Guest Column: Larsen Asked to Witness Growler Impacts

— from the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve — Congressman Rick Larsen is being called on by his constituents to come to their homes and experience the hazardous noise that he is largely responsible for bringing to their communities. Larsen, who boasts of his role in bringing controversial ‘Growler’ Navy Jets … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Change Needed at OPALCO

— from Lois Ludwig, Lopez Island — Thank you for publishing Chom Greacen’s excellent article about OPALCO. Her facts on the rate increases are correct. Her questions are valid. OPALCO board members insist their facility increase is the best plan to offset unforeseen expenses. I’m saddened that the Board is … Continue reading

Ranker Criticizes Oil Train Bill’s Shortcomings

— from Washington State Democrats — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, released the statement below following Wednesday’s [April 15] passage of an oil train safety bill that falls short of critical protections for communities and valuable information for first responders: “Someone said that Washingtonians will be safer under this bill. … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: 2015 OPALCO Voting Recommendation

— by Chom Greacen, Eric Youngren and Sandy Bishop — We recommend voting for Randy J. Cornelius and Winnie Adams (incumbent). (You can find out more about the full slate of candidates and their bio’s by following this link:http://www.opalco.com/news_article/opalco-board-candidates-announced/). OPALCO is going through rapid changes and many issues have risen … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Vote for OPALCO Incumbents

— from Boyd and Lovel Pratt — Ballots for OPALCO have arrived by mail. We thank all the candidates running for OPALCO’s Board of Directors. We are grateful for the many years of service Randy Cornelius provided as General Manager of OPALCO and we believe he would make an excellent … Continue reading

Congressman Rick Larsen’s Proposals Criticized as “Non-­Solutions”

— from the Citizens of the Ebey Reserve [Whidbey Island] — Congressman Rick Larsen, who boasts of his role in bringing controversial ‘Growler’ Navy Jets to Washington’s Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, is being criticized for the noise reduction plans he announced at his March 30 standing-­‐room only Coupeville ‘Town … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: OPALCO Through the Recession

— by Chris Thomerson — Overall electric bills, adjusted for inflation, are now almost 15% lower than they were twenty years ago. During this recession, while the Board continued supporting community projects and programs, and held back on rate increases, electric bills did not keep pace with increasing costs. Remember … Continue reading

Guest Column: What Lies Behind OPALCO’s Rate Increases?

 — by Chom Graecen — If you find the electricity rate increases, 12% this year and 41% by 2019, alarming (see orcasissues.com/guest-column-opalcos-price-increases), what’s behind the rising rate is worse. Given OPALCO’s broadband busy-ness lately, how much of the rate increase is due to broadband? OPALCO’s answer is only an average … Continue reading

Guest Column: Earth Day Blighted by Dirty Fuels

— by Fred Felleman for Crosscut.com — Some hailed President Barack Obama’s recent veto of the Keystone pipeline authorization legislation as an early Earth Day gift, spelling the project’s death knell. However, his decision was actually based on process, not policy. While Obama has articulated the science behind climate change … Continue reading