Opinion

In Our Opinion: Elect Larsen to another term in the U.S. House of Representatives

Taking on a popular, 20-year veteran congressman isn’t an easy task, but Oak Harbor resident Tim Hazelo should be commended for giving it a shot.… Continue reading

 

Molten Rock: A day without connectivity on Whidbey

I arose at my usual 6:30 a.m. on Monday Oct. 12, pulled up the shades, made the coffee and turned on the TV to watch… Continue reading

  • Oct 27, 2020

 

In Our Opinion: Cliff would continue tradition of thoughtful judiciary

It speaks volumes that the retiring Island County superior court judges, the district court judge and a healthy portion of the legal community have endorsed… Continue reading

 

In Our Opinion: Johnson, Bacon have right chops for county government

Our endorsements for Island County commissioner races.

In Our Opinion: Price Johnson, Gilday, Paul are right for the 10th District

Political eyes across the state are focused on the 10th Legislative District, where a Senate and two House seats are on the ballot. Democratic and… Continue reading

Wise Drive: Why did I get a ticket in a no-inury accident even though no police came?

Q: I was in a no injury accident on I-5. Traffic came to an abrupt stop and I was rear-ended. Damage to the other car… Continue reading

  • Oct 8, 2020

Editorial: Government functions better when you provide the facts

What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate. It’s nothing new among many of the governmental entities on Whidbey Island. Over the years, a… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: Don’t increase sewage plant costs with a bum deal

The sewage treatment plant in Oak Harbor continues to send money down the drain.

Editor’s column: Lost and nauseated in a land of bad ideas

It’s been a year of bad ideas.

Editorial: Vote as usual; don’t be confused by U.S. Postal Service mailer

Island County ballots will be in the mail Oct. 14.

Oak Harbor chief: Police officers are people just like you

Oak Harbor resident Helen Mosbrooker asked Oak Harbor Police Chief Kevin Dresker, “What can the community do to support you during these hard times?” This… Continue reading

  • Sep 1, 2020

Annual Best of Whidbey voting kicks off on Sept. 1

Annual Best of Whidbey voting kicks off on Sept. 1

Editorial: Police body cams aren’t perfect, but are vital technology

A body-worn video camera is not a perfect tool for police officers, but it is an essential one. With approval from the City Council, Oak… Continue reading

Editorial: Navy’s fight for freedom should include freedom of information

Regardless of how you feel about the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve and its stance on jet noise, the group’s victory in a Freedom of Information… Continue reading

Editorial: To address racism, we must acknwledge that it exists

In her letter to the editor, located below on this page, Coupeville resident Christine Laing says, “To get rid of racism, we need first identify… Continue reading

  • Aug 11, 2020

Opinion: Environmental strategy must focus on more than just climate change

By Don C. Brunell Our environmental quality strategy must be encompassing and not just focus on climate change. Since Democrats announced their Green New Deal,… Continue reading

  • Aug 11, 2020

Editorial | Tax credit proposal would aid local journalism

By John Bauer The Herald Bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House would offer tax credits to advertisers and subscribers. There’s a hunger for accurate and… Continue reading

  • Aug 4, 2020

Editorial: New restrictions unfair to Whidbey restaurants, bars

Whidbey Island’s restaurants, taverns and bars will have to take a step back under Gov. Jay Inslee’s newest changes to the state’s Safe Start Plan… Continue reading

Editorial: Gordon, Bacon are best candidates for Island County commissioner, as are Johnson, Mischo

In the midst of a global pandemic, we need reliable, compassionate government representatives who have the capacity to understand how government works. There are nine… Continue reading

  • Jul 24, 2020