Editor, I am extremely concerned about the upcoming election. I believe it imperative that we re-elect Georgia Gardner to the Whidbey General Hospital board. At a recent League of Women Voters Forum in Langley, I understood Rob Born to say he was interested in affiliating with a faith-based hospital. That concerns me because if that happens my decisions about my end-of-life care will not be honored. With much thought and care, I have completed the legal documents provided by Compassion and Choices.
Editor, I believe that I have a unique perspective on Tim Callison and his fit for the position of mayor for the City of Langley. I am a Washington resident and also a former employee of Tim’s. Tim was the president of a marketing and sales organization for a global manufacturing company that I was also a part of. He started his career as a laborer on the manufacturing floor and through determination, hard work and diligence he worked his way to the top leadership role. He did not rely on others to do his work for him and he did not ride on the coat tails of others during his journey in corporate America.
Editor, I am writing to solidify my position on the Langley mayoral elections. I have known one candidate for 20 years and the other for just over one, and that knowledge of them, and their character has influenced my choice. I am endorsing Tim Callison for mayor.
Editor, I’d like to rebut two of the hospital’s statements made in The Record’s article on Wednesday. 1. Statement: Whidbey General Hospital’s spokeswoman said Dr. Mark Borden’s behaviors led to his removal from the hospital’s emergency room, and that the hospital also terminated Borden’s membership and clinical privileges.
Editor, Most would agree that we could use a few more family wage-type jobs here on the South End. Seattle has a corner on the high paying tech ones, Everett the aerospace gig and east-of-the-mountain firefighters are in high demand. Our field of dreams, ironically, seems to be located in a court of law rather than a corn field. We currently have five unresolved disputes being argued in the hallowed halls of justice.
Editor, I am writing in hopes of clarifying a few misconceptions concerning the American Legion and The American Legion Riders, especially since the relentless attacks and name calling of racists and bigots after the Island County Fair parade, attacks that seem to be completely without merit and unwarranted.
Editor, Kim Kardashian’s cantilevered posterior dominates American culture. Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy, the city council, local businessmen and hotel owners are determined to cantilever a funicular off a bluff to dominate the Langley marina. Both assets, with time and age, will slip, slide and sag. These government leaders have wasted time, money and goodwill flogging this $500,000 taxpayer-funded boondoggle.
Editor, I’ve been an avid supporter of Whidbey General Hospital since before it was built. I’m in awe of the foresight and commitment it took to come up with the vision and make it a reality. I have a very strong commitment to its continued success. But as I visit with people around the island during this campaign season, I find there are a number of misconceptions about the Whidbey General health system and, as it impacts my candidacy as hospital commissioner, I’d like to offer a little information.
Editor, I find it sad that the response of American Legion proponents and fair leaders to the reaction of the appearance of the Confederate flag in the Whidbey Island Fair parade primarily falls along the lines that they regret that “people were offended” and that flying a flag so symbolic of trashing the civil rights of a segment of our population is okay because it is a matter of “free speech.”
Editor, Leave it to Fox News to pamper the GOP hopefuls with puff-ball questions about their evangelical leanings and Trump’s habit of bad-mouthing women. Not discussed were likely the most pressing issues facing man-kind today such as climate change, environmental degradation, ocean acidification, the exponential growth of the world’s population to around 10 billion of us by 2060, renewable energy and phasing out our ridiculous dependence on fossil fuel.
Editor, Living on Whidbey one hopefully will care about the environment, and I do. Like all gardeners, I struggle with killing and controlling weeds and using pesticides. As I am sure most have, I struggle with horsetail that seems like it is trying to take over the earth. No commercial weed killer has any effect and I pull it up and it is back the next day. There is an answer and a safe one.
Editor, I was out enjoying the beautiful sunny weather on Aug. 9, minding my own business. Looking out towards Hat Island, watching the boats as they passed by or checked their crab pots. When I noticed a woman in a boat lowering her trousers — maybe to sunbathe — she sits down then shortly stands up and pulls her trousers back up. She proceeded to empty a blue bucket into the water and rinse it out.
Editor, I was quoted in the Aug. 8 issue of The Record saying “I’d favor retaining as much rural land in the UGA as possible — with walking trails.”
Editor, As an Island County taxpayer for the past 16 years and full-time resident since 2012, I’ve been amazed and disappointed by the lack of transparency or process in the (Port of Coupeville) board’s decision to sunset relations with the Greenbank Farm Management Group. It appeared that the only dissenting vote from Mike Diamanti was as taken by surprise as were the rest of the citizens gathered at the recent port commission meeting.
Editor, I was dismayed and disgusted during the Whidbey Island Fair Parade this morning to see that the South Whidbey American Legion Post’s entry in the parade carried not one, but two large Confederate flags. Add to that the fact that one of the motorcycle riders had a Nazi swastika on his headgear and one could wonder what the American Legion stands for.
Editor, I’ve lived in Langley over 30 years. I have three children who were born here and graduated from South Whidbey High School. My youngest just celebrated her 10th class reunion. We love Langley and appreciate its rich heritage. We are also concerned about Langley’s future and maintaining that rich heritage. We now have two very good candidates in the race for mayor of our beautiful Langley and I want a mayor who has demonstrated a long-time commitment of watching out for Langley. I want a mayor who has demonstrated an ability to work well with others and a commitment to quality care of our environment and all living creatures.
Editor, The discussion on the island surrounding the Greenbank Farm business owners and the actions of two of the Port of Coupeville Commissioners is still a hot topic. That’s good, because it increases the level of awareness of many people to the quality of their locally elected officials.
Editor, The “21st Century Policing: Big Job, Big Questions” public forum on Thursday, July 30 was well attended with many people present wearing Keaton Farris’ “I See Your Hate and Raise You One Love” T-shirts.
Editor, I had a lovely evening with friends yesterday as we waited for election results. When they came in, I was so encouraged. So many people are ready for a change and believe in my ability to create and manage it. I’m going to continue to listen and learn from the council, the staff, and above all, from the residents of Langley so that, if elected, I can be the good competent mayor Langley deserves.
Editor, As I write this letter I am holding a slight lead in the primary election returns for the office of mayor of Langley. To this I would have to say, “somebody pinch me.” There is no way that when I arrived here three years ago that I would have imagined that I would be in this position.