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.
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.