Madsen: Supports Lindstrum for SJI Hospital Board

I strongly support Anna Lisa Lindstrum for election to the Public Hospital District board position #2, and urge my fellow islanders to vote for her as well. She is committed to ensuring the viability of Planned Parenthood, a vital service in a community with no other local options for women’s reproductive care, and she is committed to leading discussion on solutions for elder care with the closing of the Life Care Center.

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King: Vote for Marrett for FH Port Commission

I recently had the opportunity to have an long visit with Barbara Marrett concerning her reelection bid for Port of Friday Commissioner. I have followed Barbara tenure as port commissioner for a number of years. In my estimation Barbara has done an excellent job as a port commissioner. She has a very through knowledge of the port business, and has a true feeling for what the citizens of the county need and want from the Port. It is without hesitation that I give Barbara my vote, and I encourage you to once again reelect Barbara.

Steven King 

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Burnett: Supports Marrett for FH Port Commission

To editor

Barbara Marrett is a women of the water and the air. I've known her for 30 years; first as a women's ocean sailing instructor, later as a book author and contributing editor, and finally as a port commissioner and communications manager at the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau.

Don't mistake Barbara's easy going manner for weakness. She can be counted on when the going gets tough--on an ocean passage or in a meeting room. She has backbone and isn't afraid to make hard decisions or ask tough questions when it comes to protecting community interests at the Port. She knows the San Juan Island community well and can be relied on to balance opposing view points. Moreover, she has a good idea of what those viewpoints will be. She is a good listener and follows though when she commits to a project. She has compassion and has been a champion for staff training and development at the Port over her years as commissioner.

Neither I nor anyone else I know, knows Barbara's opponent. I do know that she and her fellow commissioner will be appointing a new port commissioner in the next month or so to fill the vacant district one commissioner's term. If Barbara's opponent were elected it would mean two brand new commissioners beginning virtually at the same time. Commissioner terms are staggered for a reason: to allow new commissioners time to learn the job. Barbara is the one we can count on to provide leadership for the Port at this time of transition. I whole-heartedly support her re-election.

Vivien Burnett

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Shreve: Vote for Marrett for FH Port Commission

Barbara Marrett is a perfect match for the Port Commission, which is exactly why she has held the position for the last 12 years. As a long-time boater herself, she understands the needs and wants of boaters. She cares about the stewardship of the port–both its functionality and its aesthetics. Moreover, after living on the island for nearly 40 years, she knows and appreciates the public she represents. Here are a few of her qualities that come to mind after knowing and working with her on a number of community projects over the past 19 years:

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Meenan: Please support SJPSF Phone-a-thon

The leaves are changing, the kids are back in school, and the fall fundraising campaign of the San Juan Public Schools Foundation (SJPSF) is underway. Non-profit and all volunteers, the SJPSF has a simple mission: support K-12 public education on San Juan Island by raising community funds that supplement increasingly uncertain state and federal funding. Virtually all funds we raise support resources that our educators deem critical to sustain and improve the quality of our children’s education.

Many local businesses have generously purchased ads in our popular annual school directory through our Business Partnership program. Proceeds benefit students through updated textbooks, science materials, musical instrument repairs, coding kits, field trips, and reading programs, just to name a few of the many resources we support. Our students and their families thank our Business Partners, and we encourage the community to support them in return.

On October 16-17, the SJPSF will also hold our annual Phone-A-Thon. High school students, their parents, faculty and staff, and other volunteers will call community members (maybe you!) to ask for their financial support. Although many organizations are worthy of your generosity, I urge you to support the mission of public education, and celebrate with us its importance to the future of our children and our island community. Thanks for your support!

Rich Meenan

President, San Juan Public Schools Foundation

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Bevens: Phone-a-thon Oct. 16 and 17

Please give generously when the Public Schools Foundation calls you. Every penny counts toward books, supplies and classroom items that aren’t normally covered by school district funds. As you all know money is tight since the Legislature did not fully fund public education. We are facing a tight school year.

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