I just read the Record’s article concerning county commissioner Kelly Emerson’s latest antics aimed at reviewing “our sunshine laws.” I am struck by the dogged persistence with which Emerson demonstrates childish, disruptive and utterly wasteful tactics that purposefully bogs down county government.
I attended the Island County commissioners meeting on Monday, July 23, to witness an important vote by our commissioners. Simply put, this was a vote on a resolution in support of a Constitutional amendment against “Corporate Personhood.”
Today’s front page article on “Wrack may be polluting Holmes Harbor” is mainly fiction. It is non-science. So my question is: Is the Record trying to report useful information, or use scare tactics to distract the public from doing something useful?
Kudos to the Island County commissioners! Increasing the fees for dog licenses and eliminating the group rate (which encourages backyard breeders) is long overdue, especially for people with unaltered animals. As the owner of six rescue dogs, I only wish that the fees had been increased for unaltered animals to at least $300 a year!
The June 20 Mother Mentors Summer Solstice Breakfast was a big success. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, to all the people who helped us. Many volunteered their time cooking, setting up and serving. Others donated baked goods or provided live music, or brought flowers. The list goes on and on. You are all wonderful, thank you!
I would like to thank the South Whidbey Record for the coverage of my selection as Hometown Hero. During this process I was blessed to spend time with Susan Knickerbocker. Susan is the founder of this award. She is the unsung hero that has brought these stories to our community for so many years.
I highly recommend a viewing of the play currently showing at WICA called “Outsider,” written and directed by Gail Fleming. We enjoyed it last Friday and I will choose the words provocative, surprising, reflective and musical to answer “How was it?”
In shop class, when I was a kid, we were taught to measure twice before cutting that board. Yes, I had to learn that lesson a couple of times more before it sank in, but now I think about it every time! The same can be said about planning ahead. I do believe in renewable energy and resources, and I am a firm believer in recycling; but everything has its place. Solar panels look fine on rooftops, industrial settings, on school or municipal buildings. In pastures, on historic farms — not!
Driving into Langley this morning I noticed all the no parking signs coming down Second Street. Along the west side of the street they all said “residential only.” I cannot imagine what the geniuses on the council thought they were doing other than listening to the constituents who scream and whine the loudest.
At last Monday’s meeting of the Board of Island County Commissioners, various audience members commented concerning a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at overruling the Supreme Court’s decision (Citizens United v. FEC) that corporations should enjoy the same rights as flesh-and-blood people. This ruling means that corporate money is accorded the status of free speech under the First Amendment.
In the nine years I’ve lived here, I have done the emergency run at least four times. It’s high drama, but too real when it’s me! If I’m going to be the star of that show, I want it to be first class.