Category Archives: Opinions & Editorials

NM Chamber Board Votes to Support Fire Bond

The North Mason Chamber of Commerce Board has voted to support the North Mason Regional Fire Authority’s bond for an Emergency Management Campus in North Mason. The Fire Authority is asking voters to approved a 25-year, $10 Million Bond to acquire land adjacent to the old headquarters station and construct a new Headquarters Station.

Here is the Chamber Board’s statement:

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Op/Ed by Ken VanBuskirk: NM Emergency Management Campus Bond

I am not against the concept of a “campus” just the location.  For that reason  I went to Mason County Commissioners last March and asked them to conduct a feasibility study before signing a “non binding” letter of intent to utilize the existing fire station. It will be costly to retrofit the existing stormwater system on the property and there are unanswered questions regarding what are “essential” public facilities. Anyone that has been stuck in our daily gridlock realizes that our traffic infrastructure needs to be fixed before we build another “campus”!

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Op/Ed from WIAA: Biggest Challenge Facing High School Sports: Parents & Adult Fans

Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events in Washington has reached epidemic proportion.

When more than 2,000 high school athletic directors were asked in a recent national survey what they like least about their job, 62.3% said it was “dealing with aggressive parents and adult fans.”

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Tort Claim Filed Against City

A tort claim has been filed against the City of Shelton over the City’s solid waste contract with Mason County Garbage. The following was submitted by Tom Lowe and Randy Lewis as a Citizen’s Editorial:

Solid waste ratepayers have filed a tort claim against the City of Shelton.

Below is text from the tort claim, which describes egregious features of the City’s solid waste contract with Mason County Garbage, in addition to some of the misleading and false information presented to the public.    

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Political Op/Ed: Don’t vote for a District Court candidate who is on probation

As a property owner in Mason County, I am concerned about one candidate who is running for Mason County District Court judge. Eric S. Valley has been reprimanded at least three times by state ethics boards and clearly lacks the judgment to be a judge.

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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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