06/22/2012: "Sam Reed Says “Goodbye”"
( Secretary Sam Reed shows off his Lame Duck shirt with Rotarian Ellen Johnson & Rotary Lame Duck President Jack Cory -contributed photo)
Civility. It is a word we hear a lot these days, and it was one of three words that Secretary of State Sam Reed said he wanted to share as the guiding principals of government. The two other words were moderation and bipartisanship.
Reed had asked to address the San Juan Rotary Club as part of a “Thank You” retirement tour of the thirty-nine counties of Washington state, and to say good-by to the elected and appointed officials he has worked with over the years.
Reed gave examples of the importance of bipartisanship in passing legislation and moving forward on actions that serve the people, and gave an example of former Governor Dan Evans, who had pushed for new laws that would require housing provided for migrant works be safe, and have sanitary facilities.
Reed remembered that Evans was told there was a firestorm of resistance to the proposal, and perhaps they should back away from it. Evans said the legislation was needed and they would push to have it passed.
It was through moderation in demands, and a willingness to embrace bipartisanship that the legislature was passed, Reed said, and added that today even those who then opposed to it would agree it was the right thing to have done.
Reed spent a good part of a day in the County, took a tour of the San Juan Island Historical Museum, met with some elected officials and County employees, and had lunch with friends and supporters at The Friday Harbor House.
Reed, a lifelong Republican, did not carry San Juan County in his last successful reelection, but nonetheless has been a frequent visitor to the islands, and had made the effort and time to come to the islands to attend a dinner party back when Si Stephens retired as the San Juan County Auditor.
Before he left Reed took off his coat and asked a couple of the Rotarians (photo above) for stand for with him for a photo so he could show off a shirt that said “Lame Duck.”