Editor, In their letter published in the April 5, 2014, edition of the South Whidbey Record, Walter and Sally Kirkpatrick defend Bruce Montgomery’s right to build a wall across the Wonn Road right of way by discussing the tidelands at the end of the road.
Editor, If Bruce Montgomery has the documentation to prove that he owns the beach at the end of Wonn Road, why doesn’t he simply present the facts at a court hearing?
Editor, Regarding Wonn Road and Mr. Kirkpatrick’s letter of April 5. He states “About every 10 years the public makes a run at gaining beach access they don’t have a right to” and “We prevailed in every challenge.”
Editor, This is an open letter to the Navy and its representatives, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. I want to comment on the article “Navy looks to purchase 22 more Growlers from Boeing” in the March 19 edition of the South Whidbey Record.
Editor, Our community is being encouraged to shop in Langley during construction. I would like to go further and ask that the community think about the businesses that sponsor and support South Whidbey nonprofits. People who care about local causes own these businesses. When a business (farms included) gives an item, we tend to think there is no cost incurred. By giving an item, the business cannot sell it to a paying customer. It still costs the business to make the product.
Editor, The South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District is asking for an increase in the amount of property taxes paid by all South Whidbey taxpayers.
Editor Thank you, Mystic Sea Charters. To raise $4,600 for Orca Network and the new Langley Whale Center, Mystic Sea owners Monte and Cindy Hughes donated the whale watching boat and crew for a whale of a cruise Sunday evening. Capt. Monte found the whales in deep water off of Port Susan.
Editor, Tourists on Washington State’s ferries will be forgiven for thinking that by boarding the boats they have put themselves in grave danger. How else to interpret the need for multiple large screens playing endless videos showing how to survive various disasters at sea?
Editor, For years scientists have wondered why whales, for no apparent reason, would choose to cast themselves out of the water to die of dehydration on some beach. Now we know. They were trying to escape from the tortuous noise of our war machines.
Editor, To the Port of South Whidbey and Island Beach Access. Please, please, please no more signs. We often hear about noise pollution and how that negatively affects our ability to concentrate and, over time, makes us irritated (which may be what’s going on here) and we’re all well aware of chemical pollution, air pollution, and water pollution and their negative ramifications, but let’s also take a look at visual pollution (pun intended).
Editor, The fair is a bit short on money. Looks like it needs another $35,000 to $50,000 a year. Let’s see … We could give the fairground property to a new event center organization. We’ll build it with $10 million bonds, guaranteed by the county, using the fairground property as collateral. We’ll keep personnel costs down to $700,000 per year. We’ll tear down most of the structures and build new ones that are unsuited to mundane fair events. But forget the fair — there will be so many other awesome events throughout the year that when it withers away we won’t even notice.
Editor, This letter is in response to the March 8 article, “Wonn Road beach access settlement possible, sources say.” Having owned the property in dispute on Greenbank beach for 36 years, we could have provided all the documentation to support Bruce Montgomery’s right to restrict access had you even bothered to check your facts.
Editor, I wanted to thank Paul Schell for pointing to the Pike Place Market PDA as an example of a well designed organization that has managed a public space for decades in the article, “Proposed PDA: how it works, what it is” in the March 8 edition of The Record. His mention of the market prompted me to do a little research into not only the PDA that runs it, but also the origins of its creation.
Editor, I have a slightly different version of the town hall event reported on in last week’s paper. Mostly it was a “listening” session — that is, the legislators talking and the audience doing most of the listening. State Rep. Norma Smith rightfully claimed credit for one accomplishment important to her district — HB 2457, to help the state deal with derelict boats and avoid more oil spills. The bill represents real progress and is very much appreciated.
Editor, Since moving to Whidbey Island nine years ago, a repeated theme coming from Island County is that of lack of funding for critical issues, crime prevention, public health, the court system, etc. In September of 2013, the three commissioners approved $71,000.00 for a strategic plan to reorganize the fairgrounds.
Editor, I’m a liberal Democrat. I believe in government and taxes and in helping those less fortunate. I don’t believed in conspiracy theories. I oppose the new Fairgrounds Strategic Plan. A long-range plan is needed, however is it necessary to spend $10 million building an event center when the strategic plan seems to indicate that $8 million would need to be generated annually in income, when routine county maintenance, better fairgrounds management and usage might be more appropriate? Won’t 249,000 more annual visitors to Langley negatively impact our lives and the ferry?
Editor, “Thankyous” are in order to the many people who made the Concert for Ryan’s House for Youth on Saturday at the South Whidbey High School Auditorium a wonderful success. Thanks first to the members of the Rainey Music Project: the very talented Richard Rorex, Robert Marsanyi, Alan Brown, Dave Willis, Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews and Kim Jones; thank you so much!
Editor, We attended the Town Hall meeting of our three Republican state legislators in Langley last week on Thursday. It was a waste of our time. The legislators droned on for a total of 60 minutes painting a rosy picture of all their numerous, bipartisan accomplishments. During the last two legislative sessions, there was virtually nothing accomplished on a bipartisan basis in the state Legislature, dealing with taxes, transportation, wages, health care, worker rights, unions, government transparency, and even education — there was no bipartisanship shown by our three legislators or any other Republican in Olympia.
Editor, Langley Main Street would like to thank all the volunteers who produced the “Monsters on Machines” event Saturday, March 22.
Editor, At the most recent meeting for commentary on the Fairgrounds Strategic Plan, facilitators almost sidetracked the public’s desire to speak out. However, the audience prevailed, and, as a result, we all heard some good ideas.