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EDITORIAL | Marriage equality is indeed a right under our great Constitution

  • Jul 4, 2015 at 6:00AM

The United States Supreme Court has ruled on the matter of same-sex marriage, just in time for the annual celebration of America’s independence. It is a fitting time as we celebrate our Constitutional freedoms. By abolishing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in September 2011 and recognizing that gays and lesbians are valued members of our armed services, the federal government undoubtedly paved the way for acceptance of gay unions in a way previously unfathomable in this country. The decision also likely helped to shift the tide away from fear and lack of understanding to one of acceptance and empathy.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | Lots of Fourth of July fun to be had on South Whidbey

  • Jul 1, 2015 at 6:00AM

From where I’m sitting, there’s no better place in the world to celebrate Independence Day than right here on South Whidbey. Truly, between Celebrate America in Freeland and the Maxwelton Independence Day Parade, events that offer everything from great food, awesome music and an outstanding fireworks display to a glimpse of days gone by and good ole fashion fun, who could ask for more?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Legislature also to blame in Whidbey inmate’s death

  • Jun 27, 2015 at 10:00AM

Editor, Shocking and deeply disturbing are my first reactions after reading the article about Keaton Farris’s death in the Coupeville jail. The death was attributed to dehydration, with the lack of adequate nutrition as a compounding factor. If the facts, as they have been presented, withstand further scrutiny, then everyone in the Island County’s justice system shares some responsibility for this tragedy, along with the officials we elected to oversee this system.

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