In response to “Eliminate” us “and” them “| Guest column


Submitted by Steve Snowden, Lopez Island.

I write to oppose Brad Brown’s guest column, “Eliminate ‘Us’ and ‘Them’, both because of the misinformation and the play’s insincerity. First, the current push is to limit the number of VRs to those that are currently licensed and compliant. As long as his RV is both, he is not going to lose his ability to earn rental income. While some of those who oppose RVs may want to eliminate them all, the only way that will happen is possible attrition if owners stop keeping them in compliance, or if permits are no longer allowed to transfer ownership. during the sale. Second, owner-occupied vacation rentals are likely to be placed in a different category with no limitations. Again, he is not going to lose his ability to rent the cottage on his property as an RV as long as he keeps it in compliance.

The falsity of Mr. Brown’s column comes from his calling for a kumbaya moment while denigrating the people who work against unlimited RV rentals. For example, his claim that some of them illegally operate RVs “off the books”. Note that the anti-RV movement calls for a stronger enforcement to eliminate unauthorized RV rentals. If he’s right, he should report these unlicensed RVs.

Mr. Brown is also wrong and insulting when he associates an objection with the VR “nuisance factor” and the “us versus them” mentality. Its implication is that those who oppose VR are petty, petty people who see nothing more than their own personal comfort. Too bad for the kumbaya. Does he deny that there is a legitimate concern about the carrying capacity of the islands? Our experience over the past year and a half with the ferry system has shown how close we are to certain limits. It seems to ignore the legitimate grievances of RV rental neighbors, including trespassing, garbage, parking, noise, and excessive water consumption. It is difficult to feel the kumbaya spirit when your property is under attack. He is right that RV renters are sometimes seen as a nuisance, he is very wrong and insulting when he attributes this to “They don’t look good, think the same or act. not appropriately. They are not from our tribe. As well as “These others are often not who we are – on the outside. They are foreign and somewhat disreputable. We go across the street. Is he really suggesting that the people opposed to RV rentals are racist and misogynistic fanatics? He may have lived an exemplary life of serving the needs of others, but in this case he is guilty of the “us versus them” mentality he protests against.

Yes, there are definitely some great people who stay in RVs, and I am in favor of a well-regulated and limited RV rental base to serve them. Mr Brown’s situation of occupying the property with the RV is ideal and allows him to monitor what is going on there, both enforcing county ordinances and responding to complaints from his neighbors. This is not the case for owners off the island, and that is a problem. Her long list of her beloved people who come to San Juan is very sweet, but ignores the large number who come here to party, and considers our slice of paradise a version of Disneyworld with all residents being employees only here for the sake of it. meet their needs.

As for “doggies,” I hope Mr. Brown will make it clear to his customers that San Juan County does not allow dogs to run free anywhere, including our many public trails. Dogs must be kept on a leash or under close verbal control.

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