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LETTERS Continued from page A-4 Thank you to all Editor, the Journal I would like to thank the peo- ple of Shelton for 12 great years. I have so enjoyed my time as a city commissioner and I appreci- ate the opportunity to serve. I have worked in a number of places in my life. The employees of the city of Shelton are some of the best. Too often, it is easy to blame city workers for anything and everything. They are, in fact, very dedicated, talented and hard working. Many of them give up their time to help other agencies and citizens -- often without thanks or praise. We are very fortunate to have them and I encourage all to appreci- ate their efforts on our behalf. I appreciate each and every one and I will always cherish their support, encouragement and friendship. Thanks to you all. Dawn Pannell Shelton What's the plan for the planet?. Editor, the Journal While reading the column by Don Brunell, I was struck by the writer's listing of all the problems due to climate change and his only interest was that the fossil fuel com- panies might be affected in their production because of the lowering of the CO2 emissions. They might not be able to keep amassing all that money. So if they have the right to keep the pollution unchecked, they should be obligated to pay for the cleanup and all the associ- ated costs of illnesses caused by the pollution, and not be permitted to pass the cost onto the public. The cleanup should come out of their pockets for the pollution from the coal trains spewing dust every- where, and the contamination of the air, soil and water. The statement that gas is a clean fuel is not really true when you understand how it is obtained. Very deep wells are dug down to reach the shale. Up to 7 million gallons of water, and chemicals are forced under very high pressure to shat- ter the shale. The water and chemicals gush out but what happens to this mess is not in- formation given to the public. There are over 600 chemicals that can be used and they are considered proprietary, (they do not have to identify them), thanks to the "Halliburton Loophole." There are 1,000 of these wells just in Texas to ev- ery one well in Saudi Arabia. The fossil fuel companies and their advocates make a great pretense of concern of how enforcing CO2 reduction levels will impact the economy and the poor. No one in his/her right mind believes they care. The most important question x) ask is what the effect on the economy will be if we don't reduce the pollution? Contami- nation and pollution cleanup costs are astronomical. Right now the amount is enormous and they want to keep adding to it. He makes the comment that renewable energy has increased over the years but the government is subsidiz- ing it. The government should be helping to better protect the health and welfare of its' citizens. The fossil fuel in- dustries with vast wealth, all the lobbyists they employ are trying everything possible to stop any renewable energy to be competitive. These compa- nies manipulate regulations, use off-shore headquarters to avoid paying their fair share of taxes, and tightly control their refineries output to keep prices high. Then there are the prob- lems of the oceans. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the sea-level since 1800, (the Industrial Revolution) has risen 1 foot. If levels drop to zero immediately, the rise will be 2 feet by 2100. If emis- sions continue at the current rate, the level will be 3 feet by 2100. What will happen to the coastal areas and the people living there? What will happen if our water, soil and air are so polluted that we do not have the basic requirements to sup- port life? Is this what we want to leave for coming generations? Really ask yourself, do we want to leave the planet so pol- luted that lee ceases to be able to exist? Patricia Vandehey Shelton 24/7 program would save lives Editor, the Journal The Dec. 19 Journal included a letter from Start Walster in response to my letter published in the Dec. 12 issue. The issue relating to Fire District 3's 2014 budget proposed by Chief Grae- ber; the board approved the budget bottom line but not the line items and, most specifically, the 24/7 emergency response fimding for covering after work- ing hours and weekends. Fire District 3 has paid employees / volunteers during the day, only paid volunteers alr working hours and weekends. Walster declared that the 24/7 program was expensive and unnecessary. Walster de- fined the program as a '%oon- doggle" and that it would, with- out a doubt, increase taxes. He based his evaluation in part on the fact that Graeber has con- tinually reported good response time results, so why change the program? I certainly agree the chief and volunteers do a terrific job and have very good response times based on the system and assets currently available. But in an emergency, time is of the essence. Faster is better. We should not be com- placent with current times no matter how good; improvement should always be a goal. The time segment that can real- istically be improved is from the emergency tone to rubber on the road. I recently was in the station during the day, heard the tone, looked at my watch, walked to the door and watched as wheel rolled; that took 19 seconds. Some time ago I had the need for 911 on a Monday evening, which is training night at the station. I heard sirens even before I finished my 911 discussion. As I hung up the phone, Fire District 3 came down my driveway. Substantial time improve- ments are achievable with funding 24/7 in the 2014 budget proposed by the chief. Graeber including the pro- gram in the budget is totally appropriate and within the scope of her employment con- tract. However, Walster ac- cuses the chief of'lumping the gun" because Commissioner Creighten's strategy plan pro- cess, initiated last September, to gauge citizen wants was not completed. I know no of such plan being identified to the public. Perhaps something is in the works with a secluded group. If so, it must be open to public disclosure. However, at this time the new year is just around the cor- ner and a detailed budget has not been approved. Do we lock the doors or is there a way to operate and pay bills, such as salaries, without an approved budget? I believe the beard of com- missioners' direction must be issued in public. Tempus fugit. A 24/7 program could save a life. Robert Shanks Grapeview Help us celebrate! Help us celebrate 75 years of Clean, Renewable & Reliable energy with Mason PUD 3's 2014 diamond anniversary calendar. The calendar has many important tips for storm preparation and PUD 3 contact information, so it's always cbse at hand! / FREE" "'"'"'"'" while supplies last , 71ilili:iiiiii;iii!ii!iiii!!i ..... ....... available now! Supplies are limited, so get your calendar before they're all gone. Mason County Journal - Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 - Page A-5