Letters to the Editor

There’s no mandate for WSU

That’s the second time you published same letter to the editor from Trudy J. Sundberg. Enuff is enuff! You insulted the intelligence of your readers with this action.

Before you publish her wonderful praise letter for the third time I suggest you check this out as part of your research to justify preaching about the commissioners’ outstanding performance ... especially Angie Homola’s.

Homola said the following in a December letter to her supporters and the Democrat party:

“What is not understood is that we have mandated responsibilities to seniors as well as WSU Extension. We have made drastic reductions in all departments. We gutted WSU Extension but left it intact so that the 1,000 volunteers they administer and provide liability insurance for enable the county to qualify for $350,000 in grants. These volunteers bring in tourism dollars, sales tax, put food in the food banks, monitor our shellfish (a huge job market), teach our children so that they become contributors not criminals and weave the community fabric that make this a safer and healthier place to live. Omitting them would be a social and financial disaster.”

That’s a lie! Island County does not have mandated responsibilities to seniors or the WSU Extension! NO RCW or other state document exists that states these are mandated county responsibilities.

Before you publish the third such letter you need to ask why Island County is even involved in grants for WSU or Beachwatcher liability insurance, or the senior centers when there’s a lack of funds for adequately providing necessary basic mandated protection and services. Was it payback to Scott and Suzanne Ashworth who are longtime supporters of the WSU Beachwatchers program for donating $10,000 (one-fourth of her total) to her election campaign fund?

To put this generous contribution into perspective, Helen Price Johnson spent twice as much as Homola in the District 1 commissioner’s race but her largest single contribution was only about $2,000.

It should be obvious to all that Homola had an agenda before she ever came to office and her decisions to date prove this.

Bill Strowbridge

Oak Harbor

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