Letters to the Editor

Ousted Spina deserves better

Just when we thought national and state politics couldn’t get any nastier, the Island County Board of Commissioners has managed to bring that sense of negativity closer to home.

In their recent partisan removal of Paula Spina from the Historical Review Committee, the commissioners have shown a total disregard of, not only a citizen’s right of free assembly as set forth in our Constitution, but also of County Ordinance 17.04.040, subsection C.

This was done in spite of the full support of Spina by other members of the HRC and in defiance of her stance on the building of McMansions on Ebey’s Prairie. Since when does the HRC serve as a rubber stamp of the Island County Board of Commissioners?

Spina, a Coupeville resident, photographer and community activist, happens to be a retired attorney who owns the historical, 113-year-old Crockett Barn. The barn has been and continues to be the site of many community events and Spina continues to support many artistic, historical, and philanthropic efforts. She deserves better.

Not only does Spina deserve an apology from the commissioners, but she deserves to be reinstated on the HRC. And the good people of Island County deserve a board of commissioners that puts quality of life issues ahead of narrow, partisan interests. It is time that we let the commissioners know that the days of the good old boy network are over.

In the up-coming election, we are privileged to have two highly-qualified candidates ready and able to serve the needs of Island County. Please read their write-ups in the Official Local Voter’s Pamphlet, then consider voting for Helen Price Johnson for County Commissioner, District 1 and Angie Homola for District 2. I think you will agree that it’s time for a change!

Helen Bates

Oak Harbor

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