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Next VMICC meeting is a chance to start a real discussion | Letter to the Editor
The upcoming Vashon-Maury Island Community Council meeting is the first one to be conducted under the new bylaws, which allow for a much more open and frank discussion of issues. The degree of success for this meeting, and subsequent meetings, will depend on community participation. As with the All Island Forums of the last year, we hope that the new community council will also be a forum where we can all respectfully and civilly speak and listen to each other. It is our hope that this will become a place where we will more often find solutions and consensus rather than control and confrontation.
The King County Sheriff will attend Monday’s meeting to discuss security concerns on the island. Many of us have expressed concern about “drug houses” — the self-destructive behavior that they facilitate and the theft, burglary, violence and general social dysfunction that drug addiction often leads to. This is our chance to start a heart-to-heart, community-wide discussion about fostering a safer and healthier environment for our community.
Think about questions and concerns you would like to share with the sheriff and the rest of the community. Given the fact that most islanders will not attend the meeting, we are hoping to develop an online presence through which more community members will be able to participate. For the time being, send comments to Max Slade, the VMICC’s clerk, at sheriffQAvmicc@gmail.com. Islanders are the vital ingredient for making the VMICC work. Let’s get off to a good start!
— Terry Sullivan