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Readers will likely notice a rather unusual color highlight on page 1 and throughout today’s editions of both the South Whidbey Record and the Whidbey News Times. The answer is “no,” we’re not making a fashion statement, but “yes,” pink is our new favorite color, at least for the next couple of weeks.
Like many middle-aged, working-class family men, I have a few defining and perhaps stereotypical characteristics. I like watching TV, my dirty socks never seem make it to the clothes hamper, I spend too much time at work and I like to eat. A lot. Yup, being the man of the house and finishing off that extra scoop of rice at dinner — I can’t responsibly let it go to waste — have taken a hefty toll. I won’t go into details, but let’s just say the days of weighing a trim buck-60 are long gone.
Ready or not, here Election Day comes. The big moment when we select a new president, and potentially new county and state leadership as well, is just one month away. So who’s ready?
“Hell no, absolutely not!” That was my official response to The Record’s recent invitation to participate in the Clinton Library’s first Spellathon.
South Whidbey is like any small community in that it always finds something to argue about, be it the fate of Langley’s bunny legions, horse poop on public trails or who should be the next president. But, if there’s one thing no one seems to debate, it’s long ferry lines. They’re awful. And they appear to be getting worse.
The affordable housing problem on Whidbey Island, particularly the north end of the island, is reaching a crisis point, if it’s not there already. More than ever, hard-working families are living paycheck to paycheck because a large portion of their income is going to pay for housing. Some families simply can’t find a place and are being forced to live off the island or, in the worse case, end up homeless.
According to Langley’s top cop, in the past two weeks alone approximately 40 used syringes have been found discarded at Seawall Park. It’s hard to believe that drug use in little ole Langley has risen to such a level, that people appear to be regularly shooting up in one of the city’s crown jewels.
There’s a time and a place for everything, my mom used to say. Sadly, we can’t do everything all the time. Blackberry and crab seasons are in the summer, pinks only run every odd year, skiing is a winter sport, and fall through spring is when young minds spend their days at school. That means homework and early bedtimes. Lame.
A new study by the Washington State Auditor acknowledges the complexities local governments face in complying with the state’s Public Records Act in an electronic environment. The auditor is suggesting a series of reforms and best practices to help with the issue.