Keven R. Graves’, Whidbey News-Times Executive Editor & Publisher, attempt to label islandpolitics.org as the “Mean Girls” is laughable when you take a good look at Keven’s three little tabloids. Keven’s “National Enquirer” type tabloids are plagued with years of “mean girl” activity.
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April 19, 2014
By J. Paul Masko
“We need citizens who see the cascade for what it is: an ideologically biased cultural prism that, through its thoroughgoing, omnipresent and enveloping messages and directives, seeks to create a uniform stance and punish those who will not conform. And if you are targeted by a subdivision of the government, announce your situation to all who will listen…despite the disinterest and reticence of the cascade.”
This comment and subequent article applies to ALL Whidbey Island Newspapers as well.
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:
In Island County WA, the laws only apply to mere mortals; NOT to County Commissioners
Two County Commissioners must feel its okay for a quorum to meet outside of a special session so long as it is not Commissioner Emerson
Commissioners Price-Johnson and Commissioner Board Chair Jill Johnson were both at an Island Transit public Board meeting last night without any special session notice which is required by state law or even a notice of attendance.
Island Transit published their Board meeting information on a special session.
Whidbey News Times’ Executive Director and Publisher, Keven R. Graves wasted no time weighing in on Senate Bill 5927 saying it was “seriously flawed.” http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/opinion/206995691.html
Part of SB5927 is found below and a link to the full bill is provided:
Keven R. Graves, executive editor and publisher for the Whidbey News-Times, commented recently:
“This always fascinates me … we have two different sides saying the WNT is favoring the other … I guess that means we’re doing our job right if both sides think that.” Keven R Graves, May 8, 2013
If that were the case then why was a rebuttal comment deleted?
In 2008, the reality of our failing economy hit Island County and Government hard. After years of being able to fund many nice programs, but in 2008 Island County Commissioners were forced to reduce expenses
They failed to use proper budgeting techniques such Zero Base, Priority budgeting, etc
Commissioners claim they have been using their version of prioritizing spending but few, if any, non mandated programs have been eliminated; more have been created.
This report about the Prosecutor’s operation is just the tip of the iceberg regarding this serious problem. When the analysis of Sheriff Brown’s operation is completed you will see an ever more depressive picture of citizen safety
This needs analysis uses 2008 as the benchmark for staffing and M&O budgeting. That was the last year at which the Prosecutors office was fully staffed to perform all of the functions mandated by statute and state constitution.
It is notable that in 1999, they had a total of 5.5 deputy prosecutors on the criminal side of the office, including a Chief Criminal Deputy. Current staffing is below that level, although caseloads are higher.
Well here we go again with more information, all from Island County records again proving that there is not now nor never has been a wetland on Emerson’s property
A February 6 Public Documents Request regarding the short plat division of the parcels surrounding the Emerson’s home and Emerson’s parcel indicated the following:
Official county records confirmed NO WETLANDS or Sensitive lands existed during the original development of that area in 1994.
Ken Wolf, longtime resident of Whidbey Island is still banned from contributing online comments in local papers via Facebook. Regardless of the message, these local newspapers still find it necessary to manipulate the online conversation by suppression of citizen’s comments.
Comments associated with a recently published an article in the Whidbey News Times entitled: Emerson vies for top spot on Island County commission http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/185711381.html are being manipulated by the newspaper. Apparently Whidbey News Times finds that some comments are dangerous, especially those that are based on facts, and in the interest of public safety they feel obligated to suppress those fact based comments. Click on the images to enlarge.
Following is Homola’s Swan song that she is sending to plead her case for support of her ego driven, special interest group agenda items…
Sounds like Homola is planning to go out with another act of stupidity on her record
Word has it that she’s dusting off her old fight with her neighbor about gun noise
Last go around said, “According to Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, based on state law and county ordinance, Watanabe has complied with addressing the safety concerns surrounding the incident that the department looked at.”
“”Mr. Watanabe not only complies, but also calls ICOM every time that he is going to shoot,” Brown said.””