The I5 bridge which crosses the Skagit River between Costco and Walmart collapsed around 7PM Thursday May 23rd 2013.
Reportedly 2 vehicles were on the section that collapsed.
Pictures of he fallen bridge are here.
Video here: see video
Voting is both a privilege and a right. It is a privilege in that the right to vote is granted to us by a higher power and if we abuse or neglect that right it can be taken away. It is a right in that our Country and Government (in thereby all lesser governing bodies within this County) have been founded on principles of equal representation before the law.
In the modern information age these facts still hold true but voting has also taken on another valuable aspect for us. When we vote our voice is heard. It might be jumbled into a gaggle of other voices during the voting process but in the end it will have to be recognized as signifying that the voter is taking a stand on a particular issue(s). By choosing to vote for a candidate, referendum, initiative or whatnot the voter declares his or her support for their choice. Candidates, the media, and outside observers all have to see those polling results whether they want to or not because it is in those results that the will of the people is declared.
Yet that alone isn’t enough. Candidates can ignore a minority of votes or misinterpret the people’s will in a popular vote. That is why we must not only vote but vote on every issue that can affect us and every candidate whose position governs us. Do not underestimate the importance of this election for us in here in San Juan County. As a governing body’s responsibility increases its ability to address individual needs and concerns decreases. Many in the Federal government may not even know that San Juan County exists. If you want the issues that face this county addressed then you need to go to the County government. Not the Federal government or even the State government, but those who have lived and worked alongside us for years and know our problems and have an appreciation for our way of life in the beautiful San Juans.
Thanks! Guest blogger N. Carter