For those who have not yet voted, you really need to decide as to whether the legislators of the 35th District will represent you and your neighbors, or will they be the tool of the powerful in Olympia. I believe the answer to this question can be found in Public Disclosure Commission data relating to the source of their campaign contributions.
Mark Twain is credited for saying “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”. I will take liberties with this and say that in the current political race in the North Mason area “it’s not the number of signs in the contest, it’s the content of the signs in the contest.”
The foundation of county government serves public safety, public health, public education, and public roads. However, it appears our county leaders have lost sight of these cornerstones of governance. Recently, there’s been news as to the Sheriff’s inability to manage his budget and provide boat safety, services for litter crew, and courthouse security screening.
In a recent editorial to KMAS, as well as a letter to the Journal, Paul Rogerson, who did not identify himself as the past city planner in Shelton, compares his current employer, the City of Sumner, with the City of Shelton. Even though the comparison seems a stretch due the location of Sumner in the Seattle commute area, I will go with his comparison.
Last week, the top story around town was the recently announced sale of Simpson Lumber to California-based Sierra Pacific Industries. Timber has been the bread-and-butter of our regional economy for more than a century, employing generations of Washingtonians and building our expanding nation. The Simpson family has invested in our community for the past 125 years, and I am grateful for their contribution.