Sharp: Don't put the cart before the horse with proposed EMS/Fire merger

Dear Editor:

The proposed merger of EMS and the San Juan Island Fire Department is a wise move on many levels. If done correctly, it will be financially efficient and provide excellent combined emergency services to our community. To that end, the Citizens’ Advisory Group (CAG) spent well over a year conducting a meticulous and thorough study of all the ramifications of such a merger. CAG concluded that a merger was the best route, and made recommendations for implementation, including the steps necessary to make a smooth transition for combining the two disparate entities.

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Dr. Geyman: Premature merger vote would be irresponsible

To the Editor:

I understand that the San Juan County Public Hospital District # 1 will have a special meeting with its present Board on Tuesday, November 12, when it is expected to vote in favor of the its proposed merger with San Juan County Fire District #3. Four new members were elected on November 5 to serve on the incoming Hospital District Board, but their elections will not be certified by the State until November 25. Moreover, they will not begin their work on the Board until early December.

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Janet Thomas: Damned To Distinction

October 19th was Orca Recovery Day. The Conservation District organized a shoreline restoration event out at Cattle Pass Visitors Center. There was a good turnout of people. Shovels, gloves, plants and lunch were provided and there were brief presentations too. The primary talking focus was the science of it all. When it was my turn to speak, I could not help my unscientific self. My question blurted out along the lines of: “How is science saving the Southern Residents from extinction?”

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Fishaut: PHD Board needs to cease its rush to cede control of EMS

To the Editor:

This letter is a demand to the outgoing members of the majority of the Board of the San Juan Island Public Hospital District to cease and desist with their ill considered rush to cede control of EMS services. The Fire District has been prudent in its decision await an unanimous vote of the new Board. Many of the families for whose children for whom I provide care, knowing that I have made comments in the past, has asked me to speak out at this crucial moment.

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Cohen: No on Proposition 2

San Juan County is an exceptional community inhabited by extraordinarily kind and generous people who truly want the best for our citizens. All of the organizations that benefit from the levy on our property taxes are worthy endeavours that do good work. Most of us who live in San Juan County work very hard to be able to live this very special lifestyle. We sacrifice and budget every month making decisions on what we can pay for now or what will have to be put off until later. We do not have the ability to reach into someone else’s wallet everytime we want something we can’t currently afford. I think it is time for elected officials to do the same. Property taxes have been raised several times in recent years and yes….a “levy lid lift” is just political speak to say they want to raise our taxes…again.

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