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Little done, more costly with six | Letters

There have been recent letters expressing concern that Lopez Island would have equal footing in county governing along with Orcas and San Juan.

This was the status for about a hundred years, that is, until we created six commissioners five years ago.

Now we, the big boys on the block, demand that we must retain this 3-to-1 representation. Why?

Are we smarter? Do we know what is best for everyone? Do we need more jobs here?

The state Supreme Court in their wisdom many years ago recognized that islands develop different personalities, from which come different needs and desires, and that they should all have equal representation. Therefore, San Juan County was given a waiver from the “one man one vote” rule.

That is how it worked for our entire history, except these last five years.

So now we have been the “Big Guy” for five years. Have we taken the reins and led the county to new highs of accomplishments?

Hell no. But we have learned that six people dither and worry a problem to death much, much more than three people. Also, a case can be made that six people will spend more and cost more than three.

Demanding all the power is often counterproductive. We will still have the majority of votes for all three commissioners.

Vote “Yes” on the Charter Review Commission changes.

Jim Stegall/Emilio. Friday Harbor

— Editor’s note: Jim Stegall is a member of the Charter Review Commission; Emilio is Stegall’s service dog/companion.


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