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Chamber is working very hard | LETTER TO THE EDITOR
To the editor:
Your report regarding Ed Jenkins’ comments to the Port of South Whidbey really hurt. The Langley I know is a vibrant and special little city. Not all businesses are suffering, and people really care about each other, and they care about and give to the greater community.
As a business owner here for 30 years, I’ve seen a dedicated, hard-working chamber of commerce working its fingers to the bone.
It is human nature to gripe, and it is human nature to avoid stepping up to the plate, but stepping up to the plate is what it takes if gripers think our part-time staff and our existing volunteers need to accomplish more. Anyone griping should be paying membership ($14.58 a month) to help buy more staff time. It also means that gripers should be attending meetings and volunteering. We can’t do it alone anymore.
In 2009, our part-time staff sent out press releases; bought media; contacted and hosted travel writers, attended endless tourism meetings with the city, county and the state; made many events happen; and assisted more than 11,000 visitors in our office. Now, that is wringing blood from a (part-time) turnip.
Yes, some businesses have closed, but haven’t they everywhere? And more businesses have opened. Langley is definitely not dying, and some businesses are doing quite well.
Ed Jenkins invited Langley businesses to Maurlee’s restaurant last Thursday evening so that he could tell us how to improve business. He was a no show! Ed, if you could stop by and reimburse me for my dinner, I would certainly appreciate the seven bucks.
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