Editor, We are home owners in the beautiful Passage View Lane community and we would like to publicly welcome Mr. Gunther Schmidt to walk in our community any time he pleases. We have had several delightful conversations with him during his past meanderings and admire him for making the trek up the hill with his cane. We also appreciate the added security of having another set of watchful eyes in our community.
Editor, The Fairgrounds in Langley is a wonderful community-owned property with a rich history and great potential. For generations we have enjoyed the fair every year, but it is not immune from the national trend of local fairs struggling to maintain too many aging structures, rising utility and insurance costs and not enough income to keep the property viable and adequately maintained for the annual event.
Editor, On behalf of the SWHS jazz ensemble, we thank the fabulous WICA staff and volunteers along with the community at large for their generous support of the band’s fundraising concert Feb. 12.
Editor With regard to the closure to the public of certain county offices on Fridays and the push to reopen them, maybe there is room for compromise. If the office staff has found it useful and efficient to close one day a week, move the day to Wednesday.
Editor, Dear residents of Passage View Lane, I apologize for the anxiety my wanderings in your neighborhood have caused. My trying to see the sun setting among the tree branches only exacerbated the yearning for sunset sightings.
Editor, The article in the Feb. 19 edition of the South Whidbey Record had an article on “higher taxes for some.” It was full of opinions, but had no facts to back this up. I believe the legislators and voters decide whether taxes will increase on the other parcels.
Editor, Langley Middle School Jazz Band would like to say thank you to all the businesses and individuals who purchased tulips or made donations to help us attend the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho. We were able to exceed our goal and sold 838 tulips this year. We appreciate the support of our wonderful community and hope everyone enjoys their tulips.
Editor, Our good friend and longtime Camano Island resident Karla Jacks is running this year for the Island County Commissioner District No. 3 position representing Camano Island and North Whidbey.
Editor, On behalf of the SWHS and LMS Jazz Bands, under the direction of Chris Harshman and Jess Monett, respectively, and the Performing Arts Boosters, we’d like to thank all the folks who attended our annual Sweetheart Big Band Dance fundraiser, Feb. 1.
Editor, Thursday, Feb. 13, proved to be a beautiful day for a horseback ride in the Putney and Metcalf preserve. My friend and I were remarking on how easy the horses were moving and how nice the trails were. Forty minutes into the ride, her horse stumbled and in a second she was face down on the trail, unconscious and bleeding.
Editor, We’re all familiar with the saying, “Some Things Never Change” — but I’m writing to say that just maybe some things DO change.
Editor, The South Whidbey Commons plays a vital role in our island community, offering people of all ages and backgrounds a vibrant, warm, and inviting place to call their own. Local students and young adults engage in our Workplace Training Program, gaining barista, customer service and retail experience while serving others.
Editor, I read with interest Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy’s column in The Record outlining the upcoming agenda for economic development. I fully support the efforts of the city council to work toward increasing and diversifying employment opportunities here on the South End.
Editor, I just had to write in regarding the article “U.S. Rep. Larsen outlines 2014 agenda” in the Jan. 29 edition of The Record. Larsen touched on his key objectives like raising the minimum wage and how “the United States must invest in transportation infrastructure and education to create jobs and grow the economy in the long run.”
Editor, February 6: I drove my Prius down the island, heading for the ferry to present to writers in Seattle. Kristi Etzell was my passenger, and we waited to make a left turn onto Double Bluff to pick up Anne Belov.
To the editor: Steve Burr has it right on: The game IS rigged. The question then becomes, what should we do?