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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, May 22,2014 % NNNN  N N " ........ ............... KOMEN COMMENT Confirmed craziness not just in the United States he arts, cons, criminals and other crazies in the Let's start with crime. In Pakistan, they arrested, fingerprinted and charged Musa Kahn with attempted murder for taking part in a violent protest in Lahore. He fussed a lot when they inked his fingers to take his prints. Musa Kahn is 9 months old. In Montes Claros, Brazil, soccer player Fernandez de Souza was jailed for 22 years for arranging the mur- der of his girlfriend. Under his five-year soccer contract, they let him out to play league games and participate in practices. In Raleigh, North Carolina, a prison in- mate, serving life for murder, arranged the kidnapping of a judge and prosecutor. In 123 calls and text messages from his cell, he ordered his victims tortured and dismembered. His calls were tracked, the plot foiled, and the prison finally took away his cellphone. In Brooklyn, gang member Kathon Anderson was riding in the back of a bus. He saw a rival gangster, so he pulled his .357 revolver and fired one shot. He missed the gangster, but the bul- let hit and killed a passenger in the front. Kathon is 14; he will be tried as an adult. From the arts community comes word that Jeff Keens, famed for steel sculptures of large toy-like objects, such as "Balloon Dog (Orange)," has auctioned off another of his cre- ations. This time it is a 6-foot stainless-steel figure of the comic-book character Popeye, complete with bulging biceps, corncob pipe and an opened can of spinach. "Popeye" brought Keens a bulging $28.1 million. Well, why not? That "Balloon Dog (Orange)" sculpture went for $58 million. Speaking of craziness in the arts community, let's examine the naked credentials of Marina Abramovic, a "performance art- ist" born in Belgrade, Serbia, and now doing her stuff, as The New York Times says, as a "ce- lebrity darling, collaborating By JOHN KOMEN with movie, pop and hip-hop stars." Her main claim to fame: "In the name of art," again quot- ing The Times, "she has hung naked on a wall and carved into her own stomach with a razor." She has "performed" other art, some of which we won't print here. But among her more printable artistic endeavors she once "sat silently for seven hours a day, six days a week, as a succession of people lined up to bask in her aura at the Museum of Modern Art." The quote is a straight-forward, presumably serious, description in The New York Times. Not all the craziness is confined to the artsy- craftsy set. Consider the pet-owning public in America. As cited by The Associated Press, "Ameri- cans spent an all-time high $55.7 billion on their pets last year." It likely will go up to near $60 billion this year because the "humanization of our pets" is a growth industry. Pet food alone totaled $21.5 billion last year. So while we're paying costly attention to our dogs and cats, what are the children doing? That's easy--spending 18 hours a day on the Internet, watch- ing TV, texting on their Smart- phones, playing video games and surveying social media. The Wall Street Journal says these young- sters are quite able to multi- task, performing two, three or more of these activities all at the same time. Which brings us to the subject of attention-disorder research. Despite the millions of multi- tasking teenagers, we are now alerted by researchers warning us of "sluggish cognitive tempo," a condition that combines "leth- argy, daydreaming and slow mental processing." As if we didn't have enough to worry about. John Komen, who lives on Mason Lake, was for 40 years a reporter and editor, TV anchor- man, national TV network cor- respondent, producer, columnist, editorial writer and commenta- tor. His column, Komen Com- ment, appears each week in the Mason County Journal. |f Mason County ]li i !  ! ii USPS 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Meson County Journal, Re. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Mason County Journal at 227 West Cota Street, Shelton, Washington Mailing address: Re. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 Telephone (360) 426-4412.www.masoncounty.com Periodicals postage paid at Shelton, Washington Mason County Journal is a member of Washington Newspaper Publishers' Association. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $37 per year for Mason County addresses, $51 per year in state of Washington but outside Mason County, $61 per year out of state. --- S - COLL__2 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Beware of Lake Cushman property Editor, the Journal I own some property at Lake Cushman and it has been broken into twice in the last three weeks. When I phoned to asked what was go- ing on with the security, I was laughed at and told that there was a group of kids hit- ting and stealing a lot in the last couple of months. We pay for security (not worth a damn) and they let a canoe disappear from the property. I asked the security guard what his duties are and he got mad at me and hung up. These thieves are stealing anything any time they want. Please ask your real estate agent before you buy at the Lake Cushman area. The thieves that are stealing anything and everything they want with no one to stop them because they are afraid to do any- thing about it. This is not a safe place to be. Gary Archer Kelso Time to make changes Editor, the Journal President Obama famously said "elec- tions have consequences" during his first meeting with congressional leaders. He was right[ As we have recently seen in the city of Shelton, our newly elected city com- missioner supported the most expensive option for improvements to the city water system. Tract Moore voted as she campaigned, and anyone who listened to her in the de- bates should not be surprised in her favor- ing a project that will further burden Shel- ton residents with debt in order to support growth that is unlikely. Her election in 2013, by 13 votes, had consequences. This summer and fall, we will again have elections covering many state and local positions, including representatives in the Washington state Legislature. Con- sider what the consequences might be for this election. Will we again re-elect a representative who supports overturning the will of the people concerning tax increases, votes to take away health insurance choices from women or votes to put ever more money into basic education without any signifi- cant reforms that would actually improve outcomes? Citizens need to understand that leg- islaters, especially those belonging to the party that has been in power for many years, are personally responsible for many of the issues that now challenge our state. If you are ready for different results in Washington state, then we need to elect new people to represent us in Olympia. Leaders such as Dan Griffey will bring independent thinking to the Legislature and not follow the doctrine of the educa- tional bureaucracy, public employee unions or the powerful political elite of Seattle. If you champion the rights of the individuals and your personal freedoms, then it is time for a change. Continuing to send the incumbent to the Legislature will yield the same results. Sending Dan Griffey will give residents of the 35th District a true voice in Olympia. Remember, "elections have consequenc- es." Let the consequences of this election season be a new face in Olympia and a road to a brighter future for Washington state. Robert Rogers Shelton see LETTERS, page A-5 Owned and published bY She#on-Mason County Journal, Inc. Tom Hyde, publisher Newsroom: Adam Rudnick, editor Natalie Johnson, reporter Gordon Weeks, reporter Emily Hanson, sports reporter Kirk Ericson, proofreader Advertising: Dave Pierik, St. Acct. Executive Kathy Brooks, ad representative Lloyd Mullen, ad representative Front office: Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Amanda Elson, circulation Composing room: William Adams, graphics Unda Ffizzell, graphics All editorial, advertising and legal deadlines are 5 p.m. Monday prior to publication. To submit a letter to the editor, ernail adam@masoncounty.com.