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Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-5 LETTERS cont. from page A-4 knows the whereabouts of my keys, there will be no questions asked. They are for a Nissan Mini Cube. My house key, a plastic key and my husband's dog tags (U.S. Navy Gerald Brown) were on my ring, as was a pink plastic clip. Please call my number (868-2228). If I'm not home, please leave a message. As I have stated, no questions will be asked. Levina Brown Shelton Tim Sheldon should retire Editor, the Journal It's time for Tim Sheldon to retire. He shows no concern for public money, and he will draw huge retirement allot- ments for his time in the state House and Senate as well as his position as county commis- sioner -- well over $100,000 a year. Sheldon has never pro- duced one decent job for eco- nomically challenged Mason County during his tenure. He is morally and ethically bankrupt in his exploitation of the people of Washington. He never originates legislation but allows other legislators to do the work on which he piggybacks. He is a legend in his own mind and has never passed a mirror he didn't like. Vote for Irene Bowling in- stead. Karsten Boysen Port Orchard Farmer knows needs of county Editor, the Journal Tom Farmer is the right choice for Mason County PUb 3 District 2 commissioner. I have known Tom Farmer for more than 14 years and know him to be a man of high in- tegrity who understands the needs of the citizens of Mason County. A vote to re-elect Tom Farmer is a vote that will en- sure that the people served by Mason County PUb 3 will re- tain a forward-thinking, expe- rienced commissioner who has the knowledge and strategic vision that supports long-term planning and benefits instead of short-term gain. The facts speak for them- selves; Mason County PUb 3 customers have one of the lowest electric utility rates and one of the best-managed utilities in the region. Vote for experience. Vote for the fu- ture. Vote for Tom Farmer. Rick Calvin Grapeview Komen makes the most sense Editor, the Journal John Komen is my choice for commissioner of Mason County PUb 3. My wife and I have been property owners in Mason County for more than 50 years, the past 20 years as permanent residents. During that time, PUb 3 has oper- ated with some very ques- tionable decisions regarding power rates and unnecessary expenditures. John Komen represents the kind of leadership Mason County needs. His background and experience in business and leadership are excep- tional. My vote goes to him in this election as our next com- missioner of Mason County PUb 3. I strongly recommend you vote for John Komen when you get your ballot for the Nov. 4 election. Leonard M. Patricelli Grapeview Vote for Farmer for PUD 3 post Editor, the Journal I've known Tom Farmer since he was about 5 years old. I worked in the pharmacy in Belfair for many years. He was, and still is, always smiling and never has said an unkind word about anyone, nor have I ever heard anyone say an unkind word about him. My vote will be for Tom Farmer, and I hope yours will be also. Lorena "Renie" Ghylin Tahuya Need Komen, not a puppet Editor, the Journal All public utility districts are owned by the citizens of those districts and, therefore, are those same ratepayers' responsibility. If the commis- sioners put those ratepayers into debt, those same ratepay- ers (you and me) have to pay for their mistakes. ! strongly believe that two of our Mason County PUb 3 commissioners have done exactly that to the citizens of Mason County. Not only are our electricity bills rising, but now our daily rates charged by the PUb are also rising to cover some of the expen- ditures the PUb made. The largest of those expenditures is the new building. Not only did the approxi- mately 120 employees of the PUb move out to Johns Prairie Road and now do not support the downtown corridor of merchants each working day, but they hung on ratepayers a very large debt of approximately $42 million to pay for their "pal- ace." Our downtown now has three vacant PUD buildings and, I believe, a lot more to come unless some new com- panies move into that area. And all of this was done at a time when the PUb had been given fair warning from the Bonneville Power Adminis- tration that our electric rates were going to go up. As we wind down toward the November general elec- tion, I believe it imperative that the voters know the man they are voting into office. I have attended numerous PUb meetings and have been amazed and dumbfounded that one of your PUb commis- sioners appears to be a puppet to another commissioner. For all you citizens who haven't attended a PUD meeting, I think it is imperative that you go and watch and definitely listen. What this county needs is a working commission for your PUb, not a puppet com- mission. Please use your pen wisely in November, and vote for John Komen for PUb com- missioner. We don't need a puppet but instead need com- missioners who are looking out for the community and its citizens. Ellie Nevers Grapeview Farmer listens to voters' concerns Editor, the Journal My family and I will be vot- ing to re-elect Tom Farmer for the position of commissioner of Mason County PUb 3. We first met Tom more than 10 years ago while purchasing oysters and clams from his oyster company. Tom and his wife, Jean, are the real deal. We have also had the op- portunity to work with Tom on a few projects within the North Mason School District, and Tom demonstrates he is a man and depends on deliver- ing the best. Tom does not just listen and hear your concerns about the economic issues of Mason County or the importance of sustainable resources; he lives and depends on those issues. As a professional firefighter for more than 20 years, I depend on the people with whom I work and know we will deliver a product that is the best and safest for the citi- zens. Tom does this for Mason County. If you care about your community as we do, and Tom does, I urge you to vote "yes" for Tom Farmer. Bill Green Allyn the difference Editor, the Journal The Mason County voters will have the opportunity on this yeas general ballot to vote for an outstanding and most qualified candidate for public office. At a time when many of us have lost confidence in our local officials, we have the chance to vote for a candidate who really wants to listen to us and give the citizens of our area an opportunity to be involved in the decision- making policies that affect the ratepayers of Mason County PUb 3. John Komen has all of the qualities that we could ever hope for. Komen has executive expe- rience, intelligence, education and the willingness to work with and serve all of us. He is a well-known former news- paper editor and manager, supervisor of a large number of employees, respected com- mentator and anchorman for KING-TV and KOMO-TV, and a longtime resident of Mason County. Komen has the skills, expe- rience and leadership that we need to take PUb 3 into the future. He will work for us. My vote is for John Komen, and I hope that you will join me to elect John to represent us as our next PUb commis- sioner. Annette McGee Shelton understands community Editor, the Journal Vote Tom Farmer for Ma- son County PUb 3 commis- sioner. Although his opponent has mocked him for being an "oyster farmer from Mason Count~," I say that Tom's experience with his small business is his single greatest qualification for the PUb 3. He's lived in Mason County for more than 50 years, and he's run his oyster farm for more than 30 years. He knows what it takes to run a success- ful business here. Tom gets that we invest in our future with sound economic development now, keeping energy costs low for families and businesses. Tom understands our com- munity, and that's why I sup- port him for PUb 3. John Kreienkamp Shelton Komen's innate curiosity a plus Editor, the Journal I have had the good for- tune to work with John Ko- men on issues involving the need for open government and accountable, wise use of public tax dollars. Komen's professional skills were in- valuable. He listened to all involved, asked questions to ensure he understood and gathered the facts. His innate curiosity drew him to investigate and verify things that did not exactly ring true. And he did not give undue deference to longtime manag- ers and/or consultant experts. Komen wrote his conclu- sions in an easy-to-under- stand, succinct manner. He was patient yet persistent. Further, he demonstrated a focused work ethic and set a high standard for everyone involved. Even though the Mason County PUb 3 commissioner position appears low on the election ballot, it is an important position and one in which your vote might have a great impact on all of Mason County's electric power rates for many years to come. It is a position that needs a person to protect the public interest over the interests of experts at Bonneville and/ or Energy Northwest, a con- sortium of electric power providers of which PUD 3 is a member. Vote John Komen for PUD 3 commissioner. Constance C. Ibsen Union