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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 ~.~. ~ ~ ~ ~ ;~ ;~ LETTERS TO THE EDITOR grateful for Editor, the Journal Adopt-A-Pet dog shelter is an all-volunteer organization that relies on donations to keep the doors open, so community support is critical. We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the businesses and individuals who have helped the Adopt-A-Pet dog shelter throughout the year. We are small but mighty and, with your help, find good homes for dogs in need. The Mason County Journal stopped by the shelter for an interview and surprised us with an amazing front-page article on Oct. 2. Reporter Natalie John- son did a great job of showcas- ing our efforts and explaining our needs. We have some won- derful new volunteers because of the piece. It's so important for the dogs to spend quality time with people while they are living at the shelter. Every mo- ment of a walk, game of fetch, or training makes such a dif- ference in their day. A dog can never have too many friends. Critters Great and Small pet stere held several fundraiser car washes for our benefit through- out the summer. It is supportive throughout the entire year by keeping a donation can on its stere counter. Step by and say thanks at its new location at 1209 Olympic Highway S. We learned that art and sav- ing dogs go hand-in-hand. Off the Walls Gallery, at 112 W. Cota St., held a monthlong fund- raiser for us and Kitten Rescue. Thanks to all the talented art- ists who provided the proceeds from the sales of their work. The gallery is full of fun items, and owner Shelly Barnett has a great community spirit. Our annual golf tournament in July was a huge success. We wish to thank Lake Limerick Golf Course, all the generous sponsors and the golfers. We're looking forward to an even bigger and better event next year. We hold huge yard sales at the shel- ter on both Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends each year. To all of the individuals who have generously provided dona- tions of supplies or funds, you are amazing. And, of course, our members and volunteers keep us going every day with a smile on their faces. There is a saying that it takes ISiS R*' IJITS a village to raise a child. We propose a new one: It takes a community to save a dog. Thanks to each and every person for helping us give these deserving dogs better lives. To learn more about us, visit adoptapet-wa.org, email thedoghouse309 l@hotmail. corn or call 432-3091. Catherine Henson Olympia Tribal Council should have been at forum Editor, the Journal Much to the amazement of this Squaxin Island tribal member, the Squaxin Island Tribal Council, rather than par- ticipate in a landmark public forum honoring the Boldt Deci- sion of 1974, sent its natural re- sources assistant director, who isn't a tribe member, to repre- sent the council on the board of a Boldt forum in Olympia. With the exception of the vice chair, Arnold Cooper, and council member-at-large Jim Peters, who were both busy with personal matters and are excused, the remaining mem- bers of the Tribal Council just decided they had more impor- Journal Letter Policy in tant matters at hand. I call shame on all of you. You were elected to represent the Squaxin Island tribe and you have failed miserably. You should all relinquish your council positions and apologize to each and every tribal member and quickly fade into the darkness you've created for yourselves. The Boldt Decision brought a little economic relief to tribal members; instilled self-esteem in tribal members who could now feed their families and buy clothes for their children and give them something to look for- ward to; expanded the tribal gov- ernment to encompass natural- resource management; employed tribal members; and developed a relationship between the tribes and the Washington State De- partment of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Natural Resourc- es, Department of Ecology, and many congressmen, congress- women and state senators. You council members, repre- sentatives of the Squaxin Island tribe, know who you are. You had more important matters to address? Hardly! This forum should have been attended by every council member with the exceptions mentioned above. The Boldt Decision, which adjudicated tribal treaty fishing rights to 17 Western Washing- ten treaty tribes and elevated the tribes to co-managers of salmon resources and their habitat, was the biggest and furthest-reaching decision in regard to treaty rights in the 20th century. And yet, five out of seven council members had more important things to do. On an issue that changed the tribe and treaty-reserved rights forever, you send a non- Indian employee. I wonder Correction Brenda Hirschi, the presi- dent of the Shelton School Dis- trict Board of Directors, was misidentified in a story in the Oct. 30 issue. The Journal re- grets the error. what it takes to have Tribal Council members speak on behalf of the tribe. Most likely, money and recognition because prior to being on the Tribal Council, you were just everyday tribal members like us, trying to scratch out a living. Now some of you enjoy two positions within the tribe -- your council positions and your employment by the tribe as natural resourc- es directors and wildlife policy representatives who have zero accountability. You couldn't even muster enough caring and respect to represent your tribe or the tribal members who voted for you on an issue as life-altering as the Boldt Decision. You had better things to do? I think not. At the next election, I pray we do better for our tribe and elect council members who will take pride in their responsibilities as Tribal Council members and will serve their people honorably. Rick Peters Tumwater 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 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, emai letters@masoncounty.com.