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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 it~%~ KOMEN COMMENT ,ason It was 28 years ago, a Fri- day night in the Tacoma Dome. And it was sold out. Frank Sinatra was in town. He was 71 then, in the waning years of his career. But if you were a Sinatra fan, his age mattered not. He was there and he sang Sinatra songs. And for his fans, the years simply fell away. That night -- April 4, 1986 -- his audience was en- thralled. Attendees voiced their ap- By JOHN proval of upbeat old favorites and sat KOMEN in silent wonder as he sang familiar sad songs. Their appreciative applause was frequent and sustained. Now fast-forward to Nov. 13 at Little Creek Casino Resort. There in the casino's Skookum Creek Event Cen- ter, another audience was en- thralled by another Sinatra. Frank Sinatra Jr. was in town, and again the years fell away. This namesake of a legend is a talent unto his own. And he held sway over his Little Creek audience for nearly two hours. Like that audience for his father 28 years ago, this au- dience sat in rapt attention and full appreciation for the son's wondrous performance. Sinatra Jr. has been a singer and entertainer since he was 18 years old. But one needs to see and hear him in person to have a real appre- ciation for this man's talent. It has to be difficult to live in the shadow of a famed father. But this son is the real thing, He once worked as his father's orchestra conductor, a position he held for seven years. So it isn't as if the father and son didn't share the air of high-entertainment performance. And -- like his father -- the son has been around a long time. It is a strange coincidence the senior Sinatra was 71 in that 1986 Tacoma Dome event and Sinatra Jr. enter- tained at Little Creek at age 70. He was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on Jan. 10, 1944, and named Francis Wayne Sinatra. For show business, it naturally became Frank Sinatra Jr. He's touring the country presenting his father's songs and his own reminisces of the two Sinatras' careers. In his Little Creek appearance, a 20-piece orchestra backed him and per- formed to perfection as a Big Band of the 1940s and 1950s. Sauntering smoothly across the Little Creek stage, Sinatra Jr. never missed a beat. He sang the "Great American Songbook" without a hitch. You had to be amazed at his abil- ity to remember every word of each song and every word of the specially written pro- gram he presented. And you had to be amazed at the uncanny resemblance to his father. At nearly 71, his facial features are so similar one is easily swept back to that Tacoma Dome appearance of his father 28 years ago. Sinatra Jr. mentioned he is working on a multimedia concert to mark the 100th an- niversary of his father's birth. It will be coming to a Seattle/ Tacoma venue sometime in 2015. Where it will be booked isn't yet known. But if you missed Sinatra Jr. last week, look ahead to next year. Wherever it lands -- and with Frank Sinatra Jr. head- lining it -- it will be an event not to be missed (one can only wish Little Creek could host it). To see a Frank Sinatra Jr. production at the Skookum Creek Event Center was a show-business highlight. The folks at Little Creek deserve their own round of applause for booking it. John Komen, who lives on Mason Lake, was for 40 years a reporter and editor, TV anchorman, national TV network correspondent, pro- ducer, columnist, editorial writer, and commentator. His column, Komen Comment, appears each week in the Ma- son County Journal. Mason County LETTERS TO THE Don't ditch your pets on roadside Editor, the Journal I'd like to address this let- ter specifically to people who dump their pets off in the county. Shame on you. Do you realize what you are doing to a pet that trusted you, depended on you and loved you uncondition- ally? You leave them on the side of the road thinking they might find a home along the way. They might, if they survive the wild dogs tipping them to shreds or the coyotes killing them for food. This past week, someone dumped a young, white, fe- male pit bull with brown over her eye out on the Shelton Matlock Road between the Goldsborough Creek bridge and Carman Road in the western section of the coun- ty. There she was, running up and down the road look- ing for her people to come get her. They did not come. She was wearing a red collar. Some in the neighborhood have tried to catch her to no avail. She is scared to come to them. Does she have pup- pies? Food has been put out for her as well as water and a box with a blanket in it to shield her from the cold. Her abandonment has been re- ported to the pet rescue group and the Mason County Sher- iffs Office. If you can't afford to keep EDITOR your pet anymore, for God's sake, take it to the pound, pet rescue, or see if one of your friends or neighbors want to give it a home. If the dog is dangerous to people, or other animals, have the guts to have it put down. Don't foist your problem off on someone else. Ask a veterinarian if there is a rescue group for the breed of dog you want to get rid of. There are many in the state. I wonder how you would feel if your family took you for a ride and dumped you off on the side of the road, never to return again, to starve or get hit by a speeding vehicle. Jacquelyn Johnson Shelton Post office need fixing Editor, the Journal In response to Florence Vincent's letter last week: Vincent made several allega- tions and named supposed "facts" regarding the proposed and much-needed reforms to our out-of-control postal system. Among those claims were that President George Bush mandated funding for 75 years of oversight and ne- glect by the postal system for not funding the employees' health costs in just 10 years' time. In the past eight years, the post office system has lost at least $5 billion a year. How, ai~r all these de- cades, did Vincent think this money was going to magi- cally appear? Of course, there are going to be hardships for customers, service and sched- uling cutbacks, and changes -- even post office closures. What does she expect after decades of mismanagement and criminal lack of oversight (not to mention lack of fund- ing)? Who is responsible? They should be in prison. They are who she should be angry with, not the one who seeks to solve the problem. This government agency has been squandering the taxpayers' money for decades to the tune of tens of billions of dollars. It's about time we got some accountability for a horribly mismanaged system, or we are all going to pay the price for this abuse. By the way, where did Vincent think the money was coming from to pay for this neglected and broken health- care system? It has not been funded for decades and is sup- posed to pay for the health- care of former employees? By cutting waste and running the business in a business-like manner -- like being competitive -- we just might be able to stem the losses and turn the system into something we are proud of. Jim Stark Grapeview see LETTERS, page A-5 USPS 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County Journal, P.O. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Mason County Joumal 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 in Shelton, Washington. The Mason County Journal is a member of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $37 per year for Mason County addressee, $51 per year in the state of Washington but outside Mason County and $61 per year out of state. Owned and published by SheltomMason 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 Piedk, sr. acct. executive Kathy Brooks, ad representative Uoyd Mullon, ad representative Front office: Donna Kinnaird, bookkeeper Amanda Strand, circulation Composing room: William Adams, graphics Uncla 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.