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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 a , , LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Some pets luckier than others Editor, the Journal Animals are lost, roam- ing the cold, wet streets with broken hearts, emotionally confused about why they were dumped off in a strange place. And then some animals are suffering physical pain while starving for food, human love and companionship. Meanwhile, I see in the Mason County Journal that other quite fortunate animals, are getting these unverifiable so-called "blessings" from a man in a pretty white robe while their owners laugh with glee for that imagined special holy protection bestowed upon their pets. And I think to my- self, what a wonderful world. Darrell Barker Shelton Johns Prairie needs a safer intersection Editor, the Journal I'll make this short. What is it going to take to either get the intersection of Johns Prairie Road and state Route 3 realigned or to put in a traf- fic light? At best, this is an extremely dangerous intersec- tion. And like most folks, I do my best to avoid it. Can some- thing be done without spend- ing thousands of dollars on study after study that might result in a solution 10 years from now? It's needed now. Richard Smith Shelton Initiative 594 will not make state safer Editor, the Journal Initiative 594 would do absolutely nothing to make Washington's population any safer. Criminals, by defmition, don't obey the law. This 20-page, badly written document makes all transfers, even temporary, go through a Letter Policy The Journal encourages original letters to the editor of local interest. Diverse and varied opinions are welcomed. We will not publish letters that are deemed libelous or scurrilous in nature. All letters must be signed and include the wdter'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. federal firearms license. That means you are prohibited from taking your family or legally responsible friends to shoot your firearms. The only legal transfer, other than with a federal firearms license, would be to a gunsmith. A range officer could not test your firearm for problems. You could not check how a fire- arm fits your hand or test that the gun's action is compatible with your preferences before you buy it. How safe is that? Law-enforcement asso- ciations are against this law because it only applies to law- abiding citizen. The Kitsap Sun just published that buying from a dealer, store, fun show or online has to go through a federal firearms license. So the pro 1-594 commercials are not telling the truth. Unless you are mailing a firearm to yourself, federal law mandates the transfer must go through a federal fire- arms license. At gun shows, sellers won't sell to an un- qualified buyer because they would be responsible if the firearm were wrongly used. So despite all the outside Washington money for 1-594, it needs to be defeated. Thomas Kelly Belfair Candidates' actions were childish Editor, the Journal The actions of Kathy Haigh and Tammey Newton were very childish and disrespectful of other candidates, communi- ty members and the chamber forum. The cell-phone call was an obvious call to enable Haigh to leave the forum, and New- ton followed like a child. To have the audacity to try and justify their actions by making excuses and then campaigning on Masonwebtv. corn was an attempt to cover up walking out of a candi- date forum because they did not want to follow the line of questioning. I want a representative in government like Tim Shel- don who will be an advocate for solutions on the issues, not one who walks out be- cause things are not going his or her way. B.L. Widing Hoodsport Campaign signs a matter of free speech Editor, the Journal A couple of days ago, I was pounding an Irene Bowling sign into the ground, and a man pulled his truck over and stomped over to me. He said, "Don't touch my sign." It was Tim Sheldon. He kept yelling at me not to touch his sign until I finally said to him, "Look, I did not touch your sign." He kept yelling at me, so I said, "Do you want finger- prints taken? I don't mind since you won't find any on your sign, I don't tamper with other people's signs." He finally stomped away. I have also heard that Tim has told others to take their large signs down. The signs were for Travis Couture and Irene Bowling. No free speech for them, I guess. A great deal of money is being spent on local cam- paigns now, and if people out there do not understand that they are stealing pri- vate property when they remove properly placed signs, they should. Signs are speech. I guess some people feel they are so powerful that the law doesn't apply to them. Larry King Shelton see LETTERS, page A-5 , Mason County I!ourn00 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 eddress: 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 but outside Mason County and $61 per year out of state. Owned and published by Shelton-Mason County Journal, Inc. Tom Hyde, publisher Newsroom: Adam Rudnick, editor Natalie Johnson, reporter Gordon Weeks, reporter Emily Hanson, sports reporter Dawn Geluso, proofreader Advertising: Dave Pierik, sr. acct. executive Kathy Brooks, ad representative Lloyd Mullen, ad representative Front office: Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Amanda Strand, circulation 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, email letters@masoncounty.com.