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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | It’s time for an even playing field on South Whidbey

  • Today at 10:00AM

Editor, Lest anyone feels sorry for the Archbishop Murphy football team, which has now had five consecutive forfeits, here are the facts about private schools like ATM competing in sports versus small, rural public schools. For the past seven years in the Cascade Conference, in the major team sports Archbishop Murphy and King’s have combined to win 90 percent of the Conference Championships.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey Republican leaders should address Trump

  • Today at 8:00AM

Editor, The Trump campaign has now gone largely non-partisan with the abandonment of many of the GOP leadership. As such any normative constraints of civility on his campaign are lost and the Republican party has been dangerously, morally compromised. And most tragically, the self respect of our entire nation, both internally and abroad, is ever more dishonored and ashamed. We can expect political discourse to stretch truth in favor of a candidate’s position, but stretching the truth is quite different from mostly outright lies for the purpose of self promotion and fear mongering. The country is not in dire crisis. The government is nowhere near a disaster. We still hold to a resilient constitutional process, albeit challenged by political and cultural divisions.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Trump embodies Christian values

  • Today at 6:00AM

Editor, Thank God for Donald Trump. He stands up for the true values that have brought freedom to all Americans. He believes in the Bremerton football coach who kneels and prays on the field. From 1964 to 1967, I attended a public school in Santa Ana, Calif. Our Christian football coach and entire team knelt and prayed in the center of the football field at our stadium before the crowds and before every game. I never heard anyone complain about Santa Ana High School.

WSF to consider ferry request for Whidbey

  • Oct 21, 2016 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey’s quest to get another 144-car ferry in Clinton may soon be at an end. Washington State Ferries leaders are scheduled to meet internally to discuss the fate of the Suquamish over the next couple of weeks. And while there’s no guarantee, a decision could be made and announced as soon as early November.

Langley talks affordable housing

  • Oct 21, 2016 at 6:00PM

If Langley is to tackle its housing-related issues and grow from within city limits, it may need to think small. Accessory dwelling units, small homes that are adjacent or attached to a single family house, could be a viable solution.

Plaque commemorates battle to preserve Saratoga Woods | NOTABLE

  • Today at 10:00AM

Just like any good piece of history, it should be set in stone.

Bailey, Homola battle for key senate seat

  • Today at 8:00AM

A race for a state senate seat is one of the few contests that’s sparked any heat between candidates in local and state campaigns affecting Whidbey Island. It’s a particularly important race for state political parties and should also be a close one.

Shuffle of ferries causes long lines throughout week

  • Oct 21, 2016 at 5:00PM

Motorists traveling the Clinton-to-Mukilteo ferry route found themselves waiting more than two hours for sailings throughout the week due to a multi-vessel shuffle in the state ferry system.

South Whidbey at Home; non-profit brings volunteers, members together

  • Today at 6:00AM

Though they’ve only known each other for a short while, you might mistake Janice O’Mahony and Brad Walker as lifelong friends. The pair were connected through South Whidbey at Home, a membership-based nonprofit which opened its doors in July and is dedicated to helping South Whidbey residents ages 55 and up age in place and stay active in the community.

Petitioning for a second chance at life; Family lobbies for anti-overdose heroin drug

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Oct 20, 2016 at 9:45AM

If there’s one thing Clinton resident Riley Rayner wanted for his older brother Dylan, it was a second chance at life. He died from an accidental opiate overdose in June while attending college in Oakland.

Sheriff Mark Brown was in Burlington Macy's during shooting

  • Oct 18, 2016 at 3:00PM updated Oct 19, 2016 at 1:02PM

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown and his wife were inside the women’s Macy’s store at the Cascade Mall in Burlington when a man opened fire and killed five people Sept. 23. Brown said he was unarmed at the time so he chose not to go after the shooter. Instead, he got his wife out of the store and did what he could to help from the parking lot.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | First it was Whidbey's showers, now it’s food

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 2:00PM

Editor, First showers, now food. Wasn’t this the type of thing I was just talking about in my last letter? After Clinton’s community meeting last Monday, I have observed the prompt closure of the food machine behind the community hall. If you think taking away access to free food (which is for ALL WHO ARE IN NEED) will drive the junkies out of the community, think again.

King, Queen crowned on Homecoming Night

  • Oct 18, 2016 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey High School seniors Jay Biershenk and Bayley Gochanour were named Homecoming King and Queen during Monday night’s festivities.

Diana Putney: Working to be an example of goodness | HOMETOWN HERO

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 2:00PM

All who have been touched by Diana Putney describe her as humble, sweet, caring and a model of a good person who creates hope in the human race. Angie Pratt says, “My daughter Mya had been in 4-H for six years and was ready to give up on performance, because of various circumstances.

Island County’s toad protection lacking, state board rules

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 12:00PM

Island County needs to do a better job of protecting the western toad, a state board recently ruled. The Growth Management Hearings Board again found the county’s comprehensive plan is out of compliance with state rules regarding habitat protection of the western toad, which is a candidate for listing as a state species of concern.

Price Johnson, Wray vie for district 1 commissioner’s seat

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 8:00AM

Affordable housing, mental health and the opioid crisis have emerged as the top issues in the race for Island County commissioner, district 1.

Variety of plants, landscapes on view at new nursery in Clinton

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 10:00AM

Facing extensive competition, nurseries on the South End have to bring something different to the table to succeed. Venture Out Nursery in Clinton aims to do just that.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Passing laws isn’t enough

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 4:00PM

Editor, Mixed in the array of initiatives on this year’s ballot is one that deserves the attention and support of Island County voters. Six years ago the U.S. Supreme Court, in its Citizen United decision, formally equated money with political speech, and in so doing, unleashed a torrent of campaign finance contributions that were unprecedented in our nation’s history.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Syrian refugee talk on Whidbey made need clear

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 2:00PM

Editor, Thank you all who came to the Syrian refugee talk on Monday night. The take away was that the most useful area to focus our resources on is financial assistance to the Lutheran Community Services Refugee Resettlement organization, and the making of kits for the new arrivals. These consist of items broken down into categories such as kitchen, cleaning, etc.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Angie Homola is the right choice for state Senate

  • Oct 18, 2016 at 2:47PM

Editor, I worked as a building inspector with Angie Homola from 2001 to 2004 in Island County’s planning department. Angie was a dedicated and skilled employee. Her plan reviews and permitted plans were always thorough, which made for fewer complications in the field and smoother projects for builders. She was careful to catch any errors in permit fees and always went the extra mile to assist citizens and builders alike. Angie had good ideas for the department and offered to create code compliant detail handouts for the public, and standardized inspection and plan review check lists for the staff.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Knowing where campaign money comes from is important

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 8:00AM

Editor, Granted, it’s hard to figure why a candidate runs for office and even harder to predict what, if anything, they will do if elected. Our grandfather would probably advise, “Just follow the money.” I tried it.

Langley City Council tables Seawall Park closure

  • Oct 18, 2016 at 4:00PM

For the evening walkers and 3 a.m. swimmers who use Seawall Park in Langley, there is hope yet.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey letter writer is casting his vote for Angie Homola

  • Oct 19, 2016 at 6:00AM

Editor, Angie Homola gets my vote for senator in the state’s 10th Legislative District. She’s an honest person who will represent the citizens who live here and, unlike Barbara Bailey, she doesn’t take money from corporate sponsors or run smear campaigns against decent people. Her campaign is one of the people, by the people and for the people. For many years, I was a strong supporter of former state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen and if she were still available, she’d get my vote, but she was smeared by an unsavory corporate shill, Barbara Bailey, and lost the election.

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