VIEWPOINT: Closer but still no cigar on ferry issue

I continue to marvel at the protracted saga of the Keystone-Port Townsend ferry run as official thinking grinds glacially in the direction of a reasonable solution. At least the silly idea of building a 50-car “toy” ferry as a stop-gap solution for the route has finally been abandoned.

  • Jun 26, 2008

BETWEEN CLASSES: A few requests from your Island teens

Living on South Whidbey is hard for teenagers. As high school seniors about to leave the island indefinitely, we have compiled a list of improvements and additions proposed by our fellow students.

Clueless in Freeland

Here is some free advice for the residents of Clinton, Bayview and even Greenbank: Never, never, consider changing from a Rural Area of Intense Development (RAID) to a non-municipal urban growth area (NMUGA).

  • Jun 26, 2008

MONKEY THINK, MONKEY WRITE: Who was that masked man with the garden hoe?

Does anyone out there have any suggestions on how to make a good disguise?

  • Jun 26, 2008

BETWEEN CLASSES: Healthcare system today is a putrid stew

Imagine if almost everybody in our country were healthy.

Library will help war-torn country

Jimmy Carter said, “Peace is much more than just the absence of war.”

  • Jun 26, 2008

ALL ABOARD: The not-so-nice thrice price of rice?

Before we get started, although it certainly seems as if we have, let me thank you who have had the bold courtesy to say that you were glad I am back writing weekly non-necessities for the non-masses.

MONKEY THINK, MONKEY WRITE: Political correctness can be pretty hard work

Greetings! I have just returned from a self-imposed, three-day exile in the Honeycomb Hideout.

  • Jun 26, 2008

MONKEY THINK, MONKEY WRITE: Campaigns should focus on the new reality

Some astute political observers say the candidate who offers the best message for change, a concrete vision for a "new reality," will win the White House come November.

  • Jun 26, 2008

Bad link on food prices and biofuels

Biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel have been the subject of a lot of bad press lately. It seems like everywhere you turn, there's another alarming announcement.

  • Jun 26, 2008

VIEWPOINT: Remember the fallen on this Memorial Day

Not long ago, somebody asked me to name the hardest thing I’d encountered as governor. I didn’t even have to think before answering. The most difficult, heart-wrenching experiences have been the many funeral services my husband Mike and I have attended to honor the brave Washingtonians who have fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Jun 26, 2008

BETWEEN CLASSES: Soon we will take our different paths

With our senior year winding down, most of our classmates have only a rough knowledge of what the coming years will bring with them. For us and most of our friends, new schools beckon, and with them new people, experiences and lifestyles.

VIEWPOINT: Look for the real cause of price hikes

Remember back when electricity prices suddenly went through the roof?

  • Jun 26, 2008

ALL ABOARD: Deep fried, pan fried and sun dried in the Heartland

Greetings from our Hoosier home front.

VIEWPOINT: Help is available for homeowners caught in mortgage crisis

Many families in Washington are struggling. Property taxes are rising and the costs for fuel and food are skyrocketing. These added costs, along with some unscrupulous subprime mortgage lenders, have undermined the American dream for too many families in our state and around the nation.

  • Jun 26, 2008

VIEWPOINT: If not for yourself, at least quit smoking for childrens’ sake

Dave Sharpe looks at how smoking can impact the health of children.

  • Jun 26, 2008

ALL ABOARD: The latest from Indiana: Bed, bath and beyond

Despite my good intentions to share some significant historical observations from last week’s tour of the Studebaker Museum in South Bend, Ind., I must hold the press on this to discuss the recent reminders experienced first hand of sharing a bathroom with three women.

Presidential candidates should look at history for VP choices

Political pundits have been in a lather the past week over possible vice presidential candidates. Will Obama ask Hillary? Will Bill ask Obama to ask Hillary? Will Hillary ask Oprah to have Obama answer Bill? Will Oprah ask Bill to look under his chair for a special prize? All this speculation over possible vice presidential candidates is wearing me out. I keep telling people to relax; there are many miles to go before such decisions need to be made.

Langley knows how sustain itself | Viewpoint

I have been contemplating lately in a deeper and more urgent way, the future of this community... and for the purpose of this piece I will limit my focus to the city of Langley. One, because I know something about how Langley works. And two, because in many ways Langley is a microcosm of the county, the state and the nation. It’s a community where a good number of folks understand what it means to live harmoniously and responsibly on the planet, how living on an island is different from living on the mainland or in a large urban community, and — most importantly — what might be required of us as individuals and of our public officials, to sustain our community.

  • Jun 26, 2008