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.
Faced with a decision to participate in the rapid fire panel at the Shelton-Mason Chamber Forum on Tuesday night I declined to participate (along with Representative Kathy Haigh). As a first time candidate there are many things to learn. And during the first Shelton-Mason Chamber forum I participated in the rapid fire, as we candidates were told that we would have time at the end of the rapid fire session to address any question we felt needed further clarification or information.