Letters to the Editor

Vashon can’t incorporate, but the county serves us fine

Regarding Charles Hooper’s letter in The Beachcomber (“Islanders should consider forming a city,” April 2), I am not sure if the letter is a good example of a Yogi Berra-ism regarding deja vu, or if it is a subtle April Fool’s Day prank. Or both.

Many islanders can vividly remember a sad day in the fall of 1995 when the state Supreme Court ruled that Vashon cannot incorporate; language in Washington’s Growth Management Act trumps self-rule for all of us rockheads.

Mr. Hooper may not realize that King County has done a pretty good job of rankling the inhabitants of our fair isle from time to time. That’s actually OK, because it keeps us from squabbling about the fire department, the parks department or the health clinic.

— Joe Downs

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