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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-5 continued from page A-4 grownups accountable for their ac-little kids whose parents sent them God and posterity will judge the tions as we, the voters, see fit accord- away. heart of this republic by how we con- We can determine together wheth- ing to the rule of law like civilized "It's not our problem" is not good duct ourselves in the times that try er to create a path to citizenship or a people do. enough for this conservative. It is our souls. We are not faced with the ticket home for the adults and fami- What we must not do is allow precisely such moments of crisis that question, "who's responsible for these lies who are here illegally. Or we can anger and frustration with this un- truly define a nation. It is in the cru- children?" choose to do none of those things, tenable situation to cause us not to cible of history that the character of a We are faced with the question In other words, we can hold thesee the tear-stained faces of terrified people is refined and revealed. "who are we?" con#nuedfrompage A-4 Jeffreys and deserve kudos Editor, the Journal The best quality in a person is the ability to admit you made a mistake. The best quality in a leader is the openness to re- examine prior decisions for the possibility that a mistake was made. Yes, many Mason County residents such as me were na- ive in thinking the commission- ers would never allow large- scale commercial pot farming in dense rural neighborhoods. Re- quirements for 8-foot high fences topped by razor wire and dusk-to-dawn flood lights or large grow operations are out of character and would seem to be out of the question in close proximity to neighborhoods the density of Shadowood, Bay East, Fawn Lake, Timberlakes and other neighborhoods within the R-5 designation. Anyone who has lived in Mason County longer than the new pot rush residents knows the county was largely unzoned eEeqfi: A for years and numerous com- munities of denser development exist within the R-5 zoned ar- eas throughout the county. The R-5 zoning 0nly applies to new development within the area and does not mean all res- idents of the area live on 5-acre plots. The pot farms also bring with them new security risks and a horrendous overpowering odor per the news stories com- ing out of Colorado. The smell has become such a problem they are developing an instru- ment to measure the density of the pot smell in the air. For the county to ignore all those facts and not require additional restrictions on pot farms in the denser areas was a significant oversight on the part of county staff and the commission. We are not asking for pot farms to be zoned out of all areas in the county zoned R-5; what we want are setbacks of more than 100 feet and ad- ditional restrictions on placing pot farms within densely popu- lated rural neighborhoods. I applaud Commissioners Tim Sheldon and Terri Jeffreys for can, I want the freedom to fol- having the courage to listen to low my faith (by the way faith the people and re-examine the is not a tradition, but a funda- zoning rules for commercial pot mental belief) and not be forced farming operations, to violate that faith in my per- sonal or business practices. Brandt Orme As a woman, I cherish the Sheltonlife that women are given to nurture and mentor from the moment life begins. At that Griffey an point a woman's role is to pro- tect and care for the gift they independent are given. Now this lady I met today may not agree with me on any thinker of the above ideas, which is her right; yet I am sure we would Editor, the Journal have found common ground as As I was handing out fliers women and fellow human be- for Dan Griffey, a candidate for ings if we took the time. That is the state House, a woman ap- what makes America resilient. proached me, "How can you be Like her, I do not want a Republican and a woman?" choices made for me, or She asked, then quickly turned assumptions made of me and left, not waiting for an because I am a woman. I en- answer. Well, I would like to dorse Griffey, yet I hope my answer her. Her first mistaken thoughts in this letter will not assumption was that I was a be assumed to be Griffey's. Republican. I am not. As a con- Though we do agree on many servative, I have common goals things, he, too is an indepen- with Republicans. dent thinker, but then he is a As a woman, I want to see guy, so his thoughts may not my tax dollars respected for be predetermined by the lib- the work that went into earn- eral left like mine are. ing it as the members of my household do. Lorilyn Rogers As a woman, and an Ameri- Shelton ALL THIS MONTH JULY 1st-JULY 31st (closed July 4th) p m m m mm m m i n i m m m m = HEARING = = CHECK-UP= I s130 Value Our standard battery of electronic hearing = screenings check both your hearing, and I based on Audiometrie more importantly, your understanding, I CPT Codes Our hearing screenings are always FREE. ~uSt ~3e 18 y~S or ~er Ih ... ,,,...,.,, ,... ,,,,= --- ,,.- -... ,-. ....,, ...... ,,I FREE VIDEO EAR INSPECTION TRY A FREE IN-OFFICE DEMONSTRATION oF ou. 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