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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, July 10, 2014 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR requires more Editor, the Journal If you are going to pass an ordinance that will be opposed by a large part of the popula- tion, and thought silly by most of the rest, you need to plan for an intensive and extensive en- forcement effort. The city of Shelton's or- dinance banning fireworks within the city limits had but one effect: to turn a very large percentage of the city of Shel- ton residents into lawbreakers. As near as I could tell, there was no effective enforcement of the ban on the evening of July 4. The sounds of explosive celebrations and the amount of debris in my yard and on my vehicles was pretty much as extensive as in previous years. I don't mind the fireworks. But I sure object to stupid ordi- nances. New Year's Day is com- ing. It is not too early for our city commissioners to either plan the necessary enforcement effort, or, better yet, repeal the ordinance. money discharging fireworks, donate that money to a worthy veterans organization, since they are the I percent of the citizens who are truly patriotic and fought and sacrificed for your freedoms. Breaking the laws of our fair city is so unpa- triotic. The Shelton police have more important emergencies than to deal with the juvenile behavior of blowing things up. For you readers who be- lieve in facts, in 2013 there were 11,400 injuries and eight deaths from fireworks. In 2011 there were 17,800 fires causing $32 million in damages, accord- ing to nfpa.org. Amon4 the chemicals in fireworks are aluminum, arsenic, copper, lead, mercury and nitrogen dioxide. Eight infant deaths have been caused by breathing the fumes from fireworks, according to backcountyattitude.com. Or just read the Mason County Journal editorial for July 3. Mindy Allen Shelton license address is not Mason missioners, if you do not know Develop a policy for trans- County. They are leasing, not how to do the job or if you do parent decision making. This paying property taxes in Mason not want to do the job, do not includes the development and County, they are not voting run for office. Reading andexpenditure of every facet of members of Mason County, and understanding a governmental the county's budget. As county they will not employ enough budget, managing high levelcommissioners, it is your job to people to make any kind of a staff and adopting policies and set an example for every other difference for Mason County. procedures are very basic skills department within the county. Neatherlin says the county for someone who claims to have As importantly, as commission- is equally responsible for pro- the experience that you have ers, it is your responsibility to puts outside tecting the rights of residents outlined in your campaign fli- develop a pattern of working of Sells Drive. If so, then why ers. If you now realize that you together for the benefit of our Reg Hearn is Neatherlin so interested in do not know what you thought community. That said, once Shelton business first the welfare of someone from you did, take a class. Just do a decision is made, it is indi- somewhere else who really has not hire someone else to do the vidually and collectively your Fireworks Editor, the Journal no vested interest in Mason job we are paying you to do. responsibility to support that Regarding Randy Neather- County, rather than the people Redirect the sales tax dol- decision. Attempting to skirt re- don't make lin's comments as reported in paying taxes in Mason County? lars that our voters approved to sponsibility by claiming to have the July 3 issue of the Mason Are their rights so much more services for the mentally ill and voted for/against something is County Journal: important than the rights of away from administrative sala- never acceptable. You asked for m uch sen s e I was one of many Sells the people who elected him? ries as our voters intended, our trust and support when you Drive neighbors who attended I hope everyone following this If you do not know -- askran for office --now earn it. Editor, the Journal the commissioners' recent story will remember this next someone who does. Take the At all times, maintain as Shame on you, citizens of meeting and heard for myself election. I know I certainly will. time needed to make the best your focus -- service to the pub- Shelton. You know who you how concerned Neatherlin possible decision, lic. Remember, it is our money are, the ones who disregard the appeared to be regarding his Patricia Hawley Develop a culture of trust that you are spending. It is also new ordinance of no fireworks, feelings that he did not want Shelton -- an environment where no one our community that has to live You choose to break the law. anyone risking their life say- is more important than someone with your "oops we made a mis- What other ordinances do you ings buying property to start a tip else and where no one's contri- take" mentality. think you do not need to obey? pot farm, and they had a right A few s for butions are more valuable. Re- Work with instead of Make your own list. to recoup their investment. What example are you set- His comments did not fall OU r corn mission fuse to accept bullying, against the community, your Remember, nothing goodfellow elected officials and the ting for the young impression- on deaf ears as many of us is accomplished alone. Refrain county's staff as a whole to able minds? Are you picking up discussed the meeting on the Editor, the Journal from distributing campaign fli- discover what is best for our all that litter from the spent ar- front steps afterwards. We felt A few suggestions for our ers that list everything you did community. Recognize and im- senal? How can you disregard betrayed. Mason County commissioners:while in office, as chances are mediately develop a system for fires that damage property? Any new business is a risk Close the newly formed that there was someone elsegathering input prior to any Have you considered how much and many fail. rm guessing a Central Operations Depart- involved, further decisions being made, as poison you just released into pot farm is really risky, and it ment. This department is de- Focus on the future. We it is clearly due to your current the air and that wig go into .--is their fight to gamble on it. signed to oversee departments live in a changing world and "short sighted" and =heavy hand- storm drains and the open wa- What about our fights? that we currently compensate while our county's history is ed" approach that we now have ter? Have you no consideration Interesting that Neatherlinour county commissioners toimportant we expect you to re- a dysfunctional as well as adver- for your neighbors and their is so concerned for the welfare oversee. Additionally, these main current in your thinking, sarial agency that we proudly (?) pets? What about the members of people who are not even departments have highly paid Your job is to represent all of call Mason County government. of your families who cowered residents of Mason County. The directors and budget manag-us. This includes newcomers as or were fully panicked? We call owners of Forbidden Farms ers. If these individuals are well as individuals with a his- Bonnie Miller them man's best friend, are here to make a buck andnot doing the job that they are tory in our commtmity. It also Hoodsport Next time you think you nothing else. They do not live in being paid to do, find someone includes individuals in spite of are being patriotic by wasting Mason County, their business who will. As far as our com- their economic status, see LETTERS, page A-5 Mason County 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 Owned and published by Advertising: Composing room: member of Washington Newspaper Shelton-Mason County Journal, Inc. Dave Pierik, Sr. Acct. Executive William Adams, graphics Publishers' Association. Tom Hyde, publisher Kathy Brooks, ad representative Linda Frizzell, graphics Lloyd Mullen, ad representative 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. Newsroom: Adam Rudnick, editor Natalie Johnson, reporter Gordon Weeks, reporter Emily Hanson, sports reporter Kirk Ericson, proofreader Front office: Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Amanda Elson, circulation 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 :1 I , I L i il:ll IIII I ; I ;I !li i