The following is an email from Lummi Island elders, Jerry Anderson and Sue Watson, to the Whatcom County Council, and a response from Ken Mann, Councilmember. I thought this exchange would be of interest to many of us.
Sue and I wish to thank you again for all of the time and effort you have devoted to the negotiations with LIBC.
Having followed all that has happened since the announcement by LIBC on Oct 2, 2009, we know the negotiations have occupied much of your time. As citizens we can not thank you, the County Executive and county assistant attorney Dan Gibson, enough. Thank you.
We know there is a small handful of activists on the island who continue to complain about wording etc. They do not speak for a majority of the islanders. A large, rather silent majority of the islanders appreciate and support all you have done. We encourage you to hold the scheduled hearing on September 13, and vote to support the agreement with LIBC on the lease agreement.
We also encourage you to support the recommendations of the Ferry Task Force. We really appreciate all of the time and effort they put in coming up with recommendations. These recommendations are in our opinion very valid and worthwhile.
We thank you again for all you do for the citizens of Whatcom County. You are all sincerely appreciated.
Jerry Anderson and Susan Watson
4030 Legoe Bay Rd. Lummi Island
A response from Ken Mann, Councilmember:
Your email is by far the best one I have received. You are right, there is a very loud and vocal and relentless group that complains about everything, from wording to public process to costs.
If you are right that there is a silent majority that shares your opinion, I urge you to motivate them to write all of us. This lease faces a tough vote right now – if you want it passed, the silent majority needs to speak up – otherwise the critical and the complainers among you will win.