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Page A-4 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 ~ii ~i~4,~ ~ ~i< ~'~ ~i~i ~ ~ii lie= i KOMEN COMMENT Navy's concert provides solemn reminder of those still overseas A Pregnant sailor from Sil- erdale led the way and erformed superbly when Navy Band Northwest presented its Christmas gift to Mason County on Friday night. Yes, Musician 1st Class Mal- lory McKendry was indeed near And enough children were on hand to be called up on the stage to gather around a sailor seated before a Christmas tree as he read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" to orchestral accom- paniment. Among the children was the sailor-narrator's energet- full term (the baby is due Jan. 19) when she approached the microphone in the Per- fo g Arts Center at Shelton High School. In U/uform complete with Navy regulation maternity smock, MU1 ic 1-year-old son. He stole the show as he struggled, successfully, to engage the tree and its colorful orna- ments. Still, amidst the sea- sonal songs and the child- like joy of Christmas, an undercurrent of unease McKendry was in full Christmas-season mode as the mistress KOMEN of ceremony during the engaging hour-and-a-half-long l ogea ,The skillful musicians dt :I a j gt hlb we t fulfilled their mission, They b ught" Christmas home to Shelton. They did it with a show-busi- ness touch that ranged through the standards like "Jingle Bells" and =Silent Night" to rap and soul music. They even visited New Orleans with a rousing jazz en- ~ble ~at featured McKendry's lll th r oat e d: singing perfor- Expect her baby to come into this world with mind and heart full of songs learned in the womb from a talented mother who can really belt out a rhyme. This Navy Band Northwest is one of 11 Navy bands based in the continental United States, Hawaii, Italy and Japan. Sta- tioned in Silverdale and Bremer- ton, this group's core is a 28-piece orchestra. Its members are equipped with 35 musical instru- ments that include a marvelously large and ungainly looking bas- soon. That ~contrabassoon" was a featured part of the program. Navy Chief Musician Sterling Strickler, not much taller than the instrument, was given the task of using it to emulate the naughty Grinch who stele Christ- mas. He accomplished his mis- sion and thereby earned admiring applause. The audience was largely made up of seniors old enough to sing along to =Good King Wenc- eslas" but still young enough at heart to recognize a sailor soloist singing a =Soulful Christmas" in imitation of the late shouter- rocker James Brown. could be felt among By JOHN thoughtful adults. The program included a slideshow of photographs shown on a screen behind the or- chestra. These were homecoming scenes of sailors returning from overseas assignments. Tearful embraces of wives, husbands and children were reminders of an America engaged in far-off ruin- ous and bloody wars -- reminders that thousands of American ser- vice members never will return or have come home badly damaged. The Navy musicians and sing- ers performed admirably. A tal- ented group, its members were polished and efficient in their presentation. But members of the orchestra were not demonstrably joyful. These are military people, after all, and they know the real- ity of the day. Their faces were mostly expressionless as they read and played the season's music. It was unknown how many of the sailors in Friday night's Christmas program in Shelton might have served in Afghanistan or Iraq. But seeing these men and women in uniform was reminder enough of what so many of our service members have faced in their young lives. It was a Christmas gift to Ma- son County from the sailors of the Navy Band Northwest. But it was also a sobering moment of real- ization that all is not =Tidings of Comfort and Joy" on this Christ- mas 2014. John Komen, who lives on Mason Lake, was for 40 years a reporter and editor, TV anchor- man, television network corre- spondent, producer, columnist, editorial writer, and commenta- tor. His column, Komen Com- ment, appears each week in the Mason County Journal. PETER vovAee (:: -'TAILEP Pl4OTo , cl:: PLUlZ:::),.. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Fire district urban consumers (CBT-U)one percent of the prior escalation of $5,000 from levy plus taxes in new con- finances not 1999 to 2013, which would struction and increases in be $6,850. utility values." I KI 9lool_., n_9lI-OOJ Most recently, Fire Recently, the Washing- District 3 has generously ton State Auditor's Office and contractually agreedreleased its financial re- Editor, the Journal to $16,000 based on cri-port on Fire District 5 for The Mason County teria stated in the Mason the period of Jan. 1, 2012, Journal on April 24 report- County Journal article, through Dec. 31, 2013. The ed that Mason County Fire However, because of Cen-report is not complimenta- District 3 has been paying tral Mason's financial con- ry; it identifies "significant Mason County Fire Dis- dition, the service might be deficiencies" and a "mate- trict 5 (Central Mason Fire in jeopardy, rial weakness in internal & EMS) a $5,000 retainer The State of the District controls." each year since 1999 for Report posted July 16, The report shows more services of Advanced Life 2013, states "(Central Ma- than $1 million spent over Support (ALS). son) is currently utilizing budget for 2013. The debt The recipients of the a line of credit to maintain services requirements are Central Mason ambulance, operations between tax pc- staggering. paramedic services, etc., riods; however, this option The debt increase in are billed by Central Ma- is not sustainable." 2013 over 2012 is calcu- son directly. The voters then ap- lated to be 36 percent. An increase in the proved a $1.48 (per $1,000) Hopefully, Central Ma- fee had been suggested levy rate per collection in son can pull a rabbit out by Central Mason to be 2014. of the hat and continue increased to $60,000 The report further stat-satisfactory ALS services per year, originally and ed "in subsequent years,to Fire District 3 as well as subsequently changed to absent voter approval, the other districts that might $36,000, then $18,000 and District tax levy will be be affected. then $36,000 again, subject to the limit factor Fire District 3 proposed in RCW Chapter 84.55, Bob Shanks consumer price index for which limits increases to Grapeview Journal Letter Policy varied opinions are welcomed. We will not publish letters that are deemed libelous or scurrilous nature. All letters must be signed and include the writer's name, address and daytime phone number, which wilt 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. Mason County USPS 492-800 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Mason County JournaJ, RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584. Published weekly by the Mason County Joumal at 227 W. Cota St., Shelton, Washington. Mailing address: RO. Box 430, Shelton, WA 98584 Telephone: (360) 426-4412 Website: www.masoncounty.com Periodicals postage paid in Shelton, Washington. The Mason County Joumd 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 $51 per year out of state. Owned and pub hed by Shsiton-Mason County Journal, Inc. Tom Hyde, publisher New.room: 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 latters@masoncounty.com.