Editor, On behalf of the Maxwelton Community Club, I would like to thank you and your staff for the excellent coverage before and after our parade. It was great! In addition, I would like to thank all of the volunteers who made our July 4th Maxwelton Parade a success.
Editor, The article “Property prices in Island County soar 20 percent” published in the July 7 South Whidbey Record includes two quotations attributed to me. While the statements are correct, additional information is needed to put them into context. A property tax statement is mailed to every owner in Island County annually, even to those with $0 due; current and delinquent balances are included.
Editor, Yay for Langley’s plan to convert street lights to LEDs! It’s a great move as it saves money, conserves energy and cuts down on maintenance costs because LEDs rarely need to be replaced. Like most lighting projects, good design is essential. For street lighting, the light needs to go where it is intended, i.e., streets or sidewalks, not the sky and not into neighbors’ windows.
Editor, I live across the street from Goss Lake, and last night [July 4] we were bombarded with extremely loud, extremely late into the night, fireworks. The fireworks were interspersed with explosions from something unknown, so loud they rattled the windows. My husband said they were equivalent to about a one-quarter stick of dynamite.
Editor, Every community needs a crown jewel as leverage for building on the local economy. Langley is lucky to have the shoreline as well as the fairgrounds. The fairgrounds act as the welcome sign to Langley. They spark the feeling of days gone by and idyllic childhoods. This sets the table for our village by the sea to seem legitimately quaint. The fairgrounds are more than just a welcome sign
Editor, The Fourth of July once consisted of a couple nights of mostly popping sounds and sparklers, but this year it devolved into the island under siege of munitions grade explosions. I have heard from long-time residents that it is definitely different from how it used to be. Authorized firework detonation lasted seven days. Starting June 29 and lasting through July 5, setting off fireworks was legal for as many as 14 hours a day, although people set them off until 2 a.m. in some cases.
Editor, I sent the following letter to all three Island County commissioners: Commissioner, are we crazy? Thanks for your efforts to reduce the legal explosion period from eight days to three next year. Three days too many, of course. What goes on in Island County is beyond comprehensible. How is it possible that people have the right to detonate high-powered explosives disrupting the peace, scaring the hell out of man and beast alike, endangering the environment and creating havoc completely out-of-line with the wishes of the residents of Island County (and, frankly, anywhere that sanity reigns).
Editor, We’re responding to the article, “City lights could be replaced with LEDs.” We urge the City of Langley to slow down to ensure public officials and area residents fully understand the facts before replacing current streetlights with LEDs.
Editor, The Constitution is our foundation, our solid bedrock, that has long made America unique. It should not be altered by any means other than by the provisions contained therein. In case you missed it, there is a Supreme Court vacancy that will be filled by the next president. If Hillary Clinton is elected she has already stated she will attack the first and second amendments in spite of swearing an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.
Editor, Kudos to Whidbey News Group staffers Jessie Stensland, Michelle Beahm, and South Whidbey Record’s Justin Burnett for shedding light on recent activities at Whidbey General Hospital. The imminent changeover of CEOs at our public hospital provides a historic opportunity to reverse a decade-long slide and return the place to being a “patients first” facility. This simply won’t happen unless our community papers are relentless in demanding that the hospital board members cease their practices of non-transparency, cover-ups and special interest dealings.
To the editor: Steve Burr has it right on: The game IS rigged. The question then becomes, what should we do?