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II II Page A-6 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 9,2014 LETTERS cont. from page A-5 a fixed income or depend on a healthy economy for your income, Tim Sheldon is not the solution for improvement. ex-er=encep, a A loose canon is no help to anyone and just causes more damage. win for voters If you want to turn things around and make a positive Editor, the Journal change, you need to vote for I am supporting Tim Shel- Irene Bowling to become our don for re-election to the state senator. state Senate. I believe the 35th Districtbenefits from his years of experience in the Legislature. Now is not the time to throw a political nov- ice into the legislative arena. The very fact that statewide and locally, the liberal Demo- crats are trying desperately to unseat him ensures him my vote. I have always been appreciative of his ability to be an independent thinker and find common-sense solu- tions. I think many of the vot- ing citizens are sick to death of extreme partisan politics on both sides of the aisle and the resulting inaction of elected officials at both the state and federal levels. Sheldon has always worked to find solutions, and he is not afraid to go up against the liberal King, Snohomish and Pierce county legislators to work for solutions that benefit not only his district but also other rural areas of the state. A vote for Sheldon is a vote for a reasonable problem-solving approach to the issues that face our state. Linda Gott Shelton Bowling would make positive changes for us Editor, the Journal Electing a state senator for the 35th District this year should not be a partisan issue, particularly in this upcoming election. The losses of good- paying jobs, quality of educa- tion, social programs for those in need, infrastructure and quality of life in general have hurt us terribly. This, in large part, is due to the actions (or lack of action) by Mr. Tim Sheldon. Here are a couple indisputable facts: Mr. Shel- don, while joining the conser- vative caucuses, failed to fund the education budget, causing massive cuts to our schools programs. This, in part, was because Mr. Sheldon voted not to close loopholes, allow- ing major tax breaks for oil companies, money that could have been used for education. Ever wonder why the oil com- panies contribute to fund his campaign? During the past two elec- tions for governor, I saw and heard Mr. Sheldon support the conservative candidate. You might recall that the con- servative agenda was against women's rights, affordable health care and equal pay for equal work and promoted suppression of voter rights. Look what happened in Wis- consin, Ohio, Michigan and Florida, to name a few. That's the real Tim Sheldon agenda. No wonder the conservatives fund large amounts of his campaign. If'you work for a paycheck, are in need of a job, live on Fred Seminara Union Sheldon brings a balanced Editor, the Journal Tim Sheldon has earned my support for state Senate, 35th District. His experience and education have proven consistently valuable to our community and to our state. He brings to the job an atti- tude of compromise and a will- ingness to work with others. He has demonstrated great courage in forming and then leading the majority coalition in the Senate. That kind of effort is what we need to get key priorities addressed and to avoid the gridlock we have gotten accustomed to with ultra-partisan politicians. Sen. Sheldon brings a nice- ly balanced agenda to his Sen- ate work. He deserves credit for Senate passage of the supplemental operating bud- get this year with near unani- mous bipartisan support. He has demonstrated attention to the key priorities of education, job creation, fiscal restraint and supporting the needy, I encourage you to return Tim Sheldon to the state Senate. Richard Bailey Hoodsport are not going to fix troubles Editor, the Journal The Republicans (Drew MacEwen, Dan Griffey and Tim Sheldon) are coming in on their big white horses to save the day. The state needs mon- ey to run now. Let's not whine about what has happened in the past and who we should blame. There are plenty to blame in both parties for the problems we have now. What solutions are Drew, Dan and Tim offering to save the day, besides saying how inefficient government was in the past? The Democrats have the dynamic trio (Irene Bowling, Kathy Haigh and Tammy Newton) riding in on beautiful Arabian mares provided by Kathy Haigh to help save the day: 1. Close loopholes in the tax system; 2. Corporations pay their fair share of taxes to the state, not giving them tax exemp- tions while they send their money overseas to dodge their tax obligation in this country; and 3. Compromise on legisla- tion, not "my way or the high- way" attitudes. Speaking of highways, no infrastructure was voted down by the last Legislature. That can change. Vote for Kathy Haigh, Irene Bowling and Tammy Newton. Ardean A. Anvik, what is your solution to the problem, besides blaming the Demo- crats? The solutions that have been offered by Drew and Tim were no new taxes, as they proudly wave their flag of con- servatism -- not compromise or working together to solve the problems. Earl Mallinger Shelton Vote Griffey; he lives life of service Editor, the Journal I met Dan Griffey when I was a teenager. I had been through a lot, and I was breaking free on my own. We started dating, and I found someone who understood me like no else ever had before. I could tell him anything, and he listened. He never judged me. It was always a good conversation, even when we disagreed. One night when he drove me home, there was a car in the driveway that I had not seen in years. It was my step- dad. I froze in fear and told Dan everything. I couldn't face my stepdad again. The next thing I knew, Dan was in the house holding my hand and supporting me. We left that night, and I never saw that man again. Dan Griffey is my hero, but I am not alone. Since he ran for office, I have taken countless calls in which people share with me similar things about Dan; he stood up for them against a bully on the bus, he ate lunch with them when no one else would, he helped direct someone who was lost, changed their flat in the pouring rain, saved a loved one or was there on their darkest day. Dan Griffey is someone you can rely on and trust; he will go above and beyond whatever the situation calls for. I en- courage you to vote for a man who will do everything he can to make you proud and serve the people. I know there will be sleepless nights and times he will wish he could have done more, but I know we can count on him to do what is right, never give up and al- ways do his best. Dinah Lee Griffey Allyn Rep. MacEwen advocates for our community Editor, the Journal During the past several months, I have served on a committee of local citizens established by our Shelton School Board. It has the stat: ed goal of presenting to the board recommendations for a priority list of, and avenues for funding, needed improve- ments for our local swimming pool. I would like to share with you that Rep. Drew MacEwen has been very gracious and helpful in guiding the Shelton School District through the process of the Capital Budget Application. During his term as our representative, Drew has served as the assistant ranking member of the Wash- ington State Capital Budget Committee. On this commit- tee, Rep. MacEwen has shown a willingness to listen to all sides, form a consensus and pass a bipartisan capital bud- get while ensuring that our local communities are well represented. Rep. MacEwen is an advocate for our commu- nity, so please cast your vote for Drew so we can continue to have this representation in Olympia for the next two years. Leslie Peterson Shelton Farmer has common-sense Editor, the Journal My wife, Amy Burnett, and I would like to endorse and ex- press our full commitment to the re-election of Tom Farmer for the position of Mason County PUD 3 commissioner. I have known Tom for 35 years and know him to be hardworking, honest, highly educated, reliable and filled with common sense. We are proud and happy to have Tom working hard for our community. Earl Sande Port Orchard Farmer's vote hits ratepayers in wallets Editor, the Journal The facts obtained from Mason County PUD 3 are that the new facility costs $41 million. But because it was not a cash deal, the pay- back through bond financing is $87.5 million. There are 32,500 ratepayers. We can all do the math, but I will do it anyway. This comes out to $2,700 ]~er ratepayer or a little more than $100 per year for the 25 years of the bonds. Tom Farmer's vote caused this to happen. Robert Johnson Shelton Farmer cares about his Editor, the Journal I am honored to recom- mend Commissioner Tom Farmer for re-election to Ma- son Public Utility District 3. Tom is a great example of an elected official who cares about the ratepayers of his district. His dedication to pub- lic power and Mason County have garnered him respect from many of his peers in the industry. No matter if the is- sues are at a local, state or federal level, he is always pre- pared and willing to take on the challenge. Tom represents your public utility with pride and professionalism. I encourage voters to re- elect Tom Farmer as commis- sioner of PUD 3, District 2. Curt J. Knapp Commissioner, Pend Oreille Public Utility District; Past president, Washington Public Utility District Association, Newport John Komen would shake up PUD 3 Editor, the Journal If ratepayers in Mason County PUD 3 want change from the status quo, if they want someone who isn't afraid to shake things up, ask ques- tions and get to the bottom of things, they should vote for John Komen for PUD 3 com- missioner. I have gotten to know John over the past several years, and he has proven himself to be a man of intelligence and great integrity, beholden to no one. He is thoughtful, fearless, and hardworking. John will make a fine PUD 3 commissioner. He has the time, commitment and abil- ity to get things done for the district and its citizens. I en- courage all ratep~tyers to join me in voting for John Komen for Mason County PUD 3 com- missioner. Jeff Green Shelton Farmer's vision has led Mason County PUD 3 Editor, the Journal As a ratepayer in Mason County PUD 3, I think it is important that our utility not only works to keep our rates as low as possible, but that it operates at a high, open and efficient level. This is why I am voting for Tom Farmer as my commissioner. Tom is everything Mason County: honest, humble and blue col- lar. Tom has built a success- ful small business that has provided for his family and for those of us who love local shellfish. He is a supporter of smart and well-planned eco- nomic development and has helped the PUD lead the way to create a viable economic center in Shelton. Tom sup- ports his community and is involved in numerous causes that benefit all of Mason County, not just his neighbor- hood. PUD 3 has among the state's lowest outage rates and maintains a level of cus- tomer service and communi- cation that is rarely seen in government. When it comes to representation, I would rather have a person who knows hard work than a person who reports on hard work. Craig Patti Allyn