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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 KOMEN COMMENT /~lot is going on in the orld, but many unset- ing items have failed to gain much attention. So in the interest of keeping in- formed, here's the news that has failed to catch the world's attention -- plus a few added words of wisdom: • In Saudi Arabia, a move is afoot to let women drive cars. The change would include these pro- By JOHN vises: Women may KOMEN drive only with a man's permission, cannot wear makeup, must be older than 30 and have to be off the road by 8 p.m. • In Manhattan, the wal- dorf Astoria, a famed Ameri- can landmark hotel, is up for sale. The price is $1.95 billion. Ready to buy it is a company in Beijing. • And in Hong Kong, they are building and selling hous- ing units as tiny as 165 square feet. They're called "micro- fiats" and "microapartments." One of the larger ones, 275 square feet, sold recently for $722,000. • Collection agencies are pursuing 77 million Americans who are still in debt from the Great Recession. • This just in from Ger- many: Someone has stolen the gate to hell. The heavy iron gate at the museum en- trance to the infamous Dachau concentration camp bore the fearsome Nazi slogan "Arbeit Macht Frei" -- work sets you free. • If you're a family of four and want to see the San Fran- cisco 49ers in their new sta- dium, prepare to pay $641.50. • That penny in your change purse now costs the U.S. Mint 1.6 cents to make. That's down from last yemZs per-penny production price of 1.8 cents. • In India, half of its 1.24 billion residents have no toilet facilities and thus defecate in the streets or nearby country- side. • Also from India, a guru has told his thousands of fol- lowers to avoid alcohol and cigarettes. He warns drinkers "could be reborn as a goat or a chicken and those who smoke be reborn as a dog in the next 70 lives." • In downtown Shelton's Post Office Park, the police answered a complaint but failed to find a couple report- edly "having coitus." • The Spruce Goose might be in trouble at its gigantic hangar in McMin- nville, Oregon. The aviation museum housing the huge Howard Hughes wooden aircraft is hinting at financial problems. • Quote of the week: "The anonymi- ty of the Internet is destroying civil society." A Seattle reader posted this message after death threats to a 16-year- old boy who became famous when his photo went viral. He's known on the Internet as "Alex from Target." • A recent Gallup Poll deter- mined 42 percent of the Ameri- can public believes God created humans 10,000 years ago. • In the New York Times, essayist Jon Grinspan quoted the wisdom of a Boston po- litical boss who offered this as his credo: "Never write if you can speak; never speak if you can nod; never nod if you can wink." • And Grinspan also noted Lincoln-era statesman Wil- liam H. Seward became so an- guished at being targeted with "public damnation" that he felt it was better "to conceal what we do believe." • Speaking of political boss- es with wink-and-nod advice, here's a variation attributed to Huey Long's brother Earl, once governor of Louisiana: "Don't write anything you can phone. "Don't phone anything you can talk. "Don't talk anything you can whisper. "Don't whisper anything you can smile. "Don't smile anything you can nod. "Don't nod anything you can wink." • John Komen, who lives on Mason Lake, was for 40 years a reporter and editor, TV anchor- man, national TV network cor- respondent, producer, colum- nist, editorial writer, and com- mentator. His column, Komen Comment, appears each week in the Mason County Journal. Mason County ?" LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Journal 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 writer name, addressand daytime phone To submit a letter, email tetters@masoncounty.com, drop it off at 227 W. Cota St. or mail it to P.O. Box 430, Sbelton, WA 98584. • State should much underuse of present campsites under parks juris- listen to, vL"n-u" diction. The state has contin- ued to raise fees for passes, camping and mooring to the on parks plan point that it discourages parks use. It has also con- Editor, the Journal tinually threatened different After attending the Wash- park closures and ranger ington State Parks meet- layoffs. ing about Fudge Point last Perhaps parks would be month, I actually hope state better served directing re- parks planners listened to sources toward current parks concerns rather than just through better maintenance, giving lip service so they can more staffing, and easier and say they did ask for input, less costly access. I don't op- I can appreciate park pose the idea of day use and planners' forward thinking water access to Fudge Point, as far as preserving areas but I believe the state would for future generations, but I be making a big mistake by feel there is already plenty of going ahead with its plans parks land already set aside, for a campground site. especially with acquisition I know it would go against of the two parcels already the wishes of those property purchased at Fudge Point, owners in the adjoining area without spending any more as well as a large majority money on campsite develop- of islanders. The parks plan- ment. ners have asked for citizens' There are too many other input twice now, and the priorities for dollars and too response has been a clear, resounding no to the addi- tional purchase of a campsite area. If you're not going to acknowledge our input, then don't waste our time and ask our opinion in the future just to say that you did and go ahead with your plans any- way. Nicholas Neuerburg Harstine Island School District needs to remove snags Editor, the Journal I am writing to you in re- gard to the safety of our chil- dren and the general public. Shelton School District has two snags (dead trees) along Shelton Springs Road, which are 15 feet from the sidewalk. The top of one of them has already broken off. The maintenance crew should have seen where the top came from when its workers cleaned up the mess. The bottom line is that these trees need to be removed before they fall and hurt someone. I have sent two tree ser- vices to the school district office to take care of the problem with no response. Joe Mark Dayton USPS 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County Journal, RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Mason County Journa/ at 227 W. Cota St., Shelton, Washington. Mailing address: RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 Telephone: (360) 426-4412 Webaite: www.masoncounty.com Periodicals postage paid in Shelton, Washington. The Mason County Journal is a member of the Washington Newspaper Pu bhe Assodatkm. SUBSCRIPTION RATES: $37 per year for Mason County addresses, $51 per yeer m the state of Wash jton but outs e Mason Countyand $Sl peryewout of =m. Owad md puUiehed by Advertising. Shaito~Mason County Journal, Inc. Dave Pierik, s~. acct. executive Tom Hyde, publisher Kathy Brooks, ad represer~tive Uoyd Mulien, ad representative Adam Rudnick, editor Natalie Johnson, reporter Gordon Weeks, reporter Emily Harmon, sports reporter Dawn Gaiuso, proofreader 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 k~tem@masomounty.com.