Editor, I attended the most recent meeting of Island Transit’s Board of Directors on Jan. 16, 2015. It was a breath of fresh air! With three new board members — Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson Pfeiffer, Island County Commissioner Rick Hannold, and Oak Harbor City Councilman Rick Almberg — the meeting ran smoothly. There is a new chairman of the board as well as a new secretary.
Editor, The South Whidbey Commons would like to thank this wonderful community for their support this year. Thank you to our patrons, to the over 190 donors, and to local organizations, including Puget Sound Energy, the Langley Community Club, South Whidbey Academy Youth in Philanthropy, Whidbey Institute, and St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church Women. With your help, the Commons is on the road back from surviving the Second Street construction to thriving in 2015.
Editor, We do a disservice to Dr. King when we commemorate his life and ignore the prophetic message he left behind. Our too-often sanitized remembrance focuses on his quest for civil rights. What is being whitewashed from Dr. King’s legacy is his message about war and growing militarism.
Editor, The members of South Whidbey Community Church would like to thank many wonderful people who donated to replace our stolen log splitter.
Editor, On Tuesday, Jan. 13, I was appalled and not just a little scared, for there were people walking along Highways 525 and 20 about 5:30 p.m. going north on the right side of the road in the dark. Two different groups around Houston and Race Roads.
This is the theme that came out of the city council’s planning meetings as it prepared a budget for 2015 through a series of workshops and public hearings. In 2013 our theme was “Centennial Year.” In 2014 the theme was “A Year of Economic Development.” Having a theme for the year brings us back to our goals and objectives when the strategic improvements and initiatives that we plan are challenged by the immediate demands of emerging needs.
Editor, The reality of how another report prepared by our agency personnel that sits in a drawer in Olympia adds to “transparency and accountability” and “in meeting the expectations of the people they serve” as claimed by state Auditor Troy Kelly escapes me. If the report actually mattered, the state would bear the expense of mailing a copy of it to each of our customers in my sewer district.
Editor, I am writing in support of a pedestrian-assist between the marina/Wharf Street area and downtown/Cascade. As a design professional, volunteer facilitator for former mayor Paul Samuelson’s Wharf Street Master Plan strategies (12 months with property owners, port and city officials), a volunteer summer shuttle driver and Design Review Board member, I have observed the difficulties that pedestrians (young families, seniors, physically challenged visitors, boaters with supplies, etc.) have experienced and expressed regarding traversing Wharf Street to downtown. The journey needs to be accessible to all, not just the “fit.”
Editor, Belated thanks to everyone who attended the first annual South Whidbey Schools Foundation Talent Show fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 23 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. You made the show a huge success. To the 70 plus performers who donated their time and talent:
Editor, What is it about Whidbey General Hospital that seems to garner so much bad press? Can it be the outrageous pricing structure for medical procedures performed there?
Editor, Many thanks to the condolence messages from our friends and neighbors, and Bill’s former drum students and their families.
Editor, With a patient’s alleged assault by an administrator, administration’s resistance to a prosecuting attorney’s subpoena and the commissioners’ lack of operational transparency, Whidbey General Hospital has been the subject of numerous local newspaper reports.
Editor, The Langley funicular would make a fine investment to the economic development of Langley. I believe a viable, vibrant Langley is an asset and a source of pride to all South Whidbey residents. The funicular would be a charming and amusing — come on, you know you all want to ride on it — practical addition to the attractions that Langley presents to the locals and visitors alike.
Editor, A brief article in the Roundup section of The Record on Dec. 31 talked about the surveys I conducted for the City of Langley, but did not describe that there was a process that included two surveys and two public meetings to talk about bringing more people to town to build the businesses in the community.
Editor, I applaud The Record for insisting that Whidbey General Hospital (or WGH) be held to the highest standards of truthfulness and transparency. Those like myself, who enter the health professions, know we will be held accountable to the communities we serve. We ought to expect the same from the hospitals where we work.
Editor, It’s that time of year again for making New Year’s resolutions. Here’s one that’s easy to do, and saves you money besides. Remember to take your grocery bags with you to the store. Hey, you even get a nickel back for each bag of yours they use.
Editor, I am supportive of Erica Eden’s letter in the Jan. 3 edition of The Record. The funicular is an innovative and exciting concept. The thought of tying our business district to a growing marina may just pave the way for a beleaguered Langley to reinvent itself in a way that will insure a prosperous longevity.
Editor, One question about the funicular not addressed previously in a Dec. 13 letter in The Record regards parking for boaters in the middle school parking lot only being available during the summer months (for saving time and pollution by hauling their gear on the funicular). Perhaps that letter writer was not aware that the city has another agreement with the Island Church allowing boaters to use their parking lot (even closer than the middle school) year round except on Sundays. In addition the city could further negotiate with the middle school to use their lot on weekends year round as well.
Editor, The funicular is something long overdue that will be a worthwhile and attractive addition to the city. 1. It would be useful for elders and disabled persons to make it to the marina with ease. 2. It would be an efficient way for boat operators to carry gear to and from the marina.
Editor, Eric Levine says that the funicular project is most comparable to the one in Dubuque, Iowa. But Dubuque is a town of 50,000, 50 times as big as Langley. Their funicular is advertised as an amusement ride. It has a ticket seller, costs $3 and is open only seasonally.