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This week on The Freedom Update – an obvious union backed candidate runs for state senate, the Department of Early Learning seeks parent input, and C-Tran approved $200,000 for an idea voters rejected.
If you think that government waste is hurting taxpayers, read and share this video and the articles linked below.

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I was unaware that Mayor Scott Dudley sent a letter to the Whidbey News Times commenting on the attacks that Keven Graves made about him in a recent editorial until someone who does receive the paper told me about it. I checked the Whidbey News Times website and it does not appear anywhere in the online edition. Apparently the Whidbey News Times reserves the space on their website only for those who do not disagree with the paper and the Keven Graves editorials…apparently Mr. Graves does not consider letters from our Mayor important enough to publish in his online edition. This is just more evidence of the agenda the Whidbey News Times clearly has.

UPDATE- The Whidbey News Times only today added the letter from the mayor to it’s website. The letter was received on the March 27th. It was published today on April 7th, 9 days later.

After the baseless attack on the Mayor in his editorial Keven Graves should do the right thing and at least give the Mayor a chance to refute his baseless claims. Apparently the Whidbey News Times could care less about fairness…

So in the interest in fairness we are publishing it here:

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Below is the video presentation given to the Oak Harbor City Council and the Public on the removal of the Garry Oak Tree at the Oak Harbor Post Office. Cathy Rosen the Oak Harbor Public Works Director did an excellent job of presenting the facts surrounding the history of this Oak Tree. The report includes new information from Master Arborist Sean Dugan of Tree Solutions and information from Dr. Larry Cort the City Administrator concerning the laws we have to protect Oak Harbors Oak trees and the liability this tree presented to the city.

It was obvious that this tree was a hazard to the public and unfortunately did need to be removed. Beyond that the video below will answer the many question there are concerning the removal of this tree and the history of the attempts to save it. Video can be seen by clicking the “Read the rest of this entry »” below.

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In the online edition of the News Times Keven Graves again stepped up to bat with another ill-informed editorial in “his” newspaper. His comments in this editorial shows just how low our local newspaper editor will go to attack those who they know so little about and have never spoken to.
In this editorial he states:

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The Garry Oak Tree at the Oak Harbor Post Office was cut down this Sunday morning.

The City gave very little notice that it was to be cut down but the condition of the tree is what is caused the expedited action on the cities part.

Last May a 100 pound branch broke off in a windstorm and last June another 300 pound branch fell on the sidewalk. This spring and summer when the tree is in full leaf and the sap is running would have more than likely caused more limbs to fail.

It is certainly sad to see a tree of this age cut down but the years were not been to kind to it. This tree was more than likely planted alongside a wagon trail some 400 years ago and the since then that wagon trail has turned into the city we know as Oak Harbor. Once you pave over a trees roots the tree suffers and eventually the tree needs to be removed. (Pictures below the fold)

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Вибачте за мій поганий українському, Google Translate є нашим другом.
Оскільки світ стоїть і спостерігає, що відбувається у вашій країні, багато з нас в США разом з вами. Наш уряд може бути нічого не вартим з нашим нинішньої адміністрації, але багато людей з США разом з вами. У нашій історії у нас є, що ми називаємо “Сини свободи” деякі з них ви, можливо, чули. Ми повинні знати імена ваш герой, ваш Сини Свободи, так сказати, щоб вони могли бути відомі світу. Багато хто з нас стояти з вами у вашій боротьбі за свободу і бажаю вам усього доброго, будь ласка, повідомте нам Ваші історії, щоб ми могли шанувати людей, які воювали і, можливо, померли в процесі боротьби за свободу ви бажаєте так сильно. Звертайтеся до нас.

Ось кілька з назв наших ” Синів волі ”

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It was recently brought to my attention that Keven Graves of the Whidbey News Times wrote another editorial that was again one sided and berift of facts in the local paper.

This time it was concerning Mayor Dudley and the replacement of his “executive assistant” Renee Recker and the subsequent lawsuit filed by Christon Skinner in her behalf against the city.

When I heard of this I did go to the Whidbey News Times and read the article. I normally refuse to read the local paper either the print edition or the online edition because of their one sided reporting and editorials. As soon as I read the obviously biased and one sided article I called the Mayor (yes our Mayor is readily available by telephone Mr. Graves) and asked him if Keven Graves ever asked him or anyone in his administration about the facts concerning this issue and he informed me that he had never spoken to Keven Graves and never received a phone call from him at any time much less before this editorial was published and he knows no one in his administration that was contacted about this issue. 

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After watching the news out of Ukraine and seeing the people fighting and dying for the freedoms we take for granted in Maidan Square I was thinking about where we have been, where we are going and how we have turned into a nation that stands for nothing.

We have allowed the government to take control over our lives and many of us have accepted those facts and choose to do nothing. Obamacare takes over healthcare in this country and what do we do? The NSA spies on Americans, not just Americans but the world and what do we do? The Constitution and the Bill of Rights? What do those sacred documents mean today? The answer to all of the above is nothing. We sit at our TV’s and computers, read and watch stories of true patriots fighting and dying for what we are now throwing away while we see the freedoms many generations of Americans have fought and died for being replaced by something that is nothing better than socialism. Socialism is no longer our enemy, it is the norm in the USA.

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Robert Knight
The Washington Times

“As with the children’s books that began with “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” the man endures a series of mishaps, the final one showing his elderly dad getting punched over a can of soup during a riot. The tagline is, “Don’t let your dad get punched over a can of soup.”

It’s a perfect analogy to the spiraling tyranny of centralized mismanagement epitomized by Obamacare and other rogue federal programs under President Obama. Here’s how it goes:
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Recently the Island County Economic Development Council produced a report on the economic impact and value that NAS Whidbey Island brings to our local economy. It is a detailed and very well authored and sourced report on the economic value that the Naval Air Station brings to Island and Skagit County.

Obviously a lot of hard work went into this report and it should be valued reading for those interested in the economics and effect of having NAS Whidbey and the Naval Outlying Field in Coupeville remain in our community.

Many thanks to the ICEDC for the time and effort it took to produce this report. 

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Economic Impact to Island and Skagit Counties (2.36mb .pdf file)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Merry
Christmas!

from the Courthouse

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Jim Camden The Spokesman-Review

A change in the nation’s overall defense plans could bring more planes to Fairchild Air Force Base by the end of this decade. It might also mean a name change to something like Joint Base Fairchild.

The planes would be Navy fighter jets from an additional aircraft carrier that could be sent to a new home in Puget Sound.

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http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/nov/21/fairchild-air-force-base-seen-as-option-for/

Hat tip to Joe…

After years of negotiations, broken promises and many of thousands of dollars spent on the wetlands issue over the Emerson’s Camano Island property and the lack of wetlands the end of all this is nearing a conclusion.

A lawsuit was filed with Island County Superior court asking for damages, breach of contract among other things and this multiyear battle may finally be coming to a conclusion. We had thought a conclusion was almost ment with the agreement that county had made with the Emerson then subsequently broken shows that there is no way for the Emerson’s to negotiate with a county that has no intent of following through with agreements it made so it was a losing battle for the Emerson’s. The 4 Wetland Specialists hired by the Emerson’s were all wrong according to the county planning department and there was no way for this to be resolved without filing a lawsuit forcing the county to follow its own agreement, rules and regulations that they themselves wrote.

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In  a disturbing display of pack voting, nothing has changes the in the Oak Harbor City Council Election. We have one on the most important elections in years and the residents have shown they really do not care who their leaders are and no want fresh ideas, they do not want to see these candidates changed at all and they are good with the status quo. Shame on them,

 

CITY OF OAK HARBOR Oak Harbor Councilmember Position 7

Michael (Mike) Piccone

1,180 44.03%

Danny Paggao

1,500 55.97%

CITY OF OAK HARBOR Oak Harbor Councilmember Position 6

William A. (Skip) Pohtilla

1,154 43.86%

James M. (Jim) Campbell

1,477 56.14% Total Votes 2,631 100%

CITY OF OAK HARBOR Oak Harbor Councilmember Position 5

Joel Servatius

1,370 51.12%

Sandi Peterson

1,310 48.88% Total Votes 2,680 100%

Lucas Yonkman

1,068 39.21%

Bob Severns

1,656 60.79% Total Votes 2,724 100

Recently the Mayor’s executive assistant was let go from her position with the city of Oak Harbor. This assistant was not hired by this mayor but was retained by this administration from the 2 previous Mayors of our city.

 I spoke to the Mayor about his decision and he did not want to go into the personal detailsof the reasoning behind his executive assistants replacement but stated that the position she filled was being changed from this person being not only his personal assistant but also an ombudsman for the Mayors administration so that better lines of communications could be opened between the City Administration and the citizens of our city. He stated he felt that this was the best decision that he could make for the benefit of Oak Harbor and was surprised again at the lawsuit stating that it is pretty common for Mayor’s to have executive assistants of their choosing and not have one that was chosen by predecessors.

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