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Swim along, disgruntled fishermen 

Portland, Ore.

Congratulations to the Port San Luis harbor manager for doing a bang-up job (“Fishing group hopes to sink harbor manager,” May 5). If the troops aren’t complaining, then something is wrong. I see that Mr. “Butch” Powers, the port’s gadfly, is at it again.

Of course Butch (?) has always had a chip on his shoulder against authority, and an easy mark the harbor manager makes. Guess Butch doesn’t have a life outside of biting the hand that feeds him. The Harbor District has discount policies and programs that benefit the commercial fishermen in Avila. The commercial fishermen have lowered service and mooring fees, constant special considerations, and the “cutting to the front of the line” type benefits—and yet here the fleet is bitching about a few tightening-of-the-belt actions the Harbor Manager is making in these economically troubling times.

The Harbor District has a fiscal responsibility to the public, not just the special interest groups, such as the commercial fishermen—or any other group, for that matter. If one were to survey other California harbors and marinas, one would see the sweetheart deal the commercial fleet has at Port San Luis.

If the fishermen do not like the way things are run at the port, then why don’t they move on? There is plenty of space elsewhere. Butch has left the port before (because he didn’t like the sitting Harbor Manager) and now he is back, still complaining about his life. The funny thing is that in this day and age, that doesn’t work any more. The elected harbor commissioners must be tired of this senseless negativity and the lack of solution-oriented attitudes. I am sure the commission will raise above this nonsense and move forward to protect the harbor, its staff, and its public-use mandates.

Get over it, Mr. Powers. Your historic modus operandi will no longer work to get your way. The party is over. Get a life!

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