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.
You describe Trish Rose as the highest ranking openly gay service member in the United States. Why didn’t you describe Robert Born as an openly heterosexual candidate for hospital commissioner in Coupeville?
The closing of Lind’s Pharmacy is a blow to Coupeville. The town, like Langley in 2009, appears to be too small to accommodate a standard pharmacy. Whidbey General, however, has a pharmacy, which currently serves only hospital inpatients.
I have to say I am utterly astounded by the behavior of two of our three Port of Coupeville commissioners, even though I am aware of the years of struggles, misunderstandings and disagreements between the port and the Farm Management Group.
The shock and disbelief about Marshall Bronson’s and John Carr’s action at the July 8 Port of Coupeville meeting has not worn off. Many have written well thought out letters to the editor, and I now feel compelled to add my voice.
As an Island County taxpayer for the past 16 years and full time resident since 2012, I’ve been amazed and disappointed by the lack of transparency or process in the Port of Coupeville’s decision to sunset relations with the Greenbank Farm Management Group.
The discussion on the island surrounding the Greenbank Farm business owners and the actions of two of the Port of Coupeville commissioners is still a hot topic.
I want to express my most sincere appreciation for the numerous volunteers who made the 2015 Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival a success. The Coupeville Festival Association has promoted and hosted the annual Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival for 51 years. The CFA is a non-profit, all- volunteer organization consisting of 23 standing committees and 250 plus volunteers. There is no paid staff. All non-operational proceeds go into the Coupeville area in the form of project grants and scholarships. In December 2014, those annual grants and scholarships totaled $815,000.
Outgoing Port Commissioner Marshall Bronson’s column in The Examiner last week shed some light on why he unexpectedly decided to vote to terminate negotiations with Greenbank Farm’s long-time manager.
Ah! Thank you, Port of Coupeville commissioners. Finally, you have shown your true nature; blatant tyranny, clear collusion and hit and run tactics.
On July 30 one of our nation’s most valuable and popular social programs turns 50. Signed into law by President Johnson, the program currently covers 55 million Americans — people aged 65 and older and younger people with permanent disabilities.
The commissioners — two with an agenda and short on ethics — one a stand-up guy. The management group — given a raw deal.
I write to express my dissatisfaction with the action taken by the Port of Coupeville Board of Commissioners on July 8.