Editor, Friends of mine are spending hours trying to sort out which health care insurance plan to choose, and which one they can afford. Folks are frustrated and angry at the complexity and cost of health care. Some have given up trying to unravel an impossible system and are in the ranks of the 47 million uninsured in this country.
Editor, A fellow has to have a fishing buddy. It’s part of the wherewithal of fishing. You don’t go it alone. You find your rod, find the fishing hole, then your buddy finds you. When I moved to Whidbey Island in 2000 and found my ideal beach and cottage, it wasn’t long before ‘Wild Bill’ found me. Right away we hit it off.
Editor, During the holidays we tend to do things in excess, including generating 25 percent more trash than any other time of the year. Reducing our waists takes more effort than reducing our waste. Here are some ideas for the holidays and all year long.
Editor, We are sure there are other Island County property taxpayers who share our frustration. Have you been a visitor to the Board of Equalization and had a property tax reduction in your favor? We had our BOE hearing over two years ago now. The result of the hearing yielded a sizable reduction and also the promise of a substantial tax refund. After six months of waiting for a refund, we inquired as to the refund through the Island County Treasurer’s office. We were told they were short staffed and very behind on processing the refunds. After being assured that the refund would certainly be received within the next few months we waited … and waited … and waited.
Editor, A hearty thank you to the dedicated trail riders who repaired the trails at Putney Woods. I don’t think my back would be able to carry gravel — but I can bake cookies and rake. How can I get on the list so I know about work parties in the future?
Editor, On Nov. 14, I was on the 8:30 a.m. ferry when I had an issue with my heart. After telling a deckhand about it, the crew took over and called for an ambulance. Off to Providence Regional Medical Center we went, where the next day I had a triple coronary artery bypass surgery.
Editor, Murphy’s law says no one gets sick on Wednesdays – it’s too far away from weekends. But when they had a chance to skip outdoor work because Dec. 7 dawned at 17 degrees Fahrenheit, the Friends of South Whidbey State Park showed up in impressive numbers to work – and it was Saturday.
Editor, Us seniors had until Dec. 7 to select our Medicare Advantage Plan for 2014. Many of us had to change providers for 2013 due to decertification of our plan. An unfortunate part of that change was a movement to the Silver Sneakers fitness program from Silver and Fit. This year none of the approved Island County Medicare Advantage Plan providers offer Silver and Fit. The problem with that is the closest exercise spot for us is either Mukilteo or Coupeville on the Silver Sneakers program.
Editor, During this special season of giving thanks, we would like to acknowledge the sponsors, vendors, presenters and participants for their support of the 2013 Caregiver Conference, “Caregiver Safety Nets.”
Editor, This letter is directed toward the person who has been decorating our island with Mike’s Harder Lemonade cans, adding a touch of black and yellow aluminum to our otherwise most pleasant roads.
Editor, Regarding a viewpoint about the Conservation Futures Fund being reduced in the Saturday, Nov. 23, issue — amen.
Editor, We enjoyed the turkey dinner from the Mobile Turkey Unit this year so much that we wanted to write a letter about it to thank everyone involved.
Editor, Good Cheer has received so many expressions of gratitude this past year, that I am both heartened and humbled as I write this year’s holiday appeal letter. Here are just a few that touched my heart:
Editor, I am not writing this letter in response to any one article or issue. I am writing on the subject of “respect.” Who am I? I’m a sometime-Democrat, sometime-Republican, always-independent resident of Whidbey. People have disagreed with my voiced opinions, and I’ve disagreed with theirs. But there is one common thread to those disagreements, and that is respect; respect for the person we disagree with.
Editor, When I travel along the west side of Lake Washington, from the arboretum to Seward Park, I am amazed at the foresight that the public officials had over 100 years ago. They had a vision of the future that included beautiful places for the masses to enjoy, for free, with their families.
Editor, The Langley United States Postal Service requires approximately 2,400 mailboxes in the Langley service area to be raised to 46 inches above the ground. To do this will require installing a taller support post, which must be set in the ground like a fence post, i.e. a 6-foot post set in the ground about 2 feet deep. A good installation would be to set this post in dry ready-mix concrete after digging a post hole for this purpose. The cost for the post and concrete to achieve this is $6.82 — plus $2.79 for mix and 84 cents tax.
Editor, Those of us medically, physically challenged folks who now face losing access to high-quality medicinal marijuana feel a great injustice is being made in the attempt to rescind licenses for our recently accepted providers of its benefits.
Editor, I love the island and have since 1966 when we first bought property at Greenbank. Navy planes flew over our place then and still do. Doesn’t bother me.
Editor, I am one of the “real cyclists” to which Mr. Nichols refers in his recent letter. Sadly, his diatribe is not unusual. Having lived, driven, and ridden on Whidbey for seven years, why have I not personally encountered the difficulties that so test Mr. Nichols? I’d postulate it is due to a difference in tolerance and a belief that his needs/wants trump those of others.
To the editor: Steve Burr has it right on: The game IS rigged. The question then becomes, what should we do?