Letters to the Editor

‘Ex-treme’? More like mainstream |

Based upon John Evans’ letter to the editor of April 9, “Conflict? Skewed view lacks support,” he and I apparently agree on one thing, that Friends of the San Juans shouldn’t have three board members on the Planning Commission, which it doesn’t.

Where we disagree is that he believes, without any apparent awareness of his own hypocrisy, that it is acceptable for the Common Sense Alliance to have three board members on the same commission, which it does.

Evans also referred to me in his letter as a political and environmental extremist who is full of baloney. My thanks to him for his effort to raise the level of public discourse in our neighborly community.

Apparently anyone who does not agree with Evans’ political and environmental opinions is an “extremist.” As I suspect that most of my views are mainstream in our county, most readers are also likely to be considered extremists in Evan’s view. But you be the judge.

My personal political beliefs include support for: 1) free enterprise with reasonable limitations; 2) separation of church and state; 3) teaching of evolution and not creationism in our public schools; 4) protection of existing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid programs; 5) affordable health insurance for all; 6) campaign finance reform; 7) increased state and federal funding for public education; 8) protection of voter rights; 9) efforts to counter our country’s growing income inequality; 10) protection of women’s reproductive rights; 11) gay rights, including same-sex marriage, and 12) background checks for gun purchasers and a ban on sale of assault weapons..

I am opposed to tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by our most vulnerable citizens and the middle class.

My personal environmental position includes support for: 1) opposition to regional fossil fuel export projects; 2) enhanced protection of our county’s critical areas; and 3) programs to alleviate and reverse the negative impacts of global climate change.

If you share most or all of these beliefs, then please join me in embracing the title of “extremist” bestowed upon us by John Evans.

David Dehlendorf, San Juan Island


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