Letters to the Editor

Better uses for tax dollars

I’m disappointed in Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen’s decision to use my tax dollars to open a second office in little old Oak Harbor. I just simply don’t see the necessity, since whenever I had a need or a question she was only a phone call away.

Perhaps she’s looking over her shoulder at Linda Haddon, who is seeking to replace her in the Senate. Or does Mary Margaret hope her “presence” amongst us to “better serve” the citizens of Oak Harbor will be an effective tool to keep her on the transportation throne?

I would feel better served if, as the head of the Transportation Committee, Mary Margaret and her committee had made some responsible foresighted decisions regarding our critical ferry transportation here in our island kingdom. I yearn for the good old days of yore when we could count on ferries to ferry us and our families or summer guests to the Olympic Peninsula, the rain forest, the spectacular Hurricane Ridge, or the San Juan Islands. Now, even a drive to simply see the sights in Seattle has become an exercise in discouragement and frustration, as we sit in gridlock traffic.

I would feel better served if Mary Margaret Haugen had taken the $58,000, or whatever is costing to open a second office and staff it here in Oak Harbor, and donated it to the latest transportation study. Well, I’m not buying the “better to serve you” reason, though I guess I’m forced to “buy it”, aren’t I, if I, Joe Citizen, am contributing part of my tax dollars to the new headquarters.

L. Robbins

Oak Harbor

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