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.
Editor, There are two statements attributed to me in your recent article that are incorrect: 1. I mentioned that the payroll system is a mess.
Editor, You missed a great opportunity in your front-page article to convey the huge difference in philosophy, outlook and experience between the two candidates running for Island County commissioner. Even the summary boxes don’t begin to show the vast disparity in their professional experience and community service.
Editor, Watching the District 3 commissioner race from afar, I was baffled by the recent article on the candidates that addressed only one issue pertinent to them and two that weren’t. The pertinent issue was Island Transit, but then the article went on to address their stance on legal marijuana and the Navy base/OLF. These two issues are totally out of their realm.
Editor, The public has been focused on how the extraordinary view to Langley’s main entrance will be ruined by the proposed elevator to the marina. There are other critical issues that are not being dealt with. Parking has not been arranged for marina expansion and the four-story Schell restaurant/inn. Both of these facilities will exist a very long time. Parking must be dealt with now, not after the fact. City spokespersons have been quoted saying parking would use Island Church of Whidbey’s park and ride lot and school district property. Neither property is available for needed long-term parking.
Editor, The upgraded Port of South Whidbey marina in Langley has been a slow, and well managed project. It’s incredible the many layers of local, state, and federal regulations there were to wade through on this waterfront project. The Port of South Whidbey did a great job with all that wading. Thanks.
Editor, There’s something really amazing about the concern our county treasurer is suddenly having for taxpayers. This week citizens who use the DOXO online email platform received “courtesy” second-half tax payment reminders from “Maria Nuñez, CPA”, who just happens to be an incumbent who (surprise) is being challenged in a re-election bid next month.
Editor, In response to Mrs. Nuñez’s letter of Oct. 1, I am truly surprised by her lack of self-responsibility and tendency to always place blame. Just do the job, will you. Mrs. Nuñez is not responsive to her constituents (us) when in the office or while telecommuting, as she claims. During the first half of the year numerous errors occurred that caused many of us taxpayers to contact Mrs. Nuñez. Mrs. Nuñez amassed about 1,500 calls without bothering to listen to our requests or responding to any of us. There were so many calls in her in-box that the county phone system was put in jeopardy and all calls were deleted as they were detrimental to the system operations. I think we deserve better than this from our treasurer.
Editor, I am writing this letter to clear up any misunderstandings regarding my position on the United States Navy, Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and Outlying Field in Coupeville. I very much support all of our armed forces and all that they do to protect our country, our people and our constitution
Editor, I was extremely saddened when I opened my newspaper this morning to read that Eileen Brown had passed away. Whidbey Island has lost a great voice, one that provided comfort and humor to readers of her local column.
Editor, As we approach another election, it is incumbent on us in the electorate to be sure we don’t allow the Grand Old Party to continue to GOP-up the government. In the last six years the GOP has used every devious ploy to keep the government from running properly, from not confirming presidential appointments to filibustering every piece of progressive legislation put before it, even legislation that was first proposed by them. They do this, not for the sake of the people, but just to embarrass the president at the expense of the people, which their leadership has clearly stated.
Editor, It is time to start basing our opinions about government agencies on facts, not emotions. In a recent letter to the editor, a writer speculated that Scott Dudley sounds to her like a bully. He is an official from Oak Harbor trying to bring accountability to a badly mismanaged Island Transit. The problems there are deep and run from the top down.
Editor, I am against permitting for the Langley lift. I have lived in the area for 30 years and the panoramic view along Cascade Avenue as you come into Langley is one of the delights of the area. I hear tourists and locals alike marvel at that view when I am at work in downtown Langley. Why blight it with anything at all? If the view weren’t important why would the trees be trimmed? Why would the sign be there identifying the mountains in the panoramic view?
Editor, As reluctant as we are to wade into the controversy over the Langley Lift, as merchants and property owners in Langley we feel obliged to state our support for some sort of conveyance to bring visitors up from the marina to town.
Editor, I am writing this letter to address the outright lies that my wife, Ana Maria Nuñez, your Island County treasurer, is not dedicated to her work and the citizens of this county. As a 23-year veteran, I’m fully aware of what it means to be dedicated and I can honestly say Ana Maria exemplifies that. She works evenings and weekends when needed. The staff knows they can contact her if there are questions or issues that they feel need her attention or clarification.
Editor, Though I have been an admirer of your balanced editorials, the Sept. 24 column proposing the removal of the “Rose Room” sign on the conference door of Island Transit was way out of line: petty, mean, and, thankfully, uncharacteristic of your commentary.