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Opinion Wednesday, April 3, 2013 • The South Whidbey Record

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Editorial

Strange things in modern times We like to think we know it all. Not that this frame of mind just happened. Mankind has been thinking it knows it all since the first medicine man bit into a magic mushroom. Womankind, meanwhile, was raising the children, cleaning the cave, balancing the abacus and doing all the other mundane but necessary duties necessary for civilization to advance. After thousands of years we have experts coming out our Linda Moulton Howe ears and for those things going on between our ears. Nothing happens mysteriously; it can all be explained. Just Google an expert and there you have it, a rational explanation for anything under, orbiting or beyond the sun. One nice thing about South Whidbey is that things happen for which experts have only guesses, not explanations. In March, a Bush Point man saw mysterious orange lights flying around; one actually flew right over his house. It wasn’t an airplane. It wasn’t a helicopter. It’s unlikely in was a pack of Chinese lanterns. And since the man’s wife witnessed it, too, we have no doubt it happened. A woman in Marysville later corroborated the light sighting, giving us a triple-confirmed mystery. A month earlier along Maxwelton Road a healthy cow with a 6 month old calf was found dead. That was odd, but odder still was that the skin on half the cow’s face had been neatly removed. Experts dismissed any predator doing such precise work; they simply had no explanation. Linda Moulton Howe, who runs a popular website called earthfiles.com, wrote up a report for thousands to see. She’s an interesting woman, a journalist who began investigating cattle mutilations decades ago. Late night radio listeners know her from her many appearances on Coast to Coast. She too was stumped by the dead cow with half the skin removed from its face. Some people think beings from outer space mutilate cattle for some unknown reason, others chalk it up to satanic cults. Suffice it to say that cows are found dead with parts “surgically” removed and nobody knows why. Orange lights, flying saucers, cows killed by cults or aliens, we have it all here on South Whidbey and thanks to the Internet, the whole world knows about us. Maybe it’s time for another Whidbey Island celebration: Whidbey Weird Weekend. Or are they all like that?

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Letters In response

No place for a gun shop To the editor: I’m one of the many, many folks here on Whidbey Island that are absolutely not happy to hear about the new gun shop opening at Ken’s Korner. I am so saddened to think that not only our own island children and families, but visitors to Whidbey, will now be greeted by a gun store as they head up the highway. I personally am no fan of guns whatsoever. If I had my way, they wouldn’t exist in this world, period, and I do not think South Whidbey is the place for a gun shop, period. Do we really want a gun shop to be part of the mainstream shopping fare? Hmmm, let’s see ... eggs, milk, vitamins, bagel, haircut, gun. I am really wondering what in the world the owner of Ken’s Korner was thinking to okay a gun shop

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right across from Island Drug, near the college. Thank goodness the Whidbey Island Dance Theater moved out of the building so that all those sweet kids don’t have to pass in front of the gun store on their way to dance class! All the discussion in the newspaper article about motion sensors and ultra-high security, intended to reassure the public, only affirms for me that this is not something we need in our community. If this level of “security” is needed to protect us from those who would seek to purchase guns for criminal activity, why in the world would we invite this in the first place? Clearly, if the gun store was a benign presence that just fits right in with all the other businesses, we wouldn’t need to be hearing about “Tom Cruise-like descents from the ceiling to grab a gun....” Who even does this in real life? Apparently somebody might, because this store is emphasizing all the protective measures they’re taking. I understand that the shop own is trying to make a living doing something that he apparently feels passionate about. Yet I stand by my

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conviction that this community is not the place for trading in arms. I hope other people will make their objections known, and that we can re-claim our lost innocence for the children, and for the majority of us who came here to enjoy the peace, quiet, and wonder of nature. SUE AVERETT Freeland

Sewer headline brings debacle to mind Your headline: “Freeland sewer district’s purchase of golf course” will cause Freeland Water and Sewer District customers like me to be concerned that we have another debacle upon us before they get into the test of the story. BOB TRIMBLE Yarrow Point

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