A reminder | Editorial
By MARY L. GRADY
Mercer Island Reporter Editor
January 24, 2012 · 10:17 AM
There is nothing like a healthy dose of rough weather to keep us all a bit humble. It is always good to be reminded that we really are not fully in charge of our lives. As the snow approached, city emergency plans and procedures were implemented. City crews stayed at work for a couple of days straight to clear city streets, and police and fire units were chained up and available to keep Islanders safe and mostly warm. And it seemed tranquil, for the most part. Mail was delivered, grocery stores were open and people were out on the street toting shopping bags, walking dogs and playing in the snow.
The storm could have been a good deal worse. There was relatively little wind. It is the wind that wreaks havoc on the Island, beginning with the South end, where generally the trees fall and homes are plunged into darkness, sometimes for days. There were many here without power at some time or other. But in the end, last week served as yet another reminder to all to be prepared to fend for ourselves for a few days with food and fresh water, and the like.
For the second time in a year, the City Council is looking for a new member to take the place of outgoing mayor and Councilman, Jim Pearman. In sharp contrast to last year, when 17 Islanders threw their hat into the ring, there are only four who have applied for the open position, perhaps owing to the holidays and the fact that the vacancy was unexpected. They are Bob Bersos, Steve Marshall, Tana Senn and Benson Wong. Between them, they have lived on the Island for decades and have raised a total of nine children. Each has applied or has run before for the position, so they have thought long and hard about this step.
All have been involved in numerous community activities and are educated and experienced. They are very aware of what the city faces in the coming years.
Thursday night, the Council will vote to select one of these community members; each willing to commit their time and unique talents to help lead the city. We applaud them.
Contact Mercer Island Reporter Editor Mary L. Grady at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 232-1215 ext. 1050.