Editor, Sound Waters is a one-day conference designed to bring together experts and citizens across Island County to share how we can live in harmony with our marine environment. Celebrating its 20th year on Feb. 7, more than 600 people attended this event held at South Whidbey High School. Beach Watchers sponsors this annual event, under the auspices of the Washington State University Island County Extension program with support by the Lighthouse Environmental Programs.
Editor, Langley Mayor Fred McCarthy says the Langley-to-marina transportation method is required to be “the best possible solution for moving ... boaters with their gear in sufficient numbers to be both a safe and efficient form of transportation.”
Editor, I propose that the name of Freeland be changed to Freedom. After all, the land is no longer free. There is a Freedom, Calif., a small town near Watsonville, but seems like there is room for another.
Editor, I just wanted to send a note along to let other people know what a superb play I think “Other Desert Cities” is. Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has put on a real winner. The set is perfect, the writing soulful and the overall staging of this gem was so well done.
Editor, Langley business owners and government claim they need to reinvent Langley by offering a fun family attraction, the funicular. If the town needs to be reinvigorated, why not focus on the biggest attraction Langley has long held? The reason visitors and residents love Langley is to experience a small and charming rural town in a beautiful setting.
Editor, The invasion of Rite Aid in Freeland is just too sad. A friendly, warm, neighborly business has succumbed to a cold food mart that happens to have a pharmacy of some dubious character. Thank heavens some employees have chosen to remain in such an environment to remind us that a friendly, kind manner and well-supplied store used to be good business.
Editor, The move by Helping Hand of South Whidbey from Langley’s House of Hope to the campus of Trinity Lutheran Church went well. We are extremely grateful to the congregation of Trinity Lutheran Church for offering us a new home. We are also grateful to Second Use Building Supply in Seattle, JMC Cabinets in Everett, Jim Craft, Steve Hochenedel, Jeff Chiarizo Painting and BackBreakers for their assistance with the remodeling of the office space and the move.
Editor, I appreciated your editorial (Feb. 11), urging the Republican county commissioners to reconsider their effort to revise the Conservation Futures Fund by giving more emphasis to the economic potential of property. In comments made during the recent election, Commissioner Rick Hannold showed a disturbing lack of understanding of climate science and the negative effect of human action on the natural world. Unfortunately, in the last two decades many Republicans have shown a similar lack of understanding along with opposition to efforts to protect the environment.
Editor, Mr. Darrell Bryan of Clipper Vacations wrote a letter saying a funicular should be considered as a tourist attraction and as transport for the mobility impaired. His reasons and the information he provided do not make sense in support of a funicular.
Editor, Many people have asked the city to have a meeting to discuss what facts or other basis are behind claims that transportation between the marina and downtown is needed, but the city hasn’t wanted to do so. It wants to go straight to the pros and cons of each transport mode.
Editor, As the manager of the Whidbey Family Birth Place, I would like to respond to the letter to the editor in this past Wednesday's newspaper about the 2013 cesarean section rate at Whidbey General Hospital.
Editor, Does Ms. Tarrant of Whidbey General Hospital Board of Directors understand that WGH is a public hospital? Telling The Record reporter, “Tarrant said she considered it inappropriate for a newspaper reporter to ask her questions about the new CEO’s contract,” is, in my opinion, inappropriate. Once that contract is signed that contract becomes public information anyway. It is only natural that a reporter would ask the question.
Editor, In response to a Feb. 7 article in The Record, “Sunny View Village: No flooding or no occupancy permit, county says,” the drainage problem at Sunny View Village should be no surprise. Permits should never have been issued for this project in the first place, and would not have been, had the owner not been a government agency.
Editor, I read with interest the article in the Saturday, Feb. 7 edition of The Record about the possibility of allowing scooters and bikes in downtown Langley. What really caught my attention was the picture on page 9 of young Darien Jacob, age 14, sailing down the hill on his scooter, wind in his hair, not a care in the world. He was also not wearing a helmet.
Editor, When most people think about veterans groups, they picture old soldiers sitting around telling each other war stories over a few drinks. This is the perception that, at one time, seemed to prevail. That has changed thanks to the largest veterans group, the American Legion and its auxiliary.
Editor, The Langley Middle School Jazz Band would like to thank the South Whidbey community for the overwhelming support of their recent Valentine’s tulip sales. The Jazz Band sold pots of tulips as a fundraiser for their annual trip to the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho coming up the weekend of Feb. 26, 2015. Due to the amazing support from the community we can nearly fund the entire trip from student tulip sales profits.
Editor, I am greatly concerned about the cesarean rates at Whidbey General Hospital (WGH). A report from the Washington State Department of Health for 2013 shows that out of 54 hospitals in Washington State, WGH has a 41.8 percent cesarean rate for first-time mothers. This rate is alarming! This means that almost every other first-time mother who delivers a baby at WGH will have a cesarean section.
Editor, I write to support your editorial about vaccination. My parents were alternative health zealots going back to the early days of the 20th century. Some of what they believed makes sense today. For example, as a child on a hobby farm not far from California Disneyland, I helped grow organic vegetables and collect organic eggs from free-run chickens.
Editor, Justice: This is a personal thank you to Mrs. Margaret Faltys in finally bringing down career criminal Dave De Spain. I also fell victim to De Spain, losing personal jewelry, cash and most importantly my mother’s wedding and engagement rings. The MO was identical. The hedge trimmer in my case was someone I knew. Very sad.
Editor, I wish to clarify an article headline in the Feb. 4 issue of The Record, which stated “Chiropractic Zone Healing Center Donates $900 to Langley Non-Profit.” This is not an accurate statement, as the $900 was raised by the community attendees of the event at which Christina Baldwin was a presenter as well as the matching donation made by Jude Rathburn.