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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In reference to your front page article on June 16, I have a differing opinion of our “cute little bugger” and its family.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once again we have a vacancy on our public hospital board. We sorely need some new, fresh and independent blood.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Its time to break free from fossil fuels at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 5.
Musselfest has always been designed to promote the restaurants and businesses in our community, especially those in the Historic Coupeville catchment area.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
On Thursday, Jan. 28, more than 100 volunteers, local businesses and agencies participated in the 2016 Homeless Point in Time Count.
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.
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.
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.
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.
They came, they ate, they laughed and ate some more!
Editor, “I honestly believe that there’s not been a single cultural change or big movement that didn’t have the voice of the religious community. It’s crucial.” - Rev. Sally Bingham
We hope you can join us at 12:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland for the Whidbey/Paris Global Climate Rally. The degradation of creation and its impacts are a moral crisis, which is why the Greening Congregations of Whidbey are having a rally in solidarity with people all over the planet.