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Editor, National candidates are in the news around the clock in an election year, but local officials affect our day-to-day lives and deserve voters’ thoughtful attention as well. During the years of her service as an Island County commissioner, I have been impressed with the dedicated leadership and far-reaching accomplishments of Helen Price Johnson.
Community Events, June 2016
Editor, “Mommy, why is the flag at half staff?” my daughters asks as I drive her to school. I take a deep breath. I knew this day would come; after all, it was nearly four years ago when she asked me where babies came from, to which I responded, “I’m not sure what to say to you about it. Do you mind if I find out how to tell you, then we can talk about it?” She happily accepted and I went to a seminar on how to speak to your kids about sex and love. Can I get a seminar on how to speak to your kids about massacres and hate?
Editor, Island Beach Access has set as its goal the identification and preservation of public beach access here on Whidbey Island. What is becoming increasingly clear is the distinction between public beach access and public beach accessibility. There are many mobility-challenged citizens on our island, including those in wheelchairs, cane or walker users, the elderly and children in strollers to name some.
Editor, After the Newtown mass murder of the school children I wrote a letter to this newspaper urging a restoration of the ban on large magazined automatic and semi-automatic weapons. My letter and a friend’s letter were met by indifference at best by the public and menacing hostility by those who wish to possess such weapons.
Editor, Helen Price Johnson is, has been, and will be a knowledgeable and professional leader as an Island County commissioner. She listens intently to her constituents and professional advisors. She considers the opinions of all parties. She reaches her conclusions and defends them in an informative and reasonable manner. She treats others with respect. She has a soft, yet powerful voice on issues affecting our communities.