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Letters from June 30, 2007
Endresen farewell: Where was Angel?
Former County Commissioner Patty Lent attended the farewell ceremony given for Commissioner Chris Endresen (Tuesday, June 26). Notably absent was Commissioner Jan Angel.
Commissioner Lent was known for her desire to reach across the aisle and make the difficult decisions to make our county a better place to live. Working collaboratively was important to her because she knew she represented all the people of Kitsap County.
When she took her first major vote to increase impact fees, she faced vitriol the likes of which most of us could not fathom. Larry Coppola used the word liar at least seven times in a 200-word letter regarding that one issue. He and others continued to call into question her integrity, using Coppolas newspaper to print their screed.
The far right of the home builders, realtors and KAPO had much to do with Lents loss in the primary.
However, many Republicans, Democrats and Independents admired her for her desire to bring together various factions for the public good. Fittingly, Commissioner Josh Brown wants to bridge that same chasm.
Lents class, good humor and intellect were again on display yesterday. The differences between Patty Lent and her former Republican counterpart were glaring.
Commissioner Candidates: Angel knows them
When Jan Angel says she does not know the three gentlemen Democratic PCOs elected to send to the board, she is being less than honest.
Tom Nevins has been a member of the county planning commission for six years. She hired Stephen Bauer to conduct management evaluation of the DCD in 2006. She has been working with Clarence Moriwaki for the past few months. Their extensive resumés have been available to her since each decided to run. She has had ample opportunity to interview them.
The Kitsap County Democrats held one forum and a meeting before the votes were taken, both open to the public. Some Republicans attended because they thought it was important. Jan Angel did not.
It is a daunting responsibility to select candidates who will lead our county government and we took that responsibility seriously.
Angel shows a callous disregard for the taxpayers of this county, who pay her a very substantial salary to make decisions in a manner that benefits us all. Collaboration with Commissioner Brown is needed now so that county government does not grind to a halt. KAPO and its minions will have ample opportunity to file bogus lawsuits and write lies about whoever is selected.
Josh Brown: Still inexperienced
The county now must choose a new commissioner. I am pleased to see that at least one of the remaining commissioners, Jan Angel, has suggested that the public gets a chance to meet them. Josh Brown, on the other hand, has begun showing the county what a truly inexperienced choice he was for his position. He feels that the public having a say in the decision for who represents them would be a circus. This is what happens when the collective liberal populace elects somebody into office on a knee-jerk reaction just because hes a Democrat; you get a little dictator. We see it all the time yet learn nothing from it. Thanks to Ms. Angel for remembering that she works for us. Shame on young Mr. Brown for already behaving as though hes a member of the Politburo.