Opinion

It’s time to abolish the death penalty

It’s been 15 years since Robert Yates, a 1970 graduate of Oak Harbor High School, was sent to death row. The serial killer confessed to… Continue reading

Reps should be supporting Life at Conception Act

Editor, This is an open letter to Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Rep. Rick Larson: Please join others in Congress and co-sponsor the… Continue reading

  • Jan 10, 2018

Fighting among elected officials is unacceptable

An Island County commissioner acted outrageously and shamefully this week in attacking the county’s elected prosecutor because she was still sore about losing a court… Continue reading

Greatful for county’s help getting sale closed

Editor, I want to compliment our Island County Environmental Health staff. The week before Christmas, I was involved in a real estate transaction that absolutely… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2018

Enjoyed watching the public process work

Editor, As the owner, along with my wife Holly, of two storefront businesses in downtown Langley it was gratifying to attend the Planning Advisory Board… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2018

Don’t see point in second commercial district

Editor, Walking along the trail by the wetlands of Deer Lagoon, I met two good friends from Langley. We stopped to chat in hushed voices… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2018

Cartoon for Wednesday, Jan. 3

Cartoon by Paresh Nath.… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2018

Climate change proposal isn’t carbon cap

Editor, Thanks to the Record for including in the recap of 2017 events a request to the Langley City Council by the Whidbey Island Chapter… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2018

Write a letter to editor, join the conversation

Letters to the editor have a long and proud history in American newspapers. Letters published in newspapers played an important role, for example, in rallying… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2018

Cartoon for Saturday, Dec. 30

Cartoon by Pat Bagley.… Continue reading

  • Dec 30, 2017

Thankful editorial addressed need to end sexual harassment

Editor, Thank you for your editorial on Dec. 13. I am heartened to see my paper come out on the side of decent treatment for… Continue reading

  • Dec 30, 2017

Thanks to staff who kept roads clear and safe

In response to our Christmas Eve snow event I would like to send my deepest gratitude and appreciation to the Island County Public Works employees… Continue reading

  • Dec 30, 2017

Treasurer’s office can’t take early tax payments

Editor, Multiple national and local (Seattle) newspapers have recently published articles urging taxpayers to consider making payments for property taxes before year-end 2017 to assure… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2017

Cartoon for Wednesday, Dec. 27

Cartoon by Dave Granlund.… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2017

Brunell: Railroads implementing positive track control

While the investigation continues into the deadly Amtrak derailment near Dupont, the clock continues to tick on the implementation of Positive Track Control (PTC). The… Continue reading

  • Dec 26, 2017

Adopt-a-Senior program helps to ensure seniors aren’t forgotten

The success of Senior Resources’ Adopt-a-Senior program is evidence that the spirit of Christmas is alive and well on South Whidbey. Nobody should be forgotten… Continue reading

  • Dec 23, 2017

Let’s be safe of the roads

Editor, On a rainy December evening, I headed out to Payless on East Harbor Road in Freeland. It was after 5 p.m., so it was… Continue reading

Property is needed for new nonprofit

Editor, The new nonprofit, Thincwhidbey.org, is seeking land with Langley sewer and water on which to build Tiny Houses In the Name of Christ. These… Continue reading

Today’s cartoon for Wednesday, Dec. 20

Cartoon by Rick McKee.… Continue reading

  • Dec 20, 2017

Expecting local government to fund mandates ill-conceived

For officials in local government, unfunded mandates can be the bane of their existence. Whidbey Island officials aren’t immune to this headache. Island County is… Continue reading