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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Aug, 21,2014 ii: LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thank you school district staff Editor, the Journal I just want to say a very big thank you to all of our Shelton School Dis- trict staff and the school board mem- bers for the hard work that has been given this year in providing a very fea- sible and workable budget that makes the most of our school's money while being good stewards of the money. I know that with the great leadership and guidance from Wayne Massie, our most incredible superintendent, and his amazing department managers and their incredible support staff, the best use of our school money has been ac- complished. I know that our motto is to provide the most effective education for all of our students. I believe this is best and most effectively accomplished both in the classroom and also on the field. I know this school year our Shelton School District has more money than they have had in many years. I look forward to the great growth and man- agement of our assets that we will be able to accomplish with this increase in funding As we look at election years, our votes are so determined by how our Shelton School Board macro manages the Shelton School District. The school district has been and still is a very well-functioning machine that keeps on working hard, every day of every year without fail. I would like to invite our community members to attend the Shelten School Board's meetings to be involved in the choices that are made for our Shelten schools. They are the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. The next meet- ing will be at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 26. in the beard room at CHOICE Alternative School. Michelle Schreiber Shelton Waning Mason Area Fair support an embarrassment Editor, the Journal I don't want to write this letter, but I'm ashamed of the residents and the powers that be who did not get behind the Mason Area Fair. As the president and a member of the Shelton Rock and Mineral Soci- ety for about six years now, I have seen the fair deteriorate for those six years. A lot of people have been working their tails off, trying to keep the fair going. They have sent out many letters to the businesses of Mason County and the general public. The fair board has tried to work with the county commissioners and all the powers that be so our county would not lose our heritage. I attended all three days of the fair and was so disappointed in the attendance that it made me want to cry. I know that this is an economically depressed area, but it is not any worse off than Grays Harbor County. I attended the Grays Harbor Fair on Aug. 7 and they had more going on that day than the Mason Area Fair had going on all three days of its length. I asked the powers that be at the Grays Harbor Fair what their secret to Success was. They said that the people of Grays Harbor cared about their fair and they all worked hard and together to put on the five-day fair. What is wrong with you people of Mason County? Don't you care anymore, or is it some other reason, like greed? Sharon E. Potts-Terhune Shelton Reader will vote against bond Editor, the Journal We just received our love letter from the county assessor increasing our assessed value nearly $20,000. This year when Pioneer School presents its semi-annual bond issue, I regret we will be forced to vote against it. Richard Reineman Shelton see LETTERS, page A-5 GUEST COLUMN ng The good news is that Washington is sepa- rating itself from the national jobless rate. In July, an average 6.2 percent of Americans were looking for work, while Washington's un- employment rate dropped to 5.6 percent. The state added an esti- mated 7,300 jobs in July, and June's report of 9,100 new jobs was revised upward to 13,600 jobs. The Seattle-Bel- levue-Everett area boasts our By DON BRUNELL ton continue to unemployment en state's low- est jobless rate at 4.7 percent. Even so, warning lights are flashing. Counties in north- east and southwest Washing- struggle with rates as high as 8.5 percent. In fact, one- third of Washington counties posted June unemployment rates above the national aver- age. In Longview, a major industrial center and interna- tional port, it is 7.1 percent. Another troubling factor is too many young people can't find jobs. Washington Research Council President Richard Davis found nationally the youth unemployment rate for those ages 16 to 19 years a old is about 22 percent. In Washington, that number has approached 30 percent, well above the national average. High youth joblessness is not unique to America. In June, Pope Francis addressed the issue in a meeting with young people in southeast Italy: "We cannot resign our- selves to losing a whole gen- eration of young people who don't have the strong dignity of work." Recently, the Italian gov- re e in ernment reported unemploy- ment in the Molise region, site of the pope's meeting, was 16.4 percent. But the jobless rate for young people ages 15 to 24 was 50 percent. Chronic high unemploy- ment leads to civil unrest and rioting. Analysts found the 1972 riots in Liverpool, Eng- land, were linked to long term unemployment, particularly among young people. see BRUNELL, 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 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 per year out of state. Owned and published by She#on-Meson County Journal, 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 Strand, circulation Composing room: William Adams, graphics Linda Frizzell, graphics All editorial, advertising and legal deadlines are 5 p.m. Monday prior to publication. To submit a letter to the editor, email letters@masoncounty.com.