Category Archives: Opinions & Editorials

Op/Ed by Tom Davis: Citizen Budget Committee already “off track”

On March 20, the Board of Mason County Commission approved a resolution to establish a Citizen Budget Committee tasked with prioritizing 2019 budget expenses and making recommendations aimed at cutting costs and/or increasing revenues.

Citizen budget committees are nothing new, and they are a good idea. However, as is sometimes the case, good ideas do not always have good outcomes, especially when the process is manipulated, which is the case here.    

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Op/Ed by Tom Davis: Leading by Example

Regarding the county budget, it seems everyone is in an all-fired hurry to move forward before learning from past mistakes. But without stopping to contemplate those lessons, our economic future holds no better outlook than our past. We all know this, yet there still appears to be no appetite for introspection. So here’s what needs to be done:  

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Op/Ed by Tom Davis: The art of the (bad) deal

According to Mason County Commissioners, the reason for a tax increase initiative on the November ballot is because revenues are not keeping pace with the cost of providing services. But let’s not forget that the primary function of the commission is, precisely, to monitor those forces over time and take whatever appropriate, incremental, measures are necessary to bring about a balance.  Perhaps if the commissioners had spent less time micro-managing other departments and more on their own, mandated, duties we might not be in this situation.

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Political Op/Ed: Support Letters from Bill Hunt & Lisa Buechel

op-ed disclaimerMark 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.”

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Carbon WA Responds to PUD 3 Action on I-732

Carbon Washington, the backers of Initiative 732, the Carbon Pollution Tax Act, has sent the following response to Tuesday’s action by the Mason County PUD 3 Board of Commissioners to oppose the measure that will be on the November 8th General Election Ballot.

Carbon WA logoThe following statement by Kyle Murphy, Co-Director, Carbon Washington, was emailed to on Friday: 

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