Larry Bailey for port | Letter

I’m a bartender, working many jobs and shifts, among many other things on this rock. I have limited time as I am scrambling to make a life here, watching it fade away quicker than I thought it would.

I like Paul a great deal, have had dinner at his home, watched his kids grow up and have great respect for him. However, I don’t think he has the skills or knowledge that is required to address the needs that need to be addressed right now. I don’t think we have time for the 20-40 year-olds to wait and see. Lopez needs help and action now.

Larry has the knowledge, skills, facts and ideas that will and can serve all folks. I’m not a political person at all. This is all new to me, but I am passionate about this. It’s a matter of can we stay, or should we cut our losses and go? I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. So many of us that rent or cannot afford housing here feel the same and just are unaware of how to make a difference.

To me, Larry is looking out for us and people of every generation living on these islands. I love Paul to death. Just don’t feel he’s right for the Port, right now. I realize my decision will likely cost me some friendships, but I have to do the right thing for the future of Lopez. The status quo is just not working and Larry gives us a chance to make things better for everyone.

Kevin Lundy

Lopez Island