The voters made it clear that we do not want agenda driven party politics in our council. We don’t care what they think; we care how they think.
The more I think about it, the more I realize that the election in which Jarman and Forlenza beat Pratt and Rosenfield was not about political parties. Instead, it was about a runaway council stomping roughshod over all who differed with the Lovel/Patty/Howie machine and secret meetings about which nobody can remember anything.
The vote about that CAO machine and the connected charter vote were about the people of this island protesting the antics and tactics of the secret committee meetings.
The vote on the charter was a direct result of its abuse by the occupiers of those three positions. If they had treated their positions honorably and if they had lived up to the standards expected by residents of San Juan County we wouldn’t be worrying about a new charter.
I do not doubt the intelligence, hard work or diligence of Lovel et al. I do object that expressions of pride are offered over what they accomplished during their tenure with the CAO.
What they did is not as much of an issue as how they did it. It is quite obvious that they totally miss the point about their behavior in the past and would solidly follow that bent if they happen to be re-elected to any public post.
We need to elect people who possess strength of character, integrity, honesty and good judgment. We have seen over past years that Lovel and those she packed with lack those characteristics. They did not have the good sense or judgment to refrain from pushing their agenda at all costs including a deeply divided county population.
It is not persons possessing eloquence, or one-sided understanding of the issues, or the ability to write grants well or the gall to shout down and ignore participants in meetings that we need to elect. We’ve had enough of that. We would be fools not to learn from our past experience.
Dennis Hazelton/San Juan Island