Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Not much went into finding artist

I have to weigh in on the issue of the Park/Talman sculpture being demolished by the hospital. Mikal, the spelling he preferred, and I were very good friends since 1975. I couldn’t agree more with Bill Skubi’s description of him in the June 29 issue of the Whidbey News-Times.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Join in promoting Black Lives Matter

In North Miami on Monday, unarmed behavior therapist Charles Kinsey was shot by police as he lay on the ground in the middle of the street, hands up in the air. Mr. Kinsey had gone into the street to coax an autistic patient to return to his group home.

  • Jul 22nd, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Reporting captured emotional moment

I heard it with my own ears so I read Evan Thompson’s 10th Legislative District state Senate forum article.

  • Jul 19th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Reporting captured emotional moment

I heard it with my own ears so I read Evan Thompson’s 10th Legislative District state Senate forum article.

  • Jul 19th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Homola walks the walk, deserves vote

Angie Homola is running for the Washington State Senate. She will get my vote and here’s why:

  • Jul 19th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Recent viewpoint sheds light on cops

I would like to thank Island County Sheriff Mark Brown for his recent opinion piece on the dedication of local law enforcement. I come from an extended law enforcement family, and my relations are good people who got into the field to try and make the world a better place (kind of a family mission).

  • Jul 19th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Public forgotten in festival mishap

This year’s Maxwelton Parade had to be the biggest and best event in their long history. How is it possible that a small beach community with only volunteers can organize an event such as this that gives so much pleasure to so many year after year? No admittance fee, No fee to be in the parade and No parking fees.

  • Jul 19th, 2016

VIEWPOINT | Whidbey ECO Net changes with seasons

Summer is here; the days are long and the weather is amazing! It is hard not to get out and enjoy the beautiful, natural wonders that Whidbey Island has to offer us.

  • Jul 19th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Far right ploy used in recent letter

Editor, This is in response to a letter to the editor from Ed Hickey, “Hillary Clinton could upend amendment rights,” in the July 4 edition of The Record. Mr. Hickey claims that if the country were left in Hillary Clinton’s hands she would “attack the first and second amendments” by filling the Supreme Court with judges who have leftist agendas.

  • Jul 15th, 2016

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Cats offer warm, friendly welcome

Editor, One of Freeland’s treasures is the WAIF Cat Cottage located at Scott and Newman roads, open every Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. There Judy, longtime cat mom, welcomes you into an expansive room where immediately you will be welcomed by a friendly cat or two in the open area. Individually furnished kitty kennels on shelves line the walls below the many windows looking out at bird feeders.

  • Jul 15th, 2016

Editorial | Voters should OK the fairgrounds proposal

In two weeks, voters will decide one of two fates for the Island County Fairgrounds: to keep it in the hands of the county commissioners or to pass the reins to the Port of South Whidbey.

  • Jul 15th, 2016

VIEWPOINT | Fairgrounds proposal should move forward

By MARTY MATTHEWS We on South Whidbey are faced with a critical decision, to support or not support the Island County Fairgrounds. For too long the county has not had the funds available to adequately maintain the fairgrounds and provide for their restoration. This is not helped by our fair, which just barely supports itself. As a result many of the buildings are in serious disrepair, losing opportunities to use the facilities for added revenue.

  • Jul 12th, 2016

VIEWPOINT | Cops aren’t to blame for community violence

By MARK BROWN I send out my deepest sympathies to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department and to the wives, husbands, children, mothers, fathers, family members and friends of those officers who lost their lives in the tragic and senseless killings on Thursday. I cannot imagine the pain in their hearts on this national day of mourning. My prayers go out to them and I also pray for the safety of all of the men and women who put on a badge every day with the intent of protecting our communities

  • Jul 9th, 2016

EDITOR’S COLUMN | Rabbits are trouble

So NASA made it made it back to Jupiter. Big deal. Donald Trump could become the next president, Choochokam has been called off and rabbits are back in my yard. Yeah, things couldn’t be worse.

EDITORIAL | Time for a new tune with Choochokam

The 2016 Choochokam Music and Arts Festival was publicly cancelled this week, and with it 40 years of tradition and cultural identity came to a screeching halt. What a shame.

  • Jul 1st, 2016

EDITORIAL | Sculpture no Picasso, but public should have been asked

Art is like beauty — its qualities are often in the eye of the beholder. That’s only true, of course, when there’s actually something to behold, and that’s no longer the case at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, the Coupeville facility formerly known as Whidbey General Hospital. A rather unique-looking sculpture that decorated the hospital’s entrance for more than 45 years, and ironically one that was registered with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Save Outdoor Sculpture program, was recently bulldozed.

  • Jun 24th, 2016

VIEWPOINT | What brought you to Whidbey Island?

As a transplant from the east coast, it’s a question I hear often from neighbors, friends, and fellow islanders. My answer generally includes family, the slower pace of life and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. But perhaps more interesting is not why I came, but why I stay. I work with the Island County Marine Resources Committee, a group of volunteers appointed by our Island County commissioners to protect and restore local marine resources.

  • Jun 21st, 2016

EDITORIAL | New fireworks rules are a good solution to an explosive issue

The Island County commissioners this week took a bold step when they approved several changes to Whidbey Island’s rural fireworks regulations. This has been a hotly debated and explosive issue for years, both among the public and elected decision makers. Good arguments have been voiced on both sides, but ultimately we believe the commissioners made the right decision.

  • Jun 20th, 2016

EDITORIAL | Consider helping by joining the Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol

Standing on the sidelines and whining about government and the quality of the services it provides is a time-honored tradition, and likely one that’s practiced everywhere. Far harder is getting up and doing something about it, especially when it’s for free.

  • Jun 18th, 2016

EDITORIAL | Sand shrimping outcome a positive result for all involved

If the life and happiness of Earth’s whales were a nuclear explosion, Langley would be ground zero. A whale center, a whale bell park, proposed whale rights, whales, whales, whales. One might say the Village by the Sea is mad when it comes to these underwater behemoths, which makes the state Department of Natural Resources’ decision to lift a sand shrimping ban a pretty gusty call. It also appears to have been the right one, unpopular as it may be.

  • Jun 14th, 2016

PUBLISHER’S COLUMN | Graduates, never allow anyone to take away from your potential to succeed

I wasn’t a standout student in high school. Being painfully shy, I was happy to blend into the sea of boisterous classmates, decorated lockers and school spirit posters. When I played, I didn’t excel at football or wrestling. When I graduated, I was mostly relieved to have that part of my life behind me. It was during high school, however, that I figured out how to apply my talent for writing to something that I believe in and love.