Citizen Editorial: What Happened When I tried to Visit Sen. Sheldon's Office in Olympia
I have been very concerned about the situation regarding cruelty to animals at the Olympic Animal Sanctuary in Forks, WA., especially since one former officer of the “Sanctuary” is now an employee of state government, so I went to my three district representatives to seek support for the Attorney General’s investigation of OAS. This is what happened:
I called Kathy Haigh’s office. I immediately got an appointment to meet with Representative Haigh. I spent about half an hour with her and showed her all the horrifying pictures of the interior of the so-called sanctuary. She was very understanding and supportive of my efforts seek enforcement of WA laws concerning the management of charities and the laws concerning the abuse of animals. I had no idea that a State Representative could be so receptive.
I called Drew MacEwan’s office. I was quickly given an appointment with the Rperesentative. At the last minute, due to a committee meeting, Rep. MacEwan was unable to meet with me, so I met with his aide instead. The aide was very interested in my issues and supportive although not as informed as Rep. Haigh.
I called Senator Sheldon’s office to get an appointment. The lady who answered the phone asked me what group I represented. In other words, what group was I lobbying for? I explained that I was just a voter. Well, Sen. Sheldon was too busy right then to make an appointment. I had to call three times before I could get a meeting and the meeting was with an aide. The aide was very nice, but after hearing me out, she said that she would not be able to give my letter or materials to Senator Sheldon for another eleven days because he was too busy.
So that’s the difference in how our three current state elected officials treat a voter. I think Senator Sheldon has been in office too long and takes the voters for granted. I will be voting for Irene Bowling.
Laura Koerber, Shelton
October 22, 2014