Contrast in candidates is clear | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
October 25, 2010 · Updated 7:39 AM
To the editor;
I just had to comment about the front page article by Jessie Stensland on Oct. 6 regarding the differences between John Dean and Kelly Emerson, the candidates for District 3 Island County commissioners seat.
What really struck me was the stark contrast between the two candidates.
Dean seemed to be very concerned with quality issues that are quite important, from a concern for support of basic law enforcement to a very real concern for water quality on this island. His statement, “I just don’t think we can put our heads in the sand and ignore the very real problems with our water quality and availability,” and then, “I’m willing to put my political career on the line over it,” was refreshing to me, a bleeding heart liberal who gets sick and tired of the “just cut taxes and everything will be fine” mantra of the typical Republican/Libertarian/Tea Party one-trick-pony.
Emerson seemed to be a little too much of a chameleon, first a Democrat then a Tea Partier and now a Republican. She doesn’t like taxes to help bring up the average, but was probably willing to pay union dues to bargain for bringing up her own average. She feels that the county has gone too far in implementing a septic tank inspection program, which is important to water quality. She doesn’t like the idea of creating a clean-water utility district because “She simply doesn’t believe the county’s data about water pollution.” She would also like to rescind the one-tenth of
1 percent sales-tax increase that goes toward funding mental health services in the community. All heart.
Ms. Emerson appears to have all the answers when it comes to the budget, yet “Emerson is short on details when it comes to the budget,” and “she admits she hasn’t studied the budget and has no proposals of her own that would help with the financial crisis.” One would think that if you are to be regarded as a serious candidate for an office to represent the people at any level of government, you would have studied all the issues thoroughly, but as she said, “I’m not being paid to do that yet.”
Typical Republican: hates government, hates the use of taxes for the public good, yet will give running for office some thought if it means getting a paycheck for it.
I don’t think you have to guess who I’m voting for.