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Charter Review: time to restore foundations of good government | Letters
I understand why politicians want to take credit for the good things and blame all the “dithering” and inefficiencies on past administrations. ("Swing at charter misses the mark", Feb. 22, page 7)
But the Home Rule Charter began in 2005. Hurricane Katrina also happened in 2005 and that has been mostly cleaned up by now. The dithering continues on many issues that should be behind us, but are breaking the budget.
Many people look at the six-member council and see two things: the budget has gone way up and the effectiveness of government has gone way down.
We need leadership. We have none.
Voters thought that having an administrator would be the answer, but the way the charter set this up has not worked well. It can be improved.
I would have liked the opportunity to vote for you, Councilman Peterson, but I was denied that chance because the charter only allows me to vote for one out of six of the people who represent me. How does that make government closer to the people? We can do better.
I think candidates for council should be evaluated and voted for in countywide elections. We did this here in the islands for over 100 years and it worked well.
Our leaders represented all islanders and we had the opportunity to vote for any one of them. I would like to get good government back.
Home rule will work better if it does what it was designed to do, bring government closer to the people. In my opinion, we need to end some of the experiments that were built into the charter and get back to the structure that we know has worked in the past.
I hope the council members will help us improve it.
(Note: these are my opinions only. I do not presume to speak for other members of the CRC.)
Gordy Petersen, San Juan Island
— Editor's note: Gordy Petersen is chairman of the Charter Review Commission