Letters to the Editor

Emersons knew a permit was needed

When we moved here, 24 years ago, we came from a community where permits were required in some areas to repaint one’s house. So as was our habit, if we needed to make any changes, we called the county.

Frequently the response had an undercurrent of, “Why are you calling us? Just do it!” Eventually we stopped calling and “just did it.”

So, when the time came to remodel our downstairs to accommodate my mother-in-law’s wheelchair, we just did it. One day we came home to a stop work order. Someone, a neighbor or county employee driving by, had reported our goings on to the county.

Our response? We knew better and should have called. We should have realized that times change. We applied for the necessary permits, paid the fine. The county was very helpful in getting it pushed through as quickly as possible, given the situation.

We, at least, were staying within the footprint of our building. Island County Commissioner-elect Kelly Emerson and her husband were not and knew from previous experience that what they were doing would require a permit. They chose not to call the county, ask questions and be informed. It doesn’t really matter how the county found out. Kelly Emerson and her husband erred.

It is absolutely astounding to me that she should now be suing the county employees because John Dean used this information in his fliers. It is a stretch even that she should be suing Dean. The county employees were just doing their jobs.

I studied the recall statute (RCW 29A Elections) and as best as I can understand it, we can’t recall her -- yet.

I’m thinking that Steve Ellis should sue Kelly Emerson for including his picture in her election fliers without his permission or endorsement. If anyone has been defamed, he has.

Rita Dybdahl Cline

Oak Harbor

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