In a recent Nisqually Valley News article about the Rainier Parade Aug. 27th, I viewed a picture of Gary Edwards with a giant mallet poised over the head of a large replica of a pocket gopher. Who thinks a candidate pretending to brain a creature on the endangered species list is funny or admirable? By mocking environmental protection, is this a candidate that will respect the law and ensure that county permitting practices conform to federal, state and county regulations?
A county commissioner candidate who disagrees with the Endangered Species listing should not advocate killing the gophers or circumventing habitat protection.
I will vote for Kelsey Hulse and Jim Cooper, candidates who pledge to have Thurston County adhere to legal permitting practices and still promote smart land use policies and growth management.