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continued from page A-4 Lake Cushman resident's letter misguided Editor, the Journal We are responding to a letter to the editor that appeared in the May 22 issue. This letter was written by Gary Archer from Kelso. We are residents of Lake Cushman. We are very happy to live in a commu- nity that sits at the edge of God's won- der, the Olympic National Park. We feel that there is no other place on the earth that gives us the quality of life that we experience at Lake Cushman. Mr. Archer has several lots at Lake Cushman. As his letter indicates, he lives in Kelso. We are sorry about Mr. Archer's loss. Our members are offered an additional security feature (prop- erty watch) while they are absent from their property. Upon request of the property owner, this feature allows se- curity to go on the property and check for any irregularities. This would be reported to the owner. Currently, there are some 800 full- time residents that call Lake Cush- man home. We have a community of 3,000 lots, so many can enjoy Lake Cushman for its many outdoor ac- tivities that include our beautiful golf course, fishing / kayaking on Lake Ko- kanee, a boat ride on the 10-mile sanc- tuary of Lake Cushman, a leisurely hike on the trails at Staircase or, for the really adventurous, climbing the nearby Ellinor or Rose mountains. Many of us who call Lake Cush- man home take exception with Mr. Archer's one-sided version of the treat- ment crime gets by our security staff at Lake Cushman. Through the efforts of the full-time sheriff block watch, we at Lake Cushman have eliminated problems that have plagued other communities. Five years ago, the residents at Lake Cushman pioneered the concept of contracting for a deputy with the Mason County Sheriffs Office. Due to our success, other communities have also contracted with the Sheriffs Of- rice. We are a rural community with some 50 miles of private roads. The added security of a sheriffs deputy has greatly benefited our community. Security patrols our roads and neighborhoods. Their job is to observe and report. We receive a monthly report from our security staff that details any calls or reportable observa- tions. These reports indicate that our community is one of the safest places in Mason County to live and enjoy. Bill Sostrich Bob Grandaw Betty Widing Lake Cushman All organizations for veterans are important Editor, the Journal A few days ago I heard an ad for The Purple Heart Foundation. I'm sure this is a great foundation. The ad they were running was trying to raise money for their foundation, but the way the ad was presented was very upsetting to me. The ad suggested that other veter- ans' organizations were lame, and that the Veterans of Foreign Wars only help combat veterans. This couldn't be any more wrong, and is so misleading. With the flag donation program (that local businesses donate to), the VFW helps with student scholarships, ROTC programs, the Olympic Junior ALL THIS MONTH JUNE 1st-JUNE 30th ',FREE , FREE VIDEO EAR iNSPECTION TRY A FREE IN-OFFiCE DEMONSTRATION oF- ou. LATEST TECHNOLOGY CHECK-UP, I s130 Value Our standard battery of electronic hearing I screenings check both your hearing, and based on Audiometric more importantly, your understanding. I I CPT Codes Our hearing screenings are always FREE. CALL TOLL FREE 888-948-2088 Find us o,t ) IB 00acebook it M Benefits of hearing instruments vary by type and degree of loss. Consult your Avada Hearing Care provide Hear Your Absolute Best." 2014 HHM, Inc., 39Z Thursday, June 5, Rifle Team, local softball teams, and all kinds of other student activities. Granted, you do have to be a com- bat veteran to join the VFW, but that doesn't mean that we help only combat veterans. Through the Buddy Poppy program, all money that is donated goes to help all veterans; active duty, retired and honorably discharged vet- erans. The VFW has donated money to help repair the roof for a widow of a deceased veteran, pay for a plane ticket for a veteran, help a deceased veteran's widow with setting a head- stone, paying for medical bills -- the list goes on and on. There is also money to help veter- ans pay for rent, utilities, heating bills and to help get needed food. I'm sure the American Legion and 40 et 8 can match all that the VFW does, and maybe more, but what I'm saying is not just one organization helps just one type of veteran. We all help veterans -- that is what we are here for, to help all veterans. And in a closing note, I want to let everyone know that 100 percent of all money donated stays here in Mason County. Not one penny is sent off to some far-away land or a 1-800 number. Ron Berg Shelton Amended Shelton ordinance troubling Editor, the Journal At the city commission meeting Tuesday, I made the following com- ments regarding the amendment of this ordinance (No. 1851-0614 regarding site plan review procedures). This was supposed to streamline the ordinance, but it actually was a gutting of any structure, guidance, rules, regulations or relevance to the original intent. The definition of streamline is to 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-5 organize so as to be simpler or more efficient implementing a project, not simply deleting over half of it. The fol- lowing sections, or parts thereof, are deleted. Intent: A. To promote the public health, safety and general welfare. Revocation of the site plan ap- proval: Approval of a site plan may be revoked or modified by the hearings examiner after a public hearing on any one or more of the following grounds; That the approval was obtained by fraud or misrepresentation of facts. That the development or use pursuant to the approved site plan is being or has been exercised contrary to the terms or conditions of such ap- proval or in violation of any statue, ordinance, law or regulation. That the development or use for the site plan for which the approval was granted is being or has been so exercised as to be detrimental to the public health, safety or welfare. Procedures for revocation of site plan approval shall be as follows; (all deleted) Notice of the public hearing shall also be given as follows; (all deleted) After the public hearing the hear- ings examiner shall (all deleted) Criteria for development (all de- leted) I don't know if the commissioners have even read this ordinance or if they were OK with voting for these egregious deletions that eliminate any purpose of the ordinance. It allows just about anything to be done without public input or consideration for the health and welfare of the public. I wasn't able to ask questions because my three minutes were up. The three commissioners just sat like bumps on a log and said nothing. No response from economic planning de- partment either. Patricia Vandehey Shelton