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Only in Island County: Better than reality TV | Letter

July 16, 2013 · Updated 3:37 PM


Island County, gotta love it!

Only here would a private citizen expect an interlocal agreement to pay for unlimited vodka and lobster dinners.

Only here would a commissioner quote the Bible while arguing separation of church and state.

Only here would folks expect quiet in the path of a Naval Air Station.

Only here would folks use economic development funds to sponsor a trip to Washington, D.C. for residential improvement.

Only here would we propose a $40 million sewer to clean up a body of water that may not be dirty in the first place.

Only here would we deny District One citizens the right to attend a public meeting because they didn’t live in the “right” zip code in their own district.

Only here would a commissioner begin work on a structure that requires a permit without getting said permit.

Only here would voters be refused the right to vote for their local water and sewer district for decades because the folks in charge forgot to update the records.

Only here would a commissioner tell a constituent (with a PhD in engineering) that a local engineering project was “too complex” to discuss with him.

Who needs reality TV, Downton Abbey or America’s Funniest Home Videos? We’ve got the county commissioners to amuse us.


Chelle Brunke


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