My goodness there has been a tremendous amount of “I love Helen Price Johnson” letters to the editor of late.
Here are the questions that will be presented to the Island County Commissioner District 1 candidates at the FAIRS (Freeland Advocates for Informed Responsible Solutions) forum on Sunday, July 22, at the Trinity Lutheran Annex building at 2 p.m.
The political silly season is upon us once more. The signs are sprouting up like mushrooms after the first heavy fall rain. And like mushrooms, you’d best know what the candidates are before consuming them. Some of them are delicious, some will give you an upset stomach and some are highly poisonous. But that’s not the point of this letter. The point is where and why to post signs.
Most locals are aware of the non-payment of the New Iberians band at Choochokam this year. That non-payment was justified under the pretext that by violating a clause in the contract between Choochokam and the artist, the artist forfeited payment.
To the editor:
I am certain that most homeowners on Whidbey Island know that their home values have declined since 2008. Imagine my surprise when I opened our property tax assessment and found our property tax bill had gone up in 2012.
Regarding the Choochokam board vs. the closing band (South Whidbey Record, July 11):
We understand from the Record article that the board had informed the band three times that they must play only their own music.
As a 25 year resident and small business owner here on Whidbey, I feel compelled to write a letter in support of Helen Price Johnson’s reelection. Helen is a Whidbey Islander through and through. If you look at her resume, it’s pure Whidbey – from being raised here herself to raising her own family here, to running a small business here – Helen knows and loves this island. And I think her voting record demonstrates her personal connection and commitment to the preservation and betterment of this island treasure. Recently, her hard work on a difficult budget has been impressive and nothing short of excellent, in my view.
Though Jill Johnson’s largest single donation thus far has come from her family the majority of her other contributors are builders, developers, and real estate agents as shown in a public disclosure report. This support from persons and firms who have personal and direct interest in seemingly unbridled housing growth doesn’t bode well for Island County in general or Oak Harbor in particular.