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Oak Harbor City Council is elected to represent | Letters

January 19, 2013 · Updated 3:52 PM


Rick Almberg let his personal feelings about it being legal to carry firearms be known in no uncertain terms by walking out of the Oak Harbor City Council meeting Tuesday night.

In my opinion he did the citizens of Oak Harbor a great disservice by walking out of the meeting.

Rick Almberg was “hired” to represent the citizens of Oak Harbor when he was voted in as a city councilman.

Kind of hard to represent your constituents when you are at home.

Had Rick Almberg received constituent backing in the form of a letter from the concerned citizens he represents, I might consider that to be a legitimate reason to walk out the door.

Rick Almberg missed an important vote for the new city sewage system and he also missed the opportunity to listen to public opinion and to provide his input to the council.

The sewage treatment system project is going to cost the city a lot of money and as such I believe that the city needed as much input from citizens and the council before the decision was made.

If Rick Almberg continues to exhibit this behavior, I believe that the people who hired him to do the job of representing them should re-evaluate their decision and perhaps fire him and find a replacement that’s willing to represent the people that hired him no matter the circumstances of the meeting.

One more thing: What’s up with Rick Almberg interrupting the public comments section of the meeting?

There are rules for a reason.

Joe Hawkins
Oak Harbor


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