The practice of passing along stories from parent to child, friend to friend, neighbor to neighbor and generation to generation is as old as the human race. Many times the stories told contained a moral to be instilled, or a truth that could not be openly discussed in a forthright fashion due to political or religious pressures.
Fast forward to San Juan County in the 21st Century. Common Sense Alliance (CSA) is finding that Islanders have some pretty fascinating stories to tell as well, though they have generally not been openly discussed. These are stories of the years wasted, money spent, dreams abandoned or stolen. These are stories of being bullied by the Friends of the San Juans (Friends).
The reported behavior runs the gamut from being “advised” that what you are wanting to do on your property will be challenged, to being actually sued all of the way to the Washington Supreme Court on your plans for your family’s future.
Common Sense Alliance finds that just as transparency in government is necessary to the public’s understanding of the behavior of our elected officials, we need to lift the veil of secrecy to understand the true tactics and goals of the Friends lawyers and activists in our midst.
Tell us your story or the story of your neighbor or friend who left here, choosing not to fight for what we think of as the right to build on and protect our property. CSA will respect your privacy and protect your name if you request. Add your story to our growing list by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and one of us will contact you. Please pass along this Newsletter to others you may know with stories to share about being bullied by the Friends.
Common Sense Alliance