Opinion

KAPO insult just the latest in a long line

It has been reported that in a recent discussion before the League of Women Voters one of the Kitsap County commissioners referred to the Kitsap Alliance of Property Owners as “fear mongers.”

I understand this has been confirmed on cable television.

Possibly the commissioner fails to appreciate a long list of egregious actions taken against the lives and property of Kitsap residents citizens.

He should familiarize himself with some of them.

He could study the case of Mr. Massano of Illahee, who required eight years, two appeals to the Superior Court and one to Appeals Court to get his building permit.

A more recent case is that of active duty Navy CPO Mullenix and his handicapped wife, who were unable to obtain a building permit because of opposition from environmental extremists who repeatedly appealed their permit.

The forced the Navy enlisted man to spend approximately $35,000 before he ultimately gave up.

These only scratch the surface.

There is also a mounting list of expensive lawsuits over the commissioners’ unlawful opposition to reasonable development actions.

Already one of these cases has been declared unconstitutional by Superior Court Judge Anna Laurie.

Their actions constitute a mounting price tag for irresponsible actions, driven by ideology in lieu of the law of the land as vested in our Constitutions.

These suits amount to many millions of dollars in a time of shrinking budget resources and they should abandon such actions.

I am actually somewhat sympathetic to the commissioner in question’s situation.

When I was in my 20s, I also knew little about private property or constitutional Rights, and up to that time had only lived with my parents, in dormitories or government housing.

It is my opinion that his knowledge of constitutional rights has been shaped by a Berkeley education and the same meager background I had.

I’m confident he will come to a better understanding of property rights in time and be more eager to defend them.

But in the meantime, his use of public name-calling is totally unacceptable.

He has defamed a group that is totally volunteer and has spent well over $100,000 in mounting the only effective resistance against Kitsap County’s policy of uncompensated taking of private property for public purposes.

We deserve better from our leadership.

Karl Duff is a Port Orchard resident.

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