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Community Events, December 2013
By starting the consumer shopping frenzy called Black Friday a day early, several large retailers are being criticized for eating away at Thanksgiving Day, a traditional time for family gatherings, feasting and reflection. Whidbey residents can easily avoid the madness and keep the holidays merry by shopping on the island. Whidbey Island has an abundance of unique shops and is great for thoughtful gift items all season long.
Under weighty public pressure, the Island County Commissioners this week voted unanimously not to temporarily hamstring a special pot of money used for land preservation. This was a good decision and the commissioners should be congratulated for their willingness to put aside differing philosophies concerning growth and development to reach a compromise. The board also demonstrated that it does listen to the pleas of constituents, when they are loud enough.