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

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

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: Recalling the Founders’ views of a free press
Sound Off: However you rock a face mask, just be sure you wear one

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

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