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Editor, This is an open letter to the Central Whidbey community. You…

  • Jan 22nd, 2017


Letter: Hopes readers do their own fact-checking in 2017

Editor, Positive news you may have missed in 2016: From the BBC:…

  • Jan 4th, 2017


Letter: Soroptimist grateful for community support

Editor, During this season of being thankful for our blessings, Soroptimist International…

  • Dec 21st, 2016


Homola was available, listened, did homework | Letter

I have known Angie Homola for a number years, including her time as an Island County commissioner. She was, and is, dedicated to the welfare of the community. While Angie has not agreed with me on some issues, she was always available; she listened, and, most importantly, does her homework regarding topics that affect this county.

  • Oct 5th, 2016

New Port of Coupeville website a disappointment | Letter

Yesterday I went to the Coupeville Wharf and clicked my smartphone on a QR diagram on the wall. It said that the web page could not be found. Very disappointing.

  • Oct 5th, 2016

Did the port commissioners hold illegal meetings? | Letter

It is time for the Port of Coupeville’s commissioners to be recalled and new leadership put in place.

  • Oct 5th, 2016

Thanks to all who helped with festival | Letter

The 2016 Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival is now but a sweet and successful memory. Tents that went up are now down, trash cans and recycle bins have been taken away, the Town Green restored from its much needed parking lot to Saturday’s Farmer’s Market — with everything stored to be at the ready for next year’s festival.

  • Aug 31st, 2016

Did not know about nor condoned Homola attack | Letter

The primary election is now behind us and our focus turns to the general election. I would like to thank everyone who supported me during the primary, and for encouraging me to continue our work together to make our communities better places to work and live.

  • Aug 11th, 2016

Firefighters deserve respect, appreciation | Letter

The residents of Coupeville and surrounding areas owe our thanks — and sometimes our lives — to Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue. Whether a house fire, a water rescue, a brush burn out of control, or a personal safety call, they are there for us.

  • Aug 11th, 2016

Confederate flag symbol of racism, division | Letter

Kudos to those discerning people in the yellow trailer on the corner of the last road into Fort Ebey State Park. They see fit to hang the Confederate flag at the same height as the American flag for all to see when they are here.

  • Aug 11th, 2016

Voting record shows Bailey is on wrong side | Letter

After a year of political name-calling and clever ads and sound bytes, I’ve given up on candidates’ promises and now look at their voting records.

  • Jul 13th, 2016

County needs to get fireworks under control | Letter

The Fourth of July once consisted of a couple nights of mostly popping sounds and sparkle, but this year it devolved into the island under siege of munitions-grade explosions.

  • Jul 13th, 2016

Vote against special interests on Aug. 2 | Letter

I don’t know about you, but I am tired of all the big-money special interests trying to buy our elections to protect their selfish interests.

  • Jul 13th, 2016

Deer more a nuisance than cute attraction | Letter

In reference to your front page article on June 16, I have a differing opinion of our “cute little bugger” and its family.

  • Jun 21st, 2016

Ashamed of cartoon choice last week | Letter

I was so shocked with the Examiner today as I turned to the editorial cartoon. There were so many ways to have commented on the tragedy in Orlando without resorting to Islamophobia.

  • Jun 21st, 2016

Is humanity simply doomed to extinction? | Letter

Common advice is not to discuss politics or religion. But the Orlando massacre and President Obama’s response points out that we have religious conflict not only here in America, but worldwide.

  • Jun 21st, 2016

Impressed by work of Helen Price-Johnson | Letter

During the years of her service as Island County commissioner, I have been impressed with the dedicated leadership and far-reaching accomplishments of Helen Price Johnson.

  • Jun 21st, 2016

Why is alcohol OK, but marijuana not? | Letter

According to the May 19 issue of The Examiner, the Town of Coupeville is eyeing the ban on pot businesses. Councilwoman Pat Powell even says she’s “in favor of prohibition,” stating it’s not right for our town.

  • Jun 14th, 2016

Thanks for letting Lions serve at event | Letter

The Central Whidbey Lions appreciate all parade goers and community members who stopped by our tents after the Memorial Parade on May 28 and thanked us for preparing and handing out free hot dogs, bottled water and ice cream treats.

  • Jun 14th, 2016

Hospital board needs independent thinker | Letter

Once again we have a vacancy on our public hospital board. We sorely need some new, fresh and independent blood.

  • Jun 14th, 2016

No better candidate than Price Johnson | Letter

I am writing in support of the re-election of Helen Price Johnson for District 1 Island County commissioner. Helen has served her district and all of Island County with distinction and deserves another term of office to continue to work on behalf of the best interests of her district and Island County.

  • Jun 14th, 2016

For 10th Legislature District, we need, deserve a tenacious fighter | Letter

It seems this political season has cheers, fears and anxiety in spades, but at the local level things are looking up. We have a truly exceptional candidate running to represent us in the state Senate, our own former county commissioner Angie Homola.

  • May 18th, 2016

We need to do more to address broken mental health system | Letter

The month of May is known for many things: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and the flowers blooming after April’s showers. It is also Mental Health Awareness Month, and there are many opportunities right now to help ensure people and families in Washington and across the country get the critical help they need.

  • May 18th, 2016

County commissioners need to reassess position on fireworks | Letter

Island County Commissioners Jill Johnson and Rick Hannold and others have lost focus. If it’s dry enough to impose a stage-two burning ban, it’s certainly too dry to light fireworks in the forest of the unincorporated areas.

  • May 18th, 2016

Consider naming charity in your will | Letter

Harry Anderson’s column hit the nail on the head. Whidbey Island would be a much less livable community without the hundreds of nonprofit organizations that address the various needs of our community. We have organizations that attend to the issue of homelessness, both human and animal, the needs of seniors and youth, our history, our beaches, our open spaces and a hundred other worthy causes.

  • May 11th, 2016

Grateful for show of community support | Letter

Beth and I are truly without words that express our gratitude and appreciation to so, so many people who spent their time and money and a magnificent Sunday afternoon to honor us with a fundraiser at the Coupeville Recreation Hall on May 1.

  • May 11th, 2016

Thursday film will make a case for civil disobedience | Letter

Its time to break free from fossil fuels at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5.

  • May 4th, 2016

Association proud of Musselfest success | Letter

Musselfest has always been designed to promote the restaurants and businesses in our community, especially those in the Historic Coupeville catchment area.

  • Apr 27th, 2016

SSIC, SW@Home are not in competition | Letter

It’s come to our attention that there is some misinformation swirling around about the relationship between Senior Services of Island County, or SSIC, and the developing nonprofit South Whidbey at Home, or SW@Home, so we’ve joined together to set things straight.

  • Apr 27th, 2016

Clearing up some info on prairie drain issues | Letter

I am concerned about the misrepresentation of the Ebey’s Prairie drainage problem written by Ron Newberry in the April 14 issue of The Whidbey Examiner. I am not criticizing Mr. Newberry. He is one of your best staff reporters and does an excellent job, always. The problem is reporters report what they are told during their interviews. And that is the problem with Newberry’s article titled “Prairie’s Flood of Concerns.”

  • Apr 20th, 2016

Please start coming to port meetings | Letter

Editor, Please start attending Port of Coupeville meetings. Our port commissioners need our help. They need our support and encouragement. The next meeting is 10 a.m., Thursday, March 31 at the Coupeville Masonic Hall.

  • Mar 31st, 2016

Reserve thankful for community partners | Letter

On behalf of Friends of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, a local fundraising non-profit that supports the reserve, thank you for the opportunity to respond to the Feb. 24 article regarding “Town reconsidering how some funds are allocated.”

  • Mar 9th, 2016

Wonn Rd. public access needs to be preserved | Letter

My mother, Peggy Berg, who will be 99 in May, expressed her delight at the commissioners’ vote against the settlement offer by the Montgomerys in their proposal to gain title to public beach access on Wonn Road.

  • Feb 24th, 2016

Even the U.S. Senate answers questions | Letter

The lack of transparency and public discussion and debate by WGH board members has never been greater. Their ad hoc decision-making, failure to get the facts beforehand, and abiding by whatever the administration proposes, are serious obstacles to good governance.

  • Feb 24th, 2016

Broadway accidents are due to inattentiveness | Letter

Since this latest tragic accident at Broadway Street and State Highway 20 in Coupeville, there’s been a lot of talk on social media about placing a stoplight there to make the intersection safer.

  • Feb 24th, 2016

Take part in 2017 homeless count | Letter

On Thursday, Jan. 28, more than 100 volunteers, local businesses and agencies participated in the 2016 Homeless Point in Time Count.

  • Feb 17th, 2016

New name sounds like spa, not hospital | Letter

The name WhidbeyHealth reminds me of a spa, not a hospital. What do you envision when you hear Swedish Health, Everett Health? I think of a possible spa.

  • Feb 17th, 2016

Thanks for supporting the Lions’ shopping spree with coverage | Letter

Editor, On behalf of Coupeville Lions Club, we’d like to thank The Whidbey Examiner for their gracious coverage of our recent Lions Club Shopping Spree benefit event for Gifts From the Heart Foodbank.

  • Dec 16th, 2015

More than 60 people attended local vigil | Letter

More than 60 people arrived at Trinity Lutheran Church on Sunday, Nov. 29 for the Whidbey Paris Climate Vigil to hear speakers from the Quaker, Unitarian Universalist and Evangelical denominations speak about the urgent need for climate justice; join in a rousing rendition of “Sing for the Climate;” and demonstrate along State Highway 525 to the honking of appreciative passersby.

  • Dec 9th, 2015

Please tell how people can give to this cause | Letter

Thank you so much for printing Ron Newberry’s excellent article on the uncertain fate of Coupeville’s 1866 Haller House. As the house approaches its 150th anniversary, we hope it has many years of worthy community service ahead of it.

  • Dec 9th, 2015