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con#nuedfrompageA-4 Green Diamond concerns Editor, the Journal What is the Open Land Act? How come a company is al- lowed to make a mockery of it? What if Green Diamond does not own all the land that it claims to own? What land does it own? How much is taxed, or owned by others? How can it deny access to all the land that it does not own but claims to own? How come only a few people are granted permits? How come it costs $250 for a key? Once you have a key and permit, how come you have to call and let them know when you are going to be there? I am 73 and disabled. Yet I cannot hunt on land that I have hunted on for 30 or more years. My husband is 74. We hunt and fish to supple- ment our income. How many of us are retired or on limited incomes? Who is kidding whom about these permits? Has anyone seen the map showing what Green Diamond does own? Is it charging people to use what it calls recreational land? If so wouldn't Green Diamond be in a business and subject to B&O taxes? How many other local businesses are Green Diamond and the other timber companies affecting? What about having to cross timber-company land to get to state or federal land? How much total are we going to have to pay? What about those people who have already got- ten their hunting licenses ear- lier this year? How are they affected? Will this situation of locked gates get bigger and more costly next year? If some land is permanently closed, shouldn't this land be consid- ered unacceptable to the pub- lic and have to be subjected to the same kind of taxes that we have to pay? Shouldn't our state and county have a timber tax that would help to offset our own property taxes? How come Green Diamond is allowed an exemption as to taxes in Mason County and yet can charge huge prices for a key? Is this a fee? I wonder what the attorney general would say about a business de- nying access to land it does not own. Do the Native Americans have to pay the same cost as we do? There is only an agreement with the state, not a treaty. What if we all write to the attorney general concerning this matter? Is it time for a federal lawsuit? How about a class-action federal lawsuit? It has signs up already saying it is private property. Sounds like it is in a business and should not be allowed any exemptions. It's about time Green Dia- mond pays the same taxes that we have to pay. Dorothy Olson Elma Reunion helps classes connect Editor, the Journal I grew up in Shelton, and my parents are still up Turner hill in the same home I grew up in. Four years ago, a team of old Shelton schoolmates got together and planned a Super Reunion for the classes of the '60s and '70s. It all came to- gether in September 2011. My siblings and I all went, not quite knowing what to expect. I want to express my overwhelming praise for what a team of people can pull together that individu- ally could never happen. That is the Shelton Highclimber spirit I remember. Throe days of recon- necting, entertainment, music, dancing, and great food and fun was worth every one of those $75. Even ifI had only gone to any one of those events, I would have gotten my money's worth. This year, it has been opened up to anyone going to school in Shelton, whether they gradu- ated or not as long as they would have graduated by 1979. Wow. Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 - So my siblings and I graduated in 1974, 1975, 1977 and 1979. My parents graduated in 1955. That means that all six of us could go and enjoy one anoth- ers' friends and families. I just celebrated my 40-year class reunion, and it was so much fun. Reconnecting with those older and younger than me again will be that much more fun. I want to encourage every- one eligible to join in the fun to do so as we reignite the old Irene S. Reed Shelton High School spirit. Or if you're not into that, just come on out and have fun! You can find out all the details by going on the web- site at www.sheltonhigh.com. Once I registered on the site, it was fun to look at different people's profiles. So pass the word! I want to challenge all of my cousins, aunts and uncles to come on out to enjoy this time together. Laura Johnston Roznowski Lacey NAACP a great Editor, the Journal I'm writing in response to the situations that occurred in Missouri the other day. I think that it is great when a community can count on an organization like the NAACP. Those people get there so fast; it is mind-boggling. They must ride on the wings of angels. Where are the people to protect us when we're hurting, sad and feel totally helpless? They only come to help when the cause is big enough to make them look good. The great thing Mason County Journal - Page A-5 about the NAACP is that it hasn't forgotten what it took to even get this far. I believe it carries on with the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. -- "I have a dream ..." Many of us also have that same dream, but we don't have anybody who has the courage to fight for our dreams. Penny Tibbits Union Agency to blame Editor, the Journal Residents, hear us. I am writing in response to Penny Tibbits' letter to the editor that appeared in the Aug. 7 Mason County Journal. Yeah, Penny. Even though she never specified the government agency that she was talking about, I think those of us who read her letter know which one she was talk- ing about. My whole family has been affected by this agency. It not only tells you lies, but it never has to own up to them. It comes into your home, and afar a 30 minute visit, makes judgments that it cannot possi- bly make in 30 minutes. It also takes information given to it in reference to you, by people who do not even know you because they have not met you, and that information is considered to be true. You must prove your innocence. Something must be done so this government agency doesn't get more powerful and destruc- tive than it already is. Paula Fraisure Shelton see LETTERS, page A-6 Check In on Facebook Shelton Dental Excellence 1626 Olympic Hwy N Shelton