Letters to the Editor

Kayl’s best for County Council, Orcas West

I first met Mindy Kayl as one of the 21 freeholders charged with writing the San Juan County Charter. That group could have been divided into three groups: The usual bossy loudmouths, those with an understanding of the problems, and the “bumps on a log.”

Mindy definitely had an understanding of the problems facing San Juan County and the importance of curbing political inequality and authoritarianism in County government — just what the charter was intended to address. She did an exemplary job as chair of the Logistics Committee as well, which was no easy task.

Mindy is a “freeholder” in the original sense as well. Her roots are in the soil of Orcas Island, not in real estate speculation. She understands the importance of encouraging the long-term use-value of Orcas as opposed to the promotion of ephemeral exchange-value. Her background in ecology, her knowledge of the law, and her respect for the law makes her perfectly suited to represent Orcas residents on the County Council.

Steve Ludwig
Lopez Island

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