Letters to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Put politics aside

To the editor:

Mr. Thompson you make me laugh; your letter in the South Whidbey Record is cut-and-pasted from the comments section of the Whidbey Examiner. Here is my response to you.

Mr. Thompson, as conservatives worthy of their chops, we soberly sized up the current recession and the threats it poses then we acted methodically to address those threats in the least disruptive way.

We did not yield to hysteria. We were not going to sit back and watch these cuts take place and not say anything.

I think the county commissioners were a “little” surprised by the response they have received. I feel it has become obvious that there is more than one voice in Island County. I feel the liberals on the island who have had a walk in the park are also surprised to see a response from so many conservatives. I bet no one realized there are so many conservatives who live on the island and they are speaking out. That is so great! For so many years, the island has only heard one side of the issue.

In a tight budget year you have to admit, Mr. Thompson, you tighten your belt; you look at your priorities and take care of them first. Commissioners stated they will be making less cuts from the sheriff’s office. What you fail to realize is two deputies laid off in Island County equates to 70 deputies being laid off in the King County Sheriff’s Department. The cut in their gas budget means they cannot patrol as they should.

This downturn in the economy was very transparent and could be seen coming. Island County doesn’t have the greatest of tax bases and the commissioners should have the future of the county in mind. The future is not looking day to day or month to month, but years ahead.

It is a shame the county commissioners have made this 2010 budget a partisan issue. The three commissioners should step back, take a deep breath, and put the partisanship aside.

Jim Dyment

Clinton

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