WE all love this place or we wouldn’t be here, and the vast majority of citizens take pride in the stewardship of their homes and property. There has got to be a limit to this brand of "friendship" that's become a mortal threat to simple liberty. Don’t miss this article and video about the plight of an organic farmer in San Juan County who’s in trouble deep, thanks to Friends of the San Juans:
February 8, 2012
Orcas Island, WA—Donors of the “Friends” of the San Juans are contributing—at least partially—to a powerful special interest group that pits neighbors against neighbors in the San Juan Islands. It sounds frighteningly like the secret police—where people were coerced into turning on their neighbors for some radical ideological purpose—but that’s exactly what is happening on Orcas Island.
Charles Dalton, a small organic farmer on Orcas Island has recently felt the effects that the powerful “friends” have. Stephanie Buffum has filed multiple complaints against Charles Dalton for what the “friends” say is construction and building “near a wetland or a stream”. But the “friends” don’t bother to do any real investigation or find out the truth of the matter, instead, they spy on neighbors, take photos, and file complaints. Charles Dalton has hired a professional Hydrogeologist and Engineering Geologist that says there are no streams or wetlands on his property—it is merely agricultural drainage ditches.
The “friends”, however, don’t let the real facts get in thier way. They use their “expertise” to help people file complaints against their neighbors, even if the complaints are untruthful. Charles Dalton said, “The head of the Friends of the San Juans name is Stephanie Buffum and she’s come to my property and she’s taken photos over and over and reported over 50 times to the county ... some of them are outright untruths.”
The “friends” response letter states that, “Since 1979, Friends has been providing science, education, law and citizen action to preserve the land, water, sea and livability of the San Juans.” and “A majority of Friends staff time is devoted to science, research, restoration programs, education, land use policy and planning.”
Now the “friends” can add “neighborhood spy” and “professional harassers” to the list of their qualifications.
Charles Dalton would like everyone to know that, “The friends have been very unfriendly to me.”