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.
A resounding thank you to the group of volunteers that assisted our office by processing tax mail in 2015!
Each day in the United States, almost 10 people are killed and more than 1,150 are injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. In 2011 alone, nearly one in five crashes in which someone was injured involved distracted driving. Moreover, in 2012, 3,328 people were killed and another 421,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.
I believe this campaign was more a referendum on the Whidbey General Hospital and Clinics than it was about me personally, and I am heartened by the response. We won every precinct except four, and we only lost those four by a combined 33 votes. That is a tremendous vote of confidence.
It’s always a jolt to open the newspaper and see that an old acquaintance has passed on. This morning brought just such a jolt when I read about Larry Cort.
The Whidbey Veterans Resource Center asks for your assistance and support. As a 501c3 charitable organization, we depend significantly on the generous support of the businesses and individuals who elect to give. Would you please consider becoming a Whidbey Veterans Resource Center Donor?
A big round of applause for all the kids that helped out with the “Haunting of Coupeville!” Not often do you see young children and teenagers participate with such enthusiasm and class.
We think, as your editorial pointed out, that the hospital should more widely promote their positive achievements.
I can say with relative certainty that if Rob Born were to be elected we would not hear of any positive results. His agenda appears obvious, to be as negative as possible without giving anything to help.
All too often I have run into one of those pet owners who cheerfully yell out, as his or her dog is bounding toward you with lord-knows-what intent, to not worry because it’s friendly as it sticks its nose into my crotch.
In 1996 a majority voted to save the Greenbank Farm from development. The Greenbank Farm Management Group was formed as a nonprofit to manage and run the farm as a tenant of the Port of Coupeville.
Some of you might have recently received an online survey for your opinions as to the reasons you chose Whidbey Island as your home. The majority of us would say we live here for the lifestyle. That lifestyle, unfortunately, is being encroached upon by advancements of modern society. Perfect example are the advancements in aircraft that the Navy uses that generate higher levels of noise than those of the past.
Reading some of the letters to the editor on the merits of the fundamental structure of Whidbey General Hospital, I would like to remind you that, three years ago, the voters approved a $50-million bond for the building of a new wing and other upgrades to the hospital.
I write to bear actual witness about Georgia Gardner, Whidbey General Hospital board commissioner running for reelection.
Does hospital commissioner Georgia Gardner deserve reelection? I think not. Ms. Gardner supports the efforts of the anti-Navy group that wants to close down the Navy base that brings 88 percent of all economic to Island County.
Everything written isn’t always true. Rob Born, and more recently, his sidekick Richard Wagner, have been on a campaign to paint Whidbey General Hospital’s management, and similarly the hospital commissioners as incompetent.
Claims are being made that Rob is rude, a bully, unable to get along with people, and nasty to current commissioners. Quite the opposite is true.
In 2011, hospital commissioner candidate Rob Born submitted a record request regarding the plans for the proposed new hospital wing. WGH provided the designs which Born reviewed for about an hour. He didn’t ask any questions, even though officials offered to clarify anything he might not understand. He refused, left and wrote an opinion piece where he trashed the plans and made a number of his own suggestions.
Carbon Washington’s initiative I-732 would tax fossil fuel producers and use the revenues to help Washington residents get fossil fuel free and grow a resilient, renewable energy economy.