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Letters to the Editor
Editor, Thank you for your discussion of Island County logging. Island County Code 17.04A.020 leaves the real decision on logging up to the state (84.33 and 84.34 RCW). The state forest practices act is not about conservation. It is about profiting from a commodity called trees, which have a very slow maturity. Landowners and the state Department of Revenue profit, but the revenue is a once in a generation thing.
Community Events, May 2016
Editor, Island County Commissioners Jill Johnson and Rick Hannold and others have lost focus. If it’s dry enough to impose a stage 2 burn ban, it’s certainly too dry to light fireworks in the forest of the unincorporated areas. This is not a matter of profits or limiting hours or days or of beach trash or frightening animals. Our very homes and possible our lives are at stake here.
It’s not easy to get our arms around the situation within our Washington State Parks system.
I wanted to thank all those who attended my mother Pat Goff’s memorial service at the BISC last Sunday. It was very nice to see everyone.
Editor, I had a problem this week in dealing with Medicare. It’s a huge national agency. Gamely, I phoned the 1-800 number. The voicemail system wanted first my state and then my zip code. Then it connected me to Senior Services of Island County, in Bayview. I spoke briefly with Director Lynae Slinden, who promised to have someone phone me before noon.