Letter: Direct taxpayers’ money to those who need it most


I read in the Saturday newspaper about the Island County Commissioners approving an extra $2,880 for eligible employees who worked during COVID-19 from Aug. 29 through Oct. 9.

Any individual who worked during the first onset of COVID-19 should receive a bump in pay, just like grocery store clerks in Seattle.

County employees work hard and provide a much-needed service, but our county has a lot of families in need of help. People have lost jobs, employers reduced wages and are having a difficult time making it from paycheck to paycheck.

Most people who worked during COVID have not received any kind of a pandemic-related pay bump because employers had to close or reduce hours. For those individuals who had the pleasure of working for the county and making a full pay check, with already good wages, they should not be given “premium pay.” All county residents should be treated fairly, after all, we paid the “taxes” that are being given only to Island County staff members.

If I have ever seen a waste of tax dollars, this has to take the cake.

When it comes time for elections, I hope the Island County residents will remember how our commissioners wasted taxpayer dollars when the money should have been used to support our unemployed families and those not receiving a regular paycheck.

We should use the money where it is most needed.

Terry Lacey

Oak Harbor

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Pledge will neither help nor hinder board’s work

Editor, Discussion about the Pledge of Allegiance is a recent topic of… Continue reading

Letter: Vote for school board that doesn’t want to edit the past

South Whidbey’s school board election has become a referendum on whether our… Continue reading

Opposition to vaccine, masks is truly selfish

Editor, This is a difficult letter for me to write on 9/11.… Continue reading

Thanks to those who attended ice cream social

Editor, Thank you Whidbey News-Times (and South Whidbey Record) and reporter Kira… Continue reading

Letter: Story on hospital audit findings misleading

Editor, A recent Whidbey News-Times article reported on WhidbeyHealth’s financial submissions to… Continue reading

Letter: Story on Girl Scout project was welcome

Editor, I want to thank you for the Aug. 25 article describing… Continue reading

Letter: Oak Harbor Music Festival is a favorite Whidbey event

Editor, I want to express thanks to the organizers and the army… Continue reading

Letter: We need to take better choices in picking candidates

Editor, A recent opinion piece in the New York Times concludes that… Continue reading

Letter: Residents should support local journalism

Editor: I applaud the South Whidbey Record for their Opinion in Saturday’s… Continue reading

Letter: City of Oak Harbor leaders have dubious priorities

I just finished reading the Aug. 24 letter from Terry Lacey and… Continue reading

Letter: Candidate forums will be on Zoom this October

Editor, Election Day is Nov. 2. The deadline for our county’s Election… Continue reading

Letter: ‘Best of luck’ to writer who dismisses masks

Editor, Congratulations to Mr. Wilferth for being such an expert in epidemiology… Continue reading