Why Oak Harbor Sucks
Thomas J Ruthaford Jr III

Oak Harbor, WA

#1 Feb 26, 2017
Let's be honest, Oak Harbor is not as good as it could be. Pioneer Street is a giant example of this, look at the store turn-over. Clearly, the rental cost are too high, it's all antiques or art stores, and hardly anyone shops down there. The bars looks seedy (all over Oak Harbor) and the schools are terrible here. The cost of living is driving us out of here, my food bill has skyrocketed over the years and even with shopping at SAAR's, a weeks worth of groceries for a family of four (and not a lot of processed food) cost me around $250 a week. You can't blame it on island prices when there is a toll-less bridge to enter the area from the north, negating any reason for food to come up through the Clinton ferry. I think COER is the local embarrassment (I'll throw Bonnie's Berries into that mix too, the Newkirks are just trouble in this town).
There are some good things here too. The 4th of July parade is amazing! Holland Happens is great! The music festival....Meh. They need to bring in real acts, some 80's or 90's has-been band(s). The Pigfest is great too.
Identifying the problem is the easy part, fixing them is the hard part. What changes (for the better) should Oak Harbor fix?
David Eubanks

New York, NY

#2 Jun 22, 2017
Sounds to me like the first thing Oak Harbor should
get rid of, is T.J. Rutherford 3 !!!!!
Casey Denney

Seattle, WA

#3 Jul 20, 2017
Hey this town is great. The city just dropped 45,000 on that wonderful new sculpture of oak leaves by the track. All paid from our water sewer garbage taxes... ya that's smart spending oak harbor.
Jimmy Marsters

Garden City, NY

#5 Jul 25, 2017
what happened to that post about port townsend? I thought it
was pretty good. Ha ha. Probably someone from the PT ciety
council flagged it. that bunch of drunks are like nazis!!!!!
Thomas J Ruthaford Jr III

Brooklyn, NY

#6 Sep 30, 2017
David Eubanks wrote:
Sounds to me like the first thing Oak Harbor should
get rid of, is T.J. Rutherford 3 !!!!!
I did leave. I'm coming to find you. We should be gay and have sex together.
MysticWolf229

Bonney Lake, WA

#8 Nov 25, 2017
Casey Denney wrote:
Hey this town is great. The city just dropped 45,000 on that wonderful new sculpture of oak leaves by the track. All paid from our water sewer garbage taxes... ya that's smart spending oak harbor.
Hey, some of hte most ridiculous 'ART' costs these cities such large amounts of cash and I never have been asked to vote on spending my tax dollars on such expensive waste. Although pretty but the cost does not make it ok Our island is in despair when it comes to homeless teens and vets, and mental health facilities that take medicare. This is it's largest problems and instead of helping they are pouring money into someones pocket that already has a bunch of cash, nevermind the homeless kids. That is sick. In ib schooll now to make it possible to have a counselor on the island that accepts medicare and insurances that are not accepted Which are the insurances that truly needy people have. Oak Harbor or i should say Whidbey Island is not poor. They have learned the trick of fixing streets that do not need fixing. 500 bucks to fill potholes say 3 of them and they are receiving 1500 bucks to do the job. See with the rental costs, mortgage costs and tricks like the streets this town has money but no resources for a lot of things. Go figure. Coupeville has the attitude that follows that arrogant attitude. go figuree. Want to better the island get rid of Walmart, Churchill and McDonalds. Doesn't anyone get it? McDonalds has since i moved here five years ago sold their mediium drinks like soda as large ones. Although at the moment they all cost 99 cents. where are their large cups like all other mcdonalds have? A small town you would think was ob rhe up and up because everything is so easy to see being done but instead its an infestation of cheating and heisting the citizen for all they can. for five years i have watched this take place. A Big one is SVC the WIC Skagit valley college. You would never know that it has anything to do with the campus in mt vernon. That is the biggest scam on this island ad that's antoher whole story. Bur dont go there. drive to mt vernon instead trust me. They are all greedy for every penny you can give them and the more you fail the more you try and the more money they get from you. I coiuld go on my stories are big and rotten But the end is not yet.. I plan on reporting everything they have done to me.
MysticWolf229

Bonney Lake, WA

#9 Nov 25, 2017
Thomas J Ruthaford Jr III wrote:
Let's be honest, Oak Harbor is not as good as it could be. Pioneer Street is a giant example of this, look at the store turn-over. Clearly, the rental cost are too high, it's all antiques or art stores, and hardly anyone shops down there. The bars looks seedy (all over Oak Harbor) and the schools are terrible here. The cost of living is driving us out of here, my food bill has skyrocketed over the years and even with shopping at SAAR's, a weeks worth of groceries for a family of four (and not a lot of processed food) cost me around $250 a week. You can't blame it on island prices when there is a toll-less bridge to enter the area from the north, negating any reason for food to come up through the Clinton ferry. I think COER is the local embarrassment (I'll throw Bonnie's Berries into that mix too, the Newkirks are just trouble in this town).
There are some good things here too. The 4th of July parade is amazing! Holland Happens is great! The music festival....Meh. They need to bring in real acts, some 80's or 90's has-been band(s). The Pigfest is great too.
Identifying the problem is the easy part, fixing them is the hard part. What changes (for the better) should Oak Harbor fix?
I see everything you are saying. This town has its very bad points and a lot of good ones too. With the extremist americans that are in bed with the muslins i am choosing to stay here i think out of most of america it's the safest place i could think of. The pd is great here just never rent from churchill andnever sue anyone because you will lose in a small townn doesnt matter how well you prove your case nad how stupid the other party presents theier crap you are not going to get a fair judgement.

But i hear you, i ageee with you. But i need to stay here and be safe from those that behead people.
MysticWolf229

Bonney Lake, WA

#10 Nov 25, 2017
David Eubanks wrote:
Sounds to me like the first thing Oak Harbor should
get rid of, is T.J. Rutherford 3 !!!!!
It's true oak harbor has it's share of arrogant asses that are full of themselves too. A lot of them.
Heather Masters-Sanchez

Oak Harbor, WA

#11 Feb 4, 2018
Thomas J Ruthaford Jr III wrote:
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I did leave. I'm coming to find you. We should be gay and have sex together.
Grow &#127385; already !!!
Silentnight710

United States

#12 Jul 17, 2018
Thomas J Ruthaford Jr III wrote:
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I did leave. I'm coming to find you. We should be gay and have sex together.
This town sucks balls and all its stupid honda race kids keeping me up along with the horrible jet noise
viacom

Pomona, CA

#13 Aug 28, 2018
oak harbor was great growing up. grad 85 from high school
i remember we used to go up to the shrooms fields and get high that was the days
and we would steel keith carmens car and go mess with the boy scouts at night while thay were
sleeping we would take a rope and tie it to the tents of the boys scouts tents and drive off
boy we got in big troublr for that even the island county sheriff was smiling
me mark woods , curtis brogie, john basket , tod folts
boy that was the days the 80,s
viacom

Pomona, CA

#14 Aug 29, 2018
the 80,s was a lot of fun
growing up with journey.ac/dc toto. and i think tiffany . we also got in big trouble thowing rocks at cars by deception pass there was nothing to do in the island .
one year me tod folts,mario g,and john basket whent over to g and o realty and brok in to his house
and took all of his presents under the tree boy i felt so bad i wanted to tel him what i did but i couldent . the island county sheriff was pretty stupid set of guys back then thay couldent solve any crime .
Thomas J Ruthaford Jr III

Oak Harbor, WA

#15 Monday Oct 15
More than a year has passed, and yet, this place still sucks.
Thomas J Ruthaford Jr III

Oak Harbor, WA

#16 Monday Oct 15
David Eubanks wrote:
Sounds to me like the first thing Oak Harbor should
get rid of, is T.J. Rutherford 3 !!!!!
Clearly a Dutch Mafia member.

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