Opinion

In Our Opinion: Island County’s pandemic bonuses are a smart idea, if legal

The latest federal stimulus plan, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, distributed huge sums that local governments didn’t ask for and, in cases described… Continue reading

  • Jul 16, 2021

 

In Our Opinion: Welcome back, Whidbey Island Fair, how we missed ya

After a year marked by fear, divisiveness and distancing, attending the Whidbey Island Fair is the perfect way for the community to get together and… Continue reading

 

My garden.

On the Rock, we walk, wander and garden while the sun shines

During sunshine, we are outdoors walking our trails, wandering our beaches and tending our gardens.

 

In Our Opinion: Ships should follow same environmental rules as everyone else

Over the last year, giant hulking figures emitting low, intrusive rumbles have appeared in Holmes Harbor. These massive container ships have impacted the lives of… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: It’s time for governor to put social distancing behind us

It’s time for the days of mandatory social distancing to come to an end and the summer of social gatherings to begin. Since the CDC… Continue reading

Sound Off: Coverage of clear-cutting on island doesn’t tell complete story

Your recent article, “Despite how it may seem, clear-cutting not increasing,” lacks important context and is likely to lead to more confusion and conflation on… Continue reading

  • Jun 8, 2021

From the Editor: Press releases always welcome, but they are just the first step

People are a lot more savvy about how newspapers work than they used to be. Most folks, for example, seem to understand that there’s a… Continue reading

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Sound Off: This is a time to renew our pledge to remember the fallen

For many, Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer. The end of the school year and beginning of lake trips and get-togethers with family and… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2021
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In Our Opinion: Illegal or not, Coupeville school board actions troubling

As role models for students, school boards should strive to follow the letter as well as the spirit of the law. This hasn’t been the… Continue reading

  • May 21, 2021

In Our Opinion: With candidate filing week at hand, it’s time to run for office

The outcome of this year’s election could have a significant impact on local government on Whidbey Island for many years to come. A total of… Continue reading

Sound Off: Rethinking proposed bans on natural gas

By Don Brunell Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new… Continue reading

  • May 4, 2021

In Our Opinion: Disputes unmask extent of misinformation, confusion about face coverings

Together with social distancing, donning a face covering is proven to be one of the most simple, low-tech and effective ways to prevent the spread… Continue reading

Sound Off: State’s military, economy rely on Super Hornet funding

Washington state is an important state for our country’s Armed Services and national security. It is home to dozens of military installations from Fairchild Air… Continue reading

  • Apr 27, 2021

Sound Off: Climate on the agenda this year; carbon tax should be too

A few weeks into the new administration, the federal government is off to a roaring start on climate change. Democrats have indicated climate change is… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2021

In Our Opinion: History of Whidbey Island law enforcement is one of reform

Whidbey Island residents are lucky to have the professionally run law enforcement agencies that protect and serve the citizens, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t… Continue reading

  • Apr 23, 2021

Smaller, safer nuclear reactors in works for Hanford reservation

It isn’t often we hear good news from the Hanford, but the Department of Energy recently announced the nation’s first commercial advanced nuclear power reactor… Continue reading

  • Apr 13, 2021

Sound Off: Workshop a chance to learn about racist societal structures

As our nation struggles with current and past racial injustices, it is apparent that white America needs to face a reckoning with the history of… Continue reading

  • Apr 6, 2021

In Our Opinion: Deer Lagoon Grange’s membership should be open to all

The Deer Lagoon Grange has become an unlikely focal point in the culture war on South Whidbey. The foofaraw began last fall when some members… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: Seek public input, avoid consultants in spending stimulus money

It appears that government officials on Whidbey will have a lot of leeway when it comes to spending money from the American Rescue Plan Act.… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: Central Whidbey location is right for homeless shelter

Since 2017, the Haven has offered a warm, safe place to sleep for people who have no other options for shelter from the storm. A… Continue reading