Opinion

EDITORIAL | Council was right to weigh proposed park hours carefully

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.

  • Sep 9th, 2016

EDITOR’S COLUMN | Texting can, must wait until later

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.

EDITORIAL | Public Records Act needs an overhaul

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.

  • Sep 2nd, 2016

EDITORIAL | JoAnn Hellmann made a mighty contribution

For the past 16 years, JoAnn Hellmann has fought on the front lines of a never-ending and tragic war, the war against drunk driving. As a co-founder, former director and panel facilitator of the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County (or IDIPIC), she’s one of our community’s greatest unsung heroes.

  • Aug 23rd, 2016

EDITORIAL | Rules for horse manure on SW trails a reasonable step

South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District commissioners discussed a rather smelly issue this week — horse poop, lots of it. Good on them, we say. Horse manure on public trail systems isn’t a sexy or popular topic and will almost certainly become the butt of a few bad jokes.

  • Aug 19th, 2016

EDITOR’S COLUMN | New neighbor thinks he owns the place

I’ve got a new neighbor, and I admit I don’t like him. He’s loud, rude and spends way to much time looking in my bedroom window. Squirrels — they think they own the world. This one seems convinced he owns the tree just a few feet from where I sleep.

EDITORIAL | Clinton-to-Deception Pass trail is a worthy investment for all

As the economy improves, and with approval by the Island County Commissioners of up to $837,000 in federal funding for a non-motorized trail in Freeland, it’s time to move forward in earnest on a proposed trail from Deception Pass Bridge to the Clinton ferry. The seed for such a project dates back to at least 2006.

  • Aug 12th, 2016

EDITOR’S COLUMN | Vacation is great, but there’s no place like home

Well, here I am again. Back at my desk penning my first column in weeks. For those who didn’t know, and it appears that’s limited to a very few, I’ve been away on vacation. For two full weeks, the family and I cruised British Columbia getting sunburned, swimming in Desolation Sound, enjoying phenomenal sailing and spending way too much money, though much of it was on basics such as food.

VIEWPOINT | Commissioners need to finish their homework

Like Charlie Brown in the 1959 hit song, our county commissioners were crying “Why is everybody always picking on me?” in viewpoints that ran in the South Whidbey Record and Whidbey News-Times on July 27. It’s the meanies at the Whidbey Environmental Action Network. Once again we are forcing the commissioners to finish their homework, and this time actually get a passing grade.

  • Aug 2nd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Let’s ban everything fun and noise related

In response to the letters about banning fireworks in the July 9 edition of The Record, I fully agree. Let’s ban everything fun and noise related in Langley. Someone think about the bunnies! As someone who grew up in Langley I am saddened to see the amount of control and influence that whiners who have moved here from wherever have over the town and the South End.

  • Jul 23rd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Sheriff’s suggestion seems like a catch-22

Mark Brown says “Cops aren’t to blame for community violence.” Well, that may be so in Island County where there are only three African-Americans for every 100 whites living here.

  • Jul 23rd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | It’s up to us to protect beaches

To my dismay, a recent walk on Double Bluff beach revealed a rainbow of paper remnants and plastic particles (the detritus of fireworks), plastic water bottles, newspapers, fire pits, driftwood fort cities, unidentifiable rubbish, the stench of dog feces and an overflowing outhouse, and a dam line of driftwood hindering the water from climbing the beach in its natural pattern.

  • Jul 23rd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Where is sheriff’s remorse in matter?

I’m writing in response to the letter penned by Island County Sheriff Mark Brown published July 9. I, too, am deeply disturbed by the shooting in Dallas by a mad man who left five police officers dead.

  • Jul 23rd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Public welcome to pick up free books

I very much enjoyed your recent article about the Little Free Library. Ours, opened three years ago, was not mentioned in the piece and we’d like to let people know about it.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Not convinced by smear campaign

I read with interest your recent article about the state senate race. It was a relief to read a fact-based, even-handed article, because I’m still reeling from what turned out to be an unsolicited “push-poll” by Senator Barbara Bailey’s campaign. I got a phone call from a person identifying herself as a member of an objective political survey team.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Charging fares is like double-taxing

Open Letter to Island Transit Board Of Directors: I recently read with dismay Island Transit’s 6 Year Transit Development Plan to implement fares for all in-county bus ridership. Island Transit has been fare free for many years and notably it has been affirmed by county-wide votes. The latest approved an increase to the transit sales tax levy and to continue a fare-free system.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016