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Spite drives diking district dispute | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

Kudos to Sunlight Beach resident Robert Helsell for courage to stand up and speak out in support of Diking District 1 and in opposition to the radical and offensive small group of his neighbors who call themselves “Citizens in Support of Useless Bay Community,” or CSUBC. [See Mr. Helsell’s letter to the editor, “Commissioner Should Resign,” South Whidbey Record, Feb. 6.]

That unpleasantly loud splintering of just a few district members living along Sunlight Beach, led largely by newly elected Commissioner John Shepard and his wife Coyla, have been publicly lambasting the 100-plus-year record of positive accomplishment by the district and slandering the honorable reputations of longtime and dedicated Commissioners Ray Gabelein and Steve Arnold for more than a year.

CSUBC’s and Commissioner Shepard’s offensive behavior, both at meetings and in the press, have effectively brought the important and valuable work of the district to a standstill. Their latest ploy has been the filing of two frivolous nuisance lawsuits, done simply in spite, to cripple the district by raising unbudgeted expenses and run this diking district into bankruptcy. And all the rest of us have to pay for these costly CSUBC shenanigans.

Shame on them all for pretending to be responsible “citizens.” Everything they’ve done to date has been negative, and quite frankly, underhanded if not borderline illegal.

Mr. Helsell is right: Commissioner Shepard should resign. A well-documented conflict of interest between the district and CSUBC exists — Shepard should no longer be entrusted with the important work of Diking District 1.

Dick McGrath

Useless Bay Colony

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