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Editor, I am supporting Rob Born in his candidacy for a position on the Whidbey General Hospital board. For several years Rob has followed the concerns and opportunities presented by the hospital and has provided information to our community through his website, blog, and attendance and participation at board meetings and in other public forums.
Community Events, July 2015
Editor, To say the decision by two of the three Port of Coupeville commissioners, Marshall Bronson and John Carr, voting to break the agreement that has been ongoing for over 15 years with the Greenbank Farm Management Group (GFMG) was a surprise, is a profound understatement. Shocking, unreasonable, out-of-nowhere, indefensible and underhanded all say it better.
Editor, Seriously? The Island Transit Board of Directors wants to “ask for overpayment back” from Martha Rose? This is why I, and many others, loathe self-serving politicians. I was the finance manager for IT for 11 years before I retired in January of 2010. The person who replaced me was the one who did not have a handle on IT’s cash and ran us into the ground. Although the board and state auditors sacrificed Martha, I am here to tell you they also did not see the problem. And we pay the state auditors tens of thousands of dollars annually to find and report these types of problems to us.
Editor, Sharon Emerson stands out for me in the field of candidates running for Langley mayor because she uses these two guiding principles for decision-making: wisdom and common sense. I find it not only reassuring, but very promising to hear Sharon Emerson ask the questions that are most likely to lead to positive outcomes that endure for Langley over time. “Is the action we are considering wise? Does it make common sense for the overall health and benefit of Langley residents, our businesses, and those who visit us?”
Editor, I’m writing to add on to what Gloria Koll had to say in her recent letter to the editor about the banning of fireworks in Island County. Whether fireworks are illegal or not, they constitute a grave fire danger. What isn’t being addressed in all the banter is the fact that there is an ordinance against any fireworks being shot off in any Island County park. That ordinance has been just ignored over the years, but the fact remains it is illegal to discharge fireworks in our County parks. And where do people rush to in order to shoot off their fireworks? Right to the parks.