Letters to the Editor

Support Peterson for reelection to San Juan County Council, North San Juan

We find a recent letter to the editor from Mr. Dehlendorf rather troubling. In charging Mr. Peterson with the accusation that he “ignored the wishes of island voters,” he is not correct.

Concerning the Land Bank issue, Councilman Peterson paid attention to the people who were worried about the permissive wording in the easement that could have resulted in a loss of more than $400,000 that the Land Bank was going to pay for it. He represented concerns from many residents that the easement document was too loosely phrased to guarantee protection for the taxpayers, and he had a responsibility to make a sound decision for us.

Rich Peterson understands financial feasibility. He is on the side of careful spending which is so important, especially now in this difficult economy.

Concerning the charge that Peterson does not represent San Juan County because 60 percent of the residents voted for Patty Murray is not only ludicrous, it is an odd view of democracy.

We know Rich Peterson. Many individuals choose their physicians based on a knowledge of his or her training, experience and reputation. They then stay with the person because of their trust, even though they may not know each detail or bit of information that went into a decision making process. In the same way, a person who represents us should not only be judged on experience and qualifications, but on a gut feeling of trust that is more personal.

Again, we know Rich Peterson — he is a man of integrity and we trust his judgment and we recommend voting for him on Nov. 2.

Joann Aberle
John H. Aberle, MD
San Juan Island

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