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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 - LETTERS cont. from page A-4 Claims against Sheldon seem Editor, the Journal Mr. Larry King, I read your letter on the Mason County Journal opinion page where you state that Mr. Tim Shel- don yelled and yelled at you and then told you to not touch his sign. I do hope you are be- ing truthful in saying these things about Mr. Sheldon. I do not know Mr. Sheldon, other than seeing his name in the newspaper and seeing him once at a meeting concerning salmon. Do you have a witness to your accusations? If I were Mr. Sheldon, I would be see- ing you in a courtroom. I do not believe that a man such as Tim Sheldon, who has a lot to lose, would do such a thing. What happens if people start to believe all the trash they see on an opinion page and then go out and vote against someone because peo- ple like you are trying hard to make a candidate look bad? I think most people are smarter than that. Harlan Hammrich Belfair Transgender policy not Editor, the Journal A transgender school dis- trict policy? I can't believe this is even an issue. I thought the purpose of going to school was to learn reading, math, science, ge- ography, history, extended versions of these and, yes, cursive. The good old Golden Rule, firmly taught, is sufficient for all: Treat other children, all children (regardless of differences), as we would want to be treated; be kind to those who we might con- sider different or who have afflictions that might affect their activities. It's basic good manners. You don't need legislation and a law for that, for Pete's sake. At what point did it become an educational directive to bring "sexual gender assign- ment" into this equation? I don't remember voting in any law that dictates schools must accommodate those children who feel they are cross gen- der. Do you? How is it going to help these kids by giving them special bathroom accommoda- tions as children when the adult world outside will not? Application forms to check whether someone is transgen- der? Really? I feel that kids are so con- fused these days with all the mixed messages they are re- ceiving. I likewise feel that many times kids, especially disen- franchised children with no parental role models, some- times feel they might be ho- mosexual because they have strong f ee gs for someone of the same sex. Heck, that is a natural thing and in no way indicates homosexuality. Back in the '50s, girls fre- quently danced with girls or walked down the street hand in hand in friendship because they loved their friends but they certainly weren't homo- sexual. Boys always hung out with boys, went camping together, had sleepovers, wrestled and got into trouble. Maybe some of these girls were "tomboys" and loved to get dirty and work on cars, or maybe some boys enjoyed dancing or botany. All of these actions today would be considered "trans- gender" behavior, but in most cases, they were perfectly nor- mal boys and girls interested in different things. How many kids feel pres- sured to prematurely declare their sexual preference simply because we are making such an issue of it? At their age, all they should be considering is enjoy- ing their childhood/teen years, getting their homework done and avoiding sex altogether until grown. One of the saddest things I've seen on TV was a little boy between age 6 and 8 whose parents pushed for transgender treatment in school because this little boy believed he was gay. Ah, come on. What little 6- to 8-year-old even knows about sexuality, much less that he could be homosexual, unless someone put the idea into his head? Children today are inflict- ed with a constant barrage of sexual material, both gay and straight, on TV, video games, school and the Internet. They have missed out on what it was like to enjoy just being a child without having to determine what sex they re- ally are, or even having sex. A very, very small percent- age of children are actually genetically programmed ho- mosexual; I believe the rest are confused and in many cases are so sexually jaded. They like to experiment. No matter what predispo- sition kids feel they are, the point is, it should be a private family issue. It sure as heck is not a school issue or some- thing they need to check on a form. At school, boys built as boys and girls built as girls should only use their respec- tive bathrooms; that is the way it is out in the world. For schools, the gender issue should be a non-issue. Just teach kids the skills they need to earn a living, stay off welfare and be kind to all of their peers, regardless of dif- ferences. Katie Groves Shelton EW practice sites will lead to problems Editor, the Journal I am writing to express my concerns about the planned Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare (EW) Range sched- uled to be established in the Olympic National Forest on the northwest comer of the Olympic Peninsula. The Navy envisions 15 "practice sites" ranging ap- proximately a few miles south of Amanda Park nearly to the Sol Duc River on the north. Of the 15 sites, eight of them are very close to the Olympic National Park. In all likelihood, it will be EW Growler planes from Whidbey Island that will be making the "practice" runs. All sites are hardly more than a few seconds distant from the Olympic National Park. I do not have any infor- mation as to how close an EW plane will approach a site. In any event, it is in- evitable that EW planes wilt fly over national park areas, wilderness areas within the national forest and Indian reservations. The Forest Service initially failed to inform local Indian tribes. The Quinaults alone are closely surrounded by 11 of the planned sites. Informa- tion about the planned sites leaked by locals prompted the Forest Service to cancel its first deadline for citizen com- ment, and then it extended comment to the end of Octo- ber. Forest Service rules hold that persons not comment- ing prior to a deadline will be foreclosed from responding to subsequent findings on the issue. Regardless of whether the planned exercises are of little concern to the Forest Service -- the agency bowed to the Navy without consult- ing or informing many nearby people. It is inevitable that planes in pursuit of locating a prac- tice site will produce high- volume noise not only over Forest Service areas, but also over Indian reservations, wil- dernesses and the Olympic National Park. My service in the military, work and camping in high ele- vations occasionally subjected me and my compatriots to ear- deafening noise as military planes streaked overhead and between ridges. No scientific attention has been revealed as to the ef- fect of loud noise on wildlife, including birds. The abject nonconcern extends to pos- sible microwave impact in the EW context. "Is there an impact?" is the question yet unanswered. Shortly after the 9/11 at- tack, we learned that sev- eral agencies failed to share " critical information regarding evidence of a possible attack. Those agencies instead fun- neled most of their informa- tion up the line. That agency attitude became known as the stovepipe approach -- an approach emblematic of the present Forest Service ap- proach. Unless more information is developed that will allay my concerns, I shall be opposed to the proposed EW operation. Without more information, both relevant and material, the U.S. Forest Service will have completed simply a farci- cal exercise. The U.S. Forest Service should set aside its present timelines and encourage the U.S. Park Service and Indian reservations to engage in a cooperative study of the mat- ters treated above. A fractionalized approach to these matters invites disas- ter. Jacob R. Rufer Shelton Pool must be a priority for School Board Editor, the Journal As I have been working on saving the pool for many monthanow, I have come to Mason County Journal - Page A-5 truly understand the impor- tance of the pool in our com- munity, not only for school district students but for the general public as well. Our pool is an education pool, offering not only various forms of swimming education to students of all ages but also fitness and recreation to the community at large; outside of school hours. It has come to my atten- tion recently that the public in general thinks the pool is safe. It is not safe. It will be open through the current school year, but beyond that there is no commitment from the School Board. In its cur- rent condition, the pool could easily be closed in June 2015, likely for good. I worked on the Pool Advi- sory Committee in the spring of 2014, when the committee established a timeline for re- pairs. The School Board was to take the initial step no later than Thanksgiving to ensure a imely process to move for- ward with repairs, thus keep- ing the pool open for future generations of students and community members. This initial step would be to send the necessary pit lid repairs to an engineering firm for design and engineer- ing. If this step is not done promptly and is delayed until after the first of the year, the probability of a permanent pool closure will increase tremendously; the longer the delay, the more likely the closure. I have been told by the School Board chair that the School Board could be ad- dressing maintenance needs at a meeting in December or January and that it will de- cide then whether the pool is a priority. I was informed it is a com- plex situation with many fac- tors. Our pool has hundreds of students and community members using it daily. With the bowling alley gone, and the skate park in grave danger of permanent closure, to lose the pool would be catastrophic to our com- munity. The situation is not as complex as we are being led to believe. If the pool is im- portant, then you make it a priority and find a way to fix it -- period. The district is currently in a better situation financially than it has seen in recent years. In addition, we are paying for two superintendent sala- ries, yet we cannot afford to fix the pool? The pool structure is sound; the district paid for a $20,000 report to say so. The trouble is the repairs needed cannot continue to be deferred. Delayed action or inaction by the School Board will re- sult in pool closure. Our hands are tied. What can we do? Deferment cannot continue to be the priority of the School Board. We can make a difference and keep the pool if we reach out to the School Board and ask it to make the pool a pri- ority. Jacquie MacAlevy Shelton