Category Archives: Opinions & Editorials

Op/Ed by Brian Peterson: $8 Million Gift of Public Funds

In the worst economy since the Great Depression, two of Mason County’s Commissioners are considering burdening the county and the Belfair Wastewater system with further irresponsible debt. (Neatherlin is adamantly opposed) This is in spite of the fact that currently, the oversized Belfair sewer plant is financially going backwards by $1.2 million a year and continues to be subsidized annually by county REET funds.

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Op/Ed by Earline Legge: Can you Afford Randy Neatherlin?

Mason County Commissioner Randy Neatherlin has betrayed the public trust with his secret push to establish a 66-acre GRUMP Gravel Pit in a residential zone on North Shore Road near Belfair. He told pit opponents that his purpose was to “grease the wheels and get things going” in recommending the GRUMP proposal. Randy repeatedly pressed county staff to support the project, asking them “How do we get to yes?”

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Op/Ed by Brian Peterson: Commissioner Choice Is Easy

When it comes to this year’s selection of County Commissioner, the choice is clear; keep this effective incumbent, Randy Neatherlin! With all due respect to others who have served before, I have NEVER seen a more effective, more dedicated and engaged public servant in the 42 years I’ve lived in Mason County. Randy exemplifies what an elected should be, a constant advocate for his county and all of his constituents.

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Op/Ed by Bob Harris: Real American

Commissioner Randy Neatherlin supported by Democrats and Republicans alike stood against the largest tax increase in Mason County history. Cutting the budget during our recent revenue shortfall kept the county solvent.
Randy prioritized public health to fight the COVID 19 pandemic keeping everyone safer. He even hand delivered 1000 masks to a possible Belfair hot spot.

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