Letter: Council once again reveals it doesn’t listen to citizens


The July 7 article “City council nears end of Angel sculpture debate” reveals how tone-deaf — by choice — our Oak Harbor City Council has become.

Although public input has been overtly negative to receiving this “gift” that will cost taxpayers money year after year, whether that comment was through public comment at meetings, the recent Facebook survey or through the newspaper, or the trending comparison from ZenCity that the council paid $15,000 taxpayer dollars to receive, the council is voting for it anyway, with a location to be a part of the Aug. 4 meeting.

The council did not care about public input at all — unless it would have come back overtly positive. So rather than listen to the public, the powers of the “Fiefdom of Oak Harbor” are going against the will of the taxpayers.

Mayor pro-tem Beth Munns said about Oak Harbor Facebook commenters, “I’m not ever sure people really mean what they say in their comments.”

Maybe Oak Harbor Facebook residents should consider that Oak Harbor City Council members never mean what they say when running for office to “serve the public.”

It seems to me that perhaps city residents who vote might want to consider these things in the next election.

Let’s see if public comments on the CARES Act money as well as all other COVID relief money coming in to the city will be spent to help the people of Oak Harbor.

In a prior edition of the News-Times, a list was presented stating several ways of spending that money, including raising salaries and giving bonuses.

Raising salaries will have to be continued by the taxpayers after that relief money is gone so don’t do that.

Use that money to support the first responders of our community.

Fireman and police can use some equipment that will actually benefit the citizens and not go directly into the pockets of corrupt politicians.

Oh, did I say corrupt? Did I actually mean that?

I believe that civil servants elected to positions of authority who do not represent their constituents but instead do their own pleasure at the taxpayer expense or line their pockets with money meant for the community are, in fact, corrupt.

I believe it so much that I am going to post this letter on Facebook.

Clairann Haney

Oak Harbor

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Book illustrates risk that Marxism presents to U.S.

Editor, I recently subscribed to Whidbey News-Times. On only my second issue,… Continue reading

Letter: Aircraft training is vital to safety of crews, others

Editor, Opposition to Navy flight training use of Outlying Field Coupeville citing… Continue reading

Letter: Berry is a fitting representative of the United States

Editor, This is in response to Fred Wilferth’s letter to the editor… Continue reading

Letter: Fox News about the only network presenting facts

Editor, Why on earth would you folks print a political cartoon demeaning… Continue reading

Letter: Website long written off as an unreliable source

Editor, I would like to point out to letter writer Elizabeth Guss… Continue reading

Letter: Citizen interests not represented by a ‘clique’

Editor, When I read last Saturday’s edition of the South Whidbey Record,… Continue reading

Letter: It’s time to take action to prevent death at the bridge

Editor, I am tired of people jumping off Deception Pass Bridge. More… Continue reading

Letter: Vaccination rate is appallingly low across the country

Editor, We are all connected in so many ways, but the truth… Continue reading

Letter: Candidates, learn the issues before addressing them

Editor, My husband and I attended the Whidbey Island Fair last weekend… Continue reading

Most Read