We understand there is a “CLOSED” “workshop” meeting for the EDC to discus the future of the Fairgrounds Strategic Plan. This just another example of Price-Johnson and followers choosing not to involve the public in the planning of the future of the Fairgrounds.
HPJ’s recent articles in the paper paint a picture that the proposed plan is in fact not DEAD.

What it will take and how many people have to express their distaste for this plan to die.?

At all the public meetings the only people that were and are in favor of this proposed plan are those on the steering committee. This tells us steering committee is disconnected from reality and is continuing to not listen to the public.

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News release: April 19, 2014…   “Running the Island County Fairgrounds costs too much, and the managing Whidbey Island Fair Association wants county funding as part of a restructured lease.”

DUH?  This should come as  no  surprise to any;  Price-Johnson  is  behind the curtains orchestrating all of this.   She’s back to planning how ALL property  owners  on  Whidbey and Camano  Islands  will  pay for  the  “LANGLEY” Fair

Remember all the tax dollars County Commissioners, especially Price-Johnson, wasted on “feel good” vote getting PROJECTS for their re election efforts starting with the $71,000.00 paid for the worthless, no facts Fair plan….

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Harry Reid, the leading DemonRat mouthpiece in the US Senate, recently vilified a group of American Citizens who supported Cliven Bundy, and defended against an army of federal BLM agents. According to Reid, these people are domestic terrorists.

http://www.infowars.com/harry-reid-calls-cliven-bundy-supporters-domestic-terrorists/

History however, paints a different picture when it comes to racism, domestic terrorism, and Harry Reid’s Democratic Party. Democrats engaged in horrible acts of cruelty, racism, and terror before, during, and after the Civil War. Democrats championed slavery, and the oppression of men, women, and children of a different color. Blacks were not human beings, they were property. Thomas Thistlewood was a role model and mentor for Democrats, and the treatment of slaves. Thistlewood routinely punished his slaves with fierce floggings and other harsh punishments, some of them very sickening. One of his preferred punishments was the “Derby’s dose” inwhich a slave would be forced to defecate into an offending slave’s mouth which would then be forced shut via various methods for a considerable number of hours.

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Pamela Fick, one of Island County’s leading DemonRats recently bashed State Senator Barbara Bailey for co-sponsoring SB 5927 featuring a provision allowing businesses the right to deny services when providing those goods or services would be contrary to the individual’s or entity owner’s sincerely held religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience.

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April 19, 2014
By J. Paul Masko

“We need citizens who see the cascade for what it is: an ideologically biased cultural prism that, through its thoroughgoing, omnipresent and enveloping messages and directives, seeks to create a uniform stance and punish those who will not conform.  And if you are targeted by a subdivision of the government, announce your situation to all who will listen…despite the disinterest and reticence of the cascade.”

This comment and subequent article applies to ALL Whidbey Island Newspapers as well.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/04/living_in_the_new_york_times_world.html

 

This week on The Freedom Update: a union’s “Representative Assembly” has some strange agenda items, a group is gathering signatures in a call to amend the First Amendment, and we discussed the Bundy Standoff with Rep. Matt Shea who was there on the ground in Nevada.

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Following  is  an update   of current status from the  co-sponsors, 2/3 Constitutional Amendment, 425-493-9127, tim_eyman@comcast.net, www.VotersWantMoreChoices.com

“RE: There’s now another huge reason to ensure the success of our 2/3 Constitutional Amendment Initiative.

Last week, a mega-liberal initiative was filed. It’s a carefully crafted measure that guarantees billions of dollars in higher taxes. Here’s a story about it: EVERETT HERALD, April 7, 2014: BACKERS OF SMALLER CLASS SIZE WORK ON BALLOT MEASURE — “But the initiative carries a potentially large price tag and no means of generating revenue to pay for it. It could cost nearly $2.9 billion in the next two-year budget to pay for the added teachers and staff, (and) the tab would rise to $7.1 billion in the 2017-19 budget cycle.” http://heraldnet.com/article/20140407/NEWS01/140409275).

THAT’S HUGE!   Even before this, they are pushing for $3-$5 billion in higher taxes next year. This brand new initiative makes those tax increases EXPONENTIALLY higher. And THOSE INCREASES ARE ON TOP OF the massive $10-$12 billion in increased gas taxes.

We have a tremendous opportunity to protect ourselves from ALL these higher taxes with our 2/3 Constitutional Amendment Initiative. It’s the best way to protect everyone from next year’s endless parade of tax hikes. When it comes to Olympia raising taxes, next year is completely terrifying.

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Oak Harbor’s 13th annual marathon had over 3000 participants running on Whidbey Island’s scenic roads. In addition the runners came with many family and friends to cheer them on.
The event even closed Deception Pass Bridge for a short time Sunday morning but there were few if any, complaints about inconveniences by island residents.

Participation was almost double that of last year’s marathon!
That happened, because of much hard work and dedication by organizer, Race Director Tamra Sipes.
She deserves a big “Thanks” from all of us

She’s also the talented person who successfully organizes the annual Festival of Trees fundraising banquet for Big Brother Big Sisters of Island County

With Tamra Sipes’s track record of success in such events maybe we should  get a majority of County, or at least Whidbey Island citizens to  draft  her to replace Commissioner Price-Johnson’s plan to waste $10,000,000.00 on a worthless plan replacing the Langley fair and converting the 12 ac property into an  “Island Event Center”  which  includes an organization to operate and maintain the property is a Public Development Authority (PDA)”

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This week on The Freedom Update – an obvious union backed candidate runs for state senate, the Department of Early Learning seeks parent input, and C-Tran approved $200,000 for an idea voters rejected.
If you think that government waste is hurting taxpayers, read and share this video and the articles linked below.

For those of you who wish to go directly to the blog posts featured in this video, you can find them here:

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Just 14 months ago, Jan 11, 2012, Fair Administrator Sandey Brandon said,
“It’s an honor to have these historic buildings put on the registry, and it makes us more determined to preserve and protect them, We’re all stewards of our fair buildings.”
Those are just empty words with nothing to back them it up from any one responsible

FAST FORWARD…Sandey Brandon CONTINUED HER SAGA WITH “The annual event – the FAIR – has fallen victim to the fairgrounds…, the Fair has slowly eroded over the past 50 years in order to sustain the fairgrounds, and the acceleration of the Fair’s demise is directly related to the structural and infrastructural deficiencies of the fairgrounds

WHY? Those issues should have been addressed starting about 20 years ago.  

That neglect has caused what exists today.  Island County owns the property and did not maintain it

Ownership of the property was transferred to County (Island County Citizens) by a legal entity,  but did County Commissioners fail to do their fiduciary duty in maintaining the citizens property

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Opponents of a $10.12 million, 10-year plan to change the Island County Fairgrounds got what they wanted: a slower, more public approach to saving the property.

 From this link

http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/253973321.html

Thanks  to all  of  you  for your  help in defeating this, another,  Commissioner Priceless-Johnson  boonhdoggle

I was unaware that Mayor Scott Dudley sent a letter to the Whidbey News Times commenting on the attacks that Keven Graves made about him in a recent editorial until someone who does receive the paper told me about it. I checked the Whidbey News Times website and it does not appear anywhere in the online edition. Apparently the Whidbey News Times reserves the space on their website only for those who do not disagree with the paper and the Keven Graves editorials…apparently Mr. Graves does not consider letters from our Mayor important enough to publish in his online edition. This is just more evidence of the agenda the Whidbey News Times clearly has.

UPDATE- The Whidbey News Times only today added the letter from the mayor to it’s website. The letter was received on the March 27th. It was published today on April 7th, 9 days later.

After the baseless attack on the Mayor in his editorial Keven Graves should do the right thing and at least give the Mayor a chance to refute his baseless claims. Apparently the Whidbey News Times could care less about fairness…

So in the interest in fairness we are publishing it here:

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What a bunch of double talking hypocrisy

Just 14 months ago, Jan 11, 2012, Fair Administrator Sandey Brandon said, 
“It’s an honor to have these historic buildings put on the registry, and it makes us more determined to preserve and protect them, We’re all stewards of our fair buildings.”

Fair officials continued with this 102 years history of the fair:

“For nearly 75 years, the Pole Building at the Island County Fairgrounds has been the first building fairgoers encountered when they passed through the gates. Recently, the iconic Pole Building and 13 other rustic barns on the fairgrounds were named to the Washington State Heritage Barn Registry.
The Island County Fairgrounds is the first in the state to have all its barns listed on the Washington State Registry.

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The following attached image pretty much sums up some of Island County residents feelings of

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recent additions to the Oak Harbor and Island County Police force.  How can we tell that the car in front of us or on the side of the road is a police car that we need to flag down in case of assistance?  At night we might not notice the small arial antennas and the small hidden light bars.  What other residence and I are asking is not a complete new paint job, just a contrasting color, reflective “POLICE” emblazoned on the sides, hood and trunk in large letters.  This way older residents and people in need may be able to clearly see these cars at night.  Some vehicles have a “ghosted” Police painted on the side you can barely see day or night and the colors look similar to the civilian painted version of the car.

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Below is the video presentation given to the Oak Harbor City Council and the Public on the removal of the Garry Oak Tree at the Oak Harbor Post Office. Cathy Rosen the Oak Harbor Public Works Director did an excellent job of presenting the facts surrounding the history of this Oak Tree. The report includes new information from Master Arborist Sean Dugan of Tree Solutions and information from Dr. Larry Cort the City Administrator concerning the laws we have to protect Oak Harbors Oak trees and the liability this tree presented to the city.

It was obvious that this tree was a hazard to the public and unfortunately did need to be removed. Beyond that the video below will answer the many question there are concerning the removal of this tree and the history of the attempts to save it. Video can be seen by clicking the “Read the rest of this entry »” below.

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