Question of the Week Archive

If you could, which would you prefer...?

  • Travel back in time. (17%, 3 Votes)
  • Travel to the future. (17%, 3 Votes)
  • Just let time unfold as it should. (66%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

Start Date: April 23, 2014 @ 2:58 am
End Date: No Expiry

With so many county advisory boards vacancies, what are you willing to do to help?

  • I'm considering applying. I believe in giving back. (16%, 6 Votes)
  • I wish I could serve, but time, health, or job prohibits. (41%, 15 Votes)
  • I have served and it's been a waste of time. (8%, 3 Votes)
  • I think the work of the boards should be done by county council and/or staff. (3%, 1 Votes)
  • There's too much complexity and regulation for me. (32%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

Start Date: April 17, 2014 @ 12:15 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Now that they have been up for awhile, what do you think of the new traffic signs?

  • They're fine. (34%, 33 Votes)
  • They're too high. (2%, 2 Votes)
  • They're too reflective. (11%, 11 Votes)
  • What new traffic signs? (24%, 23 Votes)
  • A total waste of money. (29%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 97

Start Date: April 9, 2014 @ 9:58 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Were you successfully pranked on April Fools Day?

  • Sure was! (15%, 5 Votes)
  • No way. (26%, 9 Votes)
  • Not that I know of, but... (59%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

Start Date: April 2, 2014 @ 1:08 pm
End Date: No Expiry

There's no one in charge of "The Tank." It has always been understood that its use is to announce events. What are your thoughts on the recent use for a political statement?

  • I think it's an appropriate use. (17%, 18 Votes)
  • I think it's outrageous and violates our communiy understanding. (41%, 43 Votes)
  • I don't much care one way or the other. (13%, 13 Votes)
  • I think someone should quickly paint over it. (29%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 104

Start Date: March 26, 2014 @ 10:44 am
End Date: No Expiry

Which quote by Shakespeare best expresses your view of life? (Thanks to Orcas Library!)

  • It's Greek to me... from "Julius Caesar" (11%, 3 Votes)
  • Neither a borrower nor a lender be...from "Hamlet" (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.... from "Henry IV" (11%, 3 Votes)
  • Too much of a good thing... from "As You Like It" (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Oh, that way madness lies... from "King Lear" (11%, 3 Votes)
  • Truth will out... from "Merchant of Venice" (33%, 9 Votes)
  • Discretion is the better part of valor.... from "Henry IV" (30%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 27

Start Date: March 21, 2014 @ 6:18 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What is the longest time you have ever been on-island without leaving?

  • A week or two (5%, 4 Votes)
  • One-five months (61%, 46 Votes)
  • Six months (12%, 9 Votes)
  • Six-nine months (11%, 8 Votes)
  • Nine-12 months (5%, 4 Votes)
  • One year (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Two years (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Two-five years (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Decades (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 76

Start Date: March 13, 2014 @ 1:17 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What is your perception of there being a "drug problem" on Orcas?

  • I'm not aware of anything. (5%, 4 Votes)
  • I suspect some people of being drug users. (37%, 30 Votes)
  • I think that the drug problem on Orcas is innocuous. (2%, 2 Votes)
  • I think that any problem we have is being over-hyped. (5%, 4 Votes)
  • I am aware, first-hand, that we have a serious problem on Orcas. (51%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 81

Start Date: March 4, 2014 @ 11:59 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Have you ever taken a "selfie" (picture of yourself with cell phone camera)?

  • Oh, yes. (14%, 5 Votes)
  • No way. (60%, 21 Votes)
  • OK, maybe once. (26%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

Start Date: February 26, 2014 @ 1:40 am
End Date: No Expiry

Should the First Amendment (the Right to Free Speech) be changed to exclude "hate speech"?

  • Yes! (18%, 7 Votes)
  • No! (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Leave it alone. Who is to decide what is "hate speech?" (79%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

Start Date: February 19, 2014 @ 3:51 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Have you received your CenturyLink refund?

  • Yes. (15%, 6 Votes)
  • No. (60%, 24 Votes)
  • Not sure. (13%, 5 Votes)
  • Perhaps, but I would have expected a notification. (12%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

Start Date: February 12, 2014 @ 1:46 am
End Date: No Expiry

Do you believe in reincarnation?

  • Yes (51%, 26 Votes)
  • No (31%, 16 Votes)
  • Not sure (18%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

Start Date: February 5, 2014 @ 1:09 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Which team will be victorious in the Super Bowl?

  • S E A H A W K S!! (74%, 29 Votes)
  • (broncos...) (3%, 1 Votes)
  • What is the Super Bowl? (23%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

Start Date: January 28, 2014 @ 4:38 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Have you ever hit a deer on Orcas Island?

  • Yes (33%, 16 Votes)
  • No (29%, 14 Votes)
  • Close, but no (38%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

Start Date: January 22, 2014 @ 10:45 am
End Date: No Expiry

Which of the following social networking sites do you regularly use?

  • Facebook (45%, 20 Votes)
  • Twitter (0%, 0 Votes)
  • LinkedIn (7%, 3 Votes)
  • Instagram (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Flickr (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Myspace (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Pinterest (0%, 0 Votes)
  • StumbleUpon (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Yelp (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Google+ (5%, 2 Votes)
  • None of the above (52%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 44

Start Date: January 15, 2014 @ 10:48 am
End Date: No Expiry

Please check all the Orcas School Superintendents whose tenure you remember, and then please fill out the Survey for a new Superintendent at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SJ5HHHV

  • Jerry Hunter (38%, 13 Votes)
  • Larry Lindberg (47%, 16 Votes)
  • Tom O'Brien (44%, 15 Votes)
  • Barry Acker (74%, 25 Votes)
  • Jeff Van Handle (38%, 13 Votes)
  • Glen Harris (62%, 21 Votes)
  • Barbara Kline (91%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

Start Date: January 10, 2014 @ 3:31 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What would you suggest be done about Edward Snowden?

  • Prosecute. (50%, 5 Votes)
  • Pardon. (30%, 3 Votes)
  • Immortalize. (20%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 10

Start Date: January 9, 2014 @ 11:29 am
End Date: January 10, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

Are you feeling hopeful about the new year?

  • Yes (77%, 27 Votes)
  • No (3%, 1 Votes)
  • In some respects, perhaps. (20%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

Start Date: January 1, 2014 @ 2:40 am
End Date: No Expiry

If you found a penny on the ground would you pick it up?

  • Yes (85%, 39 Votes)
  • No (15%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

Start Date: December 25, 2013 @ 3:43 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Of the carols listed below, which is your favorite Christmas song.

  • White Christmas (25%, 13 Votes)
  • Silent Night (17%, 9 Votes)
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Jingle Bells (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Away in the Manger (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Little Drummer Boy (6%, 3 Votes)
  • Joy to the World (4%, 2 Votes)
  • The First Noel (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Hallelujah Chorus (30%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 53

Start Date: December 18, 2013 @ 12:13 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you consult the internet for medical questions?

  • I often consult the internet before even going to see a doctor. (62%, 24 Votes)
  • I do a follow-up search after consulting a doctor. (15%, 6 Votes)
  • No. That's what I pay a doctor for. (23%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

Start Date: December 11, 2013 @ 10:48 am
End Date: No Expiry

We had a nor'easter forecast for earlier this week—a non-event. Have you been through a "real" nor'easter on Orcas, sustained high winds, freezing temperatures, days-long power outages?

  • Yes, and I love it. (38%, 21 Votes)
  • Yes, and I despise it. (44%, 24 Votes)
  • Not yet. (18%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 55

Start Date: December 4, 2013 @ 1:11 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Would you change the past if you could?

  • Yes, indeed! (29%, 14 Votes)
  • Definitely no! (21%, 10 Votes)
  • Could I just change a couple of things? (50%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

Start Date: November 27, 2013 @ 5:42 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you abide by on-island speed limits?

  • Yes, faithfully. (32%, 20 Votes)
  • Usually. (45%, 28 Votes)
  • Sometimes. (16%, 10 Votes)
  • Nah, not really. (7%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

Start Date: November 20, 2013 @ 10:25 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How have you been impacted by the CenturyLink outage?

  • I have been slightly annoyed. (38%, 16 Votes)
  • I have suffered business and/or personal losses. (43%, 18 Votes)
  • Doesn't make any difference to me. (19%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

Start Date: November 14, 2013 @ 9:40 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How do you remember and/or keep track of appointments?

  • A physical appointment book (40%, 17 Votes)
  • Computer software to "tickle" my memory. (24%, 10 Votes)
  • A calendar app for my smart phone. (19%, 8 Votes)
  • "Wetware!" I have a great memory. (14%, 6 Votes)
  • I usually forget most of them. (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

Start Date: November 6, 2013 @ 9:12 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Daylight Savings time ends at 2 a.m. on November 3. Does that impact your life?

  • I enjoy the extra hour of sleep in the Fall. (20%, 10 Votes)
  • I like the extra sunlight in the Summer. (18%, 9 Votes)
  • I don't understand why it's necessary. (12%, 6 Votes)
  • Daylight Savings Time should be year-round. (18%, 9 Votes)
  • Standard Time should be year-round. (22%, 11 Votes)
  • Time doesn't exist. (10%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

Start Date: October 30, 2013 @ 8:00 am
End Date: No Expiry

With Halloween just around the corner, what are your thoughts on trick or treaters?

  • I love it when they come to the door. (66%, 19 Votes)
  • I make homemade treats for them. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I don't mind them. It's just one night a year. (7%, 2 Votes)
  • I purposely turn out my lights so they think I'm not home. (17%, 5 Votes)
  • I make sure I'm not home. (10%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

Start Date: October 22, 2013 @ 11:15 pm
End Date: No Expiry

If I were a potluck contribution, I would want to be:

  • An appetizer (17%, 6 Votes)
  • The salad (19%, 7 Votes)
  • The main course (22%, 8 Votes)
  • The dessert (25%, 9 Votes)
  • The liquid refreshment (17%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

Start Date: October 16, 2013 @ 12:14 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you utilize the five second rule that says if you can pick up food dropped onto the floor or the ground within five seconds, you can still eat it?

  • No way. (11%, 4 Votes)
  • Sure, why not? It's a rule. (67%, 24 Votes)
  • Only when no one is looking? (17%, 6 Votes)
  • Never heard of it before. Thanks for letting me know. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Never heard of it before. Yuk! (5%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

Start Date: October 9, 2013 @ 2:43 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Where are you placing responsibility for the government shutdown? We'll give you the ability for two answers on this one.

  • House (21%, 14 Votes)
  • Senate (5%, 3 Votes)
  • President (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Republicans (58%, 38 Votes)
  • Democrats (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tea Party (41%, 27 Votes)
  • Gerrymandering in the states (15%, 10 Votes)
  • The whole crazy system (27%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

Start Date: October 2, 2013 @ 12:01 am
End Date: No Expiry

Do you attend church?

  • Yes, every week. (9%, 4 Votes)
  • Yes, more than once a week. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Yes, once a month. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Yes, occasionally or for holidays. (13%, 6 Votes)
  • No. (78%, 37 Votes)

Total Voters: 47

Start Date: September 25, 2013 @ 8:56 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Hey, it's blackberry season...!

  • I know. I've been out picking. (18%, 5 Votes)
  • I know. Pies, jams, cobblers are cooking away. (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Oops. I keep forgetting to go pick. (57%, 16 Votes)
  • I never pick blackberries. (21%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

Start Date: September 17, 2013 @ 11:14 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Would you attend regular monthly meetings on community issues, such as property develoment, implementing marijuana laws locally, rebuilding the Exchange, economic development, etc.?

  • If they were held from 5-8 on a weekday night (32%, 12 Votes)
  • if they were held from noon to 3 on a Saturday or Sunday (11%, 4 Votes)
  • if they were held from 3-6 on a Saturday or Sunday (19%, 7 Votes)
  • no more meetings, PLEASE! (38%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 37

Start Date: September 11, 2013 @ 3:21 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Are you happy with your given name?

  • Love it (30%, 13 Votes)
  • Not necessariy, but I'm used to it (36%, 16 Votes)
  • I've shortened it (14%, 6 Votes)
  • I go by my middle name (9%, 4 Votes)
  • I am known by a nickname (5%, 2 Votes)
  • I've legally changed it (5%, 2 Votes)
  • I'm stuck with it (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 44

Start Date: September 4, 2013 @ 2:17 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Where is your favorite scenic site to "just be" on Orcas?

  • Cascade Falls (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Cascade Lake (2%, 1 Votes)
  • End of North Beach Road (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Madrona Point (5%, 2 Votes)
  • Top of Mount Constitution (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Turnout just before top of Mount Constitution (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Turtleback (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Home (48%, 20 Votes)
  • It's a secret... (21%, 9 Votes)
  • Crescent Beach (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

Start Date: August 28, 2013 @ 1:47 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How much notice do you need for upcoming events?

  • I require at least one month's notice for upcoming events. (29%, 9 Votes)
  • Two weeks ahead of the event does it for me. (45%, 14 Votes)
  • I only need one week's notice. (10%, 3 Votes)
  • I am totally spontaneous. (16%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

Start Date: August 21, 2013 @ 11:20 am
End Date: No Expiry

How attached are you to the ferry schedule?

  • Sometimes I still misread the ferry schedule even though I've lived here for years. (33%, 13 Votes)
  • I fathfully check the schedule and the webcam before heading for the ferry. (63%, 25 Votes)
  • I rarely check the schedule. I just head out and see if I get lucky. (3%, 1 Votes)
  • I don't even have a copy of the ferry schedule. (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

Start Date: August 14, 2013 @ 12:30 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Are you afraid of your bank information being stolen online?

  • Yes, I take steps to keep my info safe. (47%, 14 Votes)
  • Yes, but not much you can do. (23%, 7 Votes)
  • No, incidents are isolated. (23%, 7 Votes)
  • No, I keep my money under my mattress. (7%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

Start Date: August 7, 2013 @ 12:10 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What do you do with unsolicited mail—the paper kind?

  • I appreciate the notifications (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I read it all before dumping it into the waste stream (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I peruse it to see if it's anything of value before dumping it into the waste stream (37%, 16 Votes)
  • If there is a return envelope, I send it all back to the sender to let them dump it into their waste stream (5%, 2 Votes)
  • I contact the sender to have my name removed from the mailing list (7%, 3 Votes)
  • I purposefully avoid shopping with companies/organizations that participate in this practice (2%, 1 Votes)
  • I immediately dump it into the waste stream without reading any of it (49%, 21 Votes)

Total Voters: 43

Start Date: July 31, 2013 @ 1:02 pm
End Date: No Expiry

My favorite form of "observant entertainment" is:

  • Live theater (22%, 8 Votes)
  • Getting lost in a book (44%, 16 Votes)
  • Watching TV (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Going to a movie theater (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Live music concert (19%, 7 Votes)
  • Wandering through an art gallery (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Cruising the internet (6%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

Start Date: July 24, 2013 @ 2:09 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you have a land-line, or are you a cell phone user?

  • I only have a land-line phone. (13%, 8 Votes)
  • I only have a cell phone. (10%, 6 Votes)
  • I use both a land-line and cell phone. (77%, 46 Votes)
  • I don't use either. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 60

Start Date: July 16, 2013 @ 11:15 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What are your thoughts about a bike/walking path from the Orcas Ferry Dock to the Grange?

  • Like the idea — even if it means the trees on the roadside are removed. (37%, 14 Votes)
  • Only if the County purchases the right-of-way on private lands adjacent to the road and preserves the trees. (42%, 16 Votes)
  • No way! Not if it means the trees have to go. (21%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

Start Date: July 10, 2013 @ 3:07 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How do you stay connected while on vacation?

  • I bring a laptop or other mobile device along with me. (57%, 25 Votes)
  • I seek out libraries, or other places where I can log on. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I am totally OK being disconnected. (43%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 44

Start Date: July 3, 2013 @ 12:23 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you approve the County Council voting to fund aerial pictometry?

  • Sure, why not? (27%, 11 Votes)
  • No way. (54%, 22 Votes)
  • I don't know what that is. (19%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

Start Date: June 26, 2013 @ 2:08 am
End Date: No Expiry

Are you concerned about the goverment spying on you?

  • Yes (35%, 17 Votes)
  • No (65%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 49

Start Date: June 20, 2013 @ 12:16 am
End Date: No Expiry

Where would you be most likely to go in order to consult with Orcas Councilmember Rick Hughes at a regularly scheduled time?

  • Senior Center/County Offices (49%, 17 Votes)
  • Ray's Pharmacy (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Odd Fellows Hall (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Teezers/Enzo's (17%, 6 Votes)
  • Public Library (28%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

Start Date: June 12, 2013 @ 2:26 pm
End Date: No Expiry

My plans for summer reading include:

  • Devouring trashy novels (3%, 1 Votes)
  • eBooks on my Kindle or Nook (18%, 6 Votes)
  • Latest best sellers (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Re-reading an old favorite (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Tackling a classic or two (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Selecting from the stack by my bedside table (38%, 13 Votes)
  • No time to read! I'm busy in my garden/on the trails/in my shop (23%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

Start Date: June 5, 2013 @ 11:17 am
End Date: No Expiry

If I were in charge of the state budget, I would cut:

  • Transportation (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Education (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Environment (8%, 3 Votes)
  • Trade Missions (64%, 23 Votes)
  • Prisons (22%, 8 Votes)
  • Parks (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Public Health (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Roads (6%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

Start Date: May 29, 2013 @ 12:29 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How do you primarily keep in touch with out-of-state family and friends?

  • Land line (19%, 7 Votes)
  • Cell phone (8%, 3 Votes)
  • Email (50%, 18 Votes)
  • Social networking sites (14%, 5 Votes)
  • Video chats (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Handwritten letters, notes, and cards (6%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 36

Start Date: May 23, 2013 @ 10:24 am
End Date: No Expiry

How many of these natural disasters have you experienced (and survived)?

  • Earthquake (82%, 41 Votes)
  • Volcano (24%, 12 Votes)
  • Hurricane (wind in excess of 74 mph) / Cyclone / Typhoon (42%, 21 Votes)
  • Tornado (24%, 12 Votes)
  • Flood (22%, 11 Votes)
  • Tsunami (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Monsoon (10%, 5 Votes)
  • Blizzard (54%, 27 Votes)
  • Good ole Orcas Nor'easter (82%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 50

Start Date: May 15, 2013 @ 12:35 pm
End Date: No Expiry

When you take the ferry to the mainland, how do you characterize it?

  • Going to the mainland (67%, 22 Votes)
  • Going to Anacortes (or other specific destination) (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Going to the continent (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Going to America (24%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 33

Start Date: May 8, 2013 @ 4:43 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How do you feel about locks? Please choose one in each category (home and car).

  • I always lock my home (34%, 16 Votes)
  • I never lock my home (13%, 6 Votes)
  • I only lock my home when I'm away for extended periods (53%, 25 Votes)
  • I only lock my home in the summer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I always lock my car (60%, 28 Votes)
  • I never lock my car (9%, 4 Votes)
  • I only lock my car when I'm off-island (23%, 11 Votes)
  • I only lock my car in the summer (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 47

Start Date: May 1, 2013 @ 11:25 am
End Date: No Expiry

How do you participate in activities offered by the Salish Sea? (Check all that apply)

  • I own a boat. (30%, 10 Votes)
  • I go fishing. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I go crabbing. (33%, 11 Votes)
  • I gather shellfish. (9%, 3 Votes)
  • I live aboard a boat. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I go diving. (3%, 1 Votes)
  • I walk on the beach. (76%, 25 Votes)
  • I ride the ferry; that's enough for me. (55%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 33

Start Date: April 24, 2013 @ 11:39 am
End Date: No Expiry

I regard ferry breakdowns as:

  • a major inconvenience — we deserve better! (19%, 9 Votes)
  • an unexpected bonus — more free time! (11%, 5 Votes)
  • good news — fewer tourists! (2%, 1 Votes)
  • just a part of island life — for better or worse! (66%, 31 Votes)
  • a good reason to stay on the rock (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 47

Start Date: April 17, 2013 @ 4:16 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Closing date for the county-wide elction is April 23.

  • I've already sent in my ballot (76%, 31 Votes)
  • I still have some thinking to do about it (17%, 7 Votes)
  • I'll wait until the last day to cast my ballot (7%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

Start Date: April 10, 2013 @ 9:56 am
End Date: No Expiry

My favorite musical genre is:

  • Alternative (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Blues (15%, 6 Votes)
  • Classical (29%, 12 Votes)
  • Country (12%, 5 Votes)
  • Easy Listening (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Electronic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Jazz (7%, 3 Votes)
  • New Age (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Rock (12%, 5 Votes)
  • Singer/Songwriter (10%, 4 Votes)
  • World (13%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

Start Date: April 3, 2013 @ 10:56 am
End Date: No Expiry

Right now, my dream vacation would be:

  • Spring cleaning at home (10%, 3 Votes)
  • Going to a Mexican or Hawaiian beach (39%, 12 Votes)
  • Spending a week at a spa, rehab, or retreat (10%, 3 Votes)
  • Going skiing in the mountains (6%, 2 Votes)
  • Curled up on the sofa with a great book (29%, 9 Votes)
  • Visiting my grandkids (6%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

Start Date: March 28, 2013 @ 9:46 am
End Date: No Expiry

With declining income, I've cut back on:

  • Food (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Entertainment (23%, 7 Votes)
  • Clothes (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Kids' toys (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Adult toys (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Cigarettes and/or alcohol (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Travel (17%, 5 Votes)
  • Charitable Contributions (17%, 5 Votes)
  • Hey, the economy is reviving — I'm spending more now! (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Hey, I've learned my lesson — I'm saving more now! (20%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

Start Date: March 20, 2013 @ 9:09 am
End Date: No Expiry

When I come upon a young person acting badly/obnoxiously/offensively in public, I

  • Say something to him/her (53%, 18 Votes)
  • Say someting to his/her parents (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Say something to my companions (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Feel it's not my place to speak up (26%, 9 Votes)
  • Wish I could have gotten away with that when I was younger (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

Start Date: March 13, 2013 @ 11:19 am
End Date: No Expiry

How might you characterize your involvement in Orcas community activities?

  • If there is something happening, I am there. (5%, 2 Votes)
  • I am a willing volunteer. (20%, 9 Votes)
  • I choose my involvement carefully. (48%, 21 Votes)
  • I have my favorite events and activities. (16%, 7 Votes)
  • I only do what I can afford. Wish I could do more. (11%, 5 Votes)
  • I am not at all interested in what's going on in the community. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 44

Start Date: March 6, 2013 @ 11:51 am
End Date: No Expiry

I find the tone of our current county election:

  • Reflects our diversity of opinion (23%, 9 Votes)
  • Is getting too over the top in personal attacks (49%, 19 Votes)
  • Sounds like national partisan politics (28%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 39

Start Date: February 27, 2013 @ 8:18 pm
End Date: No Expiry

And the Oscar for Best Picture should go to...

  • Amour (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Argo (26%, 9 Votes)
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Django Unchained (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Les Misérables (11%, 4 Votes)
  • Life of Pi (14%, 5 Votes)
  • Lincoln (31%, 11 Votes)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (9%, 3 Votes)
  • Zero Dark Thirty (3%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

Start Date: February 20, 2013 @ 1:43 pm
End Date: No Expiry

My favorite way to celebrate Valentine's Day is (choose two):

  • Chocolate! (24%, 10 Votes)
  • Valentine Card! (29%, 12 Votes)
  • Romantic Dinner! (36%, 15 Votes)
  • Romantic Getaway! (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Roses! (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Sparkling Beverage! (10%, 4 Votes)
  • More Chocolate! (24%, 10 Votes)
  • I'm supposed to celebrate? (21%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

Start Date: February 12, 2013 @ 9:15 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you support USPS eliminating Saturday mail delivery as a cost-saving measure?

  • Sure. (79%, 33 Votes)
  • No way. (21%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

Start Date: February 6, 2013 @ 5:24 pm
End Date: No Expiry

A cabinet level position should be established to implement a minimum of one year Universal Service in environmental and social projects for all Americans between the ages of 18 and 21.

  • Agree (54%, 22 Votes)
  • Disagree (46%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

Start Date: January 30, 2013 @ 2:13 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Yesterday, OPALCO issued their Broadband Study Summary Findings. Please share your thoughts...

  • I'm a member of OPALCO and support expanding the broadband as they propose and will pre-subscribe (40%, 20 Votes)
  • I'm a member of OPALCO and do not support expanding broadband as they propose (8%, 4 Votes)
  • I'm a member of OPALCO and need to know more before making my decision (52%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 50

Start Date: January 23, 2013 @ 6:34 pm
End Date: No Expiry

I'm inclined to address energy needs by (Choose up to three):

  • Walking more (26%, 9 Votes)
  • Using electricity for heating needs (11%, 4 Votes)
  • Using wood for heating needs (49%, 17 Votes)
  • Riding my bicycle more (11%, 4 Votes)
  • Using solar energy (26%, 9 Votes)
  • Working with OPALCO to conserve (37%, 13 Votes)
  • Knowing me, I don't know that I'll put my good intentions into action (20%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

Start Date: January 16, 2013 @ 2:40 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you sing?

  • Yes! (49%, 17 Votes)
  • No... (14%, 5 Votes)
  • (only when no one's around) (37%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 35

Start Date: January 10, 2013 @ 1:02 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you own a television?

  • Yes (62%, 32 Votes)
  • No (15%, 8 Votes)
  • Yes, but only to watch DVDs (23%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

Start Date: January 2, 2013 @ 12:02 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What about those New Years Resolutions?

  • Never make them (53%, 18 Votes)
  • Always make them, sometimes keep them (38%, 13 Votes)
  • Always make them, never keep them (9%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 34

Start Date: December 26, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
End Date: No Expiry

My favorite Christmas traditions are (Choose up to three):

  • Children's Christmas pageants (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Helping the needy (21%, 9 Votes)
  • Stockings on Christmas morning (36%, 15 Votes)
  • Church services (7%, 3 Votes)
  • Christmas dinner (38%, 16 Votes)
  • Plum pudding (5%, 2 Votes)
  • Christmas carols and songs (50%, 21 Votes)
  • Christmas tree (45%, 19 Votes)
  • Manger scene (5%, 2 Votes)
  • Christmas cards (24%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

Start Date: December 19, 2012 @ 1:33 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you celebrate Christmas?

  • Yes (76%, 32 Votes)
  • No (24%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

Start Date: December 12, 2012 @ 11:54 am
End Date: No Expiry

Are you preparing for the Mayan apocalypse on 12/21/12?

  • Yes (16%, 7 Votes)
  • No (58%, 26 Votes)
  • What? (26%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

Start Date: December 5, 2012 @ 12:43 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Of the following, what is the first thing you do in the morning?

  • Stretch or exercise (11%, 5 Votes)
  • Pray - meditate (11%, 5 Votes)
  • Coffee!! (57%, 25 Votes)
  • Internet or email (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Shower (7%, 3 Votes)
  • Smoke a cigarette (7%, 3 Votes)
  • Run through day’s tasks ahead (5%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 44

Start Date: November 28, 2012 @ 10:19 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you shop on Black Friday?

  • Yes (2%, 1 Votes)
  • No (98%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

Start Date: November 21, 2012 @ 11:15 am
End Date: No Expiry

We're at the height of football season—NFL, College, and Local. What are your thoughts on this sport?

  • Football is a healthy sport (24%, 11 Votes)
  • Football is equivalent to gladiators and warfare (22%, 10 Votes)
  • Football players should be better protected against concussions (29%, 13 Votes)
  • Football should be replaced with soccer at all levels (24%, 11 Votes)
  • A co-ed sports league should be started with all sports having an equal number of men and women (1%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

Start Date: November 14, 2012 @ 7:23 pm
End Date: No Expiry

We made it through Election Day! How do you feel about the results?

  • Ecstatic (66%, 54 Votes)
  • Disappointed (11%, 9 Votes)
  • Mixed Emotions (21%, 17 Votes)
  • What Election? (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 82

Start Date: November 7, 2012 @ 2:42 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What is the far-reaching effect of the East Coast Frankenstorm? (Check all that apply.)

  • I have friends/family who were affected. (71%, 37 Votes)
  • I had to change travel or other plans because of the storm. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I don't know anyone affected. (29%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

Start Date: November 1, 2012 @ 1:48 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What have you found most conducive to productive meetings? (Choose the top three)

  • Regular attendance by meeting participants (50%, 26 Votes)
  • A posted, distributed, enacted agenda (46%, 24 Votes)
  • Advance preparation on the part of meeting participants (69%, 36 Votes)
  • Solicited input from all meeting participants (29%, 15 Votes)
  • Planned presentations of agenda topics, including materials (27%, 14 Votes)
  • Comfortable surroundings, including food and beverages (10%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

Start Date: October 24, 2012 @ 5:50 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Are the Presidential Debates influencing which candidate you support?

  • No way. My mind is made up. (92%, 67 Votes)
  • Yes. I'm still undecided. (8%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 73

Start Date: October 17, 2012 @ 3:01 pm
End Date: October 24, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

Which local issue concerns you the most?

  • Charter Review Propositions (59%, 27 Votes)
  • GMO Initiative (9%, 4 Votes)
  • School Renovation Bond (15%, 7 Votes)
  • Orcas West Council Member (17%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

Start Date: October 10, 2012 @ 1:33 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How do you handle phone calls? (Check all that apply.)

  • I never screen my phone calls (8%, 3 Votes)
  • I always screen my phone calls (73%, 29 Votes)
  • I screen my phone calls during elections (20%, 8 Votes)
  • I have been a volunteer telephone campaign caller (5%, 2 Votes)
  • I have been a paid telephone solicitor (8%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

Start Date: October 4, 2012 @ 10:44 am
End Date: No Expiry

October 6 is the deadline for mail-in voter registrations and updates, and October 8 is the deadline for online registration and updates. Are you registered?

  • Yes, I am. (97%, 61 Votes)
  • No, I'm not. (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Thanks for the reminder. I will register. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Not registered, and don't intend to. (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 63

Start Date: September 27, 2012 @ 12:46 am
End Date: No Expiry

How do you handle driving and using electronic items? (Select up to two responses.)

  • I never use a hand-held cell phone while driving (45%, 30 Votes)
  • I will use my hand-held cell phone on rare occasions while driving (42%, 28 Votes)
  • I often use my hand-held cell phone while driving (9%, 6 Votes)
  • I never text while driving (56%, 37 Votes)
  • I will text on rare occasions while driving (2%, 1 Votes)
  • I often text while driving (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

Start Date: September 20, 2012 @ 11:26 am
End Date: No Expiry

Now that the political conventions are over, did you watch them?

  • Watched Democratic convention (23%, 15 Votes)
  • Watched Republican convention (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Watched both conventions (29%, 19 Votes)
  • Watched neither convention (40%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

Start Date: September 12, 2012 @ 11:23 am
End Date: No Expiry

I think something that could be done to improve child/youth education now is

  • give a free reading book to every newborn baby and a rocking chair to his or her mother (5%, 3 Votes)
  • provide group learning experiences (pre-school) beginning at age 2-3 (8%, 5 Votes)
  • provide more daily outdoor activities (14%, 9 Votes)
  • hold school during reduced hours, year-round, so that kids are not going to school in the dark (6%, 4 Votes)
  • emphasize exercises and memory learning in the classroom (6%, 4 Votes)
  • ban all electronic devices from the school, not just turned off, but not allowed on school campuses (11%, 7 Votes)
  • withdraw from state sports and encourage on-island team sports competition (0%, 0 Votes)
  • set up "bank days" weekly at school to encourage children and youth to save money (2%, 1 Votes)
  • encourage non-athletic "games" like Drama Club, Destination Imagination, Math Olympiad, Science Club, Environmental Club, Garden Cliub, Service Club, etc. (41%, 26 Votes)
  • allow the state to fund private schools with state regulations (charter schools) (7%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 63

Start Date: September 4, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
End Date: No Expiry

I am facing these shortening days of Summer with:

  • a desire to cram every last moment of summer fun and activity in (24%, 21 Votes)
  • excitement at the change of seasons (33%, 29 Votes)
  • sadness that the summer break is coming to an end (16%, 14 Votes)
  • weariness that summer is dragging on with hot sun, dogs barking and bored kids (2%, 2 Votes)
  • complete exhaustion from all the activity, visiting and topsy-turvy schedules of summer (15%, 13 Votes)
  • resolve (10%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

Start Date: August 22, 2012 @ 9:15 am
End Date: No Expiry

My medical insurance coverage is:

  • paid entirely through my employer (7%, 5 Votes)
  • paid in part through my employer (28%, 20 Votes)
  • paid by me (27%, 19 Votes)
  • paid through Medicaid (1%, 1 Votes)
  • paid through Medicare (20%, 14 Votes)
  • I have no medical insurance of any kind (17%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 71

Start Date: August 15, 2012 @ 4:56 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What's your favorite method of vacation travel?

  • Plane (23%, 15 Votes)
  • Train (25%, 16 Votes)
  • Car (30%, 19 Votes)
  • Bus (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ferry (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Cruise Liner (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Motorcycle (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Foot (11%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 64

Start Date: August 9, 2012 @ 12:51 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What are your thoughts on marijuana and its possible legalization?

  • Marijuana is a gateway to more dangerous drugs (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol or tobacco (36%, 33 Votes)
  • It's just a matter of time before marijuana is legalized (48%, 44 Votes)
  • The legalization of marijuana will lead to more dangerous crimes (5%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 91

Start Date: August 2, 2012 @ 9:28 am
End Date: No Expiry

How do you feel about pets? Do you have any? (Choose all that apply.)

  • I am definitely a cat person. (43%, 32 Votes)
  • Only dogs for me. (28%, 21 Votes)
  • Don't have, don't want any pets. (8%, 6 Votes)
  • I can't have pets where I live. And I'm sad about that. (9%, 7 Votes)
  • I have pets that aren't on this list. (3%, 2 Votes)
  • I have a myriad of pets. (25%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 75

Start Date: July 25, 2012 @ 12:44 pm
End Date: No Expiry

When (and if) it gets really hot in the summer, my preferred escape plan is to:

  • Take a nap (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Jump in the lake (12%, 7 Votes)
  • Drink a beer (10%, 6 Votes)
  • Turn on the air conditioning (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Soak it all in (37%, 22 Votes)
  • Head out onto the water (20%, 12 Votes)
  • Pray for rain (11%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 59

Start Date: July 18, 2012 @ 11:33 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Some of my favorite "summer reads" have been (choose up to 10):

  • War and Peace by Tolstoy (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Ulysses by Joyce (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Gone With the Wind by Mitchell (22%, 14 Votes)
  • Hawaii by Michener (22%, 14 Votes)
  • From Here to Eternity by Jones (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkein (15%, 10 Votes)
  • Pillars of the Earth by Follett (23%, 15 Votes)
  • Peyton Place by Metalious (5%, 3 Votes)
  • East of Eden by Steinbeck (23%, 15 Votes)
  • Catcher in the Rye by Salinger (25%, 16 Votes)
  • Sex and the Single Girl by Brown (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Catch 22 by Heller (18%, 12 Votes)
  • Valley of the Dolls by Susann (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Harry Potter by Rowling (31%, 20 Votes)
  • The Corrections by Franzen (9%, 6 Votes)
  • A Million Little Pieces by Frey (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Twilight series by Meyer (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Marley and Me by Grogan (12%, 8 Votes)
  • Audacity of Hope by Obama (15%, 10 Votes)
  • Team of Rivals by Goodwin (8%, 5 Votes)
  • The Help by Stockett (31%, 20 Votes)
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Larsson (42%, 27 Votes)
  • 50 Shades of Grey by James (8%, 5 Votes)
  • None of the above. (17%, 11 Votes)
  • I have better things to do in the summer than read. (14%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 65

Start Date: July 11, 2012 @ 5:40 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What are your feelings on visitors (not necessarily the same as tourists)?

  • I love it when someone comes to Orcas to visit me. (59%, 48 Votes)
  • I don't let anyone know I live on Orcas. (2%, 2 Votes)
  • I tolerate visitors. (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Family is OK, but no one else. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Depends on how long they stay. There are limits, you know. (38%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 82

Start Date: July 5, 2012 @ 12:12 am
End Date: No Expiry

What is your favorite summer event on Orcas Island?

  • Chamber Community Parade (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Music in the Park (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Eastsound Fireworks (14%, 13 Votes)
  • Deer Harbor Fireworks (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Olga Daze (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Library Fair (20%, 19 Votes)
  • Chamber Music Festival (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Bite of Orcas (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Pet Parade (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Solstice Parade (21%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 93

Start Date: June 27, 2012 @ 5:47 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Which option would you support for funding Moran State Park?

  • A referendum/initiative demanding the state designate X amount out of its general fund for state parks (38%, 30 Votes)
  • Increase in car tab renewal donation of $5 to a mandatory $10 renamed as the Discover Pass, with all funds designated only for state parks (51%, 41 Votes)
  • Removal of Moran from the State Parks system and formation of a public non-profit to raise local funds for maintenance, operations, and capital improvements (10%, 8 Votes)
  • Lease the park to a private business to operate (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 80

Start Date: June 20, 2012 @ 5:23 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How do you spend your leisure time? (Select up to three responses.)

  • Reading (79%, 46 Votes)
  • Watching TV (26%, 15 Votes)
  • Surfing the internet (43%, 25 Votes)
  • Cooking (19%, 11 Votes)
  • Gardening (33%, 19 Votes)
  • Sports/Outdoor activities (29%, 17 Votes)
  • Pure loafing (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Shopping (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Something else... (36%, 21 Votes)

Total Voters: 58

Start Date: June 14, 2012 @ 12:55 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What is your age? (All answers are anonymous. Really. We just want to know about our readership.)

  • 20-30 (3%, 3 Votes)
  • 30-40 (5%, 5 Votes)
  • 40-50 (14%, 15 Votes)
  • 50-60 (26%, 28 Votes)
  • 60-70 (31%, 33 Votes)
  • 70-80 (18%, 19 Votes)
  • 80-100 (3%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 107

Start Date: June 5, 2012 @ 5:28 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you pay attention to political polls?

  • I watch them faithfully (5%, 2 Votes)
  • Not at all (28%, 12 Votes)
  • I find them amusing (26%, 11 Votes)
  • I think there is some validity in them (41%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 43

Start Date: May 30, 2012 @ 5:48 pm
End Date: No Expiry

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