Opinion

Net pens should also be banned by the state

Five years ago, Island County commissioners banned net-pen salmon farming in the county. It wasn’t an easy move for commissioners since it involved taking on… Continue reading

  • Feb 14, 2018

Trump’s parade proposal is missing its mark

Editor, When I heard about Trump’s parade proposal, I was reminded of a few years back when I was in Adelaide, Australia, on Anzac Day.… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2018

Lawmakers should pass Sasquatch bills

Orcas, eagles and bears. Oh my. These Western Washington animals — and many more — are recognized and protected in a plethora of ways. Meanwhile,… Continue reading

Cartoon for Wednesday, Feb. 7

Cartoon by Dave Granlund.… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2018

Elected leaders should take climate stand

Elected leaders in different levels of government are taking stands in the politics of global warming in a variety of ways. Last month, the city… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2018

Navy shouldn’t take public space for training

Editor, We are very alarmed by the potential impact of two bills now in committee at the state Legislature, that may affect citizens’ use of… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2018

Thankful for Burnett’s commitment to H&H

Editor, On behalf of the South Whidbey Hearts and Hammers board, this is a belated “Thank You” to Justin Burnett for his dedication to our… Continue reading

  • Feb 7, 2018

Cartoon for Saturday, Feb. 3

Cartoon by Rick McKee.… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2018

Is there simple way to stop gun violence?

Editor, My niece and her husband, both from London, visited recently and we watched the local news one evening. Covered was a senseless school shooting,… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2018

No vote on bump stock ban telling of Bailey’s integrity

Editor, I am a firearm owner. I have legally hunted wildlife in the past. I enjoy target shooting on an approved range. I am also… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2018

Violation of law is worth investigating

Langley Mayor Tim Callison said it’s not worth his time to investigate whether the city may have violated the law. The law in question is… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2018

There’s a simple alternative to roundabouts

Editor, Do not be deceived by alleged traffic improvement benefits of roundabouts, especially when there is a more simple alternative. Roundabouts enormously increase lane-changing situations… Continue reading

  • Feb 2, 2018

Cartoon for Wednesday, Jan. 31

Cartoon by Dave Granlund.… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2018

Inappropriate to smoke dope in family paper

Editor, The federal government’s marijuana stance may not be a concern to locals, businesses and police. However, the Jan. 17 front page photo of a… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2018

Thanks South Whidbey for helping give back

Editor, Thank you South Whidbey for your caring generosity. Last year you rounded up your change on purchases at Freeland Ace Hardware to donate to… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2018

Thanks to Goosefoot for opening gallery space

Editor, I’m sure I speak for many in our community when I express appreciation and deep gratitude to Goosefoot for reconstituting the Front Room Gallery… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2018

State House speaker talks harassment

Since the turn of the century, no one’s dominated the legislating landscape quite like House Speaker Frank Chopp. In his reign, the Seattle Democrat has… Continue reading

  • Jan 31, 2018

Churches seek help in affordable housing plan

Editor, We need affordable housing on Whidbey Island for our younger people who fill jobs that we retired residents need. As the Whidbey Island County… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2018

Demo gardens a great asset at Greenbank Farm

Editor, In addition to the many amenities of the Greenbank Farm, a recent article failed to mention one of the farm’s most attractive features —… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2018

Drivers should give roundabouts a chance

Officials from the Washington State Department of Transportation have their work cut out for them when they come to Oak Harbor on Wednesday. They will… Continue reading

  • Jan 26, 2018