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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Navy training for electronic warfare here? Editor, the Journal What the beck is going on? A few months ago, many people witnessed a military helicopter circling uncomfort- ably low between Sanderson Field and the Fred Meyer parking lot at least 25 times. The aircraft flew so low that as it circled behind Wal-Mart, it disappeared from sight com- pletely. This month, during the week before OysterFest, Sand- erson Field was being used as a drop zone for military parachute practice. During this time, my wife was parked in the Hiawatha area talking to a friend on her cell phone. While witnessing a military helicopter pass overhead, she and her friend lost all use of their phones. When she tried to call me, her call was cut short after three words. Having 21 years of experience in the military, including the Army Counter Intelligence Corps (active) and Office of Navy Intelligence (reserve), I surmised that the cause of the cutout was electronic, maybe electronic warfare (EF) or electronic countermeasures (EC). In 2007, Col. Sam Sevier was appointed to the Sand- erson Field 10- to 20-year planning commission. His biography includes thorough experience in electronic war- fare (EW). "Reminiscent of its navy heritage, Sanderson Field is currently operated under joint use agreement with the mili- tary, which composes a large portion of its traffic," accord- ing to Historylink.org. The Navy plans to estab- lish the western half of the Olympic Peninsula as a per- manent electronic warfare training range and build an $11 million transmitting tower at naval property in Pacific Beach. Plans call for three mobile units broadcast- ing electromagnetic beams for nine hours per day (45 minutes out of each hour for 12 hours per day) 260 days per year. If people or large animals stop and stay nearby, the transmissions will be stopped. The Navy has said that ex- posure of 15 minutes or more [ the editor of local We will not publish letters that are deemed libelous or scurrilous in nature. All letters must be signed and include the writer's name, address and daytime phone number, which will be used for verification purposes only. All letters are subject to editing for length, grammar and clarity. To submit a letter, email letters@ masoncounty.com, drop it Off at 227 W. Cota St., or mail it to P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. could cause damage to the seem to be poverty? liquid tissue of the eyes, but If the Chamber of Navy personnel say measures Commerce seeks to eliminate taken to protect the public the consequences of poverty, and animals will make it safe, then perhaps it can support according to a Peninsula Daily programs that will actually News article, help the poor instead of penal- Can the dots be connected? izing them. I would appreciate anyone's The Rev. Joe Mikel's sug- take on the above, gestion of an ambassador pro- gram would seem to be a step Jacob R. Rufer in the right direction. Shelton Phyllis De Friese Harstine Island Criminalizing dumpster Packaged food diving is wrong problem: The Editor, the Journal air in there Before the city of Shel- ton decides to criminalizeEditor, the Journal dumpster diving, I hope they I recently bought a box of consider the root causes for O1' Roy dog cookies. When I activity. Do we really want opened the box, I was sur- to issue citations for garbage prised to find it half full. Be- "riffling?" ing surprised since I don't buy People who go through much packaged food, I opened dumpsters are not going to be a box of Panko bread crumbs. those who can afford to pay Lo and behold, it was three- the citation fines. Then what? quarters full. So now I'm won- Are the Chamber of dering whether all packaged Commerce and/or city busi-goods are packaged in boxes ness owners suggesting that too big for the product. these violators, unable to pay Living in Washington, I such fines, be jailed? know how conservation-mind- Are taxpayers really readyed people are. So my question to pay those costs? And how is: Why are companies pack- will that combat the source aging so that products take of the problem, which would up more room on the shelves Mason County USPS 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County Journal, P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Mason County Journal at 227 W. Cota St., Shelton, Washington. Mailing address: P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 Telephone (360) 426-4412 Website: www.masoncounty.com Periodicals postage paid at Shelton, Washington - The Mason County Journal is a member of the Washington Newspaper Publishers' Association. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $37 per year for Mason County addresses, $51 per year in the state of Washington lout outside Mason County and $61 per year out of stats. Owned and published by Shelton-Jason County Journal, Inc. Tom Hyde, publisher both in stores and homes, plus pr,,minent. We had aerospace wasting our natural resourc- coz apanies and ITT Rayonier. es? I know it has nothing to do Th ose things are gone, and with deceiving, defrauding or th= Lt's not the EDC's fault, nor just plain tricking the public. Ti] n's or Jay's. No, it must be that they have However, because of career a lot of leftover boxes they chq)ices they have made, they need to use up before resizing, arvthe subjects of good and criticism. Has Mason Val Reineman Cgunty developed economi- Shelton ca ly based on those templates laid in 19857 What did I hear at nding those meetings in Template won't bring surge in local economy Editor, the Journal I graduated from Shelten High School in 1985. That fall, I enrolled in Society & the Computer at The Evergreen State College in Olympia. Part of the program had us writing MS-DOS programs and the other part was study- ing how humans search for and react to change. As part of my fulfillment of the course, I was asked to study a group. Lucky us. I just happened to pick the Mason County Economic De- velopment Council. I don't re- member their exact titles, but Tim Sheldon led the meetings and Jay Hupp was a promi- nent participant. EDC meetings were held in the Aronson Building in downtown Shelton. You en- tered on West Cota Street and zig-zagged your way into a meeting room. The room was decorated lavishly in the 1970s with dark wooden walls, brown shag carpet, TV, stereo, poker table, full bar and low, smoky lighting. It kind of looked like the back room at Nita's where the mer- chants and managers would chart the future in plain day- light. I thought Ken Aronson's room was a bit more private and a lot more "man cave." It was my introduction to busi- ness in Shelton and Mason County in 1985. The players all congre- gated in this space to plan in semi-secrecy. My father was a member, so I was in. I sat there and observed perhaps 10 meetings during the school year. It's been 30 years. That's a career's worth of time. Their mission was to develop Mason County's economy. The EDC brought in the players to make those goals a reality. In 1985, timber was Advertising: Dave Pierik, Sr. Acct. Executive Kathy Brooks, ad representative Lloyd Mullen, ad representative Newsroom: Adam Rudnick, editor Front office: Natalie Johnson, reporter Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Gordon Weeks, reporter Amanda Strand, circulation Emily Hanson, sports reporter Dawn Geluso, proofreader 19 5-86? What did Tim and Jay say? I don't know; I lost mynotes about 30 years ago. IThe EDC and Chambers of ommerce are designed to bring businesses together. In re,ent weeks, the Journal has published articles about the Sl elton chamber and the EDC soliciting for talent and ideas. Forterra has been asked to gi?e Shelton an identity. Tax- able sales are up about 30[ percent in the past two years. Tourism is prosper- ing in Mason County, and it'S bringing a hip, educated cr(,wd that's interested in our cu: ture. You need a lot oftal- en ;ed individuals to create a m(,vement that is this notice- ab e. How do we box it? We do: ]'t. It can't be boxed. Have any of the templates w( rked? Templates come from im lividuals who have specific needs, and they are generally mgney-related. Creativity is driven by money. If it is, it'S doomed to failure. In 2014, talent is developed through science, study, need and rep- etltion. Public venues have prbvided spaces and patrons. In, CU ne an lie SO N( an be tividuals connect through ltural circles. They sponta- msly influence one another d refine the movement. Each performance must be Lged properly and fulfill an expected need. That's why much talent comes from the rthwest. Creating templates to Lass talent is diffficult .'ause culture is always ch raging. It becomes gentri- find when brought together by individuals who want to capi- ta] ize monetarily. People will always be left col ffused about why certain pa ctnerships don't work. Tal- en doesn't like to partner im properly. We protect it like a mama be It's an ego thing. Howard Leggett Union see LETTERS, page A-5 Composing room: William Adams, graphics Linda Frizzell, graphics All editorial, advertising and 'legal deadlines are 5 p.m. the Monday prior to publication. To submit a letter to the editor, i email letters@masoncounty.com.