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First I totally support this newspaper in seeking an open government. There are only a few reasonable exceptions to the open meetings statute. I, however, am glad that the full council did not follow your recommendation to hold public interviews with all of the applicants. It may have provided some entertainment, but I believe it would have been a lengthy, unnecessary, and tortuous exercise for the applicants and the City Council. The process was published and agreed to ahead of time. I thought the process was well designed to be fair and manageable.Life on Whidbey: Best way to fight is to know your foe
The Keystone/Port Townsend ferry situation is about three years from being resolved completely and well have some difficulties between now and then. After having been very active in trying to work with elected officials in making appropriate plans for resolution, I would like to commend Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, Reps. Norma Smith and Barbara Bailey, and Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard for having listened to the concerns of the community and put forward plans and actions that I believe will be the best in the long run. At this point WSF is planning to build three boats, one of which will be the same as the leased vessel now in use and will not be a long-term solution for the needs of this run. The other two boats will be built using a design that is almost exactly the same size as the ferries that had been serving that route for 80 years. The new ferries will carry slightly more cars, many more passengers, and have the draft and maneuverability to get in and out of the Keystone Harbor. They can handle more severe weather than the Steel Electrics which means fewer cancellations due to harsh weather conditions.Sound Off: It all starts in the mirror
While I enjoyed reading your recent column regarding attempting to save money and energy and the Catch-22 you were caught in, it also triggered some thoughts regarding our national energy/environmental policy.Money was already there
This is not true! We have been lied to by virtue of omission! This zoning significantly removes our ability to use our property! All attempts to persuade the commissioners to proceed with the interests of the property owners to be affected have apparently fallen on deaf ears. The commissioners have essentially given the Navy our property without adequate discussion or fair and equitable compensation.Rate structure encourages waste
If you are able to limit your household waste production, and use the least-waste option offered by Island Disposal, you will pay a hefty premium for your trouble. In fact, the more you conserve, the more you pay; the more you throw out, the cheaper it gets. The difference is considerable, and the disincentive to conserve is consistent through the rate structure.Learn about Puget Sound