It's Not Time For a Neophyte
Weary I am of Tom Davis' attempt to discredit Senator Sheldon. This campaign of his would have you believe the Senator can't be in two elected positions, (don't forget all the committee positions he serves as well Tom), to do the electorate justice.
To me, it seems the Senator has seldom been out of touch with the issues of importance, (gee Tom, does a traffic light require attention from an elected official or, did a bureaucrat fall asleep on their watch?), nor does he lack a reasoned opinion on items that require action.
And, about that fail to follow party-line issue. Well, I don't know about you Tom, but I've lived long enough to know a good politician is about finding a way to compromise in order to do what's right. If you recall our most effective politicians of history were Senator Jackson and Magnuson, neither of which were opposed to seeking a way to accommodate across party lines.
But, let's talk about the most important issues that face our next Legislative session. Our learned justices of the courts in this State have determined that neither education or mental health receives adequate funding to provide adequate services.
And the fact of the matter is that we have created so many State agencies with so many salaried employees that we have used up current tax revenues. (Incidentally Tom, Senator Sheldon has been at the forefront of finding ways to reduce that bureaucratic footprint).
So, it's become apparent that we may have to bite the bullet and possibly fund our State's financial crisis with..........a sales tax increase! And, if that becomes the central issue of our upcoming legislative session, the last thing I'd want in Olympia is a politically unconnected neophyte representing an under represented Mason County and 35th District against the population centers.
So, let political reality overcome your emotional rants Tom. Our situation would seem to favor returning Senator Sheldon. I know it's my choice.
G. Owen Ray, Allyn
28 October, 2014