Lest we forget, the combined emergency services, clergy and elected officials of San Juan Island will hold a short service in memory of all those who responded to the call that went out in New York City, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania on the morning of September 11, 2001.
We here on San Juan Island are very generous with our applause after events at the San Juan Community Theatre.
I began visiting the San Juans in the 1990s, having heard of their uniqueness from family members who lived and worked here starting a century ago. Buying a home in 2002 and later moving here permanently from a major metropolis has givenme good insight into the issues islanders face. My career in science taught me critical thinking, especially the value ofproperly assessing relevant data before analysis. I'm supporting Bill Watson because we share that background. Adequatedata are fundamental to problem solving and our islands do have problems, such as our growing population unsupportedby a variety of housing and employment opportunities. I feel Bill brings a fresh perspective because of his understanding ofthe step-wise nature of resolving issues. Knowing Bill as a friend for about seven years and attending the recent candidateforum confirms for me his genuine integrity. Bill is a man of his word and if he says he will work diligently as a councilman,respecting staff input and other's viewpoints, he indeed will do so. Bill and I also share a deep love of the natural beauty ofthese islands. Having lived in an urban setting neither of us elects to duplicate that lifestyle here, by our own choices or bypassively accepting the poorly made decisions of others. Bill recognizes that we cannot create a community for only theprivileged few on either end of a bell curve of an environmental versus property rights agenda. His skills and strengthsinclude an ability to a forge a realistic compromise of protection and regulation fairness. Let's rise above the infighting wesee tragically occurring in our larger governmental arenas and bring a sense of really working together at our county levelby voting for Bill Watson for county councilman.
Our sincerest thanks to the San Juan Island Community Foundation for their recent grant award to help Islands' Oil SpillAssociation obtain a badly-needed new outboard motor for our spill response vessel that is stationed at the Port of FridayHarbor.
Bob Jarman has my vote. Bob has worked hard, along with incumbents Rick Hughes and Jamie Stephens, to move tocompletion several critical projects. They have worked cooperatively to represent all San Juan County citizens.
As full-time San Juan County residents since 1983, we've watched the county grow from sleepy little laid-back communities to vital location destinations with great eco-tourism appeal. We appreciate the difficult balance between economic survivaland potential destruction of what makes the islands so treasured and magical. Bill understands that fragile balance.
I met Chris Reykdal in January 2016, when he and five other candidates running for the Superintendent of Public Instructionspoke to a cohort of WSU grad students. I could see then that Chris, hands down, was the front-runner of all thecandidates. In May, I was able to witness Chris captivate a room of over a thousand teachers in Spokane.
I first met Bob Jarman when he was in charge of Pacific Telephone operations here in the county. Those were the days whenyou actually felt satisfied if you had a problem and called in for service. They actually knew we were on an island and caredabout getting your phones fixed. Customer service was a big part of Bob's approach to his job.
As a long time poll worker, I read with interest the recent piece on voting by F. Milne Hanley. Whereas I agree with most ofthe piece, I find a critical piece missing. Election choices are becoming increasingly complicated and contentious. One ismet with a dizzying array of candidates and issues. Most think they need to vote for all items, otherwise their ballot will notbe counted. I advised many people on this while working the polls. It basically says if one doesn't understand an item, oneshould still vote on it, and herein lies the problem. Votes should be made based on knowledge, not a coin toss. A ballot isonly invalidated when one votes twice for one item. I will leave a position blank if I do not understand the item. Our systemmust be about quality of the votes, not quantity. For a democracy to work, a majority of the voters must be literate. Cointoss voting removes that critical piece.
We are delighted to support Bob Jarman for San Juan County Commissioner in District 1. Bob brings great synergy andbalance to the existing team of three with his focus on making the basic county government services work well beforeadding more responsibility and burden to our small community; historical experience in all the islands so he's not focusinghis energy on just his "home" island; his time as a San Juan Island Fire Commissioner so he understands our needs foremergency services while at the same time our need to be able to take care of ourselves as much as possible and not relyon mainland services to be able to come to our rescue; and for his calm accountability.
Sometimes things happen in life that then come full circle and deliver a surprise – which is how my dear friend reacted whenI told her we were supporting Bob Jarman for County Council District 1. Given past events, she asked me to explain mystance, which I will share with you as well.
As a business owner and farmer, I am voting for Bob Jarman for county councilman. Bob has solid historical knowledge of our county andits many needs through decades. He has a proven record of working for communication, business, transportation, agriculture andenvironment conservation projects. Why? Because the islands are his family. I am confident Bob's love for our county weighs heavy in hisdecisions. We are fortunate to have had his leadership in SJC. I encourage everyone to vote for Bob Jarman, a good man and leader, forSan Juan County Council District 1.
I would like to thank the volunteers of the San Juan Grange, the Eagle Forum and the League of Women Voters for hosting candidateforums these past two weeks. The service these organizations do for our county, by providing the voters of San Juan County a chance tomeet the candidates running for office, ask questions and voice their concerns in a non-partisan format, is very important. Attending theforums was a positive experience for me. I am a non-partisan candidate in a non-partisan election. I strive to be accessible andresponsive to all county citizens regardless of any political affiliation or special interest group.
An incumbent in any race has a tremendous advantage in name recognition, election experience and fund-raising. Special interestsprovide support and have come to expect appointments to citizen commissions and workgroups as well as prioritization of issues makingthe agenda for the council. All presumably above boards, within the letter and intent of the law, of course!
We would like to urge our fellow San Juan Islanders to support Rick Hughes for the county council position from Orcas Island. Rickconsistently sees the big picture and seeks what is best for our county as a whole.
Many of you know that I am passionate about recycling and the need for siting of Essential Public Facilities. I can attest to the fact thatover the last four years, Bob Jarman has been the only council member to agree to meet with me on these two issues, and to publiclysupport Community Treasures' activities. Last month, I organized a public meeting to discuss the future of Community Treasures and itsbeing at a crossroad. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gvfbjOLM5Q The questions and answers are posted on Youtubeas well. I invited Bob Jarman and Bill Watson to that public meeting via email. Bob Jarman was the only council member to show up andspeak in support of CT. I hope Bill Watson will, at some point, see the value of CT, and speak out in favor of it. Months earlier when Iasked Rick Hughes to meet with me on the topic, he wrote back, "I don't think it is a good idea to meet." When I wrote back listing theEssential Public Facility issues and reasons to meet, he refused to reply. When I challenged Hughes about not meeting with me on a ferryride to Lopez, his reply was that he was not going to support me.
Fall is in the air, the throngs of tourists are beginning to thin, and the children are back in school. For those of us who live here full time,it's time to take stock in what makes San Juan Island such a desirable place to live. We are a vibrant community, at least in part, becausewe invest in one another.
Thank you social services, hospital staff and the EMT support we have on the islands. The caring community coupled with all the peoplewho helped Richard Campbell in the ferry line deserve our heartfelt praise. Coworkers, neighbors and friends have all stepped up duringthis very difficult time to help our family navigate the loss. We are over-whelmed by your kindness and appreciate all you have done toshow your respect.
This is a reminder to your readers that Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau will make a decision in early December regarding expansion ofthe Trans Mountain Pipeline. If approved, there will be a subsequent increase from five to 35 tankers a month plying the waters ofBoundary Pass and Haro Strait. This will result in a much increased risk of an Exxon Valdez type spill, with environmental and economicdevastation, stretching for tens to hundreds of miles depending on weather, tides and the size of the spill. This warning is written to urgeyour readers to contact Senators Murray and Cantwell and Governor Inslee urging then to try and persuade Prime Minister Trudeau not toapprove the permitting of the pipeline expansion.
Wow! Not only was The Whale Museum's 10th annual "Greeting Ceremony" event a lot of fun, it raised much needed funds for our exhibitsand facility. Our heartfelt thanks are expressed to everyone who helped make this such a successful event.