08/25/2005: "Kudos to John Evans"
To the Editor:
Kudos to John Evans for calling out the Friends, our Democrat Commissioners, our County Prosecutor and our Planning Officials for furthering the GMA-facilitated agenda against guest houses and islanders' traditions of responsible stewardship of their residential property.
Sadly, these coerced changes to island traditions were entirely predictable. In spite of pious homilies to the contrary, the Growth Management Act intended (and continues to enforce) a one-size-fits-all mainland growth strategy that is incompatible with island living and island traditions.
Planning is the hand maiden of socialism; and a free society is ill advised to buy into any plans that are not clearly a manifestation of the popular will. That San Juan Island residents, in spite of a 73% majority, cannot effect a common sense guest house policy is but one battle in a war that will eventually brush aside most of what distinguishes our islands from the mainland.
Albert B. Hall
Friday Harbor WA 98250