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EDITORIAL | Heart & Hammers swings neighborliness

  • Apr 25, 2015 at 6:00AM

“Neighbors helping neighbors on Whidbey Island.” If that sounds familiar, it should. It’s the slogan of Hearts & Hammers, a community-driven organization that’s been helping South End homeowners in need for more than 20 years. It’s also one heck of a drumbeat. In our book, not much rings more true, is more representative of small-town life than one neighbor’s willingness — no, their desire — to look after one another in a time of need and ask for nothing in return.

EDITORIAL | Parks levy decision must balance needs

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 8:00AM

Sometime in the near future, voters may no longer need to concern themselves with the semi-regular chore of deciding on South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District’s four- or six-year levy requests. Under a proposal being considered by the board of commissioners to become a “metropolitan” district, one that would require voter approval, the public would make the decision once and that’s it — substantial increases would need voters’ OK but the operating budget would largely be set in perpetuity. Such a move would certainly make life easier for district staff, and save money, but it’s not clear whether those benefits justify the stripping of a built-in accountability measure. The commissioners should consider this fundamental change with a wary eye before moving ahead.

VIEWPOINT | An open letter from Whidbey Children’s Theater

  • Apr 21, 2015 at 4:00PM

If you could see what I see.... Right here in your community: squeals of delight and gasps of awe happen daily in the myriad rooms and stages at WCT — coming from actors and audiences alike! From four-year-olds shrieking in delight at a rack of costumes and lights to spotlight them, to the whoops of joy from teen actors at the end of opening night. Recognizing that all their dedicated, hard work and sacrifice has paid off. The sighs, laughter and applause of audiences add a satisfying and important final touch to experiences that WCT youth actors have while they journey through this world of performing arts.

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