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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 O'P NmON "ndoubtedly, you have already found our special news section, "The New State of Mari- juana," tucked inside this newspaper. It represents nine months of work to bring it from original concept to this thoughtful and well- researched section on the state's legalization of mari- juana. When voters in Washing- in Washington and Mason juana in 2013, hasn't beguninto the open in American ton state passed Initiative County that transcends the legal sales. Washington's society. Whatever your opin- 502 in 2012, they set in mo- sensational. (and Colorado's) populationion on the issue of legaliza- tion a social experiment with As Kirk Ericson, our lead of pot users and future pottion, turning back seems global implications, writer and editor for "The users are the test bacteriaunlikely. We are in the midst of a New State of Marijuana," ex- in a cultural Petri dish, and We hope our special cover- historic cultural shift - one plains: "Marijuana legaliza- the results of this experi-age will provide readers with that can be confusing or tion has never been tried on ment will be analyzed and deeper insight into this com- misunderstood. Our goal for this immense a scale. It's not fought over by governments plex issue as the nation and this in-depth reporting was legal in Amsterdam -- it's and their citizens around the the world watch, with great to present solid information only tolerated -- and Uru- world for years to come." interest, the experiment in about marijuana legalization guay, which legalized mari-Marijuana has come out our own backyard. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thank you, Forest Festival volunteers Editor, the Journal Although I appreciated the article a couple weeks ago, I wanted to get into a bit more detail. What do you think of when you hear "Forest Festival?" Hopefully you think of the fun, people from near and far, clowns, Goldsbor- ough Creek run, car show, bike rides, carnival, logging show, parade, fabu- lous fireworks and history, to name a few. It takes a great group of people to make all this happen year after year. I've grown up here and was in the pa- rade more than I wasn't throughout the years. I didn't really think much about the history of our town or the work that goes into it all until recently, and that's where my story really starts. Each year, starting around Febru- ary, high school juniors and seniors in Mason County may try out for our Forest Festival Royalty Court and re- ceive scholarships. It is a lengthy and serious process in which they meet for weeks ahead of time, with a mentor. In March, there is a coronation• It is a nerve-racking and exciting experience watching your kid up there on stage with lights, judges and questions, won- dering whether she or he make it. Then it comes to the "crowning~' and you hear your kid's name called. The cheering, hooting and hollering starts. With that, the hard work starts as well. What a great, fun experience though• My husband and I volunteered to help with whatever we could. We were part of a great float crew. We helped decorate, put it up, take it down, tow it to parades and drive it. Jackie Ouellette came up with ideas, and we all got it done. Some towns hire their crews and provide a truck and trailer to haul it. Even though we are from a small town and just have volunteers, our efforts paid off. We went to seven parades from Sequim to Seattle and got an award at every one. That was so excit- ing and rewarding for us. Our float and royalty court representing Mason County was outstanding, beautiful and fun! Your 2014 court consists of Anna Liljas, Queen of the Forest; Sarah Miranda, Princess of Cedar; Shelbie Garrick, Princess of Hemlock; Gaby Garcia, Princess of Douglas Fir; Alona Davis, Princess of Spruce; Alan Me- dina, Smokey Bear; and Michael So- botka, Paul Bunyan. I encourage everyone to be a part of our county's historic and wonder- ful tradition. Come to the meeting on Sept. 17 at Mason County PUD 3'~ of- rice on Johns Prairie. Stop in any time between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Be part of our county's celebration. I'm just a mom who wanted to help, and it was very gratifying. If we work together, we can have many more great years like we did this year. Thank you so much Forest Festival for this extraordinary experience. These are memories that my daughter and all us will never forget. I hope everyone is proud of how these young adults rep- resented Mason County. I know I am. Great job, everyone, and thank you to all who helped. We made a great team. Jodene Garrick Shelton City, leave homeless issues to churches Editor, the Journal I have done business in Shelton since July 2003, living in Mason Coun- ty, and have been a resident of Shelton since July 2005. I object to the city's involvement in the homeless situation in the city because by the definition of justice it can only take charge of a rebellious homeless person who is on a public sidewalk or street of the city. What goes on within a business or a church in regard to a rebellious homeless in- dividual is up to the manager of the business establishment or the pas- tor of the church who is serving the needs of the homeless. If that person chooses to call the police to take away a rebellious homeless person, he or she is calling for justice, and that is the responsibility of the city - its only responsibility in this matter. What I have observed in the local Shelton newspaper regarding this is- sue of administrative control by the city of the homeless shelters is exactly what I observed in San Jose, Cali- fornia, during the 1980s and 1990s. The results were wonderful for big businesses, the big pharmaceutical corporations, psychiatrists and psy- chologists, and friends of the city's elite. They all made a lot of money for the supposed good, but it was a disas- ter for the churches that put up the money and served the homeless meals and gave counsel for the many varied problems the homeless have. For the homeless, it was a disas- ter, because they were tricked by the psychiatric community into taking psychotropic drugs that further com- pounded their mental problems and, in some cases, caused them to commit suicide. Many of these homeless people had already experimented with illegal drugs, which got them in trouble with the law, and they became wards of the court and were placed on legal drugs by the psychiatric community. This has been a major scandal across America for the homeless as well as our children and youth in the public educational system for the past 30 years. We don't need any more commis- sions to study this issue of what to do with the homeless. The city should leave it in the hands of the churches -- where it belongs. The job of churches is charity, whereas the government's job is that of justice. When individuals refuse to respond to charity provided by a church, they should be turned over to the government for justice on a case- by-case basis, solely determined by the pastor of that specific church. Gary Brumbaugh Shelton 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 St., Shelton, Washington. Mailing address: RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 Telephone (360) 426-4412 Website~ www.mas0ncoun~com Periodicals postage paid at Shelton, Washington The Mason County Journal is Owned and published by Advertising: a member of the Washington Shelton-Mason County Journal, Inc. Dave Pierik, St. Acct. Executive Newspaper Publishers' Association. Tom Hyde, publisher Kathy Brooks, ad representative Lloyd Mullen, ad representative SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $37 per year for Mason County addresses, $51 per year in the state of Washington but outside Mason County and :~1 I~B(year out of state. Newsroom: Adam Rudnick, editor Front office: Natalie Johnson, reporter Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Gordon Weeks, reporter Amanda Strand, circulation Emily Hanson, sports reporter Dawr~ (~eLus, o, prDo, fr~a~ler ....... Composing room: William Adams, graphics Linda Frizzell, graphics All editorial, advertising and legal deadlines are 5 p.m. the Monday prior to publication. To submit a letter to the editor, email letters@masoncounty.com.