Guest Opinion: Small Change Provides Improvement to Navy Capabilities

– from Captain Michael Nortier, Commanding Officer, NAS Whidbey – Many people may be unaware that our service members – our sons, daughters, friends, and neighbors – are training in the skies above the Olympic Mountains to take the fight to the enemy on our behalf. The Navy recently proposed … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Why Should EWUA Charge Higher Fees for Guest Houses?

– from Michael Riordan – What some people seem to be missing in the current debate over EWUA policies is recognition of the many beneficial impacts this water system has on Eastsound and surrounding areas. We take it for granted that the system will always work fine, but without frequent … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: EWUA Meeting / One Member Perspective

– from Lesley Liddle – [Monday]’s EWUA meeting was a good informative meeting overall; Paul Kamin put together a well-organized presentation, some of it heavily weighted to impress on certain points of current policy with regard to the guest house bylaw and recent “initiative”, which I don’t necessarily or entirely … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Navy Jets Will Bring More Noise, Electromagnetic Radiation

– from John Titus – The Naval Air Base at Whidbey Island is proposing to add another 36 Growler jets to the existing 82 jets currently based there. This is part of a sweeping new plan by the Navy to increase the electronic warfare training taking place in northwest Washington. … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: A New Exchange — What If?

– from Tim Blanchard, ORS Board President and Pete Moe, Executive Director – Ever since we lost The Exchange to fire, everyone’s wondering, “When will it re-open?” It’s an important question. Every day our community is losing economic and social value as useful goods are shipped off island, sit in … Continue reading

Editorial: Support Orcas Issues on Small Business Saturday

— by Margie Doyle — Sometimes, because Orcas Issues is an information service, it seems to fail to register as a business. But that’s what we are: a small, local (in modern parlance “hyper-local”), news and information business. We’ve been established as such for seven years now, and as a … Continue reading

Guest Editorial: Theatre an Act of Empathy

Theatre Nanda feature

— by Jake Perrine — “Who Needs Performing Arts?” Working with the creative team at Orcas Center this fall to resurrect the high school drama program, and preparing to spearhead the community-wide pageant that is A Christmas Carol, I am consistently reminded of the importance of the performing arts in … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Support Continued Funding to Keep Our County Parks Open and Well-Maintained

– from Jeff Struthers – Support for proposition number one on the November ballot continues the current “Levy Lift” funding needed to keep our county parks open, well-maintained, and in good repair. Our county parks make it possible for us all to enjoy some of the best features of living … Continue reading