We applaud the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for recommending CenturyLink be fined more than $170,000 for the 10-day communications outage last November that created an upheaval in the San Juans
Cartoonist Rob Pudim's view on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands, and periodically on SanJuanJournal.com.
Many of us moved to San Juan County so as to live in a small community whose dealings were transparent, responsive to the residents, and largely just. Now we learn that OPALCO, whose only job is to ensure reliable electricity at a fair cost, exhibits an arrogance, clandestine manipulation, and deceit we expect to find at an Enron, a wCountrywide, the too-big-to-fail banks and General Motors.
Cartoonist Rob Pudim's take on local news and events are published weekly in the Journal of the San Juan Islands and on SanJuanJournal.com.
Today, about a third of us are year-round islanders. But a lack of affordable homes and rentals will decrease that number. There soon may come a time for community intervention.
Mr. Jarman’s action has shown a complete disregard for our county’s charter by circumventing its requirement that only the full council can direct county employees. I also believe Mr. Thomas displayed questionable judgment by not questioning Mr. Jarman’s authority to “direct” him on this matter.