Dear Santa

editorial-logo3This is truly the most wonderful time of the year! Even a sometime cynic like me can’t help but smile when the bells start jingling and the tree lights are twinkling. It inspires me.

Dear Santa,

I would like to say that I have been good this year, however there are those that might disagree. Please pay them no attention. When you make your way to Jefferson County this year, I hope that you can include a few special items in your bag. For Director of Schools Edmonds, please bring an insurance settlement that will pay for a much needed new roof and for the teachers a merit pay plan that will afford them more than the cost of a Big Mac ( split 300 ways) for their good work. For the Mayor, please bring an updated alpha chart of committees so that we can finally move on and do some real County business. Or perhaps you could just deliver that to the County Commission, as it actually is the bee in their bonnet, and please, if possible, remove the word alpha from the mix altogether. Out of sight and out of mind. We have certainly had enough alpha for a lifetime.

For those diligent citizens that attend County meetings, please pad the benches in the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse. We would also like a hospital that services the citizens, we don’t really care who runs it as long as they put the people before the pocketbook. Please bring the Finance Department a financial advisor that isn’t on commission and the Planning Office a Body Farm because they worked very hard on a project that appears to be dead as a door nail. For the Chamber of Commerce and EDOC, a good dose of vitamin D would be great, as they are surely short on sunshine. I would like to ask for a fix for the affordable care disaster but I fear that may be a little above your pay grade. Please bring our First Responders turnout gear and other equipment because they need it and it isn’t in the budget because they didn’t save a place for it.

I hope that you enjoy your trip to Jefferson County. I will be looking for you on Christmas Eve and plan to leave milk and cookies. Not as a bribe, mind you. Although a few extra chocolate chips couldn’t hurt. Please give Rudolph and the other Reindeer, as well as the Mrs. and the elves, my regards.

Hope to see you soon,


K. Depew

I suppose that some of us are just destined to be on the Naughty List. But really, I wish everyone a wonderful, joyful, blessed Holiday! From my home and family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Source: K. Depew, News Director