Regarding the recent Lee Brooks column (“Fear them? Trust us? New playbook for local elections?”, Oct. 2, pg. 6), if Trust Islanders! was simply a “Republican Super PAC” then folks like myself would not be supporters.
I would contend that Trust Islanders! is a politically diverse group of generally “trustworthy neighbors” who share a deep concern regarding the county’s implementation of the critical areas ordinance. As the county blunders along the road to the CAO, how can people not resort to political action?
Stuck in my mind is a public meeting last year when county Planning Coordinator Shireene Hale made the ludicrous comment that when the CAO is implemented local farmers should run their agricultural plans by the county.
“Fear” might not be the word that I’d have chosen, but it could be in my top 10 emotions when considering consenting to planning department scrutiny regarding how I farm my property. “Absurd...sickening...disbelief...horror...?”
Later, a former county council member assured local farmers that the CAO would provide us with agricultural exemptions for wetland setbacks, etc. Well, it looks like the state does not agree and farmers may see their exemptions go away.
Mr. Brooks, look around you and it’s really not that hard to “follow the money.” Some of it came from the Ibold family out on West Valley Road, “new arrivals” to the island since 1999.
If that PAC money did in fact make a difference in the election then that’s democracy at it’s best. And one more correction, Mr. Brooks, we chew hay (not “straw”).
Jay Ibold, San Juan Island