There are signs along several roads on South Whidbey Island that say “NO NEW TAXES.” This point of view provokes a thought or two: our economy is flat, our county has few new jobs. Why do we need an added burden raising taxes at this time when our projected population growth for the next 10 years is nominal?
The seniors and workers in our area have not received any sustainable cost of living increase in the last several years. Our poor and retired are not any better off this year than they were last year. The idea of “NO NEW TAXES” looks very attractive to me.
I have been in our hospital a number of times in the last 12 years and have been a patient in four different departments including a few days in one of the hospital beds. I know that an expansion is a worthy goal — but not at this time.
We do not need to compete with major hospitals in the greater Seattle area. We need to slow down and be thankful for what we have without rushing to build a facility that duplicates services already available within a short distance.
ROBERT H. HUNTER