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Kudos to Customs for job well done | Letters

Open letter to County Councilman Rick Hughes:

Rick; Just a thank you for steering a great meeting (Friday, Jan. 17, at the Mullis St. fire station). There were a great deal of good comments and questions.

The Customs staff showed compassion and compromise. The city made clear that it would monitor any and all performances by our officers in their new offices.

I have crossed the marine borders many times and the system works. I have seen nothing but professionals administer the clearances.

I want the fine officers to know that the majority of this island supports them in every way and that the majority surely thank them for their front line defense of this nation’s borders and protecting our billion-dollar agriculture industry from pestilence. I shudder to think what would happen if they were not doing their job.

I will also reiterate that if indeed an event of horrendous proportions were to occur in our little community, the screams of “Where are they!” would be vociferous.

I consider these brave patriots to be on the same frontlines and deserve the same respect as all those soldiers trying to protect our country from those that might not like our lifestyle.

Thank you for your service to this wonderful group of islands.

Norris Palmer, San Juan Island


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