of Saturday’s Record and read a negative and largely trivial article about this pleasant new addition to Langley’s food scene. I had expected a very positive report on the surprisingly impressive and diverse menu, praise for the quality of the food and support for an appealing new attraction to our downtown.
Editor, I’m sorry the merchants of Langley are annoyed by the new food truck, but Langley needs more eating options in tourist season and the new food truck seems to be filling a need. My friends and I were delighted by the food last Friday; we had our dogs with us so we took lunch down to the picnic tables on the beach. Service was friendly and the orders were prepared quickly.
Editor, Tim Callison’s concerns about traffic safety at the marina are well founded, but his proposed solutions of installing a traffic light and routing all boat traffic down First Street are expensive and create too many other problems.
Editor, Thank you does not seem adequate to describe our family’s appreciation for the community’s fundraising efforts for Ben. The generosity at the Dinner & Auction was incredible. Over $45,000 was raised. So many people from South Whidbey came out to give and to help. Out of town friends and family traveled for hours to be with us. As a family we are very humbled by the outpouring of support.
Editor, Downtown Clinton is a small, community-supporting business center. When I exit the ferry I have a first destination in mind, like home or the vacation rental or a friend’s house. Rarely am I headed to get my nails done, stop at the bank or rent a U-Haul.
Editor, I’m writing regarding the recent incident in Clinton where an innocent dog was attacked and killed by a pit bull. Unfortunately, tragedies such as this and worse will continue to happen until such time that people finally wise up and decide to spend a little time in their decision when choosing a pet.
Editor, June 28 is the 46th anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City in 1969 which birthed what was originally known as they Gay Liberation Movement that mostly included gay men and lesbians. That movement quickly included bisexuals and transgender people — hence the LGBT community was born.
Editor, It’s hard to believe that such a litany of errors, omissions, and/or missteps could happen anywhere. Yet, with the worst of all possible outcomes, the recent death of Keaton Farris, we see that even in our own county jail such is possible.
Editor, Shocking and deeply disturbing are my first reactions after reading the article about Keaton Farris’s death in the Coupeville jail. The death was attributed to dehydration, with the lack of adequate nutrition as a compounding factor. If the facts, as they have been presented, withstand further scrutiny, then everyone in the Island County’s justice system shares some responsibility for this tragedy, along with the officials we elected to oversee this system.
Editor, Here’s an idea — Clinton. Why is Washington State University looking at Greenbank Farm where the community gathers, eats, shops, walks the trails and marvels at the brilliance of cooperation it took to make the farm a community asset for all to enjoy? Why, when we have an ideal potential for a college campus at the Clinton Market shopping plaza? Classrooms, lecture halls — it’s all going for a very good price. Clinton is the gateway to the island. We all put on blinders as we go through because it has become shabby, run down and has too many empty store fronts. Imagine a college campus here, right up the hill, and a free bus ride from the ferry. Imagine people of all ages coming here to study.
Editor, Saturday’s South Whidbey Record editorial about the tragic death of Keaton Farris while in our jail was well-balanced and set a good tone. My heart aches for all concerned, and for our community. I would only add that I know Island County Sheriff Mark Brown to be a man of integrity, intelligence and compassion. No one could be more determined to fix the failures in the system than Brown, and he is without question the right man for the job.
Editor, Last Monday, June 15, I was on the 3 p.m. boat from Mukilteo sitting in my car on the lower car deck when I witnessed something I thought should be in the paper. I noticed in my rearview mirror two ferry workers helping an elderly man walk between the cars. They helped him to the front of the boat where there are a couple chairs next to a recycling bin. Watching this really touched my heart because of the way they helped. The lead worker was holding the passenger’s hand to provide needed support and guidance while the worker taking up the rear was making sure that if the elderly man slipped or fell he would be caught. And the whole time they were helping the guy it was done in such a way that his dignity was preserved.
Editor, Paratransit deserves a gold medal for their outstanding service. They are to be commended in that they serve 250 to 300 people per day, aiding the elderly and disabled to live a more independent life style. Drivers are always helpful, considerate and caring. They deal daily with elderly people, wheelchair patients, dialysis patients and disabled people. Securing them in their various seats and showing respect for them and their needs.
Editor, Allow me to understand the following: Ken Graska, interim director of Island Transit, has asked the Washington Department of Transporation (or WSDOT) to conduct an analysis in regard to Island Transit continuing with their current fare-free model. Lawmakers have passed a bill that would provide $1 million to the Everett Connector which would reinstate the route connecting Camano Island with Everett. This offer would require all Island Transit, including Whidbey Island to begin charging bus fares on all routes. This money would not benefit Whidbey Island one iota.
Editor, “In the wilderness is the preservation of the World,” — Henry Thoreau. Any of us who have traveled the backcountry of this beautiful and treasured Pacific Northwest know how its spirit touches our soul. That the Navy would take the Olympic Peninsula and parade Growler aircraft overshadowing this beauty is an abomination not to be ignored.
Editor, I fail to see the wisdom in the City of Langley’s reported desire [The Record, June 13] to sell the ideally located, historically relevant Second Street building known as the Old Firehouse that currently houses Callahan’s Firehouse Studio.
Editor, Why Tim Callison for Mayor? He is, in my opinion, easily the most qualified. His temperament, humor and enthusiasm for the job fairly jump out at you. His education and positions previously held also make him by far the best choice. No axes to grind, no agenda except to work with and for the people of Langley.
Editor, Congratulations to the 116 graduates of South Whidbey High School, (‘Fly Falcons, fly: Class of 2015 graduates before massive crowd’ June 10, 2015). Here is hoping you do indeed fly! We need you in this world to guide humanity at this fork in the road.
Editor, On Saturday morning, May 30, I had taken my little dog outside on a leash, when across my front yard rushed a pack of three pit bulls. Two brindle and one black and white. I was only able to see a purple collar on the black and white one. My dog barked as soon as she saw them and they slammed her into the bushes and attacked her. I was screaming and tried to pull my dog inside, but those three dogs were relentless.