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cont fmmpageA 4 Journal Letter Policy The Joumal encourages original letters to the editor of local interest. Diverse fraud needs and varied o pinions are welcomed. We will not publish letters that are deemed libelous or scurrilous in nature. All letters must be signed and include the writer's addressino name, address and daytime phone number, which will be used for verification mlF purposes only. Aft letters are subject to editing for length, grammar and clar . Editor, the Journal TO submit a letter, email letters@masoncounty.com, drop it off at 227 W. Cota = The IRS will be hem- St., or mail R to p.o. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. orrhaging $21 billion by 2016 from tax-return fraud alone. I believe received scholarships, for and with Mason there could be a simple, The local university County voters rather albeit slightly inconve- and individual colleges than by party affiliation. nient, fix. as well as local business- Tim Sheldon does not The fraud is being es and a Latino youthbow to the wishes of the committed by people group funded $35,790 Seattle Democrats as who have stolen Social in scholarships. This in- Irene Bowling does. Tim Security numbers from stilled great pride in all works for Mason Coun- point of sale databases. CHOICE students, ty, not King County. I No proof of identity is In closing, I am support Tim Sheldon required to file an IRS humbled by the strength and Drew MacEwen be- return, of our students, many of cause they represent us We could have tax- whom overcame great in Olympia. I definitely payers prove who they adversity. As a substi- support Dan Griffey; he are, with multiple pieces tute teacher, I am proud will help fix the educa- of identification, and re- to call myself a member tion mess left us by ceive an additional code of the staff of CHOICE Kathy Haigh. used for IRS business Alternative School. only. This process might Ardean A. Anvik be an inconvenience, but Jeanette Sargent Shelton it would be extremely Shelton worthwhile. The government could temporarily hire agents Time to to perform this task ex- clusively in IRS offices shake up across the country. They could open kiosks in a boon malls staffed with IRS the state personnel where it's con- Editor, the Journal venient. Spending money Editor, the Journal If you want to choose to make this happen will Mr. Mallinger's letter a leader for our commu- save billions of dollars, promoting the Demo- nity, elect John Komen If this code were to crats running in the as commissioner of Ma- be held only in the IRS upcoming legislative son County Public Util- database and by the election indicates he ity District 3. taxpayer, but not in believes everything is John's background point-of-sale databases, nearly perfect in Olym- and experience will such as those belonging pia; there are no failing serve us well. His 40 to Target and Home De- bridges; Bertha is not years as a newspaper pot, it would practically stuck under Seattle; executive, television eliminate this problem, the ferry system is a journalist and columnist model of efficiency and provide invaluable lead- Mark Kinzie honesty; state govern- ership lessons. Shelton ment is streamlined We have this unique and efficient; and our opportunity to utilize educational system has John Komen's outstand- no problems whatsoever ing leadership talents as (just ignore the Supreme one of the three commis- Court lawsuit), sioners of Mason County takes pride Mr. Mallinger's enthu- PUD 3. siasm is not supported Vote for Komen when in CHOICE by the facts. Democrats you get your ballot for have been in charge of the Nov. 4 election. Editor, the Journal the state Senate, the Before the begin- state House and the gov- Richard A. Baird ning of school, CHOICE ernor's office for years, if Grapeview Alternative School re- not decades. They have quires new students to produced an educational participate in a three- lawsuit, promoted a Thank ,,,,""', week boot camp to learn tunnel to nowhere, sup- academic and behavioralported government inef- expectations, ficiency by refusing to On Sept. 3, both new eliminate redundancy in and returning students government, and created filled an auditorium that high tolls on freeways functions as a place for and bridges and very Editor, the Journal assemblies, mid-year high gas taxes. Yet there As members of the graduations, gym ac- is still not enough money Shelton School District tivities and lunchroom for transportation. One administrative team, we gatherings. Later, teacher definition of insanity is would like to publicly advisers walked them to do the same thing over share our appreciation of through rules of conduct, and over again while ex- our former superinten- The key being, as well as pecting different results, dent, Wayne Massie. the motto of CHOICE, to Kathy Haigh has Over the past three "respect yourself and the been in charge of the ed- years, we have had the rights of others" as stu- ucation committee in the pleasure of working dents become knowledge- House of Representa- closely with Mr. Massie driven masters of them- tives for years, and you to carry out the vision of selves and develop under- see the mess we have the district. Mr. Massie standing of others in this in education with fail- is an educator who is safe harbor of learning, ing schools, educational committed to provid- Founded in 1984, lawsuits and schools ing the best possible CHOICE Alternative on probation from the educational opportuni- School continues a meta- federal No Child Left ties for the students of morphosis into a crusad- Behind Act. If she can- this community. Dur- ing school that challenges, not fix education withing his time with the guides and protects its her political power, she district, Mr. Massie led students. At the end of is politically impotent, us through numerous the 2013-2014 school Why re-elect her? changes, including the year, CHOICE graduated We need to elect can- implementation of a new 47 students, half of whom didates who will work teacher/principal evalu- ation system, the transi- tion to Common Core State Standards and increasing awareness of the effects of poverty on student learning. In addition, he provided strong leadership as the community, School Board and staff strug- gled to resolve a variety of important issues. As the district superinten- dent, Mr. Massie always acted with the highest level of integrity, and we were very proud to work with him. He worked collaboratively with all stakeholders and always treated his employees with the utmost respect. We wish him the best in his next endeavor. Stacey Anderson, Carey Murray, Eric Barkman, Deena Alley, Tami Stoutnar, Mary- ann Marshall, Jennifer Deyette, Bracken Budge, Ed Stewart, Jim Judson, John Bryz-Gornia, Carol Lake, Fran Stevens, Donna Morris and Wanda Berndston, Shelton Vote Farmer to continue Editor, the Journal I am writing this letter to support Tom Farmer for re-election as commissioner of Mason County PUD 3. As a recently retired PUD employee, I have had considerable first- hand experience with his opponent. He attended a number of commission meetings during the pro- cess leading up to the de- cision to build a new cam- pus on East Johns Prairie Road. Since he was read- ing a newspaper during most of the presentations, he must not have heard the analysis of the pros and cons and subsequent discussions. He always had a prepared speech, however, that was very negative and with con- siderable vindictiveness that was directed at the commission and staff. At- tempts to provide factual corrections to the misin- formation that was being aggressively distributed by this gentleman were met with tirades and an- gry rejections. One of the erroneous facts quoted by Farmer's opponent is that the wa- ter line that was extend- ed from the city to the PUD was for the express benefit of a proposed biomass plant. Nothing could be further from the truth. The PUD had no Thursday, Oct. 2,2014 - Mason Corrvction A brief in the Sept. 25 issue ofthe Mason Coun- ty Journal titled =County saying goodbye to direc. OrL The was on Sept. 25. interest in that plant and had no plans to purchase any of the output. The PUD is required to facili- tate access to the regional electric grid through its system, but all costs as- sociated with that access would have been borne by Adage through an upfront cash payment. The water line is a great cooperative proj- ect shared by the city of Shelton, Port of Shelton and PUD. It provides water and fire flow to not only the Port and PUD for their needs, but it also makes water service and fire flow available for new development. I urge you to seriously consider to the re-elect- ing Farmer to continue the positive and progres- sive, albeit fiscally con- servative, operation of Mason County PUD 3. Wyla Wood Shelton to ratepayers Editor, the Journal Back in 1930, public utility districts (PUDs) were established in the state of Washington with the passage of what is known as Initiative 1. The initiative was spon- sored by the Washington state Grange Association to provide electric service to farmers and rural communities that could neither get electricity nor afford it from investor- owned utilities (IOUs), such as Puget Sound Power & Light Co. The rallying cry or slogan that public-power advocates used for their campaign was Progress Under Democracy (PUD). In my humble opinion, those are three of the most powerful words ever put together in the English language. Why? Because the words placed the all-powerful god of progress or "develop- ment," as it's called now, under democratic control. It's not the other way around, Democracy Un- der Progress (DUP), de- spite the current Mason County PUD 3 Board of Commissioners and many other levels of govern- ment sacrificing the dem- ocratic control of things on the altar of progress, or development. John Komen will not do that. He is committed to a democratic process in major decisions affecting the owner/ratepayer of Mason County PUD 3. Put the public back in public County Journal- Page A-5 utility district. Please give John Komen your vote in this upcoming election. Bill Shanahan Shelton Farmer PUD 3 Editor, the Journal I am writing to en- dorse the re-election of Tom Farmer for PUD 3 commissioner. Tom is a thoughtful and intelli- gent man who has exhib- ited a fine ability to learn about the major issues facing public power today and execute good judg- ment while serving the customers of our PUD during his first term. Having been a mem- ber of the management staff of PUD 3 during the early 1990s when all of the operations of the util- ity were being consolidat- ed in one place, I applaud the PUD commission and staff for the wonderful manner in which the cur- rent facility has become a reality. The facility is regionally and nationally recognized for using cut- ting-edge technology for energy efficiency and has become a model for oth- ers interested in building to such standards. Dur- ing the process of putting together the final plans, Tom was always support- ive of "doing it right." I have been reading all of the letters to the editor in the Journal about what a great job Mr. Komen would do to keep down rates and not "bulldoze" trees and how he would not have ap- proved building the com- plex at East Johns Prai- rie Road. But how can he possibly know what the current issues are when he has not attended a PUD 3 Commission meeting in nearly four years? How can he know that the majority of any need for rate increases to us occurs because of the price increases from the Bonneville Power Ad- ministration to wholesale power? How can he know that underground power lines fail more often in this part of the country as a result of weather and soft conditions and cost many times more to replace than putting up overhead lines? How can he know that the entire complex at Johns Prairie came in under budget and that the financial timing was perfect with low interest rates, retir- ing of older bond issues and the price of building at the time? Torn Farmer has been there and understands what will help our PUD be cost efficient as well as energy efficient into the future. Please con- sider carefully and vote for his re-election. It's important to all of us. Pam Ward Shelton