Question of the Week Archive

Will you be celebrating (or otherwise acknowledging) Valentine's Day?

  • Sure. Why not? (42%, 16 Votes)
  • Nope. No sweetheart. (18%, 7 Votes)
  • Is chocolate involved? (40%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 38

Start Date: February 10, 2016 @ 2:29 pm
End Date: No Expiry

My guilty pleasures are (click all that apply):

  • Watching football (22%, 16 Votes)
  • Browsing Facebook (36%, 26 Votes)
  • Eating chocolate (47%, 34 Votes)
  • Binge-watching (3 hours or more at a sitting) Netflix, TV, Cable, etc. (55%, 40 Votes)
  • Eating comfort food (53%, 39 Votes)
  • Shopping (19%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 73

Start Date: January 28, 2016 @ 11:19 am
End Date: No Expiry

My favored form of conversation is...

  • exchanging information (37%, 18 Votes)
  • arguing or discussing opinions (6%, 3 Votes)
  • exchanging experiences that formed who I am (20%, 10 Votes)
  • brainstorming solutions (18%, 9 Votes)
  • planning strategies (19%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 49

Start Date: January 20, 2016 @ 4:04 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What's your favorite go-to greeting of someone?

  • Hi (45%, 21 Votes)
  • Hello (19%, 9 Votes)
  • Hey (26%, 12 Votes)
  • Yo (0%, 0 Votes)
  • None of these... (10%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 47

Start Date: January 16, 2016 @ 2:35 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you own a firearm?

  • No (54%, 63 Votes)
  • Yes (37%, 43 Votes)
  • Someone in my house does, but it's not mine. (9%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 117

Start Date: January 8, 2016 @ 12:08 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Planning a winter vacation from the island?

  • Oh, yes. (20%, 10 Votes)
  • I wish. (24%, 12 Votes)
  • Nope. I'm happy here. (56%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

Start Date: January 4, 2016 @ 3:27 pm
End Date: No Expiry

The most effective ways I can help my neighbor and my community is by... (choose two)

  • Working in community and social services (16%, 13 Votes)
  • Working to address child poverty (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Providing shelter for homeless persons (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Doing favors for my neighbors (24%, 20 Votes)
  • Volunteering for community efforts (43%, 35 Votes)
  • Donating a portion of income to charity (21%, 17 Votes)
  • Doing as much business as possible locally (54%, 44 Votes)

Total Voters: 82

Start Date: December 24, 2015 @ 9:57 am
End Date: No Expiry

What's on tap for your holiday plans?

  • Staying quietly at home. (35%, 23 Votes)
  • Sharing with friends or family at my home. (32%, 21 Votes)
  • Sharing with friends or family at their home. (14%, 9 Votes)
  • Traveling off-island to visit family or friends. (19%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

Start Date: December 18, 2015 @ 7:02 pm
End Date: No Expiry

During a power outage, do you have a phone that does not require power?

  • Yes (83%, 67 Votes)
  • No (17%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 81

Start Date: December 10, 2015 @ 3:43 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How do you keep a roof over your head?

  • I own my home outright (32%, 35 Votes)
  • I pay a monthly mortgage of $1,000 or under (8%, 9 Votes)
  • I rent with a monthly payment of $1,000 or under (13%, 14 Votes)
  • I pay a monthly mortgage of over $1,000 (39%, 42 Votes)
  • I rent with a monthly payment of over $1,000 (6%, 7 Votes)
  • I live with the folks and help with the rent (1%, 1 Votes)
  • My kids help me with housing costs (0%, 0 Votes)
  • My parents help me with housing costs (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 109

Start Date: December 2, 2015 @ 10:58 am
End Date: No Expiry

My daily needs are paid for by the income from ... (choose all that apply)

  • my current job(s) (57%, 66 Votes)
  • my family (9%, 10 Votes)
  • my investments (35%, 40 Votes)
  • my social security (45%, 52 Votes)
  • my unemployment compensation (1%, 1 Votes)
  • my credit accounts (5%, 6 Votes)
  • my income-producing properties (9%, 10 Votes)
  • hand-to-mouth day labor, gigs, freebies, private loans (5%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 115

Start Date: November 21, 2015 @ 2:29 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Probably my biggest consumption of energy is...

  • taking airplane flights (13%, 11 Votes)
  • running my daily appliances (washer, dryer, iron, dishwasher, etc) (20%, 16 Votes)
  • driving my car (24%, 20 Votes)
  • heating my house with wood, oil, or electricity (40%, 33 Votes)
  • reasearching and installing solar, wind or other alternatives (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 82

Start Date: November 10, 2015 @ 12:52 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Here's my relationship with meat....

  • Almost any kind, I love to eat it (47%, 36 Votes)
  • I like it once in a while, maybe once a month or more (31%, 24 Votes)
  • I've been a vegetarian for decades (10%, 8 Votes)
  • I'm a recent vegetarian, within the last three years (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I'm a vegan (no animal products at all) (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Bacon is my weakness (11%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 77

Start Date: November 4, 2015 @ 9:47 pm
End Date: No Expiry

It's that time again: TURN BACK YOUR CLOCKS at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015

  • I don't understand why we have to keep doing this. Can't we make it stop? (61%, 65 Votes)
  • I don't mind the extra one hour sleep in the Fall. (20%, 21 Votes)
  • Who cares? It doesn't affect me one way or the other. (19%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 106

Start Date: October 29, 2015 @ 5:52 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What I appreciate most, what brings me back, to Orcas Issues is:

  • In-depth reporting on issues (38%, 25 Votes)
  • Up to date event listings (6%, 4 Votes)
  • Reader comments (11%, 7 Votes)
  • Community involvement (45%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

Start Date: October 23, 2015 @ 4:24 pm
End Date: No Expiry

I think the County time and money is best spent:

  • Curbs, sidewalks, gutters on Prune Alley (76%, 86 Votes)
  • Widening Orcas Road from Nordstrom Lane to McNallie Lane (24%, 27 Votes)

Total Voters: 113

Start Date: October 8, 2015 @ 7:16 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Did you experience farm life growing up?

  • Go outside? only on the sidewalks or Disneyland (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Yes, I was lucky and go back whenever I can (27%, 15 Votes)
  • Yes, occasional visits to farm friends and family (35%, 19 Votes)
  • Only on field trips from the city and occasional farm festivals (22%, 12 Votes)
  • Thought I'd love getting back to the earth, but it wasn't for me (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Still farming, still love the life (7%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 55

Start Date: October 3, 2015 @ 12:24 pm
End Date: No Expiry

I make most of my consumer purchases...

  • From local stores, it keeps my purchasing on a more modest scale and supports the local economy (60%, 45 Votes)
  • By mail order from Amazon, I don't even have to go off-island (19%, 14 Votes)
  • When I go to the mainland "big box" stores, including Costco (21%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 75

Start Date: September 22, 2015 @ 10:42 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Hi "Orcas Issues" Readers: How long, approximately, have you been reading "Orcas Issues"?

  • All seven years it's been published (46%, 49 Votes)
  • This is the first time I've read it! (3%, 3 Votes)
  • I started subscribing this year (4%, 4 Votes)
  • For the last five years, since 2010 (19%, 20 Votes)
  • Since 2012-13, around there (28%, 30 Votes)

Total Voters: 106

Start Date: September 4, 2015 @ 10:01 am
End Date: No Expiry

When riding a ferry, I usually...

  • Remain on the car deck (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Stay in my car and read (31%, 33 Votes)
  • Stay in my car and nap (16%, 17 Votes)
  • Go topside to read (27%, 29 Votes)
  • Go topside to nap (7%, 7 Votes)
  • Go topside to eat (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Go topside to mingle (11%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 107

Start Date: August 28, 2015 @ 2:58 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What do you do when the internet connections go down?

  • Fret (20%, 16 Votes)
  • Relax (15%, 12 Votes)
  • Sleep (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Read (28%, 23 Votes)
  • Go outdoors (32%, 26 Votes)
  • Clean (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 81

Start Date: August 20, 2015 @ 11:19 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you own a boat?

  • Not yet. (12%, 10 Votes)
  • Yes. (26%, 22 Votes)
  • No. (36%, 31 Votes)
  • Been there. Done that. (26%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 85

Start Date: August 13, 2015 @ 9:15 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you think growth and development is downgrading our island's character and environment?

  • Yes. (60%, 71 Votes)
  • No. (40%, 47 Votes)

Total Voters: 118

Start Date: August 5, 2015 @ 4:07 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Is separating / recycling a part of your current practice?

  • Of course it is. (83%, 67 Votes)
  • Sometimes. (7%, 6 Votes)
  • I'm not clear on the guidelines. (4%, 3 Votes)
  • No. Too much trouble. (6%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 81

Start Date: July 31, 2015 @ 3:38 pm
End Date: No Expiry

In the last 3 years, do you think your OPALCO bill has gone up or down? OPALCO will help you compare, call 376-3500

  • I think it's gone up (35%, 26 Votes)
  • I've compared it and I know it's gone up (55%, 41 Votes)
  • I think it's gone down (3%, 2 Votes)
  • I've compared it and I know it's gone down (7%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 75

Start Date: July 23, 2015 @ 2:46 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you have a tattoo?

  • Nope. (89%, 77 Votes)
  • Yes, one. (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Yes, more than one. (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Yes, more than five. (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Yes, one, and it's really big. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 87

Start Date: July 16, 2015 @ 10:49 pm
End Date: No Expiry

From what I know, school standardized tests are:

  • A great measurement tool (7%, 6 Votes)
  • A statistical tool that needs re-tooling (13%, 12 Votes)
  • A good idea, but the current tests are seriously flawed (11%, 10 Votes)
  • A bad perspective, emphasizing testing more than learning abilities (53%, 48 Votes)
  • A complete waste of time (16%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 90

Start Date: July 8, 2015 @ 5:18 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Have you been the recipient of a joint replacement?

  • No, not yet. (77%, 62 Votes)
  • In the near future, I will be. (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Yep, one. (11%, 9 Votes)
  • Two or more. (11%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 81

Start Date: July 1, 2015 @ 11:26 pm
End Date: No Expiry

As electronic technology improves, I feel:

  • Wowed by the innovations -- glad I don't have to learn to use them (11%, 8 Votes)
  • In a panic, trying to keep up with necessary skills (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Reluctant to adopt new advances when older systems seem to work fine (39%, 29 Votes)
  • Plugging away to upgrade and utilize the new apps and programs I can use (46%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 74

Start Date: June 22, 2015 @ 11:55 pm
End Date: No Expiry

My dream way of making a living would be as...

  • an attorney (19%, 3 Votes)
  • a booking agent (6%, 1 Votes)
  • a comedian (25%, 4 Votes)
  • a dancer (6%, 1 Votes)
  • a farmer (44%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 16

Start Date: June 22, 2015 @ 2:25 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Have you ever actually read the passenger safety instructions aboard a Washington State ferry?

  • Yes (54%, 61 Votes)
  • No (46%, 51 Votes)

Total Voters: 112

Start Date: June 10, 2015 @ 4:27 pm
End Date: No Expiry

The thing that concerns me most about summer is

  • housing (12%, 11 Votes)
  • ferries (27%, 25 Votes)
  • wildfires (13%, 12 Votes)
  • employment (1%, 1 Votes)
  • parking (12%, 11 Votes)
  • too much to do (4%, 4 Votes)
  • broadband access (4%, 4 Votes)
  • nothing! don't sweat the small stuff! (27%, 23 Votes)

Total Voters: 91

Start Date: June 3, 2015 @ 12:45 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Going to county workshops on Lopez and/or San Juan Island on the inter-island ferry is...

  • an "islands way" of collecting thoughts, informal visiting and enjoying the scenery (27%, 17 Votes)
  • fine, if there's transportaion to the event or it's in walking distance (53%, 33 Votes)
  • a waste of precious time (11%, 7 Votes)
  • easier than driving from downtown Seattle to West Seattle or Ballard (9%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

Start Date: May 27, 2015 @ 8:11 am
End Date: No Expiry

If you had to choose between these two, which would you prefer?

  • Boots on the ground (22%, 12 Votes)
  • Drones in the air (78%, 43 Votes)

Total Voters: 55

Start Date: May 20, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
End Date: No Expiry

The main reason I'm unwilling to sign up for elected office is:

  • I don't have the time (25%, 18 Votes)
  • I don't know enough about governing (21%, 15 Votes)
  • I don't want to file and make my business public (21%, 15 Votes)
  • I don't think government service is worthwhile (4%, 3 Votes)
  • I'm afraid of making a mistake (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I can't take the criticism that public officials get (29%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 71

Start Date: May 13, 2015 @ 3:04 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Would you support the county requiring business licenses to track safety and regulatory compliance, as suggested at the last EPRC meeting??

  • Yes (52%, 31 Votes)
  • No (48%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 60

Start Date: May 5, 2015 @ 5:28 pm
End Date: No Expiry

How do you work? (Please review all options and then check the one that applies to you)

  • Fulltime job/career (15%, 12 Votes)
  • Volunteer or Board member unpaid (26%, 21 Votes)
  • Volunteer or Board member with stipend or benefits (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Part-time job/career (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Fulltime AND Part-time jobs/careers (4%, 3 Votes)
  • Multiple Part-time jobs/careers (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Fulltime job/career AND unpaid volunteer/board member (15%, 12 Votes)
  • Part-time job/career AND unpaid volunteer/board member (9%, 7 Votes)
  • Fulltime AND Part-time jobs/careers AND unpaid volunteer/board member (9%, 7 Votes)
  • Multiple Part-time jobs/careers AND unpaid volunteer/board member (13%, 11 Votes)

Total Voters: 80

Start Date: April 28, 2015 @ 12:52 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What's the most important problem facing the country?

  • Dissatisfation with government (36%, 23 Votes)
  • Unemployment (11%, 7 Votes)
  • Immigration (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Education (20%, 13 Votes)
  • Situation(s) in Middle East (17%, 11 Votes)
  • Race relations (14%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 64

Start Date: April 24, 2015 @ 12:33 am
End Date: No Expiry

What do you think about the surge in tourism?

  • We absolutely need it! (24%, 19 Votes)
  • Share the wealth of natural beauty and rural living! (24%, 19 Votes)
  • It's distorting our year-round local economy (11%, 9 Votes)
  • Our community will go down the tubes from excessive tourism (16%, 13 Votes)
  • We have to pay the costs of tourism -- garbage, public restrooms, increased traffic (14%, 11 Votes)
  • The ferries will keep it in check -- with a lot of frustrated travelers (15%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 80

Start Date: April 20, 2015 @ 10:26 am
End Date: No Expiry

Have you ever given incorrect, perhaps fantastical or fanciful, directions to a tourist?

  • No. Of course not. (68%, 58 Votes)
  • Well... (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Yes, but I took it back. (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Oh, yeah! (19%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 85

Start Date: April 14, 2015 @ 11:33 pm
End Date: No Expiry

MY RITUAL FOR WELCOMING SPRING IS: (pick two)

  • Eating local asparagus in season (23%, 14 Votes)
  • Sniffling and sneezing through allergies (25%, 15 Votes)
  • Making an annual donation to Orcas Issues (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Cutting my hair and/or beard (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Participating in the Orcas Island Shakespeare Festival Parade and Fair (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Signing up for monthly donations to Orcas Issues (7%, 4 Votes)
  • Going to see the Skagit Valley Tulips (16%, 10 Votes)
  • Planting seeds or seedlings (41%, 25 Votes)
  • Mowing the lawn (25%, 15 Votes)
  • Contributing some of my tax refund to Orcas Issues (5%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 61

Start Date: April 8, 2015 @ 10:23 am
End Date: No Expiry

How are you best informed about local developments?

  • Official public meetings (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Private weekly meetings (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Hair dresser, barber shop, local business chatter (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Regular drop-in at pubs, clubs, bars and cafes (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Reading "Orcas Issues!" (84%, 76 Votes)

Total Voters: 91

Start Date: March 29, 2015 @ 9:59 am
End Date: No Expiry

Have you ever performed on stage in front of an audience?

  • Never. (6%, 6 Votes)
  • No, but I might like to. (3%, 3 Votes)
  • No way. (5%, 5 Votes)
  • Sure, in high school. (21%, 22 Votes)
  • Yes, and I never want to do it again. (15%, 16 Votes)
  • Yes, and I love it. (50%, 54 Votes)

Total Voters: 106

Start Date: March 18, 2015 @ 10:50 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Are you currently seeking a place to live?

  • Yes (13%, 14 Votes)
  • No (87%, 91 Votes)

Total Voters: 105

Start Date: March 6, 2015 @ 11:37 am
End Date: No Expiry

Do you attend public meetings and provide input on current issues?

  • Yes. I'm faithful about it. (9%, 5 Votes)
  • Once in a while. (55%, 32 Votes)
  • No. Why bother? No one listens anyway. (28%, 16 Votes)
  • No. I wait until after the decisions are made and then complain (8%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 58

Start Date: February 26, 2015 @ 11:45 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Have you used the ferry reservation system yet?

  • Yes, and it works slick! (45%, 59 Votes)
  • Yes, what a pain (29%, 38 Votes)
  • Yes, had some glitches and worked to help fix them (12%, 16 Votes)
  • Not yet, haven't needed to (7%, 9 Votes)
  • Not yet, I'm avoiding dealing with it (5%, 6 Votes)
  • I'm a die-hard standby person and will continue to take my chances (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 131

Start Date: February 18, 2015 @ 11:24 am
End Date: No Expiry

At what level do you hear the Whidbey NAS Growlers?

  • Not at all. (27%, 25 Votes)
  • Low rumble. (36%, 33 Votes)
  • Rumble and vibration. (29%, 27 Votes)
  • Disrupted activities. (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Extremely loud. (5%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 92

Start Date: February 12, 2015 @ 6:32 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Would you support lighting in Eastsound? (select up to two answers)

  • if it's low-level, like in front of Hogstone's pizza (17%, 16 Votes)
  • if it's 8-12 feet high in dark areas like "A" Street (5%, 5 Votes)
  • at crossroads only, like School and North Beach Road or Prune Alley and Main Street (13%, 12 Votes)
  • if used sparingly (14%, 13 Votes)
  • if used generously (10%, 9 Votes)
  • at the high school football-soccer-track field (7%, 7 Votes)
  • if it's motion-activated (9%, 8 Votes)
  • nope! it's a slippery slope! (55%, 52 Votes)

Total Voters: 94

Start Date: February 6, 2015 @ 12:20 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What do you think is the most important issue facing the Washington State Legislature?

  • Basic education reform (47%, 29 Votes)
  • Implementing the State Marijuana Initiative (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Gun safety (10%, 6 Votes)
  • Voter rights (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Oil/coal transportation safety (41%, 26 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

Start Date: February 2, 2015 @ 12:46 pm
End Date: No Expiry

This Sunday I will be watching the Super Bowl...

  • At home (58%, 32 Votes)
  • At the Sea View Theatre (9%, 5 Votes)
  • At the Lower Tavern (4%, 2 Votes)
  • At the American Legion (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Not -- I have better things to do (18%, 10 Votes)
  • Not, never, no way -- yuk! (11%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 55

Start Date: January 29, 2015 @ 10:00 am
End Date: No Expiry

I find that, over the last 10 years, my ability to focus... (select two)

  • has decreased due to aging (12%, 11 Votes)
  • has decreased due to constant electronic accessibility (10%, 9 Votes)
  • has decreased due to stress of making a living (16%, 15 Votes)
  • has increased due to meditation (7%, 7 Votes)
  • has increased due to a conscious decision to slow down (17%, 16 Votes)
  • is something I have to consciously maintain (19%, 18 Votes)
  • isn't something I think about (32%, 30 Votes)
  • is something I know is decreasing, but c'est la vie! (34%, 32 Votes)

Total Voters: 94

Start Date: January 17, 2015 @ 5:46 pm
End Date: No Expiry

The Most Significant Event of 2014 was....

  • Opening of the Sea View Theatre as a revamped entertainment venue (18%, 20 Votes)
  • Election of Ron Krebs as County Sheriff (18%, 20 Votes)
  • Passage of 10-year Fire Department levy (12%, 14 Votes)
  • Selection of Eric Webb as new Orcas Island School District Superintendent (15%, 17 Votes)
  • Tourism surge (18%, 21 Votes)
  • Early Childhood Preschool Initiative funding (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Inaugural Orcas Island Film Festival (15%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 114

Start Date: January 4, 2015 @ 11:35 am
End Date: No Expiry

My favorite holidays treat is:

  • Tangerines (13%, 13 Votes)
  • Fudge (7%, 7 Votes)
  • Fruitcake (8%, 8 Votes)
  • Plum Pudding (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Turkey and all the Trimmings (14%, 14 Votes)
  • Russian Teacakes (11%, 11 Votes)
  • Egg Nog (25%, 24 Votes)
  • Krumkake (5%, 5 Votes)
  • My own secret recipe (15%, 13 Votes)

Total Voters: 97

Start Date: December 24, 2014 @ 1:47 pm
End Date: No Expiry

I give myself the gift of peace during this season by (answer all that apply):

  • Not tuning in to 24/7 Christmas music radio stations (29%, 20 Votes)
  • Not getting involved in family dynamics (34%, 23 Votes)
  • Resisting the commercial pressure of gift giving (56%, 38 Votes)
  • Not doing what others pressure me to do (41%, 28 Votes)
  • Engaging only in my personal rituals (21%, 14 Votes)
  • Walking in the woods (49%, 33 Votes)

Total Voters: 68

Start Date: December 17, 2014 @ 1:43 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you lock your car doors?

  • Yes, always. (55%, 34 Votes)
  • Sometimes. (34%, 21 Votes)
  • Never. (11%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

Start Date: December 12, 2014 @ 4:05 pm
End Date: No Expiry

My favorite Christmas movie is:

  • Miracle on 34th Street (5%, 4 Votes)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (26%, 20 Votes)
  • A Christmas Story (16%, 12 Votes)
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (8%, 6 Votes)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (5%, 4 Votes)
  • Prancer (3%, 2 Votes)
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (12%, 9 Votes)
  • The Night Before Christmas (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Scrooged (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim (23%, 18 Votes)

Total Voters: 77

Start Date: December 4, 2014 @ 12:38 am
End Date: No Expiry

Thanksgiving is all about...

  • a day off work (8%, 5 Votes)
  • friends and family (68%, 45 Votes)
  • fighting traffic (0%, 0 Votes)
  • turkey, dressing and gravy (17%, 11 Votes)
  • watching football (2%, 1 Votes)
  • our unique family tradition (5%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 66

Start Date: November 26, 2014 @ 10:46 pm
End Date: No Expiry

With the opening of Token Herb at Country Corner, will anything change for you?

  • I will definitely be a regular customer. (2%, 2 Votes)
  • I may stop in there just to see what the experience is like. (13%, 11 Votes)
  • I may occasionally make a purchase there. (17%, 14 Votes)
  • It won't change anything for me. (13%, 11 Votes)
  • Marijuana is not a part of my life. (55%, 46 Votes)

Total Voters: 84

Start Date: November 20, 2014 @ 4:18 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Sir or Madam, What is your winter weather preference?

  • Sunny and cold, like it's been this week (51%, 39 Votes)
  • Warm and wet, like Pacific NW weather is supposed to be! (29%, 22 Votes)
  • So snowy that school's canceled and people walk instead of driving (20%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 77

Start Date: November 14, 2014 @ 3:15 am
End Date: No Expiry

The mid-term election is over. Are you happy with the results?

  • Overall, yes. (24%, 20 Votes)
  • Overall, no. (14%, 12 Votes)
  • Pleased with local results, but not nationally. (55%, 46 Votes)
  • Not pleased with local results, but am nationally. (7%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 83

Start Date: November 5, 2014 @ 1:58 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Have you voted?

  • Yes (90%, 57 Votes)
  • No, still pondering (10%, 6 Votes)
  • No, and I won't be. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 63

Start Date: October 31, 2014 @ 8:17 am
End Date: No Expiry

How concerned are you about an Ebola epidemic in the U.S.?

  • Very concerned: The U.S. needs to take much greater steps to control Ebola before it takes root. (24%, 35 Votes)
  • Not very: We're a nation with modern health infrastructure, and officials are actively working to stop the disease's spread. (49%, 72 Votes)
  • Somewhat concerned: Much remains to be seen. (18%, 26 Votes)
  • Let's just say I'm washing my hands more often. (9%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 146

Start Date: October 16, 2014 @ 8:41 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Looks like the next hot topic, after the elections, will be the ferry reservation system. Thoughts?

  • Finally. I've been looking forward to it. (31%, 28 Votes)
  • No way is this going to work. (29%, 26 Votes)
  • I don't care. I don't leave the island. (1%, 1 Votes)
  • We need much more information on this. (39%, 36 Votes)

Total Voters: 91

Start Date: October 9, 2014 @ 5:26 pm
End Date: No Expiry

November 4 is Election Day. What's your plan?

  • Important issues and positions are on the ballot -- you bet I'm voting! (60%, 39 Votes)
  • I'll vote, but have no enthusiasm (28%, 18 Votes)
  • Voting is a waste of time, energy and taxpayer expense (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Voting is powerless against corporate lobbyists and private interests (12%, 8 Votes)

Total Voters: 65

Start Date: October 2, 2014 @ 1:35 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What are your thoughts on the recent domestic violence revelations by NFL players?

  • What do they expect? Violence begets violence. (13%, 16 Votes)
  • It's not the NFL's problem. It's a legal issue. (8%, 10 Votes)
  • The media is hyping it too much. (11%, 13 Votes)
  • This behavior is unacceptable. (34%, 41 Votes)
  • I'm boycotting anything having to do with the NFL. (4%, 5 Votes)
  • The NFL should dump any player convicted of domestic violence. (27%, 32 Votes)
  • What? (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 119

Start Date: September 17, 2014 @ 11:41 am
End Date: No Expiry

When you learned of the events on 9/11/2001, did that alter your routine for the remainder of the day?

  • I didn't go anywhere. I was glued to the television. (33%, 19 Votes)
  • I had to go to work as usual. (17%, 10 Votes)
  • I went to work but we watched the news unfold all day. (26%, 15 Votes)
  • I went to work but we were all sent home. (3%, 2 Votes)
  • I simply couldn't watch any of the coverage. (3%, 2 Votes)
  • I tried to be normal. (18%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 58

Start Date: September 10, 2014 @ 5:31 pm
End Date: No Expiry

If I were a teacher...

  • I would choose pre-school (6%, 6 Votes)
  • Kindergarten, definitely (12%, 11 Votes)
  • Grade school (16%, 15 Votes)
  • Middle school (9%, 9 Votes)
  • High school (14%, 13 Votes)
  • College (20%, 19 Votes)
  • None of the above. No way. (23%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 95

Start Date: August 29, 2014 @ 11:22 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you use green or natural cleaners and products?

  • Yes, always (25%, 21 Votes)
  • Whenever I can (63%, 53 Votes)
  • No. There's nothing like chemicals to do the job (12%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 84

Start Date: August 21, 2014 @ 11:44 am
End Date: No Expiry

I think alcoholism is:

  • a disease (73%, 61 Votes)
  • a mental condition (14%, 12 Votes)
  • a bad habit (8%, 7 Votes)
  • a character flaw (5%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 84

Start Date: August 14, 2014 @ 10:59 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Where do you do the majority of your food shopping?

  • Island Market (66%, 88 Votes)
  • Orcas Village Store (6%, 8 Votes)
  • Orcas Food Co-op (13%, 18 Votes)
  • COSTCO (10%, 13 Votes)
  • WALMART (1%, 1 Votes)
  • CSA/Farmers Markets (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Grow my own (1%, 2 Votes)
  • Village Stop/Country Corner (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I eat out (2%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 134

Start Date: August 7, 2014 @ 12:33 pm
End Date: No Expiry

I'd support closing off Eastsound to vehicle traffic, except for periodic shuttle transportation

  • Permanently (8%, 7 Votes)
  • One Weekend a Month (8%, 7 Votes)
  • One Day a Month (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Regularly One Weekend Day (24%, 22 Votes)
  • Regularly One Week Day (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Never. No way. (55%, 49 Votes)

Total Voters: 90

Start Date: July 31, 2014 @ 1:09 pm
End Date: No Expiry

What's your favorite way to enjoy our Salish Sea?

  • Beachcombing (8%, 5 Votes)
  • Wading (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Swimming (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Kayaking/Canoeing (13%, 8 Votes)
  • Sailing (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Ferrying (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Motor Boating (5%, 3 Votes)
  • Gazing (48%, 29 Votes)
  • Bird or Whale Watching (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Fishing/Crabbing (10%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 60

Start Date: July 25, 2014 @ 11:31 am
End Date: No Expiry

My pet peeve about summer traffic is:

  • Slow drivers. (2%, 3 Votes)
  • Fast drivers. (6%, 7 Votes)
  • Drivers stopping in the middle of the road. (10%, 12 Votes)
  • Pedestrians appearing out of nowhere. (8%, 10 Votes)
  • Car alarms. (5%, 6 Votes)
  • Traffic backups in Eastsound at ferry times. (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Bicycles. Bicyles. Bicycles. (13%, 16 Votes)
  • All of the above. (12%, 15 Votes)
  • None of the above. It's summer! Lighten up. (42%, 31 Votes)

Total Voters: 123

Start Date: July 16, 2014 @ 11:23 am
End Date: No Expiry

The State is holding a public input meeting on 7/21 from 6-7 p.m. regarding proposed bike trails in Moran. Do you support these trails?

  • Yes. (40%, 25 Votes)
  • No. (24%, 15 Votes)
  • Not sure. Need more information before deciding. (36%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

Start Date: July 10, 2014 @ 10:57 am
End Date: No Expiry

What, to you, most epitomizes is the sound of summer?

  • Car alarms (7%, 5 Votes)
  • Fireworks explosions (6%, 4 Votes)
  • Power mowers / Weed eaters (44%, 31 Votes)
  • Honking horns (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Crack of bats hitting baseballs (3%, 2 Votes)
  • Splashing in the lake (11%, 8 Votes)
  • Summer breezes (24%, 17 Votes)
  • Whidbey Island NAS Growlers (5%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 70

Start Date: July 3, 2014 @ 4:05 pm
End Date: No Expiry

The Evergreen State is being decommissioned. Good thing or bad?

  • Good thing. We need a larger ferry on our route. (11%, 9 Votes)
  • Sad thing. What a trooper she has been for us for 60 years. (36%, 30 Votes)
  • Doesn't matter to me as long as I can get back and forth when I want. (10%, 8 Votes)
  • Depends on what she is replaced with. (25%, 21 Votes)
  • We may see her again. You never know with WSF. (18%, 16 Votes)

Total Voters: 84

Start Date: June 26, 2014 @ 3:40 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Which do you consider more dangerous?

  • Texting while driving. (48%, 30 Votes)
  • Driving drunk. (52%, 33 Votes)

Total Voters: 63

Start Date: June 20, 2014 @ 9:51 am
End Date: No Expiry

Do you think all beaches on the island should be accessible to the public, as guaranteed by law in Hawaii and Oregon?

  • Yes. (58%, 95 Votes)
  • No. (24%, 40 Votes)
  • Well, it depends. (16%, 26 Votes)
  • Yes, all except mine. (2%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 164

Start Date: June 6, 2014 @ 2:58 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Would you vote for Eastsound to become its own municipality, like Friday Harbor? (with town executive, council, etc.)?

  • In a heartbeat (13%, 9 Votes)
  • With serious consideration (25%, 17 Votes)
  • As long as it doesn't cost anything (7%, 5 Votes)
  • No! Thank you very much! (55%, 38 Votes)

Total Voters: 69

Start Date: May 28, 2014 @ 12:30 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Is Memorial Day Weekend the official start of summer for you, or do you follow the calendar?

  • Yep. Summer starts Memorial Day Weekend, for sure. (54%, 22 Votes)
  • Nope. Not until the calendar says it's summer. (46%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

Start Date: May 21, 2014 @ 2:19 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Have you ever planted trees on your property?

  • No. (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Yes. (89%, 78 Votes)
  • OK, maybe once. (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Yes, even when renting. (3%, 3 Votes)
  • Never. Just let nature take its course. (4%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

Start Date: May 14, 2014 @ 11:44 am
End Date: No Expiry

Are you pleased with your life?

  • Yes. (55%, 35 Votes)
  • Mostly. (36%, 23 Votes)
  • Not so much. (6%, 4 Votes)
  • No. (3%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 64

Start Date: May 8, 2014 @ 3:51 pm
End Date: No Expiry

Do you perceive a conflict of interest in members of county advisory committees being members of organizations that propose or oppose certain positions on county governance?

  • Yes (72%, 50 Votes)
  • No (17%, 12 Votes)
  • Never thought about it before. Hmmmmm... (11%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 69

Start Date: April 30, 2014 @ 1:27 pm
End Date: No Expiry

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

  • Travel back in time. (27%, 12 Votes)
  • Travel to the future. (18%, 8 Votes)
  • Just let time unfold as it should. (55%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 44

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

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