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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 o LETTERS TO THE EDITOR must wake up Editor, the Journal All men and women are equal, or so they say; But some are much more equal and do not have to pay. Their taxes or respect the laws that are truly enacted; The bothersome ones, they just have redacted. They have money and power and take away our rights. And we sit and watch while it's right in our sights. Beguiled by commercials that lead us to feel; Sleazy ads of gadgets and games are the deal. To make us happy and be in a good mood; But none of this lasts, and we then start to brood. How did we let this hap- pen? Why didn't we care? And one day we look up and Big Brother is there. Patricia Vandehey Shelton 'Push poll' is dishonest ! LeBer Policy phone number, which will be used for verification purposes 0n . All letters ore subject to editing for length, grammar and clarity. To submit a letter, email letters@masoncounty. corn, drop it off at 227 W. St., or mail it to E0. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Editor, the Journal this "poll" was an attempt to sociation, wish to extend our Recently, I received a call persuade people who are not thanks to Wayne Massie, from Key Research Solu- well informed on the issues our former superintendent, tions polling me for informa- to vote for Sheldon. Another for his service to the Shelton tion about who I would vote dishonest statement said School District during the for in the state 35th Legisla- that Bowling's support of a past four years. Massie has tive District. It soon became certain measure would raise seen us through some diffi- apparent, from the way the taxes on gasoline by a dollar cult financial struggles, and questions were worded, that per gallon, positive student successes. this was a "push poll" insti- If anyone receives a tele- He has shown a willing- gated by the Tim Sheldon phone call asking for hisness to support teachers as campaign, since all of his or her opinion, such as the we work to provide quality positions were stated in a one I received, I urge that education for our district's positive manner and all the person to tell the pollster children. He has shown care positions of his opponent, that he or she will vote for and compassion for students Irene Bowling, were stated Bowling because he or sheand their families, and we in a negative way and were does not condone political are appreciative of his ef- often dishonest, candidates lying about their forts on their behalf. We One especially made me opponents, wish him well and thank realize this was definitely him for his service. a push poll. It stated that Linda Museus It is in the spirit of coop- "Irene Bowling supports Bremerton eration that we will work Obamacare and a govern- with newly appointed in- merit takeover of health terim Superintendent Art care" and then asked me, Athank you Jarvis to build on our sue- based on this (dishonest) cesses and move forward in statement, if I was more orto former providing the best education less likely to vote for Bowl- possible for the students we ing. are dedicated to serving. Since a government take- over of health care would Ron Goodale, president not be an issue that would Editor, the Journal (Olympic Middle School) come before the state Legis- We, the Executive Board Joyce Westen-Smith, lature, it was obvious that of the Shelton Education As- vice president (Mountain View Elementary) Kristey Perigo, secretary (Oakland Bay Junior High) Karla Knudsen- Johnston, treasurer (Mountain View Elementary) Tim Madden, grievance chair (Olympic Middle School) Reader seeks missing Editor, the Journal On Aug. 31, I attended a memorial luncheon for Audrey Hinchcliff at the Squaxin Community Kitch- en. I left as did others to go outside to send off some fel- lows to celebrate her life. I left my car keys on the table, assuming they would be on the table when we all went back in. Unforutnate- ly, that was not the case. Please, if anyone see LETTERS, page A-5 transparent New school year, new super- intendent. That's what families and community members learned last week when the Shelton School Board of Directors unanimously and surprisingly approved the res- ignation of Wayne Massie, who had held the position since 2011. The move left many members of the audience confused and angry. Board President Brenda Hirschi told the media after the Sept. 11 special meeting that the board "believed we needed a new direction in leadership," citing no specific examples or criteria for the change. Massie was not at the hastily planned meeting, which was attended by dozens of commu- nity members despite it being held during the middle of a school day. Massie could not be reached for comment. Moments after approving Mass- ie's resignation, the School Board approved the hiring of an interim superintendent Arthur Jarvis, a former superintendent of Tacoma Public Schools. He could serve the remainder of the school year as the board searches for Massie's perma- nent replacement. The School Board did not allow for public comment on either move, drawing the ire of many attendees. While we understand that leader- ship changes in any agency busi- ness, organization or municipality -- are sometimes needed, we wish the School Board would have been more transparent with the process. In two meetings last month, the School Board held executive ses- sions to discuss "qualifications of candidates." In July, the board held another executive session to discuss the evaluation of the superintem dent. Both suggest that the School Board had talked about replacing Massie behind closed doors. We understand that governing boards can legally discuss matters of personnel including terminations and staff evaluations -- behind closed doors without any public input. Regardless of whether the School Board felt a change was needed, it should have gone through a thor- ough interviewing process with the help of the people who pay the school district's taxes instead of secretly replacing Massie with a temporary replacement behind closed doors. Mason County USPS 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County Journal, RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Mason County Journal at 227 West Cote St., Shelton, Washington. Mailing address: RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 Telephone (360) 426-4412 Website: www.masoncounty.com Periodicals postage paid at Shelton, Washington The Mason County Joumal is a member of the Washington Newspaper Publishers' Association. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $37 per year for Mason County addresses, $51 per year in the state of Washington but outside Mason County and $61 per year out of state. Owned and published by Shelton-Mason County Joumal, Inc. Tom Hyde, publisher Newsroom: Adam Rudnick, editor Natalie Johnson, reporter Gordon Weeks, reporter Emily Hanson, sports reporter Dawn Geluso, 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. the Monday prior to publication. To submit a letter to the editor, email letters@masoncounty.com.