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Editor, Several times now I have gone back to my computer and watched videos of the tsunami disaster in Japan and thought about how vulnerable we are here on Whidbey Island for the same thing to happen. I also wonder how many people are prepared for such a disaster. It has been estimated that even a minor ocean-born tsunami that races in through the Strait of Juan de Fuca will take out the highway and power lines in several places, leaving South Whidbey stranded without power for several weeks.
Community Events, March 2015
Editor, Ah, a good discussion (Patrick Ryan’s March 21 letter), somewhat inaccurate, but civil. I too echo Mr. Ryan’s call for attendance at the April 14 workshop on the marina/downtown connection in the hope that we have an open and creative discourse on options.
Editor, I wonder how Victoria Clipper passengers who use walkers would feel if they took a funicular or elevator from the marina and found themselves at Fourth Street and Cascade Avenue. Actually, I don’t wonder, since I’ve worked with that population my entire professional career, almost 40 years now. They would sit down on the nearest bench and ask when the ride to town was coming, since it was too far to walk. When they were finished enjoying downtown, they would ask for a ride back to the marina, since the walk back to the funicular/elevator would be not only long, but slightly uphill as well.
Editor, School Board legislative representative Rocco Gianni spoke in support of a bill that hinders access to public records. To make a case for deterring records requesters, he testified that a “former teacher’s” records requests cost the district $500,000 and that Superintendent Jo Moccia, who he characterized as an “expensive secretary,” wasted time perusing and redacting records. He called the situation “not morally ethical” and “a crime against children.”
Editor, I agree with Ron Kasprisin’s March 14 assertion that, “continuous, vociferous and intense support” for the Langley funicular is suspect. The city and a few others, including Kasprisin himself, have tried for years to push this project through with little public awareness or participation. In 2008, Kasprisin facilitated several months of closed-door meetings with the city planner, Larry Cort, and Paul Schell to plan development of the waterfront featuring mechanical assist to Cascade Avenue and determining changes to zoning codes regarding height restrictions and setbacks from the bluff to support it.