While I disagree that the "Winter Council" is anything less than a properly elected council with four full months in which to set its own agenda, Ms. Dehlendorf is quite right that using any of that time to set big-picture goals for the county's future is unwise.
Even if it were an exercise that made sense for lame ducks, we are caught up in a campaign that has forums and other events being held all over the islands. Most of us can barely find the time to attend the campaign forums, which start again after the primary and compete with the compressed period set for these conversations.
Finally, as Ms. Dehlendorf notes, many of the stakeholders whose voices should be heard in such an important discussion are simply not here in the dead of winter.
If this exercise is to be anything but a "dog and pony show" of foregone conclusions, it should be moved to occur under the auspices of the new council and held across the spring and summer months.
Peg Manning/Orcas Island