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Citizens shouldn’t have to pay for bones fiasco | Letter

February 18, 2014 · 2:52 PM

I just finished reading the article in the Whidbey News-Times about who’s going to pay $3.4 million to lawyers and archeologists for playing with bones found along Pioneer Way.

Property owners, naturally.

But, I believe this is a nonexistent problem hatched by lawyers and the Oak Harbor City Council to squeeze more money out of taxpayers.

Let me explain. Whidbey Island has been around for millions of years and for a good portion of that time, the island was inhabited by Native Americans or Asians who came here through Alaska.

For a million years, people died and were buried on this small island, so doesn’t it stand to reason that bodies are possibly buried everywhere on Whidbey?

Does this give any tribe the right to claim the whole island as a sacred burial ground? The bones could belong to anyone and could have been buried there at any time.

These bones have no connection to anyone living today so why the big fuss?

Paying lawyers and archeologists millions to prove otherwise is just stupid and irresponsible.

Oak Harbor City Council says it will be for only three years, but when the water purification plant becomes a reality and we go through all this again, it will be more like 30 years of additional taxes.

Just like Obama, this mayor and council have a problem telling taxpayers the truth about anything.

At the current rate of spending, Oak Harbor will be financially bankrupt in five years; we’re are pretty close to being morally bankrupt now.

Dick Ays

Oak Harbor

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