What is it about life on the Rock that makes all of us so contented most of the time? Can’t be the weather — too wet. Can’t be the booming economy — it isn’t. Can’t be the scintillating night life — um, let’s not go there.
Editor, Since moving to Whidbey Island nine years ago, a repeated theme coming from Island County is that of lack of funding for critical issues, crime prevention, public health, the court system, etc.
Editor, For years scientists have wondered why whales, for no apparent reason, would choose to cast themselves out of the water to die of dehydration on some beach.
Editor, My name Is Cecil Calavan. I am a survivor of the USS Utah and president of the USS Utah Survivors Association.
Editor, “Thou shall not pass!” was the Oglala Sioux and First Nations’ response to the State Department’s determination that the Keystone XL pipeline would not contribute to climate destabilization nor endanger the Oglala aquifer.
Editor, Right-on! The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce, the Front Street merchants, the Whidbey General Hospital and residents of Coupeville should be given the opportunity to express their opinions on shifting control of the Coupeville police to the county sheriff.
Every time one of us walks or drives by the beautiful garden in front of the Island County Museum, please take the time to tip your hat, salute or just think happy thoughts about our own Coupeville Garden Club. In late fall of 2013, John Bachert and his flock of gardeners descended on our well-established (aka overgrown) drought-tolerant garden.
Thank you to the town employees who decorated Cook’s Corner Park and Coupeville Recreation Hall. It’s a beautiful job and admired by many. We also have enjoyed seeing all of the snow people decorating our streets. Thanks to the person who started this tradition and to the helpers who have re-painted when needed and placed them around town. The snow people are very unique.
Early in the morning on Dec. 20, I drove through falling snow to bake at our restaurant, the Knead & Feed, on Front Street. Less than an hour after arriving at work, the Town of Coupeville snow plow was carefully plowing our street and others.
Editor, In your story “Public Stays Mum” you reported that “no one came to Town Hall requesting a copy of the budget.”
Editor, Wow, the 204 people who brought their favorite Thanksgiving offering to the community potluck at the Coupeville Recreation Hall certainly put on a feast! Thanks to each and every one of you for adding your special touch to the wonderful meal we all enjoyed together.
Editor, Thank you kind gentleman for coming to my rescue. Under embarrassing circumstances I met Max from Lancaster, Pa., in town as a tourist, taking a break from visiting his kid stationed on Whidbey.
Thank you for the update on WAIF’s new shelter building. It was surprising that Mr. Rupp and the “leaders” you mentioned (not sure exactly who) did not include reference to their more important news, the hiring of a new executive director who hails from a well-regarded no-kill shelter in Kansas. Maybe WAIF will now be able to evolve from a “minimal kill” to a no-kill shelter as so many “leaders” connected to WAG are hoping.
What do you love too much to lose? There is a proposal before the Island County Board of Commissioners to essentially gut the highly successful and popular Conservations Futures Fund. What has the fund done? It has helped preserve and create public beach access, forest parks, off-leash-dog areas, wildlife habitat of regional significance; miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails and helped preserve prime farmland. Double Bluff County Park, Ala Spit, Greenbank Farm, Davis Slough Heron Rookery, Trillium Forest and the 3 Sisters farm to mention just a few examples of what the fund has done for us.
Editor, Last week, the Whidbey General Hospital bond was approved with 61.53 percent of the vote. Support was widespread up and down the island—the bond received majority approval in 33 out of 37 precincts and in several precincts, it garnered more than 75 percent.
Editor, This past weekend, Christopher’s on Whidbey hosted its first annual “Christopher’s Cares” fundraiser to benefit the Gifts from the Heart Food Bank, which serves Central Whidbey Island.
Editor, A Friendly Invitation: In the spirit of diversity and sustainability of debate, I invite whoever stole the “JETS = JOBS” sign from my front yard at 229 Fort Casey Road in Coupeville to bring it back.
Two Whidbey General Hospital properties that aren’t being used will soon be sold off. Hospital commissioners recently declared two resident properties surplus, one on Echo Loop in Oak Harbor and the other on Highway 525 in Freeland. The hospital has to go through a public process to sell each property.
Editor, I never had a chance to respond to Nathan Whalen before he published the article, “Questions raised about candidate for port position” that appeared in the Oct. 24 edition of The Whidbey Examiner because I was on a remote island in Canada spending time with my wife.