Letters to the Editor

Save the ferries and WSU Extension services

During this time when we are all-consumed by the possible changes (i.e. reservations) with the Washington State Ferry System, we need to be reminded that we on Whidbey and Camano are also facing the possibility of (worse case scenario) the closure of all WSU Extension offices in the state and (best case scenario) a reduction and restructuring of the services we now enjoy via the WSU Extension programs on Whidbey and Camano.

To clarify, WSU Extension includes Master Gardeners, 4-H, Beach Watchers, Waste Wise, Shore Stewards, Noxious Weed Control, Weather Network, Sustainable Community, Energy Education, and Admiralty Head Lighthouse. We would guess that almost all of you have needed information from, or have been touched by, at least one of these programs. We are all in the belt tightening stage so we need to remember that, with exception of a very small paid staff, all of the above programs are run by hundreds of volunteers.

The condition of where we live is as important as how we get here. Thousands of letters have gone out to state officials regarding the new ferry proposals. We would ask you to also take a moment to contact WSU and express your appreciation for the work that the Extension program does on Whidbey and Camano islands. If you have a story to tell, please tell it. You may send your comments to WSU President Elson Floyd at floyde@wsu.edu, or Extension Development Director John Gardner at gardenerj@wsu.edu.

Ken and Peg Urstad

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