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. LETTERS cont. from page A-4 Concerns with bus service, turn signals Editor, the Journal Bus service for OysterFest is wonderful, but school buses are not ideal for seniors and handicapped people. They need some type of stool to help people get into the bus, and the seats are too narrow for adults. We had to trans- fer from the town bus to the OysterFest bus and then do it again for the return trip. I also wonder why we have a new left turn signal from Railroad Avenue to First Street but not a left turn sig- nal going the opposite direc- tion from First Street to Rail- road Avenue. We have had this problem for years. Richard McHaffie Shelton Leadership by Farmer a boon for community Editor, the Journal Mason County is growing, and with that growth comes change. Sometimes change is difficult and heavily fought by a community, but change hap- pens one of two ways: either to a community or with the help of a community. When a community em- braces change, it can ensure that the community's best interests are served. Change needs to be effective, and for that to occur, it needs leader- ship with foresight and integ- rity. That is why I am voting for Tom Farmer for Mason County PUD 3 commissioner. I had the opportunity to work with Tom while chair- ing the successful 2013 North Mason School District bond campaign. Tom not only as- sisted with some introductions to local business leaders but also to his friends and family. Tom's friends asked why he, as a business owner, was support- ing a bond to build a new high school when he had no school- aged children home anymore, yet he would be paying his share as though he did. Tom responded that he be- lieved in this community. He also said that for the North Mason area to reach its po- tential, a school district with first-rate facilities was crucial. Tom and I have had many conversations about handling the inevitable growth of Mason County while not losing the identity we cherish. I know we can do it as long as we have leaders and business owners like Tom to lead the way. Michael Young Belfair Komen will keep us Editor, the Journal After what seems like a lifetime, this election year is coming to an end next month. EDITOR'S NOTE: The Oct. 23 issue will be the last one in which the Moson Count/Journal will print en- dorsement letters relating to the Nov. 4 general e ection. Letter writers may respond to previously published letters in the Oct. 30 issue. Once it is over and our female legislative candidates votes are cast, we can get on as a "dynamic trio riding in with our lives. Before that mo- on beautiful Arabian mares." ment, much thought should What a vision. This woman, be given to how we vote. Most however, would like a little of the country is looking for less Hallmark and more sub- change. If that is what you stance. seek, perhaps the best way I can see these three legis- to accomplish this is to not lators riding their horses into replace someone who is pres- the herd of Democratic legis- ently in office, but replace him lators to follow the lead horses or her with a new person who of their party. has a new thought. The herd continues to Time must be given to ad- stampede for higher fuel and just to the learning curve for energy costs and a state in- whatever position has a new come tax. It would restrict member. However, to our ben- individual property and re- efit, John Komen, who is run- ligious rights, limit women's ning for Mason County PUD 3 health insurance choices, and commissioner, has much time solve all problems through invested in attending the corn- bigger government. missioner meetings throughout We need to elect candi- the years and is very aware of dates steering their horses the needs and desires of the in an independent direction, citizens who own that utility, candidates who will ride Please give serious thought their horses to places where to placing your X for John our current ruling party will Komen and giving PUD 3 a not. We need candidates who much-needed voice from the will reform state government public, its owners. Too often in by taking on entrenched the past, decisions were made special-interest groups, take without the general public (the seriously the education of PUD's owners) even know- our children -- possibly at ing about them. Let's be kept the expense of state bureau- in the loop so we know what cracies -- and put the people is happening before the corn- of the state ahead of their missioners make decisions, party's agenda. We need to There is no doubt in my mind elect people like Dan Griffey that John will do that. We, the to the state House. general public, and owners of He might not prompt the PUD, need to have a clue scenes from a Hallmark movie instead of just knowing the like his opponent apparently commissioners decision, does, but that is not what As a reporter, journalist I am looking for in a candi- and broadcaster, John is used date. Griffey will provide true to keeping the general public representation for the 35th informed. He will continue to District. do that as a commissioner. Lorilyn Stephens Ellie Nevers Shelton Grapeview Newton will be there for us, unlike MacEwen same name Editor, the Journal Editor, the Journal I am a member of the Re- When I read a letter by a tired Public Employees Coun- Robert Johnson in the Oct, cil (RPEC) of Washington. 9 issue of the Mason County Every year, RPEC members Journal critical of Mason travel from all over the state County PUD 3's operations to Olympia for the opportu- center, and Tom Farmer spe- nity to meet with their elected cifically, I became extremely officials. We call it Legislative concerned that people might Day. As retired people, we think I had authored it. concentrate on the legislative As the attorney for PUD 3, I issues that could affect public work closely with the board of retirees and senior citizens. commissioners and intention- Since I've been involved ally do not become involved in with RPEC, we've met twice commissioner elections. While with Drew MacEwen. When I respect the other Robert we asked him our questions, Johnson's right to share his his main reply was essen- opinion, it is not the opinion of tially, "I'm open to debate on this Robert Johnson. that issue." No solid answer; nothing we could hang our Robert W. Johnson hat on. SheltonI walked away from his of- fice with a feeling that Drew MacEwen wouldn't be there Griffey is right forus. Each month, we attend horse in state alocalRPEC meetingin Mason County. During this election period, we have had House race candidates come and speak to us about why they are run- Editor, the Journal ning for office and where they A recent letter to the edi- stand on retiree and senior tor described a group of three issues. Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-5 We invited Tammey New- like Sheldon and the belief ton to hear why she was run- that change must occur to bet- ning against D ew MacEwen. ter one's own community. While Tammey was talking How long will Mason Coun- to us, it became apparent she ty continue to want to be bul- wasn't going to give us an- lied? Sheldon is about power swers like "I'm open to debate and control; he has treated on that issue." She was direct Mason County as his own per- about her priorities: K-12 sonal fiefdom. funding, vocational and high- Retirement to his 1,100 er education, and our economy acres of inherited lands and and jobs as well as her sup- family compound is long over- port for senior citizens,due. He has fed off taxpayer As for Drew? I have re- money for a very long time. ceived robe-calls putting his With Irene Bowling as our opponent down. I have notstate senator, we would have received one such call from someone who would bring Tammey Newton's camp. honesty, integrity, transpar- Even though it doesn't ency and a willingness to ac- directly affect retirees and tually listen to constituents seniors, Drew voted against to the entire 35th Legislative wage protection, workplace District. safety and sick leave. He also Irene has demonstrated voted against school employee the ability to work with oth- wages and funding for educa- ers to build a healthier, bet- tion and apprenticeship pro- ter community for working grams. Those votes are not families to work, live and exactly reassurance that he grow through better oppor- will be there for us. tunities in job creation and I will vote for Tammey education. Newton in November. I be-We have a choice this year. lieve she will be there for us. Irene is by far the voice of the community, not corporate Debbie Axelson welfare. Grapeview Blame Sheldon for county's Fran Moyer Seabeck Sheldon brings both parties Editor, the Journal Kitsap and Thurston coun- ties are enjoying an economic Editor, the Journal rebound from the recession. For the past several years, They made the hard decisions the Democratic Party has led to cut positions and pay dur- the state and been controlled ing that time but continued by Seattle-area party leader- to prepare for the recession's ship. end. We moved from that area Kitsap County has a new to Mason County more than YMCA, the fairgrounds are in 10 years ago and thoroughly the black and improvementsenjoy the big change in quali- are being made. ty of life, lower taxes and won- Joblessness is down, homesderful independent-thinking are selling, crime is down, neighbors. more parks have been opened I have gotten to know Sen. " and others refreshed, and r ew Tim Sheldon personally and roads have been added and deeply appreciate how hard others improved, he works, how well informed Compare that with the de- he is and how he maintains a pressed state of affairs in Ma- moderate, pragmatic approach son County whose fairgrounds on issues important to all of have been shuttered after us. years of neglect and whoseThe Senate coalition he roads remain some of the most was a big part of the past dangerous in the state, two years led to strong bipar- Mason has the largest tisan support that increased crime rate per capita, highest school spending by $1 billion number of homeless families in a balanced budget sup- and lowest average income of ported by 44 out of 48 sena- the three counties, tors. Economically, it is in theThe supplemental budget bottom tier of all 39 counties passed this year 48 to 1. in the state, and its foreclo- Now the liberal arm of sure rate continues to rise. the party is on an all-out at- All this has happened dur-tack because it hates anyone ing the 24 years Tim Sheldon who has a mind of his or her has been amassing political own. Frankly, its members power in the Legislature and are afraid that others might as county commissioner, become more independent; Sheldon blames Seattle, a challenge to their leader- the state's economic engine ship. and job-creation center, for I hope the moderate and Mason County's situation, independent voters of the However, it is his own inepti- 35th elect Sen. Sheldon again, tude and refusal to bring state or we might see the coalition help to his district and county gone and Seattle-style tax in- that has created Mason's dire creases forced on all of us. circumstances. Sen. Sheldon and I do not Sheldon does not work always agree on issues, but with Mason County's other I respect his knowledge arid elected officials, denies decision-making skills. nearly every request of need He has my total support from the sheriff and openly in his bid to continue get- belittles the elected women ting both parties to work in Mason County's govern- together. merit while he denies their requests of need for their de- John Olaughlin partments. Commissioner, Port of Hoodsport It takes courage and wis- .., .... dom to run against someone Hoodsport