Opinion

My wish list to Santa Claus after a very hard Rock year

Dear Santa, This has been a Hard Rock year on Whidbey Island, and I really wish I could mean that just in the music or… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: With proper mitigation, classroom learning can be done safely

Oak Harbor Schools are bucking the trend across the island and the state by planning to continue with limited in-person classes for students in sixth… Continue reading

Sound Off: Shopping small this holiday season needed more than ever

It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has made a huge impact on how Washington retailers and restaurants operate. With additional restrictions implemented at the… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2020

Sound Off | Negotiations with Navy over connecting to sewer have ceased

As Mayor of Oak Harbor, I appreciate the partnership the city has with Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. The city has been in negotiations with… Continue reading

  • Nov 6, 2020

In Our Opinion: Council doesn’t need AI software to tell them people are ticked

People are mad at the Oak Harbor City Council for wasting money on the sewage treatment plant, which was millions over its original price tag.… Continue reading

January 20th, 2016-  Seattle University Alumni Awards.Peter Morton - Alumnus of the Year photographed at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. Morton spent 42 years at Boeing as the VP of Human Resources and help start the ELP Certificate program at Seattle U's Albers School of Business and Economics.

Sound Off | Won’t be seeking second term: You too can make a difference through public service

I was born in Jamaica 84 years ago and grew up in Costa Rica, was raised by white American parents with Black and Hispanic maids… Continue reading

  • Nov 3, 2020
January 20th, 2016-  Seattle University Alumni Awards.Peter Morton - Alumnus of the Year photographed at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. Morton spent 42 years at Boeing as the VP of Human Resources and help start the ELP Certificate program at Seattle U's Albers School of Business and Economics.

Wise Drive: Phone usage while driving increases crash risk

Q:What’s the deal with people who wear a mask when they’re driving by themselves in a car, but then they’re texting while driving? A:Over the… Continue reading

  • Nov 3, 2020

In Our Opinion: In an imperfect world, sex ed arms children with knowledge

The campaign against a state Senate Bill that would require comprehensive sexual education in schools is a disturbing mixture of 1950s narrow-mindedness and new millennium… Continue reading

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 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
Oak Harbor chief: Police officers are people just like you