All Quiet on the Western Front

From Russ Thompson:
All Quiet on the Western Front, (until Midnight, February 13th, at least).
There has been an unusual silence surrounding the ferry issue between communities. There is the county as a whole, with its disparate enclave communities like Point Roberts, the Mount Baker area, and Lummi Island. There is the Lummi Nation. There is the Lummi Island silence.
The county is quiet. The Ferndale School Board and Superintendant are quiet. WTA, the transit authority is silent. The health and emergency community is somewhat reserved. 
Here are the questions:
Will WTA have its Safety Net Van come across to the Island on Tuesday, February 16th for its once a week “mandatory” run that serves otherwise shut-in people?
Who owns the parking that is fenced in for Islander use on Gooseberry Point? Will it be usable on February 14 and 15?
How will people get to work if they used the #50 bus at Gooseberry Point, if there is no docking of our ferry there?
Where and how would anyone park in Fairhaven? When will we be able to know about answers to these questions?
Is the lease through February 14, or until February 14?
How will students get to school and receive education on February 16, 2010?
Will fuel trucks make runs on that date?
What will the weather be on those first days?
Who will speak to us?
Who will communicate?
It’s time to ask questions. Call WTA. Call Public Works. Call the County Executive. Email them.
We are all talking amongst our selves – venting if you will.
If you or someone you know has taken or is eligible to take the Safety Net van, call. Make an appointment. If you need a fuel run, Call! Ask the vendor to pressure public works for an answer! If you are a teacher, ask your principal, for advice! If you are a school age student, ask your parent or guardian, for advice! If you are a resident, ask your representative to an opinion!
What are the doctors in town saying? What is coming out of St. Joseph’s? What are the Parish Nurses leaders in town saying?
Perhaps there will be a sweet deal by Valentine’s Day! For sure, though, we cannot afford a “sweetheart” deal, as were many in the past!
If we would need to ferry to the mainland after February 14th by way of Fairhaven, would it then be: “All Quiet on the Western Front?”

5 thoughts on “All Quiet on the Western Front

  1. Well, everybody is tiptoeing around. Why? A lot of us are upset and angry, but there is no real way to collectively make that anger known. We can each individually call up county officials and complain, but will that do any good? I doubt it. I am beginning to think the only way is for each of us to find our own plan. I am afraid that Jerry’s and my solution may be to move off the island.

    • Dear Russ,
      since you asked, I think while we ask and wait for answers from those sworn to protect our intrests, we should also stock up for that 1 month disaster plan we’ve all talked so much about, and pretend like its a predictable snow day or dry dock . I’ts time to plant peas and kale crops. Create a water catchment for washing. Make sure you can heat at least one room of your house long term and have a way to cook. I wouldn’t leave my car in the gooseberry parking…. and there is a lot of side street parking and bus service in fairhaven . Nieghbors and Human Beings will speak with you. Ferry or no ferry

  2. Anne, you are lucky if you can move off. I wish we could. We would not be able to sell our house on the island of five years because who would buy it with the ferry situation, the values are in limbo. We are literally stuck here. I felt like you do once. I started going to the PLIC meetings and find hope in what they are doing. That was a place where our voices were heard through a public relations person they hired, with island contributions. She has talked with federal, state and local elected officials and keeps us abreast of the negotiations, WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. The PLIC has hired a legal firm, that speaks in our stead. We can’t keep folks from moving off. But, people are getting a chance to vent and have their voices heard. What ever happens, at least we gave it our best shot, and we will make the best of it.

  3. Waiting. Its the waiting that is putting many of us on edge. Like most other contributors to this site, I too prefer a long term solution at Gooseberry Point, but I’m beginning to think the worst case scenario is a temporary extension, even if it is up to five or seven years. This was what was proposed by the Lummi Nation and county council and Pete Kremen back in November when the county officials came out to the Grange. As though somehow that was any kind of acceptable solution to island residents. That is the worst possible option! We would be frozen in time for years to come. Forget selling your house or planning around a new ferry route and schedule. Forget about anything but waiting and more waiting.

    If the bad news is going to come, I say let it come soon. At least that way we will know what we have. And, we can all get ready for what in this county will be sure to be the mother of all class action law suits!

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