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Citizen Editorial: One More Time With Feeling

I don’t want to belabor a point. However, I am compelled to respond to Linda Sheldon’s letter to the editor of the Journal of 8/14/14.
In a letter to the editor of the Olympian 8/11/14, Maija Keller of Olympia also received Mrs. Sheldon’s letter to women voters in the 35th district and describes exactly what I would expect from Mrs. Sheldon had I just called her. Ms. Keller states; “I wish he would run as an independent and not fraudulently as a Democrat. That’s what I told her; she hung up. Not a sign of openness to diverse opinions or bipartisan cooperation.”
I agree that Mrs. Sheldon should provide her letter for others to read and make up their own minds. However, I am not sure what value that would have, given the fact she is a spouse of a candidate and would be expected to have a different perspective than regular voters.
When I mail to others, I give them the option of response methods by providing my mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address. I think true communication includes giving the recipient the opportunity to be heard and choose their method of communication. However, my issue is not with Mrs. Sheldon. Her letter asked the recipient to vote for her husband, Senator/Commissioner Sheldon.
Mr. Sheldon has a record that he alone must defend. Voters must take that into account when deciding who would best represent their views and interests. My support must go to Irene Bowling for State Senate. Her sincerity, work ethic, community involvement, and proven leadership are the qualities we need in every public official.

Roslynne Reed, Shelton
August 19, 2014

Citizen Editorial: The Dave Ramsey Show

I listen to The Dave Ramsey show near daily. He offers up to we KMAS listeners very sage, sound and salivating financial advice to abide by. I like the show and his ideas of getting out of debt.
Too, in support of his ideology and preferred methods, he is often quoting scriptures in Thessalonians and other substantiating books of the bible supporting his worldviews. He is often heard referring to Jesus as the “prince of peace” leading me to think he is a rather keen follower of Jesus’ teachings.
That being suspected, I’m curious what he thinks of Jesus’ teachings found in Luke 6:30 where we are advised by Jesus himself to “give to any man who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, don’t ask for it back.”
Seems to me Jesus offers a better way to get totally debt free than the way Ramsey is advising. Now, since Ramsey is a follower of Jesus teachings, I’m thinking I might just go ahead and be that “anyone” spoken about in Luke 6:30 and I just might go and ask Ramsey for his money and see what happens. I could be debt free in a week. Hmmmmmmm.
What say ye?
Darrell Barker, Shelton
August 15, 2014

Citizen Editorial: Thank You!

Thank You!
Friends, it looks like we have been narrowly defeated. I'm honored to have had the chance to run to represent the people of the 35th District. We went toe to toe with giants and had them on their heels but in the end it wasn't enough. I am extremely proud of what we were able to accomplish, the message we were able to promote, and the conversation we started in the 35th District. Our campaign, with very little resources, managed to do everything we could and we left nothing on the table. I've never met a group of people with so much heart and passion about changing our government for the better.
Politics is a harsh mistress, it may sting now but tomorrow is a new day. The fight for freedom is never over, we must fight for it wherever it is threatened. As usual, that is where you will find me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

- Travis Couture, Belfair
August 7, 2014

Citizen Editorial: IRS Ruling On Tax Exempt Churches

In this newest election season, it seems the right time to discuss this:
What do we make of the recent IRS ruling of its resumption of doing its job by policing and correcting tax-exempt churches that pulpit, pamphlet and table-top engage in electioneering?
US District Judge Lynn S. Adelman, Milwaukee, last week handed the Holy Cross Anglican Church and its help of the Becket Fund a defeating blow. Both the church and Becket Fund were insisting they had a free speech right to engage in partisan politicking from the pulpit without losing its tax exempt status.
Seems right to me for the IRS to resume enforcement only because it’s the rules for all 501c3 non-profits to abide by and churches, though sincere, shouldn’t get a pass, shouldn’t be able to have their angel-food cake and eat it too.
What say ye?
Darrell Barker, Shelton
August 6, 2014

Citizen Editorial: Response To VanBuskirk

Fellow Community Members:
This is in response to the letter of last week by Ken VanBuskirk.
It is amazing that a former North Mason school board member would chastise the current board because they “instituted policy governance.” Really? I was a 13-year member of the same school board and know the law. Why doesn’t Ken?
Per Washington State law, school directors (commonly called school board members) are to adopt policy to allow for certain things to happen. It is then the superintendent’s job to see to it that they do. The RCWs are readily available online. See RCW 28A 150.230, “District School Directors’ Responsibilities.” When Ken was a school board member, it was with two others who formed a majority that chose to micro-manage the district outside of “policy governance,” which means outside of the RCWs. Fortunately for our school district, those 3 are no longer on the board, and our current board members choose to adhere to the law. As an aside, I contacted the Sheriff’s office regarding the financial concerns and potential crimes at Theler Center and learned that it is an open, ongoing investigation. That the school district in any way may be disallowing that from going forward, as Ken implied, is “not reality at all,” per the detective in charge.

Linda Thomson, Belfair

August 4, 2014