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LETTERS cont. from page A-4 Some advice to combat teen pregnancies Editor, the Journal Lindsey Tanner of the Seattle Times .wrote on Sept. 29 that doctors are pushing intrauterine devices, implants and condoms to prevent teen pregnancies. Since the beginning, I be- lieve the most reliable birth control for teenage girls has been the time-proven P/leG -- parental/family guidance. Don't confuse that with the time worn "for crying out loud, when are you going to grow up and start acting like an adult?" and hopefully not the adult portrayal on television, as in adult entertainment, ancl the goods advertised through the media and how they are presented. Even children's shows sometimes portray so-called "adult situ- ations." One great additional ad- vantage in relying on the aforementioned parental and family guidance is that it greatly reduces the teenage boy part of the teen-pregnancy possibility. Children growing up should not be convinced that adults in the real world behave as adults on television do. Charles L. Winne Hoodsport A Republican Senate? Look out world Editor, the Journal If Republicans get con- trol of the ~enate, they will privatize Social Security and the post office. Don't think they won't. I, for one, do not want the money I worked for for more than 40 years to be squandered, as they tend to do. And don't think they won't have their hands out to the war contractors. Remember George W. Bush's $1.7 trillion war and the no-bid contractors (Dick Cheney, Halliburton). Hal- liburton, now headquartered in Dubai (no taxes), and KBR Inc. will also do what they've been doing all along: nothing on the homefront. Where are the jobs, guys? What about immigration? And don't get me started on their antiquated ideas on the treatment and role of women, you know, us "lesser beings." And now they're on another vacation. Have fun, guys. You don't deserve it or your sala- ries. Sharon Valley Belfair Public Here's officials: what we want from you Editor, the Journal The reasons we elect of- ficials are basic and uncompli- cated: • We are looking for well- qualified individuals with experience and understanding of the business of running the government agencies with ef- ficiency and responsible mon- etary management. • We are looking for people who put the health, welfare and safety of all constituents first and foremost in any con- sideration. • If choices must be made in reference to the wants of special interests and the gen- eral welfare, we want out gov- ernment officials to err on the side of caution when weighing the pros and cons of proposals and to vote for the people. • We want an open and transparent government that keeps the citizens informed of all important proposals, changes or problems in time before any decision or vote is taken. • We want sufficient time to evaluate and give input re- garding what should happen in our community. • We want the county to bring in tax money without contamination. We want it to encourage new and innovative ideas for development that revitalizes the county and invites businesses to operate here and people to live here. • We want to build on what we have, the natural beauty, easy drive from Olym- pia, an introduction to the Olympic Peninsula, a friendly atmosphere in which small- business entities can thrive, and a good place to live and raise a family or retire to. • We do not want claims that such and such projects will benefit the people in gen- eral when there is evidence that this is the case. • We object to the invisible "good old boys club," which has undue influence on vital decisions made by our leaders. Social events that are closed to the public are not places to discuss, and try to influence, public policy. • We are looking for new and innovative ideas for an economic recovery, not the old highly polluting heavy industrial plants that seem to be the only companies located here. We do not want Mason County to be called a toxic dump. We need to change our image. • We do not want an ex- planation of the alleged use of Best Management Practices (BMP) as an answer to solve the problem of the ossibility of contamination to our drink- ing water. To claim that BMP will solve that problem is a joke. There is no oversight or enforcement to prove BMP is being used. • We do want a compliance officer to enforce the rules, regulations and laws that pro- tect the safety of the citizens and the environment. • We want our local elected government to act and gov- ern in an ethical and morally responsible manner, so as to keep the health, happiness and welfare of its citizens as its priority. • We want the commission- ers to remember that we the people give the right to gov- ern, but our rights do not end when we allow elected officials to govern. What is given can be taken away. • We want commissioners to ask the following questions first for new projects: Will this project benefit the whole com- munity or just a particular entity that wants permits to operate? Will there be serious consideration of environmen- tal issues that could severely affect our water, soil or air? Will the cry of "jobs, jobs, jobs" be used to try to get people behind a project to counteract environmental issues? Will our governing agencies try to reinvent their thinking to get out of the past and look ahead to technological companies that don't pollute? Will any possibility of liability be thor- oughly checked before adopt- ing a project? Will the citizens of Mason County and the city of Shelton feel safe and secure about new proposals endorsed by our elected officials? Patricia Vandehey Shelton Thank you for roles in HCEC Editor, the Journal On Sept. 20, the Hood Canal Environmental Coun- cil (HCEC) held a 45th an- niversary celebration and conference at the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe's longhouse in Kingston. The conference fo- cused on the 1991 book "Hood Canal - Splendor at Risk" as a baseline for comparison with the present-day state of the watershed's environmental health. Judging by the favor- able comments received since then, the event was a great success. I am writing this letter on behalf of the HCEC to publicly thank all those who participated in planning and carrying out the event. In ad- dition to The Kitsap Sun for the book, which provided the basis for the conference topics, and for the book's lead writer, Chris Dungun, who assisted in planning and participating in the conference, we wish to thank the following: • The tribe, for its hospi- tality in hosting the event, providing delicious food, waiv- ing the rental cost of the beau- tiful venue, and allowing staff time to help in planning and conducting the event. • The speakers, with ex- pertise in natural resource management, protection and restoration of the Hood Canal watershed. They did an excel- lent job of providing informa- tion on a variety of topics, including salmon restoration, shellfish, water-quality pro- tection, forest management, natural-area conservation and environmental education, and they answered questions about past achievements, cur- rent issues and future chal- lenges. • The citizens who chose to spend their day at a confer- ence instead of outdoors enjoy- ing what was perhaps the last sunny Saturday of autumn, thereby proving that there are many Hood Canal residents and visitors who share our love and concern for this frag- ile watershed and care enough about the future of Hood Ca- nal to get involved. • And everyone who stayed with us after the conference to share a meal, engage in lively discussions and celebrate our 45 years of working to protect the environmental integrity of the Hood .Canal area. Thursday, What about the question of whether the Hood Canal is still a splendor at risk? A generation after the book was published, the past president of the HCEC summed up his perception of the conference's message by saying, "We've come a long way toward pro- tecting the Hood Canal, but it is clear that we still have work to do." Anyone interested in learn- ing more about the conference, or the HCEC, is welcome to call Donna Simmons at 877-5747 or visit our website at www.hood canalenvironmentalcotmcil.org. Donna M. Simmons Hoodsport Board member comments are tone deaf Editor, the Journal Here's the mission state- ment of the Shelton School Board: "A shared commitment to provide the most effective education to all students so they live successful lives." At the special School Board meeting Sept. 18, School Board member Gene Crater asked, "How can we get our parents more involved in the education of their kids, the community and the students?" School Board member Jim Carnahan answered, "Honest- ly, truth of the matter, the par- ents are strung out on drugs or drunk or tending to something other. We really have in our society one most dysfunctional right here in Shelton." I had to listen to the au- diotape again to be sure I had heard right. Well, Jim, you sure upheld the mission statement on that one. I hope everyone who reads this is as appalled as I am. We elect people trusting them to do their best for our children and their future. Our children don't deserve this. Carolyne Flynn Shelton will miss Editor, the Journal I was saddened to learn Russ Denney is shutting the doors on his cleaning busi- ness. Shelton won't be the same without Pantorium Cleaners and Tailors. We'll miss dropping off our cleaning at the historic old structure on South Second Street. And we'll really miss Russ Denney's take on the lo- cal political scene. You could always depend on Russ for gentle commentary on politics and politicos. He's a nice guy and a gentleman. His final advertisement in the Oct. 2 Journal says the cleaner's last day after 38 years of service will be Oct. 18. ' /ou will be missed," he said to his customers. This customer echoes that sentiment. Russ Denney, you will be missed. John Komen Grapeview Oct. 9, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-5 Sheldon will take right risks in Senate Editor, the Journal What I want to see is our elected representatives work- ing to find solutions to issues confronting them. I am not happy with one side holding to a position so strongly that it will not work with the other side to find compromise. There are those who want you to commit to being in a Repub- lican box or a Democratic box or another of the less popular boxes and true to that party's reference for how to vote. You see where that gets us. Where I am going with this is that I want to see more leg- islators like Tim Sheldon, who is willing to take risks and work across the aisle to find solutions. I support Sen. Shel- don in his re-election to the 35th District because he has the experience and knowledge necessary to represent all the interests of all constituents. JackJanda Hoodsport Sheldon a poor choice at state level Editor, the Journal Tim Sheldon sounds a little confused. He tells some vot- ers he's a Democrat, others that he's a conservative. His actions speak louder than his words. He's one of two "Demo- crats" who walked across the aisle to caucus with Republi- cans and closed down all legis- lation in this state. He holds two government paid positions, 22 years as a state senator and nine years as Mason County commis- sioner. He's a millionaire and earns two government paychecks; yet his legislative district is one of the poorest in the state. So whatever he's been doing, he hasn't been very effective for his constitu- ents. It's time for a change! Irene Bowling s the person we need: a district native and business owner; who began teaching piano lessons at 13 to earn extra money and started college at 16, earning bache- lor's, master's and doctoral de- grees, the latter from the Uni- versity of Washington. Irene has been an international concert pianist and served as an adjudicator, lecturer and judge for many competitions. She was a faculty member of Olympic College and served as president of both the Kitsap Music Teachers Association and the West Sound Chapter of Washington State Music Teachers Association. She's a founding member and trustee of the West Sound Perform- ing Arts Center. As part of a small committee, she brought the Bremerton Orchestra back from bankruptcy. These are just the sort of skills the dis- trict could use. Irene is the person we need to represent the 35th Legisla- tive District. Florence Vincent Tenino see LETTERS, page A-6