Opinion

In Our Opinion: Offer of towering artwork should not be squandered

Oak Harbor has a once-in-a-lifetime shot at getting a bold, superlative and truly memorable sculpture that was created by an internationally renowned artist. The executor… Continue reading

In Our Opinion: Regional reopening plan doesn’t work for Island County

It’s ridiculous that people can’t eat inside restaurants in Island County, which has largely maintained low COVID-19 infection rates, while restaurant customers are joyfully chowing… Continue reading

Work from home here to stay post-pandemic

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels?… Continue reading

  • Feb 5, 2021

In Our Opinion: Passage of school levy is imperative, even during a pandemic

Voters who live in North Whidbey will decide whether to return to the dark ages of the Oak Harbor school district. There was a time,… Continue reading

Sound Off: Brace for big changes after pandemic is behind us

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is… Continue reading

  • Jan 15, 2021

Sound Off: County needs to respond, in public, in detail

This newspaper published an editorial on Dec. 29, “Public Health nurse exodus is cause for reckoning.” The editorial was a measured response to the resignation… Continue reading

  • Jan 15, 2021
Arny, Matt

Sound Off: Navy committed to environmental stewardship

Numerous area media outlets, including The Seattle Times, have published stories citing studies that have raised questions about whether Navy jet noise affects Southern Resident… Continue reading

  • Jan 5, 2021
Arny, Matt

In Our Opinion: Public Health nurse exodus is cause for reckoning

It’s not unusual for the state Department of Health to assist a county with investigating people who tested positive for COVID-19 and tracing their recent… Continue reading

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.