Editor, Visiting Langley on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I spied the piano at the intersection of First and Anthes Street. The sign on the piano invited: “PLAY ME.” Intrigued and delighted, I picked up music at the thrift store and returned to fill the street with notes of “Climb Every Mountain,” “Edelweiss,” and such. A lovely lady sat down and remained for the duration. A military wedding party passed by smiling.
Editor, For me, dark money conjures up images of scruffy desperadoes switching briefcases on a park bench in some country with a funny name like Karokistan. The money is for some nefarious act like blowing up a train station, but we never know who bought the dynamite. Locally, we can forgo the park bench because it’s perfectly legal to use unlimited funds from mysterious groups and corporate entities to influence elections without disclosing the donors.
Editor, Doggies and horses and humans, oh my. I read the article regarding horse manure on trails at South Whidbey Community Park citing the distress of the poor souls who have to walk around it on their daily recreational outings. Horse manure, unlike dog, cat, bird manure or rat poop does not contain pathogens or any toxic or dangerous substances. Since horses are herbivores, their manure does not have the offensive smell that dog poop does.
Editor, Banning horses from county parks because some individuals are offended by their poop would be a significant economic loss to Whidbey Island. If horseback riders don’t have anywhere to ride, they will not choose to remain here on the island. They will opt to live in another community where they are welcomed and have access to trails. Currently the horse owners on Whidbey support two major feed stores, three large animal veterinarians, several farriers and numerous horse boarding facilities.
Editor, As a lifelong equestrian, I was very disheartened after reading the letter to the editor regarding horse poop on local trails. I don’t ride my horse at Community Park, but definitely enjoy the trails at Putney Woods. Upon moving to the island nearly eight years ago, I was thrilled to find a local venue for trail riding.
Editor, I was not surprised to see the article in The Record about a horse poop “pileup.” The very title of the article implies we are overrun by it. When was the last tine you saw horseback riders on the side of the road? Or in the park? Or on a trail?
Editor, Oh my gosh, really? Horse manure is natural and a healthy fertilizer composed of grains, grasses and water. There is nothing harmful about it. It is very good for the trees and fauna. This seems especially petty to me. I find that many dog walkers do have poop bags and many may use them, others don’t and yet others will use them and then set them on stumps, the ground along the trails, in parking lots or toss them in the woods.
Editor, One of the things that makes life on Whidbey Island unique is sharing our habitat with wildlife. Most of the time we enjoy our close encounters and other times we run into conflict. The owl that Melissa Ross came into contact with, as reported in The Record’s recent story “Owl attacks Clinton woman for 30 min.,” was most likely a barn owl, and was simply protecting the owlets that were nearby.
Editor, Just read in your paper that donations for the Langley Soup Kitchen are down. I go there almost every week. Along with Hearts and Hammers, it’s one of the best organizations we have on South Whidbey. They do a wonderful job, provide a very necessary service, and all in a friendly, competent manner.
Editor, I was delighted to see Peter Lawlor’s photo on the front page of the South Whidbey Record this morning. Colorful as ever and with the Lawlor twinkle in his eye, Peter remains Langley’s foremost scallywag as well as the holder of much South Whidbey history. Peter is a wonderful poet who has contributed often to South Whidbey’s literary community with readings and several volumes of his poetry.
Editor, I am in complete agreement with your editorial, “Rules for Horse Manure” dated Aug. 23, 2016. The trails on Whidbey Island belong to everyone and should be respected by all who use them for whatever reason. I happen to be an avid mountain bike rider and almost every day I go to the Putney Woods Trail system for my recreational ride.
Editor, I will have my horse wear poop diapers when dog owners have their dogs wear poop diapers. Otherwise, I’m happy to pay a fine. People, if you are those horse owners who don’t believe in making your steed walk while pooping, you create a nasty pile, it attracts flies and people have to walk around it.
Editor, The 10th legislative Senate primary election results inspire hope for positive change. I am honored to move forward to the general election and sincerely thank all who voted for me and my colleague and friend, Nick Petrish. Elections are about what is best for communities.
Editor, Island County commissioner district 1 voters have given Helen Price Johnson an over-whelming show of support with their 70 percent “yes” vote in the primary election. This should show the rest of Island County that she is the best candidate for a continuation of the work she has done as a commissioner these past eight years.
Editor, Regarding the industrial cannabis growing and processing operation proposed on Bayview Road south of Lone Lake: According to the Island County Critical Areas Map, the project is in a wetlands/flood zone that extends from the south end of Lone Lake to Useless Bay.
Editor, Okay, here’s a simple little test for you. Sort of a sanity test, if you will. Close your eyes and have someone read these words to you out loud: Bigot. Fearmonger. Narcissist. Thin skinned. Unqualified. Dangerous. Smug. Insulting. Reactionary. Demagogue.
Editor, I just read Dick Drake’s recent obituary. My brothers, myself and friends were among the kids who spent a lot of time at the Drake farm during the 1940s. Our family lived only a short distance away on what is now part of the Hammons Reserve. The Drake farm was our main access to go beach combing. We would hike to their place, cross over the dike to the beach and then walk around Maple Point towards Maxwelton.
Editor, I just read your article from June on the return of the sand shrimpers. I live on Witter Beach, just south and around the point from Sandy Point Beach. Two years ago, before the shrimping ban was imposed, the commercial shrimpers drove almost 100 stakes into the sand just south of our beach 3 feet under the sand and 3 feet above in order to prevent the whales from getting the shrimp there. Our friend took pictures and gave them to us and we turned them over to someone else and a chain was made whereby the ban was put in place.
Editor, I live in a neighborhood a short ride by car, but a long walk to an Island Transit bus stop. This neighborhood, Hilltop Terrace in Clinton, is a kind of suburban residential village with dozens of homes. A few hardy souls make the early morning walk to the bus stop, at the intersection of Deer Lake and Holst Road, going to work. I have poor eyesight — Glaucoma. It would be neither wise nor safe for me to walk on busy Holst Road to the bus stop.
Editor, Congratulations to the recipients of South Whidbey Kiwanis college scholarships: Hanna Nielson, Mallorie Mitchem, Elishadai Hailu, Roslyn Schoeler, Clara Martin, Iona Rohan and Joe Ballestrasse. We were impressed that the high achieving students took the time out from their daily lives to write our club personal thank you notes for their scholarships.