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Scott Brennan: Leadership within the SJC Fire Dept.

I was a Sergeant with your Sheriffs Department for 30 years and a volunteer EMT with the San EMS for 15 years. During that time I regularly interacted with the Fire Department, EMS and various other departments and agencies. Because of this experience people have asked me what’s going on with the current Fire and EMS issue. So, here’s my take, based on 30 plus years, dealing with these types of departments.

Trish Lehman: Community deserves clear explanation

My name is Trish Lehman. I am one of five hospital district commissioners, having just served 2 years, and most recently re-elected for another 6 years. I moved to the island in 1971 and am a retired registered nurse. My parents donated the land, and helped build Sunset Point Fire Station on the west side of the island, where they were both volunteer firefighters.

My first job as an RN was at the Convalescent Center before we had Emergency Medical Services, when we had Dr. Heath, our one full time doctor who served our community, and when our medevac was San Juan Airlines.

Kyle Loring: Vote to keep SJ EMS under PHD umbrella

Is EMS really in such bad shape?

No, but you wouldn’t know that from a few recent, misleading letters to the editor. So as someone who regularly attends SJC Pub Hospital Dist #1 meetings, and who is partial to facts, I thought I’d weigh in. Please note: if you prefer wild speculation and reckless misinformation, this is not the column for you.

EMS is in good shape. Driven by the strong management provided by our Superintendent and EMS Administrator over the past year, the PHD has:

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Guest Column by Joseph Bettis: The Day King Died

Dr. King was murdered on April 4, 1968, on the balcony of room 306 at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. During those years of tragedy and struggle I lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and taught there at the University of Alabama. Tuscaloosa, where six years earlier the Tuscaloosa police department locked the congregation inside First African Baptist Church by chaining the doors shut and then lobbed tear gas through the windows. Tuscaloosa, the home of Bobby Shelton, the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and where the Klan office was on main street. The grand wizard usually had breakfast at the Tuscaloosa Grand Hotel each morning.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. stands with other civil rights leaders on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 3, 1968, a day before he was assassinated at approximately the same place. From left are Hosea Williams, Jesse Jackson, King, and Ralph Abernathy. AP photo

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Dr. Fishaut: Vote enthusiastically for school and EMS levy

The COVID pandemic has forced many aspects of daily life in rural communities such as ours into crisis mode. Exacerbating this state of affairs have been various local issues that make things even more challenging. The ferry system is an embarrassment and a risk to the Island’s welfare. Housing for potential new professionals and their families has become even more unaffordable. The Department of Health has been stretched to its limits while enduring a constant stream of abuse as well as coping with the foolish and risky behavior of some of our citizens. The Mullis Senior Center Board and its good works were threatened by an extended mean spirited series of attacks which it was able to decisively thwart. Access to traditional primary care medical and dental care are at a precipice as a consequence of departures, death, retirements, and payment gimmicks. The rancor and self interest displayed over and over again is not what is needed in troubled times.

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Guest Column: Appalled at totally inaccurate article published 2 times in the Journal

The January 5 edition of the San Juan Journal contained one of the most appalling pieces of sloppy, irresponsible journalism I’ve ever seen. What’s worse, it was in the “Top Stories of 2021” so it was repeating a story from last November that was totally inaccurate when it was first published. Apparently, no one at the Journal figured out in the past several weeks that it was totally wrong.

Guest Column: Chief Collins' take on the failed attempt to integrate Fire and EMS

Message from San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Chief Norvin Collins: As the year comes to a close, your San Juan Island Fire and Rescue (SJIF&R) responders and I wished to take a moment to reflect where we are today and what the future holds. There are three points to address that are timely and germane in terms of response and care in our community, the voices of the majority of the voters, agreement issues, and deployment modeling for SJIF&R.

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A Mayor's Farewell by Farhad Ghatan

As I reflect on my past eight years working for this council and the Town I so dearly love, I am filled with gratitude for those who have seen fit to allow me to represent their interests as well as those who have made this journey such a pleasure. My thanks go out to our loyal and devoted employees who see our ideas, plans and policies to fruition.

Our public works department is always willing to make improvements that affect our daily lives. From creating one of the State's top water systems to award winning improvements to streets, sidewalks and parks, as well as managing a complex sewer, stormwater and refuse system, the crew never gets enough appreciation for their efforts.

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