Opinion

Editorial: Fire districts worth the cost, especially when you need them

You get what you pay for. That’s what they say. Voters in South and North Whidbey have the opportunity this year to decide whether they’re… Continue reading

  • Jul 21, 2020

Sound Off: Recalling the Founders’ views of a free press

America’s Founders regarded a free press as so vital to the new nation that they took care to include that right in the First Amendment… Continue reading

  • Jul 3, 2020

Sound Off: However you rock a face mask, just be sure you wear one

I’ve heard lots of dismal news about the pandemic, the public health crisis, the economic disaster, a lot of people are sick, or out of… Continue reading

  • Jun 26, 2020

Editorial: No, we don’t need permission to report on meetings

Coupeville Mayor Molly Hughes doesn’t seem to understand a really basic function of a newspaper, or this thing called the First Amendment. She also doesn’t… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2020

Newspaper returns to broadsheet format, moves to new home

No, you aren’t imagining things. Yes, the Whidbey News-Times-South Whidbey Record you’re holding in your hands looks and feels different. That’s because it is bigger… Continue reading

  • Jun 13, 2020

Editorial: It’s a difficult conversation, but one we must have

The City of Langley took an important step Monday. The council entered into an uncomfortable discussion about systemic racism, and what can be done to… Continue reading

  • Jun 12, 2020

Sound Off: Addressing white silence on Whidbey Island

I have had the immense privilege of being born and raised on Whidbey Island. Although this is, in many ways, a blessing, I have been… Continue reading

  • Jun 9, 2020

Sound Off: Be strong, resilient and listen to each other

I have been giving considerable thought to the circumstances we, as a community and country, are currently facing. We are all coping with the stresses… Continue reading

  • Jun 5, 2020

Editorial: Answers to protests not simple, but there is hope

Editorial writers at newspapers across the nation are grasping for words when it comes to responding to the Minneapolis police officer’s killing of George Floyd,… Continue reading

  • Jun 2, 2020

Editorial: COVID responses should continue as we reopen

Island County residents have taken the response to the pandemic seriously. That shouldn’t end now that things are gradually changing and the local economy reopening.… Continue reading

Sound Off: Coronavirus, work must somehow coexist

By now it is apparent that, barring a miracle, a cure for COVID-19 will not happen soon; however, to make it a condition of removing… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2020

Editorial: Governor, allow the show to go on at Blue Fox Drive-in

Somehow people are choosing sides when it comes to COVID-19. And it’s evidently an oddly shaped virus since there seems to be a lot of… Continue reading

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Overcoming an eerie feeling in an empty tourist town

Eerie is an onomatopoeia – a word that sounds like what it means. I was reminded of that tidbit I learned in my high school… Continue reading

Editorial: If you’ve considered running for office, next week is time to act

Quite a few people have already announced their intentions to run this year for state and local offices. But next week is when they will… Continue reading

Technological problems don’t excuse meetings violation

The Coupeville School Board inadvertently violated the state Open Public Meetings Act by holding a meeting Monday night that many people couldn’t watch due to… Continue reading

Sound Off: Governor holds extraordinary powers in an emergency

As a community, state and nation, we are suffering from the effects of an unprecedented pandemic. We entrust our elected leaders to follow the law… Continue reading

  • Apr 24, 2020

Soundoff: Grateful for courage, stamina of essential workers in community

By Patricia Duff These are strange and difficult times for all of us. I happen to work at the hospital as the public relations officer… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2020

Publisher: A message to newspaper’s readers

To our readers, In a few short weeks our world has changed. It’s starting to sink in that, once the COVID-19 pandemic passes, we will… Continue reading

  • Apr 21, 2020

Letter: Not too early to begin thinking about recovery

Editor, From my vantage here in Everett, the public health emergency of the COVID-19 crisis is all around. Snohomish County has the second highest number… Continue reading

  • Apr 14, 2020

Editor’s notes: Still pursuing the facts in the age of coronavirus

While I’m normally not a big fan of Facebook, candy or long sentences, I also realized that I’m not immune to the impacts of the… Continue reading