Many agree with Don C. Brunell, a business analyst, writer and columnist who prepared an excellent analysis of Costs of going Green that  was   qouted  in a local newspaper.  He ended his analysis with this gem of wisdom,  “Are we sure the benefits are worth the added cost? Could the money be better spent on more effective environmental measures? We need to ask — and answer — those questions…. We need to make sure our “green” buildings program works as promised.”

To see a local example of  this I suggest you take a tour of Island Transit’s $24,000,000.00 new GREEN facility and judge for yourself if “Green Buildings” are really cost effective or even justified
The new Island Transit’s “Green Building” ended up with a non-functioning and inefficient HVAC system resulting in a $60,000 Electric bill in April.

This was but one of the reasons Transit said they needed another $500,000 line of credit at the bank to pay their monthly bills. Transit’s Board voted to allow a line of credit in order to continue operating with a contingency for another $250,000

Also Transit Director Martha Rose’s office was positioned in a specific way so it would not need AC, however, after construction they realized the sun comes through the windows and the office is uncomfortably hot.
DUH?? : This was in early spring so it was still pretty cool out. Wonder how it feels now, or are they paying extra to cool it?

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The  following  is regarding a July 18th  forum  featuring  three candidates for  Island Treasurer candidates

“I ran into some people Thursday who were interested in attending, but apparently when they called  the Club was fully booked. It’s nice to be so popular, congratulations.

I wanted to update  your  members on a few things discussed at forum, you may want to forward this (or parts of it) along.

I believe Island County residents concerned about government and the effectiveness of their elected officials should be aware of how business is conducted in Coupeville:

1. When I was relating the problems with the property software vendor’s program, specifically the gentleman with Penn Cove Water & Sewer District for which the county annually bills a payment towards capital improvement projects, I indicated that this gentleman came to the Treasurer’s Office originally almost 2 years ago with a complaint because the program was not producing a statement indicating current account status for each member. When the Treasurer’s office originally decided to utilize that module of the program, it was anticipated to create an efficiency for the staff and standardization for the Utility Levy Improvement District related to billing. Unfortunately, the reporting capabilities of the program did not provide anything useful for the district. I placed a Help Ticket 2 years ago detailing this problem and requesting expedited assistance, reminding the Treasurer multiple times that if she could speak with them and move up the priority, the ULID could have useful information for the district’s commissioners. The Treasurer recounted among her accomplishments that she was the leader of the software’s focus group, establishing priorities for repair and improvement issues, so she was in a position to get this deficiency fixed. So why didn’t she do so? Ms. Nunez stated yesterday in a response to my statement that the issue had been resolved, and Mr. Thiem now has his reporting as requested, to his satisfaction.

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The Primary Election ballots were mailed July 18th and Primary Election time is finally here and the so  are the dirty tricksters hard at work spinning  great stories of how  great their candidates are

Face facts, in almost every election cycle there is always a great deal of misinformation put out about candidates either by the media or by opponents.

PLEASE get the real truth based on facts before you vote; personally check the sources you are relying on to form your opinion

For  example in the local election for Commissioner, District 3, North Whidbey and Camano Island, what has been published or heard to date has  not been the entire truth.
A prime example of this is the Ro-Bo call many have received from Anthony Wallace, Marc Hennemann’s campaign manager, who. states Candidate Rick Hannold supports tax increases, and even backs up his claim by playing a recording of an answer Hannold gave to a question at the BICC interviews.

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Pat Powell, executive director of the land trust recently stated in local newspapers: “…grants planned to pay for the project are not guaranteed.

The organization (Whidbey Camano Land Trust) is funding the purchases with upfront money, and paying for everything else — about $600,000 — with LOANS.

It’s a financial risk for the organization, but she said she believes the end result will be worth it..The land trust will own and maintain the property, leaving the county free of obligation. The partnership is a model for other cash-strapped governments around Puget Sound,

Did county make that loan to  or in any way have financial responsibilities as done with the Trillium deal, i.e., “Public works application for grant assistance to aid in financing Trillium Community Forest land acquisition… funds available, loans to be repaid after acquisition, etc, etc?

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“The question: ” If you remove 9,000 Navy people from the local economy what are you going to have left? ”

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Intelligent debate with I-594 advocates like Molly “the mouth” MacLeod Roberts is impossible when she blathers, “There is no universal background check. Only FFLs are required to run a background check. You can sell your gun privately to someone on Craigs List without a background check.” Then in the next breath proclaims, “How many of the mass shooters were criminals PRIOR to their murderous rampage? NONE. Every year, thousands of women are shot by their domestic partner who owns their gun legally and was not a criminal until they shot their partner.”

HOW does Molly catch future criminals, who pass a background and/or own their guns legally, prior to their “murderous rampage?”

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When Washington State Department of Ecology’s Bob Penhale wrote, “I will offer that we must find joy in the hunt, and that the crafty old bucks are the most satisfying to harvest,” he was referring to property owners, not game.

Penhale’s email was sent to Colin Maycock, a San Juan County planner, who immediately objected to the reference when he replied, “I would like to stress that San Juan County staff are not and have never been interested in ‘hunting’ the citizens and rather resent the implication that we ‘target’ individuals for code enforcement actions.”

This email exchange highlights two persistent problems with our state government—the overabundance of laws and bureaucrats who misuse them.

Read the rest of this story at The Freedom Foundation:

July 7, 2014
By Scott Roberts
Citizen Action Network Director
The Freedom Foundation

http://www.myfreedomfoundation.com/blogs/liberty-live/state-employee-views-property-owners-animals-be-hunted

If anyone has been following the news from our Southern border about the influx of illegal alien children where we have seen 400 children a day entering our country and 160,000 illegal aliens apprehended since the start of the year you may want to question where these illegal aliens are to be held. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been sourcing locations to house this horde of illegal aliens and guess where they are looking? The State of Washington.

“The question looming is whether or not Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be put into service housing unaccompanied minors who have illegally entered the U.S. at its southwest border.”

http://www.northwestmilitary.com/news/news-front/2014/06/Joint-Base-Lewis-McChord-could-house-immigrant-children/

Is Whidbey Island Naval Air Station soon to be on the list to house these illegal aliens also?

Following  is a  June 27, 2014, News release from Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island, 10th Legislative District and member of the House Transportation Committee states the following:

“Island Transit must follow through on its commitment to secure permanent funding for Everett Connector route, By Rep. Dave Hayes

Recently after church, a constituent came up to me and asked, “Why did you cut funding for the Island Transit Everett Connector route?” It’s a question my 10th District seatmates and I have been getting a lot lately, after Island Transit decided to end its Everett Connector Route 412 commuter bus trips between Camano Island and Everett, beginning June 27, “due to funding losses.” However, accusations that local legislators cut the funding are not true.

I explained to the gentleman that I proposed an amendment last year in the Legislature that would have provided an extra $858,000 of state support for the Everett Connector. This is in addition to millions in state temporary “start-up” grants received by these agencies for years. But because Island Transit and Skagit Transit were in line to receive yet another grant of nearly a million dollars to operate the two Everett Connector routes for the current two-year budget cycle, while other transit agencies across the state received less or nothing, the amendment was rejected.

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Dear Mr. President,

We are excited to see that your open door policy at the border between Mexico and the United States is a great success however; we are appalled by the callousness and hostility exhibited in Murrieta, California. These NIMBY protesters are racist, fascist, and un-American.

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County’s funding of needed repairs has been unacceptetable for 20+ years, epecially with their current funding
Diane Divelbess, president of the fair association, said, “We were glad to get what we got, but it is an illustration that it’s an uphill battle...the funding headaches that have plagued the fair grounds .are so severe the non-profit association threatened to back out of its existing lease with the county to maintain the property and its 27 buildings unless the county agrees to provide the group with more money”.

The Commissioners failed to maintain the Fairgrounds property, but Commissioners Jill Johnson and Price-Johnson had no trouble approving spending $71,000.00 of tax payer dollars that Price-Johnson wasted on her fact less Strategic Fair Plan Earlier this year, fair visionaries unveiled the Island County Fairgrounds Master Plan, a proposal to turn the facility into an island event center over a 10-year period and to the tune of more than $10 million. The plan called for the demolition of about half of the ground’s existing structures.

Those citizen dollars would have been better spent on correcting the long over due neglect problems of the citizen owned Fairgrounds propertyThey have proven with their neglect they don’t care if it rots. They were too busy spending tax payer dollars on “Feel Good” social justified re election vote producing special interest causes.

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Washington State voters will soon see I-1338 on their ballots this year.

http://sos.wa.gov/_assets/elections/initiatives/FinalText_558.pdf

This initiative is a cloned version of I-522 which voters wisely rejected in the last voting cycle.

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In a WNT letter to Editor Saturday 6/28, 2014, Price- Johnson stated, “There are strong feelings on all sides, yet we need to find common ground to move forward. Name-calling, harassment and intimidation are unacceptable behavior — from anyone. Bullying tactics further polarize neighbors and do not bring our community closer to solutions. I believe that the road forward is found with mutual respect and civil discourse
Nice words Commissioner, but coming from her this nothing but a worthless cliché.

Price-Johnsons actions the past 6+ years as Commissioner prove this as  noted from  the  following  words   of her wisdom she has stated, 

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The board of Island County Commissioners have selected Aubrey Vaughn to fill the seat vacated by Kelly Emerson.

This candidate hand picked by District 2 Commissioner Jill Johnson was approved by the board of Commissioners.

Due to the boards disagreements with the vacated Commissioner the “Republican” Commissioners criteria was met with this candidate and as per her wishes the following criteria was met:

1- Aubrey Vaughn will agree with Jill Johnson.

2- Aubrey Vaughn will make Jill Johnson look good.

3- Aubrey Vaughn will not publically disagree with Commissioner Jill Johnson.

Good for Jill Johnson but probably a poor choice for Island County. We will see…

 

Sean Hannity talking with Former Governor Sara Palin:

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: Governor, I’ve been making a distinction between conservative governors, like Rick Perry, like Rick Scott, like Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, John Kasich, Scott Walker, and the success they have had using conservative principles and how they, in every case have taken large deficits and turned them into surpluses. High unemployment, now lower unemployment, by a pretty large degree, but I’ve not been inspired by Republicans in Washington. You went as far earlier this week and late last week to suggest that if the Republican party doesn’t get their act together, you would consider moving third party, explain?

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