We want sensible government | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
April 11, 2011 · 7:32 AM
To the editor:
Recently, we read a letter from Nels Kelstrom stating that we should all attend the commissioners’ meetings to see what a terrible job Kelly Emerson is doing. If you had taken his advice and been there with an open mind, you would have seen the following:
• You would have heard Kelly’s letter read into the public testimony as she tried to prevent a new taxing district even before she took office. The guise used by Dean, Homola and Price Johnson was a fear tactic, warning that we could have unsafe drinking water. Yet, the design of the proposal points to the “Clean Water Act,” which is predominately for Sound water pollution and does not even address safe drinking water. Politicians love taxing districts because they are open-ended and the money can be increased as needed. Kelly alone voted no.
• You would have watched Kelly try to keep the others from creating a new administrative position, with its attendant expense. This new administrator will manage the personnel of the county. Now, why would the commissioners need to extract themselves from that task? All other past commissioner boards have managed the county personnel. This move was a terrible blow to morale among county employees. Think how you would feel if folks in your office were being laid off because of budget cuts as Homola and Price Johnson vote to develop a new level of bureaucracy and an expensive administrative position. Soon, this administrator will need support staff. This will not get us out of the financial hole we are in, and that’s what Kelly said. Again, Kelly was alone in voting no.
• You would have seen Kelly fighting to see to it that the conservative view was represented on the Ferry Advisory Committee. She attempted to nominate an extremely qualified Republican to this board. There is a legal stipulation that not more than two persons shall be from the same “major political party.” There was currently one Democrat and two “independents” on the committee. The other two commissioners decided that “independent” was a major political party and nominated another Democrat. So there are now two Democrats and two independents on the Ferry Advisory Committee, and Republicans were kept out entirely — exactly what the legal requirement tried to prevent. This is the kind of partisan machinations that take place. Yes, you should go to the meetings and see what happens there.
There was a historic backlash in our country last November as voters woke up and realized that higher taxes, larger bureaucracies, and heavy-handed and illegal control tactics are not what they want to see in their government.
We do not want commissioners with social, environmental or power agendas. We want sensible, responsible county government.
By all means, come to the commissioner meetings. There will be an election in a year and a half, and you will be able to replace two more commissioners with candidates whose only agenda is to serve our county.