Letters to the Editor

Monument designation is not the best thing

Dear County Council and San Juan Citizens,

At first I felt positive, like Richard Walker, about the San Juan Islands becoming a national monument. However, my association with CAPR San Juan, which is a non-partisan property rights group with people from all political parties, has provided me with some recent in depth information on how various laws and designations have historically affected properties and communities.

I now have new concerns for the majority of citizens who live and work here and for our individually owned properties.

Several people have shared stories with me about the problems that come with being in or near a national monument, National Park boundary, or National Recreation Area. Check out this recent three-minute Oregon news story regarding the proposed Siskiyou National Monument, http://kdrv.com/page/163704 and then check out the historical suffering created by a National Recreation Area as presented by the Frontline PBS documentary, “For the Good of ALL” at www.landrights.org/VideoGoodOfAll.htm.

This PBS documentary gives a view of what may be in store for our community. Is this what we really want for our neighbors?

As a result of these concerns, CAPR San Juan has invited our senator, Patty Murray, up to talk with us about this. She would be the best person in our state to help us with this issue. We also encourage our council to take some form of action, as the Oregon county politicians are now doing.

Please join us at our April 6 monthly CAPR meeting for a brief analysis about this issue, an update on our CAO process, and a presentation on septic systems by Dr. Mark Gross.

Frank M. Penwell
CAPR San Juan

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