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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, July 3, 2014 JOURNAL EDITORIAL Play it safe this Fourth of ]uly he Fourth of July is tomorrow -- let's make sure we set a good example for our children. It could save their lives. Nationwide, kids ages 15 and young- er made up about 40 percent of all fire- works-related injuries in 2013, accord- ing to a recent U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission study. The study reported an estimated 11,400 injuries were treated in hospital emergency departments in 2013. Eight deaths were attributed to fireworks, the majority of which involved an explosion and injury to the victim's head or face. During the past 10 years, the Wash- ington state Fire Marshal's Office has reported an average of about 210 fireworks-related injuries each year. Fireworks injured 69 children ages 14 and younger in Washington, according to the office's 2013 statistical report. Even legal sparklers -- often consid- ered safe for young children -- caused 35 injuries in Washington last year. But injuries don't tell the whole story. Last year, fireworks caused an esti- mated $2 million in property loss and damage in Washington. It also required extra resources from local fire depart- ments, since they often must be on hand during the Fourth of July week- end to respond to additional calls for service. Let's make it easier on them -- and our children -- this year. The state fire marshal recommends people follow some safety tips: Don't purchase or use illegal fire- works. Use caution when lighting or dis- charging fireworks. Have a bucket of water on hand. Keep your distance from lit fire- works. Dispose of fireworks safely. Make sure you know the fireworks laws in your area. For the first time, fireworks are illegal to purchase and discharge within the Shelton city lim- its. In Mason County, people can use legal fireworks from noon to 11 p.m. on June 28; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 29 through July 3; 9 a.m. to midnight July 4; and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on July 5. For more information, call 427-9670, ext. 352. You don't want to become a statistic this Fourth df July. Mason County # LETTERS TO TtlE EDITOR Look at Sheldon's contributors Editor, the Journal, According to Sen. Tim Shel- don's April 14 PDC report, he has amassed $128,733.31. This includes contributions from more than 40 major out-of-state corpo- rations and $13,800 in "in kind" support from the Washington State Republican Senate Campaign Committee described as "Survey Research." Not too bad for a candi- date who "prefers the Democratic Party." If it's true that "all politics is/are local," then what drives the "Demo- cratic senator" from Mason County who repeatedly pulls the Belfair bypass out of the state Senate bud- get proposal? Is it the fear of taxes? Is it patronizing local moneyed interests? Could it be he does not want to be compromised by voting for the money? Surely it can't be because of us who suffer the traf- fic congestion and are aware of its negative impact on property values in our underdeveloped area. Where are the Realtors on this issue? Their contribution was list- ed as only $500, while right-wing Walmart of Benton, Arkansas, gave $750. Let's stop hiding behind the public eye and just come out and tell local people who need local public health and human services that they don't count because they lack the economic benefit of the privileged political aristocracy of a millionaire timber owner. There is a solution to this cabal. Vote for Irene Bowling for state Senate, 35th Legislative District. Irene will return much needed honesty and dignity to the State Senate. It's about time local people ben- efit from their long-denied repre- sentation in our state Legislature. David Reed Potlatch Even mavericks can get old Editor, the Journal, Back in 2009, Mason County Commissioner Tim Sheldon suc- cessfully led the charge to cut county staff by one-third. Now, he wonders, aloud and publicly, why the county Assessor, Auditor and Treasurer's depart- ments are unable to serve the public during the lunch hour. To answer this question, one need look no further than the person asking it; when you cut staff and increase employee workload for five years, something's got to give. In this case, it was public services. No matter, election year postur- ing knows no restraint, and since Mr. Sheldon is also an incumbent candidate for state senator, exploit- ing this issue could burnish his im- age as a fiscal conservative. No surprise there -- deflection of blame has long been the trademark of this career politician. Though Sheldon would be well- advised to look for another mount to carry him into the winner's circle, it is far more likely that voters will see a good deal more dead-horse beatings along the campaign trail. On the bright side, back at the barn, there seems to be plenty of public money to fund commissioner support services, build a new court- room, and even raise the salaries of some of the more favored hired hands. But here's the thing: rather than grandstand on a problem he helped create, wouldn't it be more helpful to use some of that money to hire back a couple of employees, and allow these departments to reopen their service counters during the lunch hour? Even novice politicians know better than to serve themselves be- fore serving the public. Which brings me to my final question: When does a 'political maverick' start being just another stable horse? Could it be when he's no longer worth his feed? I guess even mavericks get old. Tom Davis Shelton see LETTERS, page A-5 usPs 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County Journal, P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Mason County Journal at 227 West Cota Street, Shelton, Washington Mailing address: P.O. 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 par year out of state. Owned and published by Shelton-Mason County Joumal, Inc. Tom Hyde, publisher Newsroom: Adam Rudnick, editor Natalie Johnson, reporter Gordon Weeks, reporter Emily Hanson, sports reporter Kirk Ericson, proofreader Advertising: Dave Pierik, Sr. Acct. Executive Kathy Brooks, ad representative Lloyd Mullen, ad representative Front office: Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Amanda Elson, circulation Composing room: William Adams, graphics Unda Frizzell, graphics All editorial, advertising and legal deadlines are 5 p.m. Monday prior to publication. To submit a letter to the editor, email adam@masoncounty.com. I I I l il!llil Ilil I II I I i il !I i I I ]i