Editor, The members of Mardi Unit of Ryther Children’s Center League would like to express their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club for extending their generosity in hosting the annual dinner/auction for Mardi Unit.
Editor, I hope voters have noticed that our Island County treasurer, Ana Maria Nuñez, has been endorsed by the Washington State treasurer as well as by fellow County treasurers. There’s a good reason for that: Ms. Nuñez is highly qualified and a leader in her field. Her peers know that.
Editor, State Initiative 594 is a bad idea. If I-594 were in place one year ago Jaylen Fryberg would still be dead and he would have still murdered another student and wounded four others. Neither I-594 nor the fact that the school is a “Gun Free Zone” stopped Jaylen Fryberg from murdering fellow students.
Editor, I’ve worked in acoustics and noise control most of my life, and therefore have a few bona fides on the subject, and I take issue with Langley Planning Director Jeff Arango’s belief that sound level meters are “subjective.” That’s like saying that thermometers and smoke detectors are subjective. It’s what you do with the data that counts.
Editor, Nothing has so clearly demonstrated reasons for voting “No” on Initiative 594 than when on Dec. 14, 1981, General Wojciech Jaruzelski declared martial law on Poland and declared all licensed firearm owners must turn in their registered guns with 48 hours. Of course the government knew where every gun was except those in the hands of criminals.
Editor, I have been noticing greatly increased air traffic over the housetops of my neighborhood in the Campbell Road and Maxwelton area and I’m wondering what is going on. I have lived on South Whidbey for 32 years and have never been bothered by the occasional aircraft overhead. This summer, there has been a never-ending stream of low-flying small craft with extremely loud and obnoxious engines and propellers. Sometimes I wonder if I am in a war zone.
Editor, I appreciate Island County treasurer Ana Maria Nuñez’s leadership in coordinating this last year the PAC’s User Group which develops the software programming priorities of the county treasurer’s True Automation property tax collection system for 13 counties in Washington. Even during difficult personal and family health issues over the last 12 months, Ana Maria continued to participate in the discussions and decisions of the Washington State Association of County Treasurers (WSACT), including state legislation and participating on WSACT committees. She is a strong advocate for excellence in treasury management and an asset to the citizens of Island County.
Editor, I finally went and read the text of the Initiative 594, which would require background checks for all gun sales, not just those in gun shops. I have to say it seems like a reasonable initiative. Currently no background check is required if you buy a gun from a gun show, on the internet, or anywhere except from a licensed gun shop. With a loophole that big, why bother to have any background check law at all?
Editor, I have a ballot. I have a pen to mark my ballot. I have a stamp to mail my ballot. I have a voters’ pamphlet for issues and candidates of state-wide significance. Yet, I have no voters’ pamphlet for issues and candidates of county significance. Voters’ pamphlets enable me to read about both sides of an issue, as well as prepared statements from opposing candidates.
Editor, I just read the three letters in the Oct. 18 South Whidbey Record extolling the virtues of Island County commissioner candidate Rick Hannold. Wow, where to start? David Hiestand wrote, “Our economy is in shambles, our national debt is ($17 trillion dollars); 90-plus million Americans who once had a job and contributed to the economy have been kept out of the workforce by Democrat policies.”
Editor, As this is breast cancer awareness month, I would like to make everyone aware of the possible cure. Please take an hour from your life and watch “Clearing the Smoke: The science of cannabis.” This documentary, produced by Montana PBS and available for free viewing on their website, contains an explanation of the mammalian endocannabinoid system and the use of cannabidiol to trigger cell death in cancers. This will give you a very good place to start in your understanding of cannabidiol, the endocannabinoid system and receptors, and programmed cell death. Science, instead of rhetoric or politics.
Jacks deserves commissioner job Editor, I want to thank Island County Commissioner Aubrey Vaughan for the courage of his convictions and for his willingness to act on them. His endorsement of Karla Jacks reflects well on him, Karla Jacks and Island County. It is time for all islanders to move toward unity in an effort to build and sustain our community. Karla deserves his endorsement and our vote. She is a well-respected community member with the proven ability to lead, develop consensus, and make positive contributions for the benefit of youth, seniors, business and the environment.
Editor, Saturday, I was sorry to see the letter from former hard working county commissioner Mac McDowell. I have always respected his work for Island County. In his letter he states what he believes are Karla Jacks’ positions on Outlying Field and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Interestingly just Friday, I had several neighbors state the same concerns. Being a strong supporter of the base and OLF, I called her campaign and talked to her campaign manager, who stated Karla Jacks’ support for OLF and the base then directed me to her web site (jacksforcommissioner.org), which states the following:
Editor, There is a lot of misinformation about state Initiatives 594 and 591, both of which will be on our 2014 ballot. Purpose of I-594 The goal is to prevent criminals from purchasing guns. Nowhere in I-594 is there any language about the confiscation of guns. I-594 merely closes a loophole in the existing criminal background check system. Right now anyone who buys a gun from a licensed dealer in Washington has to go through a criminal background check.
Editor, Too often we elect someone for what we think they will do, be, and become. Karla Jacks is already a proven leader and will be a grand Island County commissioner. Jacks is pragmatic, she cares about others and will continue to make a difference in this region. She has led the Camano Center to great successes, raised three admirable young men, and worked tirelessly to help support schools by volunteering her time, energy, and resources. Jacks will work to find solutions to support Island Transit and the needs of seniors and disabled. Anyone who knows Jacks will be the first to tell you she never quits working. She will help maintain access to clean water and beaches. She will have an open-door policy to your ideas and opinions. She will support Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and work with other elected officials and the base leadership to find common ground to bring sides together.
Editor, Do you have a job in Island County, own a home, enjoy a variety of retail outlets, or just appreciate the stable local economy? If your answer is yes and you want them to remain economically safe you should be concerned with the County Commissioner’s race.
Editor, I am voting for Rick Hannold for Island County commissioner, District 3, in November. I hope many of you will join me, as well. Hannold, a retired Navy chief petty officer with many years of solid executive experience, will bring much needed fiscal sobriety to our county commission.
Editor, The discriminating characteristic of socialism is compulsion. We see it all over government these days. Obamacare forces you to terminate the insurance you like and coerces you to buy more expensive insurance with government dictated “benefits” that you don’t want and don’t need. The current shibboleth of Democrats has become, “We decree; you agree” or perhaps “We declare; you despair.” There is one way to oppose this. Vote them out. As a start, I am supporting the Republican candidate, Rick Hannold, for District 3 commissioner.
There are at least two problems which occurred in the office of Island County treasurer that adversely affected island taxpayers. One was an error on the 2014 Stanwood-Camano school district levy which resulted in more than 12,000 explanatory letters being sent at county expense to explain that the school levy did not really double, although the original statement indicated that it did. Much extra time was spent fixing this error, which resulted in other duties being delayed or forgotten.