Dave Paul

Sound Off: Our ferry system is vital — and it needs reform

We need better ferry service. As you know, we’ve seen far too many ferry sailings cancelled this year. I’ve been working with my colleagues in… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2021



Rockin’ A Hard Place: Squanto didn’t live on our Rock, but we felt his generous spirit

Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, it’s comforting to fall back on that image of the First Thanksgiving we learned in grade school. The Pilgrims, half… Continue reading


In our opinion: Everyone should shop local for the holidays

Shopping local is always a good idea everywhere, but this year there are more reasons than ever to browse for holidays gifts at shops, markets… Continue reading

  • Nov 18, 2021


In our opinion: Plans to rebuild Windjammer windmill are overdue

Four years ago, Oak Harbor officials’ decision to raze the windmill in Windjammer Park caused an uproar among current and former residents who have nostalgic… Continue reading

  • Nov 15, 2021

My Two Cents: Worth more than the paper it’s written on

I have experienced a wonderful time here on the island. From being welcomed into businesses to talk, to chats on the street, I have had… Continue reading

  • Nov 2, 2021

In our opinion: Fleming, Bobis, Salerno are right for Langley council

The best candidates for Langley City Council are relatively easy to identify, although voting may take a little extra effort this year. Gail Fleming is… Continue reading

  • Oct 27, 2021

Soundoff: Ferry delays are a dire emergency for Whidbey residents

By Island County Commissioner Melanie Bacon Whidbey Island is the largest island in the Stat of Washington and the fourth-largest island in the contiguous United… Continue reading

  • Oct 27, 2021

Rockin’ a Hard Place: How teaching on our Rock became a culture war zone

When I was in my senior year of high school several centuries B.I. (Before Internet), I was invited with about a dozen other seniors who… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: Hoffmire, Mischo, Stucky are right for council

Election season has exposed a rift between Oak Harbor City Council and the city administration that is deep and getting deeper. The motivations and loyalties… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: School board incumbents need voters’ support

The schools need leaders who will work together and get things done, not argue over dogma.

In Our Opinion: Voters should help hospital get back on its feet

Voters should support a levy increase to fund operations at Whidbey Island Public Hospital District.


My Two Cents: Thanks for the welcome, tell me more

Welcome to my column. For those who missed my introduction in the Sept. 22 edition, I am R.J. Benner, the new publisher for the Whidbey… Continue reading

  • Oct 8, 2021

In Our Opinion: No matter the nuisance, accessibility to public records is vital

The Public Records Act is based on the concept that the government should be transparent.


Sound Off: The sooner we’re vaccinated, the sooner we’ll be back to normal

We all wish COVID-19 was over, don’t you? Eighteen months into this pandemic, we are eager, more than ever, to get back to “normal.” Unfortunately,… Continue reading

  • Sep 17, 2021
Dave Paul

Sound Off: Local law enforcement needs continued investments

In my three years in office, I’ve spent a lot of time listening to law enforcement officials, constituents, and communities of color about improving public… Continue reading

  • Sep 14, 2021
Dave Paul

In Our Opinion: Servers need higher wages, even if it means $10 shakes

Workers simply need a livable wage, not just a living wage.

In Our Opinion: Unvaccinated need to take responsibility for their choices

The pandemic in America would be over if everyone had gotten vaccinated. Instead, mask mandates are back, hospitals are overfilling, the economy is taking more… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: With tourism at all-time high, change in investment needed

More money could be spent on long-term, concrete investments related to tourism.

Rockin’ a Hard Place: An irresistible urge to emerge takes hold, on and off the Rock

One of the benefits of this urge for me was recalling what I miss about our Rock while far from it.

  • Aug 27, 2021

In Our Opinion: Meetings should be recorded, posted online even after COVID

One of the few silver linings of the pandemic has been the increased access to local government as meetings are livestreamed so anyone with internet… Continue reading