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LETTERS continued from page A-4 county and beyond. He knows our needs. If you ever want to know about Farmer is right public power, not just in Mason Coun- ty, but how it compares to other coun- ties in our state, he is the one to ask. choice in PUD race He is very knowledgeable about the work he oversees as commissioner. Editor, the Journal I have heard Tom and his opponent Tom Farmer is a responsible and as well as read what they have to say. resourceful person. That is why vot- The opponent often expresses anger ers want Tom responsible for their over opinions he disagrees with from resources. I have known Tom for 11 the past. He often writes about things years. It was only later after I had on a national level. finished college (encouraged by Tom) Tom is not ignorant of national and that I came to realize he is not only global topics, but he chooses to take an outstanding citizen, but also a self- that knowledge and focus on what is made man. best for this area. And he is a positive, Tom exemplifies all the characteris- upbeat person with logical reasons be- tics of our ancestors who came to this hind his decisions. land to take the road less traveled. I Tom Farmer is an honest man am talking about the high road, which whom I trust with public power deci- is a path of ethical excellence and hard sions for our future. work. Tom has not spent the past six Linda Thomson years'as your commissioner doing any- Belfair thing less than echoing the spirit of what makes our country great. Tom's work ethic and can-do at- Don't leave audits titude have inspired me to accomplish my own goals and give back to the to bureaucrats community. With Tom as your Mason County PUD 3 commissioner, you can Editor, the Journal rest assured that your vote is a vote As I sat in the Mason County Com- for what makes America the greatest mission chambers Sept. 2 to speak on nation on Earth. an urgent matter of public safety, I We are lucky to have people like had the opportunity to listen in on a Tom living among us. We are even presentation (if one could call it that) luckier when leaders like Tom are by the Mason County Auditor's Office there to give our resources the best on the status of the county's budget. care. Vote to re-elect Tom Farmer. The male employee who attended this video presentation came totally Jason F. McCausland unprepared. Olympia Other than the figure that the county faces a $12-million deficit, no other useful information came of his Farmer has my vote dithering. Commissioner Tim Shel- don's disgust was obvious; the county for PUD 3 seat employee was dismissed and told to return at a later date for another at- Editor, the Journal tempt. Tom Farmer has won my vote for My wife and I were flabbergasted re-election as Mason County PUD 3 by this example of bureaucratic bun- commissioner. Tom is a local shellfish gling and waste of time and money. farmer who has spent many years According to the speaker, he had the working with people throughout our assistance of the other county employ- Thursday, Sept. 11,2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-5 ees in his endeavor, cows or, for that matter, kids. Mason County taxpayers need to More on thinking outside the box in wake up and see what is happening a later correspondence. around them. This was just an example of tax dol- Patrick Burke lars being whizzed away. Matters of Shelton audits and budgets should not be left to bureaucratic department heads and their minions. Komen is best They are all part of the ever-bloat- ing bureaucracy. The urgent matter of Mason County finances should be re- suited for PUD job viewed and analyzed by a non-govern- mental organization. A CPA firm andEditor, the Journal a group of proven efficiency experts According to the RCWs (the laws of comes to mind. the state of Washington pertaining to If we must live within our means, local governments), the primary pur- we should expect no less of our county pose of a PUD (public utility district) government, or surely we will be is "to conserve the water and power shaken down. Bureaucracy, an animal resources of the county for the benefit that feeds on our finances, has to be of the people." brought under control. Many bureau- This is a vital aspect of having a cratic employees are second and third locally owned and controlled utility in generation. I personally know of one an era of privatization of water and case in Washington state government power resources around the globe. in which the ex-wife of a friend of Those readers of yours who were mine, who was at the time a state pur- around these parts in the late 1970s chasing agent (now retired), lobbied and early 1980s might remember the for and got funding for a new position Washington Public Power Supply Sys- in her office. Guess who got the job? tem (WPPSS) fiasco, on the surface an Her daughter, attempt to build five nuclear plants After six months on the job, her with public money. daughter decided she didn't like work- But to many, myself included, the ing and quit the job. So, since this WPPSS fiasco was considered to be a worthless position was created and deliberate attempt to destroy public funded, they had to put someone else's power in the Pacific Northwest region. daughter in it. It almost succeeded. This might explain all the new state I believe that John Komen is best buildings popping up in Olympia. suited and qualified to be our next They're places to put bureaucrats' sons PUD 3 commissioner. I urge voters and daughters, who want to protect and preserve our Good work if Dad or Mom can get local utility, and conserve our local you on. When we think of our county's resources for the benefit of our corn- and state's future, we must now think munity, to vote for John Komen in this outside the box. Bureaucrat positions, upcoming election. along with their nice salaries and cushy benefits, are no one's entitle- Bill Shanahan ment, family tradition or otherwise. Shelton When employee separations from civil service are required for budget alignments, there should be no sacred see LETTERS, page A-7 " "TR TI BUTCHER US N US All Packages Freezer Ready • No Time Spent Re-Wrapping Locker Packs Available Locally Owned, Family-Run Meat Shop I 1729 OLYMPIC HWY. N. 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