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Elections: Enell linked to radicalism

It is time to elect our county commissioners for the next four years. In District 1, the choices are clear. On the one hand, Mike Shelton is an experienced, moderate and proven leader. On the other hand, Dean Enell as a founding member of the Whidbey Environmental Action Network (WEAN), is linked to an organization with a documented record of radical activism. Just look at the two approaches to problem solving and you’ll see the contrast. Mike, in the spirit of collegiality, works to maintain our rural character through responsible growth management. WEAN’s approach has been nothing short of caustic, accepting no middle ground on most issues.

It’s very important that we all take a look at what is happening in King County as I write this. Their Critical Areas Ordinance is being adopted as the most radical approach to “limiting urban sprawl,” that anyone has seen so far. And at what expense? Landowners will be prohibited from using 65 percent of their land. If you own ten acres in King County, you can only use three and a half. The rest has to remain “untouched” while you still pay taxes on all ten.

Watch out Island County! I believe this is exactly what Dean Enell, with his WEAN ideology, would push on our county.

The choice is obvious. We need Mike Shelton as our commissioner for another four years.

Dennis Hunsinger


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