Editor, I am supporting Rob Born in his candidacy for a position on the Whidbey General Hospital board. For several years Rob has followed the concerns and opportunities presented by the hospital and has provided information to our community through his website, blog, and attendance and participation at board meetings and in other public forums.
Editor, Sharon Emerson stands out for me in the field of candidates running for Langley mayor because she uses these two guiding principles for decision-making: wisdom and common sense. I find it not only reassuring, but very promising to hear Sharon Emerson ask the questions that are most likely to lead to positive outcomes that endure for Langley over time. “Is the action we are considering wise? Does it make common sense for the overall health and benefit of Langley residents, our businesses, and those who visit us?”
Editor, I’m writing to add on to what Gloria Koll had to say in her recent letter to the editor about the banning of fireworks in Island County. Whether fireworks are illegal or not, they constitute a grave fire danger. What isn’t being addressed in all the banter is the fact that there is an ordinance against any fireworks being shot off in any Island County park. That ordinance has been just ignored over the years, but the fact remains it is illegal to discharge fireworks in our County parks. And where do people rush to in order to shoot off their fireworks? Right to the parks.
Editor, To say the decision by two of the three Port of Coupeville commissioners, Marshall Bronson and John Carr, voting to break the agreement that has been ongoing for over 15 years with the Greenbank Farm Management Group (GFMG) was a surprise, is a profound understatement. Shocking, unreasonable, out-of-nowhere, indefensible and underhanded all say it better.
Editor, Seriously? The Island Transit Board of Directors wants to “ask for overpayment back” from Martha Rose? This is why I, and many others, loathe self-serving politicians. I was the finance manager for IT for 11 years before I retired in January of 2010. The person who replaced me was the one who did not have a handle on IT’s cash and ran us into the ground. Although the board and state auditors sacrificed Martha, I am here to tell you they also did not see the problem. And we pay the state auditors tens of thousands of dollars annually to find and report these types of problems to us.
Editor, Well, we survived another July 4th, barely! Isn’t it about time to ban personal fireworks and leave folks the option of the Holmes Harbor display instead? I’ve lived here forever, but every year it’s the same thing. I go from praying for rain (good luck in July) or holding my breath till the neighbors get tired and desist for the night — this year it was two and a half hours. We live very close to the beach and have access to it. Wouldn’t you think they would see how dry it is and go down there and shoot off their fireworks over the water? Wouldn’t that be the best option? But no, they had their “rockets” shooting up into the trees, not toward their property but toward my neighbor’s dry grass and my trees.
Editor, In recent past controversies you (the editor) have consistently argued for transparency with other entities such as Whidbey General Hospital and Island Transit, but with the Greenbank Farm Management Group (GFMG) you have picked sides — their side. Why? Have you ever seen who they really are and how they conduct business? I’ve tried to find on the web their articles of incorporation, their bylaws, the date and place of their annual meeting, how the directors are elected and their current balance sheet, all to no avail. There is just no transparency and when the port asks for it, you seem to protest. In my opinion you seem to be inconsistent.
Editor, In the upcoming election, the winning candidate for a seat on the Whidbey General Hospital board will surely have to face the nasty job of dealing with sagging hospital finances.
Editor, Fires are burning in the Queets rain forest in Olympic National Park this summer. Smoke blowing down from Canada alerts us that fires rage there, too.
Editor, The Langley mayoral election is about positive experienced leadership, such as represented by Tim Callison through his background and personality, which is inclusive and tolerant.
Mark Tucker of Clinton has his story laid bare in his first published book, “Drive or Die: A True Story of Addiction, Murder and Hope.” The 41-year-old South Whidbey native tells the story of his heroin addiction and the depths to which it plunged him. Perhaps one of the worst experiences was being held at gunpoint by James Moran, at one time America’s eighth-most-wanted person — he later committed a double murder and suicide.
Editor, Langley will soon select the next mayor. Three people, each with passion to serve, offer experience and interest to serve. The voters soon decide. I know one of the three candidates, Thomas Gill. I am currently the Langley Library Board chairperson. In that service, I’ve observed Thomas Gill. He serves as liaison between the library board and Langley council. Thomas consistently listens well, comes prepared to provide relevant information to our council, and offers guidance to our library board (an appointed advisory group to the mayor and council regarding library facilities).
Editor, Wednesday’s proceedings at the Greenbank Farm are yet another example of corporate interests (such as those of Monsanto) hammering away at the individual. Think not? Google “Monsanto Company History.” Still disagree? Okay, yummy, yummy. Keep eating those big fat ears of North American Independence Day corn until you finish your research. But the next time you pig out on those incredibly plump kernels, remember to ask yourself what moral code was followed by the Coupeville port commissioners in their handling of the Greenbank conflict.
Editor, Citizens of Langley, as a longtime Langley resident and working mom I am concerned about the direction of our city. I want our city government to address infrastructure and water rates. I want our city government to focus on the residents of Langley and not just the tourist. I am concerned that the city strayed away from its original agreement with the federal government to receive funding for Wharf Street and now intends to use the money for a funicular.
Editor, Thank you to the staff of the Clinton/Mukilteo ferry route. A couple weeks ago, Whidbey General Hospital Emergency Medical Services was transporting a woman in labor with a high-risk pregnancy. The patient and her family were expected at Everett Providence Hospital at the Women and Children’s Center. At 3 a.m., the baby was ready, but the ferries weren’t running yet.
Editor, This July 4 was marked by the most extreme fire danger in many years and still people chose to buy and explode personal fireworks because it is their “right.” The rationale was that they would be careful and responsible, and thanks to most who were. The problem is that fire is not careful and responsible, and in conditions like we are currently experiencing, mere embers can explode into flames many hours after they land.
Editor, I’ve always thought it’s never good to get a wake-up call from the police, and that was the case on Monday morning, June 29 when I got a call from a deputy sheriff looking for my son. He had to tell him that his car had been vandalized. My son was in the process of moving home from college for the summer when he had battery/alternator trouble, which caused the car to die by the Bayview Vision Clinic at Useless Bay. He couldn’t get it started, and it was late (around 10 p.m. on Sunday), so he decided to just leave it parked in the lot and deal with it in the morning.
Editor, Everyone involved in Keaton Farris’ death at the Island County Jail must be held accountable. It is mind boggling how many people were involved in the killing of Keaton Farris. It appears Island County Sheriff Mark Brown is taking some action now, but it’s hard to fathom how he and his predecessor missed the inept and dangerous leadership of Dennis De at the jail over the years.
Editor, As the owner of Whidbey Pies Café and wholesale pie production at the Greenbank Farm, I am concerned regarding the possible participation of Washington State University in the operation of the Farm. I have been involved with the Greenbank Farm in various capacities since 1979 when our family settled on Whidbey Island. In 1986 our Whidbey Fish Market and Café in Greenbank offered loganberry pies using berries from the farm.
Editor, I am running for Mayor of Langley because of my leadership skills and my respect for the process. A mayor’s role is not to come up with policy ideas or discreet solutions — that is the responsibility of the Design Review Board, Planning Advisory Board, Expert Staff and City Council. They develop and execute the solutions. It will be my job to lead with inclusiveness and surround myself with those smarter than I am. I have spent a great deal of time during this campaign meeting with the great minds of Langley, and as a result am more fully informed.