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OPINION

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Letters:

Continued from page 6 The hearing will be held in Friday Harbor, Saturday, Nov. 3, at Friday Harbor High School (45 Blair Avenue) from noon to 3 p.m. A scoping hearing for GPT in the San Juans was far from a given. We were granted this hearing because many community members, local organizations and our county council asked for it. I would like to thank everyone who helped with the effort. We put our county and the larger Salish Sea on the map. We have successfully shown that San Juan islanders are ready to take action and protect the Salish Sea from the negative impacts of coal exporting and the lead permitting agencies for GPT are coming to listen to our concerns. We need a huge turnout at the scoping hearing. With the San Juan Islands in the heart of the Salish Sea, we will be at the center of environmental impacts resulting from increased shipping of coal exports — 947 transits of giant bulk carriers are proposed for GPT. Join your community on Nov. 3 if you are concerned about the increased likelihood of an oil spill, the safety of recreational, commercial, and tribal boaters, impacts of increased vessel traffic on orca, fish, birds and other wildlife; the introduction of invasive species in ballast water and increases in ocean acidification associated with the carbon dioxide emissions from burning fuel and coal. Attending the scoping hearing on Nov. 3 and commenting on GPT are the most important actions you can take to date on this issue. Please mark your calendars. Katie Fleming San Juan Island — Editor’s note: Katie Fleming is Friends of the San Juans community engagement director.

I-502: bad idea, poor public policy

Regardless of the outcome of I-502, the marijuana legalization initiative on our ballot, the following facts remain.

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Marijuana is a schedule 1 controlled substance. Marijuana will still be unlawful to possess, manufacture or deliver under federal law. Marijuana is addictive and it impairs a person’s ability to function. If I-502 were to pass, marijuana would become more available and more pervasive in Washington, placing our youth and our communities at further risk. Under I-502, marijuana remains unlawful for people under 21, similar to alcohol. I-502 puts the state in the marijuana business, in competition with the current drug traffickers. If having the state in the liquor business was a bad idea, how can this even be considered? Many of you have expressed grave concern about the drug problems in our island communities. I-502 is a bad idea, it is bad public policy and creates more problems than it will solve. Read the measure very carefully before casting your ballot, and join me in voting “No” on I-502. Rob Nou San Juan Island — Editor’s note: elected in

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Parties agree? Gotta’ like that

There has been a lot of discussion in our community lately on proposed amendments to our county charter, which are on the ballot in the upcoming election. Many opponents of these amendments have written lengthy letters explaining why they should not be approved. At first glance, the whole thing looks very complicated, perhaps even beyond the grasp of the average citizen who does not have a lot of time to spend

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following local government. Which way should we vote on this important issue? In my opinion, it’s not complicated. Two facts stand out to me. One, the Charter Review Commission that created these amendments was a very diverse group. The commissioners came from all over the county and represented many political viewpoints. They spent countless hours interviewing people with direct experience in local government, defining and researching the issues, and working out improvements to our charter. The vast majority of these commissioners voted in favor of putting these

amendments before us, the voters. To me, this is a remarkable effort should not be ignored. Two, our local Republican and Democratic parties have both endorsed the charter amendments. If this isn’t bipartisan agreement, I don’t know what is. Please join me in voting “Yes” on charter amendments 1, 2, and 3. David Meiland San Juan Island

Better science is in our backyard

It is without dispute that the San Juan County is to review the current critical areas ordinance and “include the best available science” in

the update of its regulations (RCW 36.70A.172). One of the most glaring problems with the draft ordinance is that the county is incontestably in possession of better available science. The proposed ordinance maps wetlands using a LIDAR survey which measures geographic contours. This technology does not define with any precision the boundaries of wetlands. In fact, in many areas, this technology erroneously identifies wetlands which, after physical inspection, do not actually exist. In simple terms, the critical areas wetlands as identified in the proposed CAO can only charitably be described as See LETTERS, Page 12

Combined NEPA/SEPA

Environmental Impact Statement

Proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal/Custer Spur

Participate in scoping the environmental impact statement for the Gateway Pacific Terminal and Custer Spur modification proposal The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Washington State Department of Ecology and Whatcom County are preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) documenting the effects of a proposed deepwater multimodal terminal in the Cherry Point industrial area in Whatcom County and rail modifications along the six-mile Custer Spur. The 120-day public scoping comment period ends on January 21, 2013.

Provide scoping comments:

• Mail to: GPT/BNSF Custer Spur EIS Co-Lead Agencies c/o CH2M HILL 1100 112th Avenue NE, Suite 400 Bellevue, WA 98004 • Email to: comments@eisgatewaypacificwa.gov • Participate in an online meeting and submit comments at www.eisgatewaypacificwa.gov • Attend a scoping meeting

Attend an upcoming meeting:

Friday Harbor

12–3 pm Sat., Nov. 3 Friday Harbor High School 45 Blair Avenue Friday Harbor, WA

In addition to this meeting, the Co-Lead Agencies will host other meetings around the state. Visit www. eisgatewaypacificwa.gov or call 360-398-5087 to learn more.

Jonathan Piff – AAMS

Financial Advisor 849 Spring Street #14 Friday Harbor, WA 98250 360-378-5071 jonathan.piff@edwardjones.com www.edwardjones.com Member SIPC

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To ensure equal access, the Co-Lead Agencies will provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Please call the project hotline at 360-398-5087 with any requests. Persons with hearing loss can call 711 for Washington Relay Service. Persons with a speech disability can call 877-833-6341. All meeting-related requests must be received 72 hours in advance. Si usted requiere este documento en un formato alternativo, favor de comunicarse a la siguiente línea directa: 360-398-5087 o TTY 711 o 1-877-833-6341 (Sólo servicios en inglés).

Journal of the San Juans, October 24, 2012  

October 24, 2012 edition of the Journal of the San Juans