Just trying to shed some light
It has been my observation that it is the weaker party in an argument who usually resorts to name-calling first, and therefore found it interesting to read the article on the Mason biomass project generating controversy, where Sen./County Commissioner Tim Sheldon is quoted as calling the opponents “a very small group of certified kooks.”
He goes on to say they’ve “created a lot of heat, light and smoke with misinformation.”
In fact, what we are trying to do is to shed light on the misinformation. If he is feeling heat perhaps it is deserved. Our goal is to prevent a smokescreen on the part of a multinational conglomerate looking to take advantage of our vulnerable community.
Many questions remain unanswered by Adage. They say they’ve chosen Mason County because of a state Initiative 937 that mandates large and medium utilities buy or generate 15 percent of their electrical power from renewable sources by 2020. But the word is that none of what they will produce in Mason County will be sold in Washington state, rather it will be sent to California.
The article notes that biomass incineration was included with wind, solar and geothermal as renewable “under considerable lobbying by the forest products industry.” Here’s another case of follow-the-money. If it required considerable lobbying what does that tell you? Do you think there’s money in it for the forest products industry? Oh, and while we are following the money, ask Sheldon if he owns any timberland in Mason County.
Dan Hannum, Union
We must get nation out of debt
Did it ever occur to you that the interest we are paying on the national debt is supporting the government of communist China? I doubt if that country is using it to benefit the individual citizens, but is instead using it to subsidize businesses that compete with the United States, build their army and educate and indoctrinate their people.
Our country is in crisis and it is not one caused by banks, businesses or the ordinary citizen. Although the indifference of the American public over the past decades has definitely allowed our federal government free reign to tax and spend until now it will take some serious measures to get us out of this mess.
Almost every bill that passes requires a huge bureaucracy to administer it. Whenever possible, our representatives have their own pet projects inserted which have nothing to do with the intended purpose of the bill. They say it is to satisfy their constituents, but more often than not it is to pay off a lobbyist. The health care reform bill was one of these.
It’s time the people of this nation woke up, studied the issues and sought out and supported honest candidates for national and state office. It would be nice if there could be a limit on the number of words in a bill.
I believe the Constitution had 18 pages. Maybe that would be a good place to start.
Kathy Johnson, Hoodsport
Woodpeckers thick-headed but not dumb
The woodpeckers noticed by letter writer Julie Schultz pecking on metal poles each spring (which should be a clue) may be thick-headed but they are not stupid.
Since hollow snags are few and far between, our northern flickers have adapted human constructions to their own purpose. Drumming on metal poles and rain gutters creates a nice resonant sound that the male drummers hope will attract a female flicker.
It is a sound welcome to this nature lover.
Sally Vogel, Lacey
Don’t fall for income tax
I hope the voters of this state are smart enough to see through Bill Gates Sr.’s initiative to have a state income tax on the rich.
The tax on the rich only is a joke. Talk to the people of New Jersey. When they tried this very same thing, the rich simply left, leaving a higher tax burden on the people who could not afford to move.
This initiative is simply a back door way to raise taxes on everyone. If any taxpayer thinks that this income tax will not dribble down to them, then I would like to sell them some land.
William Hatfield, Lacey