Craig Patti is my pick for State Representative in the 35th District. He understands this sprawling district. He grew up in Thurston County, lives in Mason with his wife and children, and works as a firefighter in Kitsap County. Those are the areas covered by the 35th.
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.”
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.
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.