Letters To The Editor

Support for Stephens | Letters

I am writing in enthusiastic support of Jamie Stephens election to the San Juan County Council from District 3.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Byers for council | Letter

Years ago, I attended a day-long meeting/retreat facilitated by Lisa Byers. I’d known Lisa casually but as this day progressed I became more and more impressed with her ability to bring people together and to allow a good discussion of potentially divisive topics.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Support for Byers | Letter

I have been a middle class resident on Orcas Island for more than 20 years now. Some of you know me from when I worked in the Orcas Senior Center as “That Licensing Lady” (2005-2008).

  • Mar 27th, 2013

A vote for Lisa Byers | Letter

I’ve had the opportunity to spend time with Lisa Byers as she campaigns for a seat on the county council, and I’ve been impressed with the way she relates to the people she encounters.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Byers for the Orcas district seat | Letter

I support county council candidate Lisa Byers for the Orcas district seat. Lisa has demonstrated her commitment to our islands over the past two decades, leading OPAL, the Orcas community land trust, to a phenomenal record as a provider of permanently affordable homes for moderate income citizens.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Byers for county council | Letter

When I look for qualities in a county council candidate to represent me I look for three key traits – 1. Are they smart 2. Are they open to hearing all sides of an issue 3. Do their opinions and actions reflect an ability to see the bigger picture.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Support for Byers | Letter

I have known Lisa Byers for many years, observed her ability “to get things done,” and seen her grow to become an outstanding community leader.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

School Bond worth every penny | Letter

After last week’s community meeting about the Lopez School bond measure coming up in April, I can say without reservation, I’ll be voting YES.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Yes on School Bond | Letter

As a former student and graduate from Lopez School; as a parent of children currently enrolled in Lopez school; as an international clean energy policy professional; and as a Lopez property tax payer, I strongly support the Lopez school bond.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Kids deserve yes on School Bond | Letter

We have lived on Lopez Island for almost six years our 70’s, though retired. We came because of the vibrant community already existing here. We were so impressed that first year when the “U.S. World New and Business Report” ranked Lopez Island High School in the top 500 in the nation!

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Support for the bond | Letter

About 15 years ago I was on the library board in Arlington. We tried repeatedly to pass a bond to build a new library. It never happened. Their library is still the same grossly inadequate tiny building.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

No on School Bond | Letter

My decision to publicly oppose the bond election has not been made lightly. I have the deepest respect for those who have expressed their support; HOWEVER I feel that the school reconstruction bond is NOT financially responsible or necessary.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

No on School Bond | Letter

On April 23, Lopez Island citizens will be asked to approve a $15.5 million bond measure for a major school renovation project.

  • Mar 27th, 2013

Lopez Island School Bond proposal | Letter

I am a strong supporter of public education and I support the Lopez Island School Bond proposal.

  • Mar 19th, 2013

Support for Lopez Island School Bond | Letter

We are supporting the Lopez School Bond initiative. We understand the bond initiative is for the physical plant only, a plant that is in dire need of updating, that will provide the environment we all so desire for our educators, staff and students.

  • Mar 19th, 2013

Pratt for council | Letter

I’m writing to support Lovel Pratt’s candidacy for County Council, District 1.

  • Mar 18th, 2013

New members for county council | Letters

The coming election for the new three members of the county council is one of the most important elections in the last few years.

  • Mar 18th, 2013

Support for Byers | Letter

Mike Carlson deserves our thanks for questioning Ms. Byers’ veracity concerning her philosophy of government. By doing so, he afforded Ms. Byers a wonderful opportunity to better inform the voters about her organizational experience and true philosophy of governance.

  • Mar 18th, 2013

Vote for Stephens | Letter

Jamie Stephens deserves your vote for the San Juan County Council. He has proven by his public service to date that his judgment and perspective extends to all the islands. But it is his breadth of interest in so many different facets of our island communities that makes him a stellar candidate.

  • Mar 18th, 2013

Support for Stephens | Letters

Please join me in voting for Jamie Stephens for County Council District 3.

  • Mar 18th, 2013

Support for Lovel | Letter

I support Lovel Pratt because of her proven record of working for all islanders. Her work for the Lopez solid waste solution was critical.

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Thanks United Way | Letter

This year the Lopez Children’s Center will celebrate its 10th Birthday!

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Support for Jamie Stephens | Letter

In about three weeks our ballots will arrive in the mail. We will have a county-wide election where we will elect three county council members, each of whom will represent the entire county (going back to the system we had five years ago). Everybody in the county will be voting for three candidates, one from each of the three residency districts.

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Support for Jamie Stephens | Letter

Jamie Stephens used to tease me every summer and say, “Well, what is my Summer Sandy project this year?”

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Hughes gives back to the community | Letter

Every Friday night, the children of Orcas Island have a treat in store for them.

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Support for Rick Hughes | Letter

I want to share with you my very positive experience working with Rick Hughes for the past five years. We serve together on the Orcas Island Farmer’s Market board. Most of the board is made up of farmers and crafters who vend at the market. Rick is the exception.

  • Mar 13th, 2013

Support for the bond | Letter

I am writing in support of the Lopez School Construction Bond proposal that will be on the ballot in April. This bond will cover a campus-wide renovation of both the elementary and high school.

  • Mar 4th, 2013

Support for Pratt | Letter

I don’t usually write letters to the editor nor do I take a public position on candidates for office. But I am making an exception for Lovel Pratt because I have worked with her for many years in a broad variety of venues and never failed to be impressed with her thoroughness, community commitment and willingness to just do the work.

  • Mar 4th, 2013

School bond support | Letter

I urge you to vote for the campus wide renovation Bond on the April ballot.

  • Mar 4th, 2013

Reagles retires from OPALCO | Letters

After 18 years of dedicated service to OPALCO members, Ginny Reagles has decided to retire. Since 1995, Ginny has been the recognizable “voice of OPALCO” and a familiar face to many members in her role as a Member Services Representative in the Eastsound office.

  • Mar 4th, 2013

Hughes thank you | Letter

Congratulations to Lisa Byers, Lovell Pratt and Bob Jarman for their recent primary victories. I look forward to seeing each of you over the next few months on the campaign trail.

  • Mar 4th, 2013

Lisa Byers sets the record straight | Letter

It has come to my attention that emails containing a video of me are circulating. The video was first posted on a blog, then emailed from one real estate agent to another on San Juan. The video is a five-minute excerpt of a speech I gave in June 2012. The excerpt is at http://vimeo.com/47054431, and the panel discussion is at: http://vimeo.com/47054429).

  • Mar 4th, 2013

Lopez Island School bond on April ballot | Guest column

At a special board meeting on Feb.13, the Lopez Island School Board voted unanimously to place a bond measure for a major school renovation project on the April 23 ballot for voter consideration.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013

Hughes says thanks for election | Letter

Congratulations to Lisa Byers, Lovell Pratt and Bob Jarman for their recent primary victories.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013

Campaign thanks | Letter

First I want to congratulate Rick Hughes, Bob Jarman, Lovel Pratt and Lisa Byers for their strong showing, clearing the primary and going on to the general election. Second is that I want to thank my team, and the voters that put their trust in me with their vote. And to my contributors, I thank you for the assistance and confidence. I cannot thank you all enough.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013

Vote for Ayers | Letter

I have worked with Greg Ayers for many years, both at the Orcas Grange and helping he and Pat build their home. He is very creative and hard working, functioning well using his organizational skills to help our diverse collection of actors, building sets and working back-stage.

  • Feb 12th, 2013

Support for Greg Ayers | Letter

In 2005, a handful of Orcas Firefighters responded to a request by Bureau of Land Management to burn/demolish an old dilapidated building. This event created the Patos Fire Department. Since that day, an amazing collection of volunteers, annually trek to the island to do campground maintenance, trail clearing and savannah restoration of the fields around the lighthouse.

  • Feb 12th, 2013

Insight into county council candidates | Letter

The Orcas Eagle Forum recently solicited answers to questions from county council candidates.

  • Feb 12th, 2013

Please be civil this election season | Letter

Contrary to the public accusations being made by some, San Juan County’s council elections are not being poisoned by powerful special interest groups or party machines.

  • Feb 12th, 2013

We deserve better | Letter

This morning I found on my Facebook newsfeed a paid (sponsored) posting ridiculing county council candidate Lovel Pratt and showing her in a Nazi uniform. The ad and picture were from a Facebook page that comments on San Juan County politics. The page itself is anonymous – the author’s name does not appear. The posting was later removed by Facebook for violating its community standards on hate speech.

  • Feb 12th, 2013