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Editor, Washington State Ferries, the City of Mukilteo, and WSDOT are looking at a “Road Diet” concept for the new road alignment when the new ferry terminal is built in Mukilteo. Basically, the concept being considered is to squeeze the two lanes coming off the ferry into a single lane before passing through the planned and new signalized intersection (where the toll booths are currently located) and continuing through the Highway 525/Fifth Street intersection. Currently, the two lanes exiting the ferry merge into a single lane just past the Fifth Street intersection where the speed limit increases from 25 to 35 mph.
Community Events, February 2016
Editor, A public expression of appreciation is due the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island for bringing such high quality musicians to Whidbey Island. The chamber music concert I attended Saturday evening was first class, easily the best I’ve heard on Whidbey.
Editor, On Jan. 25, a police officer asked me if I saw anyone snooping around Bruce Montgomery’s property on Wonn Road in Greenbank, the property currently under dispute in court over a wall that blocks public access to the shoreline. I said, “No, just a man on the end of Wonn Road leaning against his car looking through his binoculars to see the whales.” Then the police asked the man for his ID; he was with the Orca Network.
Editor, It’s unfortunate a few bad apples have caused the Port of South Whidbey commissioners to severely curtail the use by the public of the new Langley marina floats for crabbing and fishing. If all businesses and public venues on South Whidbey were closed to the public due to the inappropriate behavior of a scant few, the streets of Langley would be dark and empty year-round. My husband and I spent many hours out on those floats during the past two crabbing seasons and found most of our fellow crabbers and fishers to be friendly and considerate. Furthermore, visiting boaters were often excited to see what we’d hauled in and wished us luck.
Editor, On Feb. 9, registered voters in the South Whidbey School District have the opportunity to support their school system by voting “yes” on the replacement maintenance and operations levy. There are a number of reasons why we should pass this levy. First, it is not a tax increase. This levy will merely replace the expiring levy that we passed two years ago. Second, it will provide much needed money to help maintain the school’s physical plant. It will also augment funding for instructional costs such as classroom supplies and it will help offset losses in state funding.