Journal of the San Juan Islands


Litmus test for election? The CAO | Letters

March 25, 2013 · Updated 6:15 PM

In a recent letter Howie Rosenfeld asks if readers have “... noticed the nasty political attacks coming from blogs on the right?” ('Non-partisan'? Give me a break).

Howie, you seem to exhibit a common myopic tendency to assume that those critical of your policies are all a bunch of Republicans. We’re not.

I voted for President Obama twice. I’m a strong advocate of women’s abortion rights, gay marriage, legalizing pot (you get the picture). I am proud of my pesticide free veggie garden and my extremely fuel efficient imported small car (though I admit it doesn’t boast the ubiquitous blue peace sticker).

Howie, a few years ago you and Lovel Pratt had my support. But that has gradually eroded, culminating with the critical areas ordinance debacle. Republicans are not responsible for you and Lovel losing your council seats. Independent, free thinking, hard working folks like me gave you and your policies the thumbs down. Folks like me, worried for our child’s future in San Juan County voted you out.

As we approach yet another pivotal election you can get all huffy about those darn Republicans, those ‘nasty’ right wing bloggers. But in the end, Lovel Pratt’s electability will once again come down to her (and your) dubious track record of bureaucratic dysfunction.

Democrats, Republicans, Independents are seeing this. People from all political backgrounds are following Trust Islanders, The Trojan Heron. We’re listening to what the Common Sense Alliance, CAPR and others have to say.

We may not agree with everything they say. But we agree the CAO is a game changer. We agree that any elected county official associated with the critical areas ordinance must go.

Earth to Howie, “We” are Right, Left, Center.

Jay Ibold, San Juan Island


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