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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Cold shelter obviously, it's a night shift, which is quite dif- needs your ficult for some ofthem to manage. Their jobs also include custodial duties and making sure the building is neat and Editor, the Journal clean for other uses Mother Nature was throughout the day. The apparently watching the employees are hired calendar closely. Once through WorkSource it said fall, she really Washington, so the shel- brought it on. So now ter is also helping the with the rains and cooler unemployed in our area. temperatures, people are Without help from making preparations for people in the commu- winter. Propane and fur- nity, the shelter will not nace oil tanks are being open. Please consider filled, firewood is being making a donation. Any brought in, and all the amount helps, and ev- other things one does to cry penny is appreciat- prepare for the cold and ed. Checks can be made storms are being taken payable to Community care of. How lucky for Lifeline with the nota- us that we can do these tion "Shelter" and can be things to ensure that mailed to P.O. Box 339, we can survive, espe- Shelten, WA 98584. Or cially since the National they can be dropped off Weather Service and the between 10 a.m. and Farmers' Almanac are 2 p.m. Monday through both saying it's going to Wednesday at its office be a severe winter, at 218 N. Third St. in But what about our Shelton. homeless? There's not In the past, I have much they can do in written letters similar preparation. Maybe see to this asking for your whether the clothing help and you came bank has warm coats through generously. I and thermal underwear am hoping this time will in their sizes. Perhaps be the same. Jesus said see whether they can we would always have acquire extra blan- the poor with us, but he kets. Or they can plan also told us we need to on making use of the help them. This is an Cold Weather Shelter, especially good way to a program of Corn- do that. munity Lifeline. The Cold Weather Shelter Ann Baker can provide our local Cold Weather Shelter homeless people with director, retired a warm, safe place to Shelton spend those severe winter nights. It can prevent death by hy- pothermia. It can help keep health issues at must answer bay. It can also be a place where they know to -- L m O that someone cares, pUDI|C But the shelter needs help. At the pres- Editor, the Journal ent time, there are no After reading the funds for operating the Journal's Sept. 18 ar- program. Each month, ticle on the Shelton the cost of shelter op- School Board meeting erations is a minimum held on Sept. 11, I was of $6,000. Each night appalled by board mem- the shelter is open, ber Brenda Hirschi's there are two paid staff refusal to hear public members working to comment or answer keep things safe and questions from the me- secure. These people din. Perhaps she needs work 12-hour shifts at to read Article 1 of our minimum wage. And, state's constitution, which states that "all political power is inher- ent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the gov- erned." While the School Board might have the right to do what it did without a public hear- ing, this is not the at- titude we want from our public officials. Ulti- mately, our officials have to answer to us -- the governed. According to the Journal, Ms. Hirschi said to the community members present at the meeting, "There will be no discussion in the room today.., we will ask you to leave." Well, Ms. Hirschi, your arrogance and dis- respect will eventually lead us to ask you to leave. If your term ex- pired this year instead of 2017, I doubt you would treat your constituents in this manner. Jamie Bariekman Shelton School Board turning into Editor, the Journal I went to the Sept. 23 Shelton School Board meeting. The first was concern for and ques- tions about the termina- tion of Superintendent Wayne Massie. It seems to me that the Shelton School Board is leaning to- ward a dictatorship, its way or no way. I hope more of our community will start attending board meetings every second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Come and hear what the Shelton School Board is saying and how it says it. It's the best circus in town. Beverly Godwin Shelton Griffeywill status quo Editor, the Journal Important issues will be before the Washing- ton state Legislature in the next few years. Vot- ers need to decide which candidates and leader- ship group are best to solve these challenges. The first issue, the Mc- Cleary decision, has put K-12 education on the front burner. Readers need to be reminded that McCleary v. the State of Washington was filed in December 2007, so the conditions prompting the lawsuit occurred in the years prior. During those years, there was no ma- jority coalition or even two-thirds vote require- ment for tax increases; however, there was com- plete dominance of the House, Senate and gov- ernorship by the Demo- cratic Party, beginning in 2005. Those were the years before the "great recession"; the gen- eral fund tax and total revenue were increas- ing significantly every year. Yet even in these great times, the ruling party created conditions in which the suit was brought. Obviously, "the paramount duty of the state" was ignored or at least placed below the priorities of the Demo- crats' agenda. Next, take the issue of marijuana. The is- sue of edibles should have long since been addressed since medi- cal marijuana has been legal since 1998 via initiative and amended by the state Legisla- ture in 2007 and 2010. I have recently become more informed on the edible forms being sold in the medical market and have watched as the state attempts to regulate edibles in the recreational market. I am appalled at the edible forms currently available in the medical market; they include forms similar to fruit- slice candy, chocolate bars, caramels, bonbons and other kid-friendly forms. The packaging is a normal candy-type package with a warn- ing that can range from pretty obvious to very hard to pick up. Dos- ages in these candy-like forms can be extremely high. If our Legislature had taken this on, may- be requiring standard packaging and warn- ings, then maybe we might have a chance of discouraging consump- tion by children in the expanding recreational market. Again, where was the leadership from those in control of the Legislature? And now the people and party that have been in control of Legis- lature almost this entire time want to return to solve the problems they have continually failed to address. I think it's time for a true change in Washington. Change does not include send- ing Kathy Haigh, the advertised education expert, back to continue to support Frank Chopp, speaker of the House since she was elected in 1998, and his agenda. Change includes inde- pendent thinkers with new ideas who will chal- lenge the way things have been done for the past 16-plus years, take a fresh look at all issues and develop solutions. Dan Griffey is the per- son we need to represent the 35th District, chal- lenge the status quo and state bureaucracies, and develop new ideas to meet our challenges. Griffey will be part of the solution, not part of the continuing problem of the Legislature being driven by one party's agenda. Robert Rogers Shelton see LETTERS, page A-5 .... Mason County USPS 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County Joumal, Re. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Mason County Joumal at 227 W. Cota St., Shelton, Washington. Mailing address: Re. 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