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July 29, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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Letter box: Starting this week, you nice subscribers out there in Journaland will receive two newspapers for the price of one. The first, of course, is your good-old, friendly, hometown, clean, reverent, brave, helpful, courteous, loyal Shelton-Mason County Journal, which has published the news of Mason County each week for 85 years without a miss. The second is the good-young, friendly, hometown, clean, reverent, brave, helpful, courteous, loyal Huckleberry Herald, a growing infant of two years, which was born of the need for extended coverage of news and opinion in the northern end of the county. During those two years, the Herald gained wide readership in the North Mason area. The economic facts of life, however, dictated that it could not survive as a separate publication, and a month ago the publisher announced that it would cease publication. He asked the Journal to take over the subscription list. This would have entailed the simple matter of adding the Herald subscribers to the Journal list. We decided against this course for two reasons. First, we hate to see a newspaper die, particularly a newspaper that is providing a distinct service to its community. We deplore the current trend - which involves newspapers as well as other industry and business - of big fish swallowing smaller fish until nothing remains but bloated whales operated by computers. Under the two-separate-papers-in-one arrangement, you will still be able to talk to a human being who understands what you are talking about in both Shelton and Belfair. The only computer involved is the one that sets our type, and there's nothing anyone can do about that, including the maniac who invented it. We have an arrangement with the computer that allows us both to survive - it doesn't drink gin and we don't eat magnetic tape. :.:.:.: : ::.:.:.: : ...... :i :::::::::;: :: "1 don't care what the negotiating committee recommends-- I vote to go back to work!" The second reason for keeping the Herald alive as a distinct entity is the fact that there is a marked difference between the interests of the bedroom community of Belfair and environs and industry-oriented Shelton and the southern half of the county. This difference accounted for the popularity of the Herald, as Editor Lou Donnell kept her finger on the pulse of the northern portion of the county. We think it is vital that this separate voice not be stilled. The fact that the Huckleberry Herald could not be maintained as an altogether separate publication should not hamper its effectiveness. In many ways the present arrangement may enhance it, for there are many things the two areas do have in common - primarily county l By ROBERT C. CUMMINGS How would you like an expense-paid trip to Samoa? It's open to all members of the Western Conference of Governors. All they have to do is say the word, but they probably won't take it. The Governor of Samoa, former Seattleite John Haydon, made a big pitch at the recent Western Conference of Governors reform itself isn't easy, but the problem isn't insurmountable. When the Legislative Council's Executive Committee started work on it a couple of weeks ago, nobody expected anything to come out of the first meeting. But problems to be worked out were laid face up on the table, to give the members something to work on. While the theory of matched amount to annual sessions - is here to stay. But many still are as far away from putting annual sessions into the constitution as they ever were. For one thing, the Senate majority leader, R. R.Greive never has believed in annual sessions. He will have more influence than usual in the Senate next session. Redistricting will be the primary problem, and he is government - and with everyone in the county now reading in Jackson Hole, Wyo., to have committees in the House and the Democrats' expert on this newspapers, a desireable harmony between northand next year's conference held in Senate, so bills could be subject. To preserve their own ~thmay be f~Nttered ....... ~ ~ -SamoQ~,S~lection of ,next year's ~, .~Qnsidered jointly, found general seats, many will go along with '~"~"~ conference site has beendeferred, favor, a nose count indicated him oil"issues'' where *they We encourage Journal readers to get acquainted with the Theoretically, Montana is entitled there aren't enough votes in the other~e might part company~ Huckleberry Hound (we are informed that is the appellation used among the natives of the northern province). And we invite Herald subscribers who are now receiving the Journal to read and enjoy the multi-paged bundle that is wrapped around the Hound each week to protect it from the rain. By ALICE DIETER Driving back from the Oregon Coast at the end of a long week of sun, sand and surf we monitored Oregon radio stations for word of any action at the Universal Life Church picnic at Farragut State Park. We picked up nothing. Either, 1 thought to myself, those uptight locals got the whole thing canceled or it is going very well. When we finally tuned in on KBOI and the Idaho news and found the latter was true. Dwight Jensen was on the scene and his report stressed the conformity of the crowd. Conformity to the styles that give them identification. Styles that stress relaxation, freedom and emotional release. All this time we were sharing the highway with another huge crowd of conformists dispersing from their own kind of festival at a city in central Oregon. Maybe some people can't understand the youth freaks, but I find the Airstream Trailer freaks even less comprehensible. As individuals they may be charming people, but there is something awesome about viewing a large gathering of Airstream Trailer freaks, and they seem to prefer large gatherings. Only Airstream Trailer owners can qualify. Airstreams are the silver bullet shaped trailers of all aluminum that (although they may be aerodynamically ideal) remind me of the first streamlined train, The Silver Streak, that Burlington proudly put on the Denver-Chicago run in the long-ago days of my youth. 1 always have a slightly uneasy feeling that I am seeing a train off the track. This feeling is aggravated by the fact that Airstream Trailer freaks travel the highway in groups, piling up in the rest stops like de-railed railway cars or stringing themselves along the road so they loom over hills and around curves in unlinked trains. They all have numbers. Airstream Trailer freaks are not poor and most of them are certainly over 30, or even 40, or possibly 50. They not only have the number registry for instant identification, but a goodly number of the rigs are equipped with two-way radios as well as such outdoor amenities as air conditioners and TV aerials. To be a youth freak you need only to pick up some threads at the surplus store and put imaginative patches on the seat and knees of your threadbare blue jeans. It helps to have long hair. To be an Airstream Trailer freak requires more bread. Maybe that is why Airstream Trailer freaks can congregate all over the place and no sheriff has ever been known to demand protective legislation. Yet, to some of us, there is something pretty frightening about large crowds of people zipping around in psuedo silver bullets, parking rank-on-flag-bound-rank in parks and harvested fields, communicating by number indentification over a sophisticated electronic network, wearing regional identification beanies and organizing sing-a-longs and horseshoe tournaments wherever they may stop. But I looked carefully at faces as we wove our way through the dispersing crowd of Airstream Trailer freaks. Once you accept the short hair, identical headgear and matching husband-wife shirt sets you can see the individual human beings underneath all the trappings of Middle America. I certainly won't ask for protective legislation from Airstream Trailer freaks. I hope no one will try for protective legislation from youth freaks. Such conformity is actually a protection for those of us who could be called the vacation-alone freaks. Let those who wish to do so congregate in large groups for whatever reason. It leaves more empty space in-between for those who prefer to take sea surf and mountain peaks without crowds of even (bless them) our own kind. Peace. from the Intermountain Observer to it, but isn't making any big push for it. All of the Governors were intrigued by Haydon's invitation• Most of them indicated they would like to take him up on it. But they also indicated they would vote the other way. Most of them fear they never could justify the expense of such a trip to their constituents back home, and are reluctant to try. Not next year, anyhow. Maybe in 1973, but never in 1972, when most of them will be up for reelection. By 1973 it could be too late. The governorship of Samoa is by presidential appointment. Whether Haydon still is Governor in 1973 depends upon President Nixon's political fortunes in '72. Slow But Not Sure Getting members to agree on how the Legislature should Senate to reduce the number of its committees to 15, to match those in the House. Too many senators are unwilling to give up their present chairmanships. But if a deadlock persists, the House may agree to increase the number of its committees to match the Senate. The big problem is reaching agreement on a meaningful plan before the special session next year. The law-makers fail, there is a strong chance that a less desirable initiative will be on the 1972 ballot, taking the matter out of their hands. Annual Sessions Part of the reform package involves annual legislative sessions. Most law-makers have become resigned to the fact the concept of a special session in the even-numbered years - tant- But the legislators have nothing to fear from an initiative in this area. The constitution can't be amended by initiative. If the law-makers don't act, there is nothing the public can do about it; except, maybe, elect new legislators. But annual sessions isn't that big an issue. No law-maker's political future is likely to hinge on it. Lobbyists Are Leery The threat of an initiative enacting a stronger lobby registration law and, as reported previously, one on campaign expenditure, is very real. Some of the lobbyists attending the committee hearing indicated they wouldn't object to the bill which was in, but didn't pass the 1971 session. It is possible that a bill requiring lobbyists to report their By STEVE ERICKSON Whoever started this Current bicycle craze was either crazy himself or drove a slightly more streamlined model than the one I pedaled to the brink of the coronary ward this week. To say my bike is old-fashioned, disreputable, sluggish, slovenly and sleezy would be to make .several breathtaking understatements simultaneously. A nicer euphemism would be "quaint," but perhaps the most fitting description lies in its nickname, "The Slug." The Slug was a gift from a neighbor with a cruel sense of humor. It has little to recommend it - fat, balloonlike tires rather than the svelte, slender racing slicks favored by today's bike nut, for example. And battered, rusty fenders. Fenders, you might well ask, just what are fenders? They went out on bicycles about the time cars first appeared with running boards• My bike also is painted a variety of interesting and incredible colors, nearly the entire spectrum of bad taste. The fleet of imported racing bicycles you dodge in today's rush-hour traffic are generally 10-speed models - The Slug has one speed, although that's the last word one should use in describing its reluctant applicati6n. Although bikes ostensibly are propelled by pedaling, my pride and joy has no pedals, just two stumpy posts sticking out where pedals once hung hut rotted off. As a result, it helps when riding Slug to also be wearing cowboy boots, the high-heeled kind. Spurs optional. Up front there's a wire basket, for carrying cargo and stuff. And, oh yes, did I forget to mention it? It's a girl's bike. Nevertheless, undaunted and insensitive, I decided to swing into the ecology movement and "bike to work," as I heard somebody phrase it once. They laughed when I donned my goggles, but they laughed at Edison, Lindbergh and Harley Davidson, too. They laugh at everybody. Turned out their mirth was well-founded in this case. Before you could say "Speedy Wheeler" I was in traffic, and although "traffic" in this ease was a single sedan on NE Glisan Street, there was no doubt who had the edge. expenditures between sessions, including campaign contributions, may draw more opposition from legislators than from lobbyists. Some fear it might cut off or substantially reduce their sources for campaign funds. But like the lobbyists, they would rather pass a bill that they wrote themselves, than take their chances with what they might get through the initiative process. Spare That Tree? A 1971 law authors the • Parks and Recreation Commission to use fees it collects for the purchase of state land Which it has been leasing from the Department of Natural Resources. It thus hopes eventually to own the some 15,000 acres it has been renting for 24 parks, and probably nobody will challenge it, as the Department of Natural Resources will retain title to the timber, and continue to manage it. But the Parks Commission hopes the Legislature eventually also will appropriate funds so it can purchase the timber. If that happens, don't be surprised if the issue winds up in the courts• The constitution provides that state timber, or land, may be disposed of only at public auction and to ,the highest bidder. A similar transaction was blocked by a court order once before, but few remember it. When the driver spotted me weaving along his street he eloquently conveyed scorn and spleen through an expressive instrument known as his horn, and up onto the friendly sidewalk I fled, much like a hare from a hound. Later it became necessary to re-enter the street, for the block ended and so did the sidewalk. So, nearly, did I, or at least my kidneys, which suffered permanent reverberation damage as Slug and I hurtled over the curb. I chose Giisan Street, Sandy Boulevard, the Burnside Bridge and 2nd Avenue because that's the Scenic Route. An unfortunate choice. I was crowded off Glisan, asphyxiated by exhaust on Sandy, cowed by pedestrians on the bridge, and gently reminded by bellowing motorists that I was headed the wrong way on 2nd, a one-way street. I finally settled for 3rd, and arrived at work, late, a quavering mass of trauma. Carrying through like a trooper, or you might even say like a fool, I decided to bike home also. And would have, forthwith, except that my bike was nowhere to be found. Turned out the building manager had soptted the little jewel desecrating the Oregonian Building tunnel area and ordered it banished. Or at least moved out of sight. I recovered it from pergatory and coasted nonchalan, tly into a Bunsen burner of an afternoon. The temperature, it turned out, was reaching for 100 degrees, and seemed likely to make it. So it was spots before the old eyeballs as I retraced by tracks over the Burnside Bridge, and sunstroke on Sandy. A sporty chap in leather shorts and striped sneakers glided effortlessly by on a 10-speed racing model, shifted gears and sneered. On Glisan Street, a sweat.crazed dog ran out from behind a palm tree to offer a few salutory barks and lots of fang, but he recognized a madman whefi one pedaled by his oasis, and wanted no part of this one. Nor did wife and brood when I arrived back at hearth and home. "You're drenched," they all sniffed as I dragged across the threshhold. I tried to explain that it was just good old honest sweat, but they seemed to have noticed that already. So instead I slunk out to the garage, where Slug leaned panting against a wall, and quietly let all the air out of the back tire. Should madness again overtake me one future morn, that farsighted flat tire just could save my life. Page 4 - Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, July 29, 1971 Editor, The Journal: This letter is in regard to your article on the front page of last week's Journal about the 18 year old vote. I don't think all 18, 19 and 20 year olds view voting with such apathy. I know if I were 18, I would be proud to be able to vote. If I didn't think I was prepared, I would find out about the candidates• J. Harold Turner III also says that voters vote for an image. Many do, I know, but not all voters are that way. Some care enough to find out about the candidates and draw their own conclusions. Another that after student "can't of his opportunitie finishing the learned a lot know confronte opF knows you don't you back. I don't to put this page because think that all way Editor, The Journal: In your July 22nd issue you carried a front page interview with J. Harold Turner 3rd. the first eighteen year old to register to vote in this county. I sincerely hope that those who read his apathetic babblings do not consider him to be, in any way typical of the young people who have recently acquired the right to vote. In average more than in the that he c know what this little Young given youth image. Editor, The Journal: registered I have just completed readingIf 1 this week's issue of the Journal. sorry, The article on the front page but I about the first 18 year old voter first to to register in the county was quite 18 year interesting, however, I believe it because was inaccurate to say this was the the first 18 year old to register in that they Mason County. any 18 ye~ I was with one of my friends the date when they registered to vote. As believe it you know, all voting records are T h in the process of being transfered from the City Hall to the _County Auditor's office. However, it is you. still possible to register at the City Hall. When I accompanied my (Edit, friend, Bob Bednarski, to the City Mason C' Hall, where he was going to J. register for voting privileges, the featured City Hall called the Auditor's mention, office to find out about to registe registering the 18 year bids, and However, at this time, the Auditor's office Bednarsld, said they thought it was all right, the although they had not yet intervieW. cooperatiOn" been done it Editor, The Journal: instance,. We would like to know why summer, the city has decided it is sofor the take unimportant that the summer swim classes have been stopped, better With all the lakes and water in swings the area of Shelton, it seems that grot it would be very important that as many children as possible have take swimming instruction, program could be For the children to play in the There water a few hours a week at a recreation time is hardly would worthwhile, whereas to learn to to the swim would save a life. What program other program benefitted so many, both boys and girls of all ages, 5 years and up? The tennis program is fine for a certain few - however, not as many can play tennis on a court at one time as could swim in a pool. And, as for having an instructor at the city parks (for Editor, The Journal: and a Having received permission life~i from the writer, this local Union would like to ask if you would assO please insert the attached letter in the Journal. Earl E. Jagnow of Secretary, Local 3-38 International Woodworkers of America o n Dear International Woodworkers Association: some I would like to take this time . I to express a hearty thanks as I arrive home from one of the most beautiful, exciting, fine trips of stud my life. What am I talking about? the Why, the Washington State 4-H Conference in Pullman, that Washington, at Washington State in University. I arrived on Monday, June 14,peC and this began many friendships, informative talks and assemblies Mailing Address: Box 430, Shelton, Wa• Member of National Member of Washington Newspaper SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $5.00 in advance "Outside EDITOR AND PUBLISHER ..........