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"Fisher can provide a race in NovemberTom Fisher is one of those rare write-in candidates who enjoys the full support of his political party.Often times, write-ins are disgruntled citizens or outright flakes with no backing whatsoever. Such is not the case with Fisher. A Democrat from Clinton, Fisher's route to a write-in candidacy was unique and totally understandable.He announced he would file for the office of Island County Commissioner from District 1, a position presently held by Republican Mike Shelton of Langley. But before he could formally file, Fisher was diagnosed with having prostate cancer. He withdrew from the race, only to find that his recovery from surgery would be less lengthy and traumatic than he expected. So, he returned to politics but well after the filing period had closed. This explains his decision to mount a write-in campaign.The only Democrat whose name will appear on the Sept. 19 primary ballot for the position is William Rowlands. Rowlands filed only after Fisher withdrew, on the premise that somebody should run against Shelton. But Fisher is the best candidate with a better record in business, a host of friends in the community, and a long record of helping other Democrats in their local campaigns. Fisher, in short, has widespread support among Democrats. Rowlands, if he wanted to help his party, would be well-advised to announce his support for Fisher. If the goal is to beat Shelton in November, then Fisher is the Democrats' only real choice.If Fisher wins the primary as a write-in candidate then his name will go on the November ballot. Between Sept. 19 and Nov. 7, Fisher would be a worthy opponent for Mike Shelton, and their debates on the issues would illuminate the public discourse on such issues as land use planning and where best to allocate scarce tax dollars.Write in Tom Fisher's name on the ballot if you are a Democrat who wants to see a real race in November.Big yellow buses return to roadsSouth Whidbey's country roads are again brightened every morning and afternoon by the presence of big yellow school buses, which is a good reason for motorists to be particularly cautious.Every year, despite the best efforts of our alert school bus drivers, there is a close call or two as a motorist passes a bus that has stopped to load or off-load students. One careless driver can cause unimaginable tragedy to a family and the community as a whole.So be extra cautious when you see a school bus. When a bus has its upper red lights flashing and its stop sign out, it is unlawful to pass the bus from either side or direction. Nor is the danger over when the lights stop flashing. Kids are walking along the roadsides and crossing the roads, so slow down.If everyone obeys the law and drives carefully, the hundreds of students who use the buses each day will arrive safely at school and get home safely in the afternoon. "

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