Priorities revealed by recent events | Letters
May 15, 2012 · 2:46 PM
Priorities are an order of things that rise to the top of our attention; most people will say that family is their number one priority, or faith, or values of some kind.
Priorities are a window into the soul of a person and announces to the world a core set of beliefs that will take precedence over anything else that may arise in that person’s life.
Priorities are often demonstrated by the public in their actions concerning issues of the day. Locally, we have been witnessing an outpouring, perhaps even outrage, at the process surrounding the CAO, people filling up local granges, town halls, and council meetings to express the priority they have of property rights or environmental protection.
Lengthy letters to local papers and blogs are being written, political processes are being put into motion, and even an overhaul of the county charter, all primarily being driven by the angst surrounding the CAO and other political issues.
Yet, an island son was found in a storage locker dead from an apparent drug overdose and I am willing to bet every dollar I have that no outraged citizen groups will be jamming the upcoming council meetings to demand that something be done about the pervasive and out-of-control drug trafficking in this county—ah, priorities, wetland buffers “Hell Yes! or, “Hell No!”, our sons and daughters being preyed upon by local drug dealers, the most vile scum on the planet—crickets.
Where is the outrage? Soon a distraught family will bury a child, something no parent should ever have to do; I have, I have held a daughter in my arms lifeless to the world and cried and pleaded and begged for her return—I hope you never have to, I pray to God you don’t.
There is evil living amongst us who are preying on your daughters; they want to get them hooked so they can abuse them, get your sons hooked so they can sell to them, they break into our homes and steal from us, they destroy everything beautiful, and yet I see no outraged citizen group filled with lawyers and activist demanding that their county government do what is the most important responsibility of government—protect lives, especially children's.
Priorities are quite revealing.
Christopher S. Laws/San Juan Island