From Colleen McCrory…
Do you get the feeling that ferry issues are coming to a head (again) and we still don’t have any idea of how they are going to be resolved? At this point there are so many questions:
Has the October 15th deadline been taken off the table? (Not that I’ve heard)
Both sides have agreed to sit down with an acceptable mediator, but how long is that going to take, and what happens if they cannot agree on anyone before the deadline?
Does anyone on either side of the negotiations have a personal interest in preserving our community? (Don’t we wish)
Are we doing enough to help ourselves survive this crisis?
It is crucial that we all address the last question, mainly because it’s the only one we can. The powers-that-be have often stated that they never know what islanders want because all they get are conflicting communications from the individuals who check in with them. This has been an effective tool in dismissing us. The absence of a unified island voice undermines us like nothing else can.
If your bottom line is continuing affordable and reliable ferry service to Gooseberry Point (with enough parking!)- you will be a member of the only island organization we have that can give us the unified voice we need to help ourselves and be heard. The Protect Lummi Island Community (PLIC) group is made up of almost 500 members, many of whom have contributed hundreds of hours researching, meeting, analyzing, planning and communicating with those that can help us resolve this crises…and that’s in addition to their day jobs! This is a powerful effort in a situation that makes most of us feel powerless.
We must ask ourselves: How would losing ferry service to Gooseberry Pt. affect our community? Who, besides PLIC, is working on a ferry resolution that works for the majority of our community? How can we send a message of unity and determination to our representatives at the negotiating table that enhances our position? How can we use legal counsel most effectively? How can we actively engage federal, state and local political players on our behalf? It’s a lot of work and PLIC is on it.
The meeting tomorrow night at the Grange should be an interesting one.