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?”
From Russ Thompson: