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Editor, Too often we elect someone for what we think they will do, be, and become. Karla Jacks is already a proven leader and will be a grand Island County commissioner. Jacks is pragmatic, she cares about others and will continue to make a difference in this region. She has led the Camano Center to great successes, raised three admirable young men, and worked tirelessly to help support schools by volunteering her time, energy, and resources. Jacks will work to find solutions to support Island Transit and the needs of seniors and disabled. Anyone who knows Jacks will be the first to tell you she never quits working. She will help maintain access to clean water and beaches. She will have an open-door policy to your ideas and opinions. She will support Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and work with other elected officials and the base leadership to find common ground to bring sides together.
Community Events, October 2014
Editor, Do you have a job in Island County, own a home, enjoy a variety of retail outlets, or just appreciate the stable local economy? If your answer is yes and you want them to remain economically safe you should be concerned with the County Commissioner’s race.
Editor, I am voting for Rick Hannold for Island County commissioner, District 3, in November. I hope many of you will join me, as well. Hannold, a retired Navy chief petty officer with many years of solid executive experience, will bring much needed fiscal sobriety to our county commission.
Editor, The discriminating characteristic of socialism is compulsion. We see it all over government these days. Obamacare forces you to terminate the insurance you like and coerces you to buy more expensive insurance with government dictated “benefits” that you don’t want and don’t need. The current shibboleth of Democrats has become, “We decree; you agree” or perhaps “We declare; you despair.” There is one way to oppose this. Vote them out. As a start, I am supporting the Republican candidate, Rick Hannold, for District 3 commissioner.
There are at least two problems which occurred in the office of Island County treasurer that adversely affected island taxpayers. One was an error on the 2014 Stanwood-Camano school district levy which resulted in more than 12,000 explanatory letters being sent at county expense to explain that the school levy did not really double, although the original statement indicated that it did. Much extra time was spent fixing this error, which resulted in other duties being delayed or forgotten.