Arrow-right Camera
Go to e-Edition Sign up for newsletters Customer service
Subscribe now
Opinion >  Letters

Island purchase inexplicable

The Spokesman-Review

Can someone tell me, with a straight face, why our elected officials in Olympia are spending $9 million to buy an uninhabited island in the San Juans? While our schools, police and fire departments and cities are struggling to make ends meet, our state reps are buying islands with our money. It may be a noble gesture, but the timing is all wrong.

This particular island happens to be on the kayak route of one of those elected officials. Methinks something smells fishy and it ain’t the local catch. This little piece of unnoticed pork rind just slipped by us Washington citizens like a downwind skunk.

Our state is struggling to oversee the property we already own, keep our parks open and safe and manage all the forest land. Yet, some elected officials from the West Side are out buying islands with our money, just to prevent development.

Someone just doesn’t get it. I know I don’t. Do you?

Emery Wold



Letters policy

The Spokesman-Review invites original letters on topics of public interest. Your letter must adhere to the following rules:

  • No more than 250 words
  • We reserve the right to reject letters that are not factually correct, racist or are written with malice.
  • We cannot accept more than one letter a month from the same writer.
  • With each letter, include your daytime phone number and street address.
  • The Spokesman-Review retains the nonexclusive right to archive and re-publish any material submitted for publication.
Unfortunately, we don’t have space to publish all letters received, nor are we able to acknowledge their receipt.
Click here to learn more.

Submit letters using any of the following:

Our online form

Mail: Letters to the Editor
The Spokesman-Review
999 W. Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

Fax: (509) 459-3815
Questions?: (509) 459-5430