Increasing the positives | Letter

Increasing the positives | Letter

Increasing the positives

It’s clear that tourism on San Juan and our neighboring islands brings up strong emotions for many residents. It’s also clear that tourists bring both money and resource pressures (including in the SJI Monument plot that is just beyond our yard). Increasing the positives and reducing the negatives is a must, but also complex and requires thought, positive discussions, and ideas based on a philosophy of abundance. To that end, let’s all work to avoid vitriol, demonization, and especially, dangerous dehumanization of tourists. (Many long-time islanders started as tourists!)

Let’s work together to create solutions with a welcoming attitude.

David Robison,

San Juan Island