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LETTER TO EDITOR: Let’s keep Bakke working for us

To the editor:

It took a long time to find this “Eden” we call Whidbey Island, and, perhaps you know what happened at the “original” Eden. That is why this election is so important to all of us in Island County.

What have we learned, if anything, since the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections? Are we fed up with the ignorance and incompetence of perhaps well-intentioned people who lacked the critical experience, education and skills to do “right” on the national and even state level? We face another crucial test, right here!

The positions of Island County commissioner are vitally important, for these commissioners will direct how we move forward; as a community, as neighbors, under even greater social, economic and certainly, fiscal pressures. We need proven leadership without all the Joseph Goebbel’s-like allusions to leadership and management experience, much like we saw in the last two presidential elections, and some aspirant commissioners in this election!

Phil Bakke earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University in environmental sciences.

This year, Phil Bakke achieved a master’s degree at the University of Washington in public administration.

Phil Bakke’s hand’s–on experience as Island County planning director for nearly nine years provides him, and all of us, with critical unrivaled experience, training and contacts that the well-intentioned wannabes lack at every level.

Phil Bakke knows this position demands full-time commitment and devotion. This is not a part-time job for a dilettante looking for a pay check, with benefits.

Some things need to be said, and thought through, if we are to avoid being bushwhacked, or FEMA’d again and again. We need a person of Phil Bakke’s character, experience, training and contacts. Otherwise, the Law of Unintended Consequences by those well-intentioned, but inexperienced, untrained and unqualified aspirants will be our undoing, yet again.

Some of these wannabes couldn’t even put together a resume for the voters’ pamphlet; and yet, they claim to have the dedication and skills to “manage” our island home for the better?

Let’s keep Phil Bakke working for us as Island County commissioner!

Robert Hrycenko

Greenbank

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