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continued from page 5 Dreams and schemes Editor, the Journal Arsenic. Mercury. Diox- ins. Shelton's own version of the "Erin Brockovich" movie. Washington's Love Canal. Pos- sible contaminated groundwa- ter used as the development's drinking water. Do you know people with cancer and poor health? Is this your dream for our community? Do we want to advertise our area to attract more healthy businesses here? In simple terms: A develop- ment is proposed for the most contaminated area in Mason County: Goose Lake and vicin- ity and the C Street landfill. The development would double the population in 20 years. A school will be built next to an unlined, unclosed landfill that is a known hazardous site. It is known to have concerning amounts of dioxins and the city's proposal is to put up a fence and sign across from the school. This would be next to a residential area housing over 4,000 people, built beside an in- dustrial area. No further envi- ronmental permitting would be required if the local ordinance gets approved at the commu- nity meeting on March 17. What are the possible in- dustries that will be next to our most populated area? Box steres would be built in the commercial area. Just think: shop locally, and more jobs. Is everyone drooling yet? What more could we want? Oh, did I mention the Goose Lake area, i i i!ii!! i!ii! i!i i!!!! ii i  !! i!!!! ! i i  il il i! !ii!i !i!!i!! iii i,i!i i i i : ! i!!  ii!: i i ' ii i !i! i! ! i!ii!!i  iii i! i! i  ii!i , i:! i! !! i! !i! il iii!i!i!!i ii !ii! i!i i Uil eourages leffeis to::the ocl interest Oiyerse nd varied pin os ae welcomed We will not is letters ;that are deemed; or scurrilous ;;in nature All; leers ; ;;;address and daime; ; umSer, hiCh lll be; used i or e fication purposes only e;;ubict o diing;for lengthi grammar and; clarity. "1:o Sdbi letter, eall ada@asoncountyiom; drop ;it ;;off = ;227 w. Cota st i or mil it o P.0 Box 30i Sheltoni WA 985841 and associated landfills, having many incomplete assessments, according to the state Depart- ment of Ecology, has contami- nated soil and groundwater. Are we prepared for what may be more of our friends and family suffering with poor health and / or cancer? Are we prepared for liability and dis- closure lawsuits? If the city of Shelton passes this ordinance they are saying that all envi- ronmental issues have been adequately addressed and they approve this development plan with no further environmental permitting. I can't help but think of three words: dreams, plans and schemes.-All of us have dreams about what we want for our community. To accomplish those dreams we either plan or scheme. To plan -- in a positive and inclusive manner -- we closely examine and carry out processing all facts and fac- tors, in a responsible manner. A scheme, on the other hand, has a negative connotation. It has many of the same elements as a plan, many details, except many of them either have been distorted, omitted, or twisted to accomplish a given goal. This is like a hungry animal, drooling for food that is just out of reach -- doing, hearing or saying whatever is needed to get to a desired goal. We need to make sure that we are planning and not scheming. Learn more about this next week, and participate in the discussion. Please come to the historically important meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at Shelton Civic Center in Shelton. It is there that the Shelton commis- sioners will sign, or not sign, an ordinance with potential human health impacts! Please come, participate and learn the facts. Terri Thompson Union School board makes tough decisions Editor, the Journal The dictionary defines "cri- CORRECTION In last week's article "MMK hires new baseball coach" Bob Johnson's name was spelled incorrectly. In the article, "Calling all car buffs" from last week's Mason County Journal incorrectly stated that breakfast, lunch and din- ner were included in an entry fee for a car show. The meals are provided at an additional cost. The Journal regrets the errors. sis" as a condition of instability or danger leading to a decisive change. Our school district is in crisis and tough decisions need to be made. In the past 10 years, I've watched at least a dozen peo- ple serve on the school board. We have had two superinten- dents and numerous district employees come and go. The problems we face did not start overnight; they have been building for years. Increasing requirements that cost money are being placed on school districts by the state and fed- eral government, where is the funding to support these mandates? Levy dollars have been stretched to where main- tenance dollars haven't been there for years in the amount needed to properly care for our facilities. Now we are faced with cracks in tennis courts, pool repairs, leaking roofs and aging facilities in need of in- creasing maintenance. How does one prioritize what needs to be done? Is a pool more important than a roof that protects the millions that were spent on the build- ing as well as the equipment inside? What about the spe- cially equipped space needed for the early learning center that has an enrollment that has far exceeded its space? We have more needs than money. Personal attacks on the current school board for try- ing to make the tough deci- sions to deal with the crisis we face are unfair. This board was elected by us to represent our voices and they have been entrusted with the responsi- bility to manage the funds to provide an education for all children. I know each of them to be intelligent and compas- sionate individuals who want to do what is best for the kids. These are difficult decisions and there is no way to make everyone happy. Do needs come before wants? I encour- age you to attend the public meeting set for 6:30 p.m. March 18 at Oakland Bay Junior High School. Listen, learn and let board members know what your priorities are. Helen Thomson Shelton Thursday, March 27 5:30 7:00 p.m. Presented by lulie K. Cook, Attorney, Bonin & Cook, P.S. Complimentary dinner will be served. We inviteyou andyour family to join us at Alpine Way for dinner and an important, free seminar regarding estate planning. Attorney Julie K. Cook specializes in wills and estate planning, helping seniors and their families protect and pass their assets. She will discuss: The difference between a will and a trust The importance of a financial power of attorney Healthcare directives and healthcare power of attorney The difference between probate and non-probate assets, and why the distinction is important A Question & Answer period will follow. Don't miss this opportunity to learn whatyou need to know when planningyour estate or helpingyour loved one. Alpine Way Continuing Care Community onLtv me Independent Living Please RSVP onb., to Adele or Kathy. 360-426-2600 www.AlpineWayLiving.com 900 W. Alpine Way [ Shelton, WA 98584 Assisted Living Memory Care