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continued from page A-4 Still waiting for Sheldon's successor Editor, the Journal Contrary to widely held er- roneous beliefs, eternities do in fact vary widely in terms of duration and validity. And, some are far more justifiable than others. For example, at the age of 5, and being in possession of my very own specially marked box of Chocolate Coated Maple Glazed Sugar Bomb breakfast cereal, I was en- titled to purchase a shiny new red sports car. For the very reasonable price of one cereal box top and one thin dime, the car would actually be shipped to my home. The arrival of said vehicle by U.S. mail mercifully marked the end of the eternal six-week wait for shipping and handling, and all was well. Such an eternal walt was fully acceptable and justified by what must have been a booming business at the Sugar Bomb factory. Not nearly as understand- able or justifiable is the long-term eternity that Tim Sheldon has held public office in Mason County and the 35th district, repeatedly re-elected by seemingly gullible voters swayed by Sheldon's shame- less self-promotion. After 20 plus years in state office, Shel- don has become little more than a stale, shady, manipula- tive career politician. Effective at merely keeping the political mud and sludge slowly mov- ing in Olympia, Sheldon has proven to be an obstacle to Mason County ever reaching its economic, environmen- tal and social potential. The hopes and dreams for a pros- perous and livable future in Mason County have passed Tim Sheldon by. This year, Sheldon has two intelligent, capable and ener- getic opponents eager to lead this county out of its Sheldon- influenced political and eco- nomic rut. Hopefully, voters will take the time to educate themselves and vote to move Mason County out of the past and into the future. Should Sheldon succeed in his quest for re-election, I won't lose any sleep over the result. After all, it would just be the continuation of another routine long-term eternity. I have waited them out before, and I can do it again. And just like with the little red sports car, the wait would be well worth it in the end. Bob Herr Shelton Rural vs. urban politics Editor, the Journal Voting strictly by party la- bel is silly as candidates differ greatly, even within the same party. Democrat politicians range from socialist to moder- ate, while Republicans range from conservative to liberal. The problem is further com- plicated by crossover issues. A Mason County Democrat might have strong Second Amendment leanings because he or she is a hunter, while a Seattle Republican might not have Second Amendment is- sues high because he or she is not a hunter. I strongly believe voters should focus on urban vs. ru- ral representation rather than party labels. Urban voters support candidates who vote their urban interests; rural voters support candidates who vote their rural issues. Which is more important, the Seattle Tunnel to Nowhere or the Bel- fair bypass? This urban vs. rural vot- ing plays out here in Mason County. Tim Sheldon, a Dem- ocrat, supports our rural life- style, whereas Kathy Haigh, also a Democrat, faithfully follows the dictates of the Se- attle Democrat Speaker of the House Frank Chopp. She sup- ports the King County urban issues at the expense of rural Mason County. Kathy and Tim do not share the same po- litical ideology yet they share the same party label and the same constituency, proving you cannot choose candidates by party label. As I look over the candidate list for various offices I ask myself only one question; did the incumbent support issues important to me? Tim has supported many of my issues, thus I support him over either the Republican or Democrat candidates. The same logic applies to the two Republican candidates running against Kathy Haigh. I know Kathy Haigh and reject nearly all of her urban agenda. I sup- port Dan Griffey because his focus is Mason County. Vote for Sheldon and Griffey in the August primary election. They will support Mason County issues in upcoming legislative sessions. Ardean A. Anvik Elma (Star Lake) Time for change in the Senate Editor, the Journal Voters in the 35th Legisla- tive District should choose Irene Bowling, Democrat, in the state primary on Aug. 5 if they want to see the Legis- lature break out of last year's holding pattern. Irene found- ed and has operated a small business for more than 30 years, and has a long history Thursday, July 10, 2014 CORPOi TiON$' of involvement in her local community. She comes from a family of loggers and shipyard workers. She is an unabashed Democrat who prioritizes the needs of hard-working people ahead of corporate and special interests. She states that we deserve a Legislature that will actually pass a transportation package, a capital budget and will finally fully fund educa- tion. She will bring new en- ergy and ideas to a state gov- ernment that has lately been a model of inactivity. A good measure of that inactivity was deliberately caused by her opponent, Tim -Sheldon, who has enjoyed a 24-year career in the Legis- lature. This part-time Mason County commissioner and rogue Democrat bolted his party thus dismantling its - Mason County Journal - Page A-5 Senate majority and formed a coalition with minority Re- publicans in exchange for the plum position of president pro tern of the Senate. In the resulting 2014 session, this resulted in a near record lack of serious accomplishments, although Sheldon happily col- lected the full amount of both his Senate and county com- mission salaries and boasted of the record achieved by his coalition. Irene pledges that when elected, she will fight with everything she has for schools, the environment, responsible leadership in the Senate and for hard-working families. Vote for change on Aug. 5. Vote for Irene. Toby Kevin Shelton Grain-fed Il A ll-natural 112-;,k. IIPork SteakNew YorkI[sparerIbs Grain-fed beef Came Asada AU-natural whole Roasting Chicken or by the C(]se Lb. and Women of Note Chorale Ensemble invite you to hear Lyrica: Ladies Choral Ensemble of Puget Sound under the direction of Lee~tnne Campos Tuesday, July 15 7:00 p.m. Join us in the lovely acoustical setting of St. David of Wales Episcopal Church 324 W. Cedar in downtown Shelton This is a free concert ~oith donations happily accepted : ! i:ii!~/ i!