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Editor, I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation for the professionalism, competence and compassion of the Whidbey General Hospital Emergency Room staff who were on duty the evening of April 8 when my husband arrived there in the throes of a life-threatening heart attack.
Community Events, April 2015
Editor, If I am a pleasure boater who needs walker, wheelchair, motorize scooter, etc. and am coming to Langley to shop (that’s the point of all this), how do I get to the wharf from the floating dock where I have to tie-up? There is a ramp that is very steep at low tide, fairly steep at high tide and slippery when wet. Climbing that ramp with a walker will be difficult, with a wheelchair next to impossible, and a motorized scooter — no way. Trying to come back down that ramp with all the things I have purchased is a lawsuit waiting to happen (and it will).
Editor, Per The Record’s Wednesday, April 15 headline, “Gipson found innocent.” A responsible journalist knows the difference between “innocent” and “not guilty” which are legal terms. The headline could well have been “Gipson not guilty” and still fit.
Editor, I am a co-organizer of the Queer Pride Parade on Whidbey. I claim “queer” as a personal and political identification. Captn Blynd believes that “queer” cannot be spoken in love, and that the pride parade is a hate event. I have extended invitations to meet in person, but to no avail. Sir, I know I will never understand how it feels to be you. Words mean something different to everyone, and I do not seek agreement or sameness. My intention is not to convince you that your experiences with the word “queer” are invalid. But your rejection of “queer” does not mean that I, and this community, cannot claim it.
Editor, Although I do not live in Langley, I have lived in Freeland for 10 years, owned property, paid taxes and have become active in my community. That being said, the Langley funicular issue has my interest. As I write, Island Transit is in the midst of a terrible financial crisis and now has a new, interim executive director with four new Island Transit board members who are trying to balance the books. One of the ways they are doing this has been by cutting back service, including paratransit.