Opinion

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

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