Editor, Kudos to Langley, the Langley Main Street Association and especially Rene Neff and Colin Campbell.
Editor, What is wrong with people these days? What happened to free speech? Why is it that vandals tore down all the Democratic candidate signs nailed to my fence?
Editor, Reporter Ben Watanabe got it right when he quoted one of us saying at Clinton’s First Annual Town Picnic that “we went through 120 hamburgers in a hurry.” Yes, those lamb burgers went fast but that was besides the pulled pork, beef burgers and dozens of hotdogs that went atop another 150 plates. We, the planning committee, know all too well these details because, alas, we did run out of food, but not before serving about 270 folks.
Editor, Many of us on South Whidbey happily gave financial support to send our Atlantis ROV team on their successful trip abroad this summer. We, for example, donated a Turkish rug for the fundraiser.
Editor, Yesterday I witnessed a vigilante mob lynch an outstanding public servant.
Editor, Thanks to much support, the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County exceeded its goal of $5,000 during its Keep It a Safe Summer campaign. From Memorial Day Friday to Labor Day, known as the 100 Deadly Days of Summer when more DUI crashes happen, IDIPIC raised $5,116.
Editor, One of the really great things about this community is our collective passion and commitment to causes that make a difference. The South Whidbey Commons has been a beneficiary of this caring support for many years, and especially this year.
Editor, Langley Police Chief Dave Marks, as quoted in a recent South Whidbey Record article, has it right: “It’s been my observation that criminals are obtaining firearms through burglary.” Regardless of what “loopholes” are closed by the Initiative 594, nefarious types will get their hands on weapons. Indeed, Chicago, a gun-free city has one of the highest mortality rates in the country due to gunshot wounds.
Editor, I attended this past Monday’s Langley City Council meeting where I-594 was on the agenda for endorsement. I support this common-sense background check initiative that will close the loophole that allows dangerous people to buy a gun without a background check, and I hope the council will decide to endorse it.
Editor, On the surface it appears that Initiative 594 is both simple and reasonable. After all, most of us are in favor of keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally incompetent persons. But wait, this initiative, crafted and funded by rich and powerful out-of-state social manipulators (Michael Bloomberg, et al) is neither simple (18 pages) nor sensible and will do virtually nothing to deter illegal gun trafficking, reduce crime or prevent unlawful possession and use of firearms. There are much better and more practical ways to accomplish these goals like firearm identification cards similar to a driver’s license.
Editor, Our family had the privilege of being part of the South Whidbey Children’s Center preschool family for the past year and a half. As my daughter has now graduated from the center and entered kindergarten, I would like to share a few thoughts about my experience.
Editor, A big thank you to whomever pitched their trash — three large drink cups and a sack of lunch debris — into the empty garbage can in the back of my pickup yesterday. I appreciate that you did not throw it out your window as you were driving on the island.
Editor, The shared vision of Whidbey Island residents of unobstructed access to our public beaches is steadily progressing; this will ultimately benefit the local residents, visitors, and businesses.
Editor, On behalf of the members of Whidbey Island Local Lending (WILL), I would like to thank you for your excellent article and editorial. You captured the essence of what we are trying to accomplish.
Editor, 1. Paratransit and bus cuts are required because we cannot afford a “fare free” transit system. Folks are in a bind resulting from Island Transit service cuts — mismanagement is the cause. Solutions must come from our transit system administration and board of directors. Public concerns and suggestions are needed. Transit users wonder why they cannot pay for, or toward, their needed transportation.
Editor, With respect to your recent article regarding some disagreement on fish and wildlife protections currently being discussed by the Island County commissioners: what Commissioners Helen Price-Johnson and Jill Johnson apparently do agree upon is a plan to designate as a “salmon stream” Bos/Swan Stream, which typically contains water only during the winter months when it rains profusely, and then it runs into Bos/Swan Lake on the west side of Whidbey Island.
Editor, I thinks it’s wrong to charge a fee to be able to read the newspaper on the internet. A lot of people don’t have money to subscribe to the paper, it’s expensive and not much in it to begin with.
Editor, With summer on Whidbey Island a fading memory, it’s time to pay attention to the candidates who are running for elected office and the ballot measures that will be before us in the general election on Nov. 4.
Editor, With elections fast approaching, it is time to evaluate the candidates for elected offices, including our county government. This year we have the good fortune of having a choice for auditor. When looking for the qualities necessary to fill this position, experience, credentials, and integrity are at the top the list in my opinion. Rebecca Wagner is a certified public accountant with experience working in an auditor’s office as an accountant. She now works for Senior Services of Island County as finance director which is where I have gotten to know her professionally.
Editor, “Our 33.” As the Nation begins to prepare for 9/11, a horrendous date in history, may we remember 33 murdered comrades who exhibited incredible courage and bravery and yet never seem to be mentioned and honored. Our 33 were described as “plus crew” in most of the stories written that day.