I was very disheartened to learn last week that four county council candidates refused to talk to voters about growth and the environment. Those are important issues because protecting farmland and making sure we have affordable, clean drinking water are the biggest priorities for our county government. The Bellingham Herald reported that four candidates, Bill Knutzen, Kathy Kershner, Ben Elenbaas and Michelle Luke had said that they would not attend a forum hosted by local non-profit organizations to talk about these issues. Bill Knutzen was quoted in the paper as saying, "You have the right to remain silent because anything you say can be used against you." It says a lot that after four years of representing us on the County Council, he thinks that the people of Whatcom County might want to arrest him.
Elections aren't trials; they are job applications. We are hiring the people who will make important decisions about our community for years to come. Would you hire someone who pled the fifth during a job interview? I'll be voting for their opponents and I encourage everyone else to do the same.