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We have a concern on an election habit, especially one that impacts our island. We pride ourselves on the natural beauty of this place and are rejoicing the recent awarding of monument status which lends protection to the natural environment of some areas.
We are so grateful that a number of young families have made the choice to join or stay in our community and raise their children here.
I was a custodian and bus driver at Lopez school for 25 years. I retired over ten years ago. I worked in both buildings and experienced first hand the importance of having classrooms, restrooms and other school facilities up to date, easy to clean and maintain. The toilets I cleaned are the same ones that are in the school today.
I believe we are at crucial time to make an important investment in the future for our students, school and community. As a teacher, coach, parent, homeowner and community member I favor and support the school bond.
If you are an OPALCO member, you have certain rights guaranteed by Washington State law. OPALCO is, by its own admission, “a corporation organized under Chapter 24.06 RCW, the Miscellaneous and Mutual Corporations Act.”
I would first like to thank our EMS providers for all you do for our community. When my daughter hurt herself, you were all there so fast, and showed such incredibly reassuring skill and compassion. I was very grateful for that. This is not really about you.
The efforts to fix county governance are much like attempting to treat an illness without examining the patient. The county’s “conversations” are similarly detached from reality. One of the hardest tasks we face is recognizing reality and facing the consequences of the choices available to us.
What makes for a good San Juan County Council representative? Who should we empower to decide how our lives will be governed? I am reassured when a candidate has positive public service experience, demonstrating well developed skills in listening to people, working with big budgets, deadlines, rules and regulations, in an area that directly benefits our community.
Lisa Byers has been deservedly praised for her experience as a manager. Indeed her skills in overseeing people and budgets will serve her well on the county council, especially since our revised charter has returned administrative authority to that body.
A huge thank you to all who made the first San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit a fabulous success.
As a resident of Lopez Island and a volunteer at the Lopez Solid Waste Disposal District we are casting our votes for Lovel Pratt and encourage you to do the same.
I’m supporting Lovel Pratt as our county council representative from San Juan Island. I like her personally, and I’m impressed with her past work on the county council, particularly in these areas:
I am writing in enthusiastic support of Jamie Stephens election to the San Juan County Council from District 3.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
On April 23, Lopez Island citizens will be asked to approve a $15.5 million bond measure for a major school renovation project.
I am a strong supporter of public education and I support the Lopez Island School Bond proposal.
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.
I’m writing to support Lovel Pratt’s candidacy for County Council, District 1.
The coming election for the new three members of the county council is one of the most important elections in the last few years.
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.
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.
Please join me in voting for Jamie Stephens for County Council District 3.
I support Lovel Pratt because of her proven record of working for all islanders. Her work for the Lopez solid waste solution was critical.
This year the Lopez Children’s Center will celebrate its 10th Birthday!
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.
Jamie Stephens used to tease me every summer and say, “Well, what is my Summer Sandy project this year?”
Every Friday night, the children of Orcas Island have a treat in store for them.
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.
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.
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.