Editor, This lake is so poorly managed it is depressing. People come from places as far as Canada to fish this lake; every fly fishing store and club in the Puget Sound will have a report on this lake and yet it is managed by idiots. I have fished this lake with a fly since the late 80’s and have watched it deteriorate into a slimy, green and smelly mess.
Editor, When I was in my 20s I worked for social justice and followed my heart when voting for candidates who most represented my values. Hence, I voted for candidates of the Democratic Party. In my forties, at the height of my business career, I used my brain and voted for the candidates whose policies were best for the economic health of the nation. I found I voted for candidates of the Democratic Party.
Editor, Have you peeked behind the old Bayview School building lately? I spy a 20-foot by 48-foot hoophouse filled with tomato plants that nearly scrape the top, 130-foot rows of hardy greens and root vegetables, and a 13-tree orchard of young plum, pear, Asian pear, and quince trees. I see bees and insects pollinating and hear birds chirping and twittering.
Editor, We are writing in regard to the upcoming advisory vote on the kind of street lights to use in Langley. We urge the citizens of Langley to support the environment, human health and preservation of the night sky by voting for the 3000-Kelvin LED street lights. We also are writing to suggest that citizen concerns regarding the conversion may be best addressed by shielding the city’s street lights so the light points down.
Editor, Would you like to actually do something about climate change? Something more than the small steps toward energy conservation all of us should be making. Voters in Washington have the opportunity to pass Initiative 732 (I-732) this November. The proposed tax on fossil fuels is revenue neutral. The money paid by oil, gas and coal companies will be used for three things:
Editor, Congratulations to Justin Burnett on a thoughtful and comprehensive article on an important Island issue: ferries. I know, many defenders will say “It’s complicated.” Maybe, but we’re not trying to go the moon, only to Mulkiteo.
Editor, Tuesday, the home of Merla Halbeisen was destroyed by fire, a total loss. Nothing was spared, even my best friend, Chloe, a great black lab mix, and her friend Lucy, a rat-terrier, perished in the smoke. Merla is just fine, no physical harm thankfully. I’ve been a little distracted, needless to say, but I want to tip my hat to all the folks who have come running to my family’s aid. Words and tears can’t express our feelings.
Editor, We are lucky we live on Whidbey. We’re surrounded by great infrastructure happening right before our eyes. Washington State Ferries are modernizing the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal, along with a multi-modal connection for the Sound Transit Commuter Trains and Community Transit Buses. There will be overhead passenger loading/off-loading. Let’s hope they get the loud message that we also need ample parking over there!
Editor, It is disconcerting to read the firebombs lobbed by fact-free critics of state Senate candidate Angie Homola. Recent example: Mr. Edmundson of Burlington (not even of Island County) insists she spent taxes “wildly” and “pursued tax increases. Earlier, Barbara Bailey (accepting large bucks from the Koch Bros., Big Tobacco, etc.) mailed unfounded accusations that Angie was inefficient with tax dollars and was fired from previous jobs.
Editor, Being a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) isn’t easy. Our CASAs are highly trained volunteers who are appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of children that have been removed from their homes following allegations of abuse or neglect. They visit the children on a regular basis, interview the people who have known them to become better informed about their circumstances, and report to the court with their recommendations in ongoing periodic hearings.
Editor, On the Island County Board of Commissioners, Angie Homola was out of control with our tax dollars. She spent her time protecting bureaucracy and friends, while cutting funding for sheriff’s deputies and pursuing tax increases. All told, Homola voted to raise our property taxes 13 times. After voters rejected her extreme agenda and defeated her in 2012, she’s back this year running for state Senate.
Editor, Doris Brevoort, rhymes with report, running for State Representative for the 10th Legislative District is a refreshing change to the current position holder, Dave Hayes. I am voting Brevoort because she is a doer and not afraid of innovation. She gets involved and contributes. She serves on several boards including the Skagit Transit Advisory Board and National Association for Mental Illness board. Brevoort is also a member of the Washington Education Association, an education union.
Editor, I’ve known Helen Price Johnson for many years. She has the right combination of temperament, skills and experience that Island County needs now. I will be voting for Helen’s re-election as Island County’s District 1 commissioner in November.
Editor, Well, I’m now recovering from my third bout with cancer, and Whidbey Island has proven itself to be the finest place in the world to live. I won’t even attempt to name everyone who has helped me in my recovery because as we all know my mind is a sieve and I’ll forget someone. Before I even went in for surgery, U.S. Bank took myself and my best little buddy to a Seattle Mariners’ game.
Editor, As we gaze at the full moon and the array of stars on these clear nights, I wonder at the majesty of the universe and its bright heavenly lights, I also ponder America’s exalted place in that exciting world, and its might.
Editor, I’ve been following letters regarding horse poop on trails with interest. In response to the health hazards, I am much more concerned about what might be growing in my fridge than what I might be exposed to in managing mounds of horse dung on a daily basis — cleaning stalls, paddocks and transporting to our compost bins. We have a large four-bin operation which creates fabulous compost loaded with red wigglers, which gardeners love.
Editor, Will residents use the Freeland Trail enough to justify the cost? If the idea is to create a north/south trail for cyclists, we have reservations. The concept seems to be the Tenino, Centennial and Burke-Gilman trails.
Editor, My name is Mel Watson and I am the director of Time Together Adult Day Services. I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by a mom from Oak Harbor who said that her two children wanted to have a lemonade stand to raise money for Time Together. I was so surprised and overwhelmed with warmth from this call, I could barely contain myself. “Really?” I said. “Such compassion and kindness from these young folks.”
Editor, I have to start off saying you are not doing your party of choice any favors nor gaining any brownie points for stealing political signs that don’t coincide with your beliefs. In fact, you are proving quite ignorant and I would venture to say as educated as a third grade bully.
Editor, I am writing on behalf of Helen Price Johnson. I have known Helen since she served on the South Whidbey School District Board of Directors. In this capacity and her subsequent service on the Island County Board of Commissioners, she has always demonstrated her willingness to serve our communities. I have worked with Helen during her years of service to the South Whidbey school board and have remained in contact with her during her service as an Island County commissioner.