I’m writing in this fashion because when I’ve tried to address the issue TWICE, you’ve been unresponsive, brittle, resentful, and unrealistic about the matter. i.e. The health of the public and our children when it comes to toxins forced down our throats by the
likes of Adage AND Simpson.
For some reason, you distinguish between the two because (you say) one proposes a BioMassacre facility on public property while the other plans on installing one on private property. But air knows nothing of property boundaries, nor do our lungs. And the dead don’t care.
While Jerry Lingle has taken campaign contributions from the Devil himself (Hupp and Wallitner among others), YOU are the one folks are relying upon to protect us. You’ve failed in your responsibility to look at this issue with critical reasoning. You’ve been more
concerned about getting elected than on how YOU can make a difference as to sustaining our community and its health. It certainly isn’t going to be by dent of trading ‘jobs’ for our health and future. You are 40 years behind the times if you think Simpson is the soul/spine of this community. The casino, Walmart, the correction center and our schools provide the majority of jobs, not Simpson, et al. Simpson (or its proxies) has fired most of its employees and provides relatively little employment in contrast to the damage they do.
Simpson is (in fact) a dirty filthy anachronism that’s got to go. The community would be much better off without them. They’ve wiped out the trees in the ‘sustained steal’ plan through which they were given so much land. And now they, along with Adage, want to ‘privatize’ the very air we breathe while you rattle on about ‘The Budget’?? What’s with that?
The families planning to sell their homes to preserve their lives care little about Mason County budgets/politics when they’ve lost their home here! What are YOU going to do to help preserve those families and their homes without them having to leave to keep BREATHING??
I’m throwing down the gauntlet NOW–before you’re elected, asking you to do your homework to understand that Simpson’s proposal is as damaging as that made by Adage. If you don’t grasp that, I or others can help bring you up to speed on the material facts. But your tone when approached about the matter has been distinctly defensive and
unappreciative. You are already ignoring residents concerned about this crisis before you’re even elected! I suppose I can understand that if you’re truly as confused as you sound about Simpson.
Simpson is NOT a friend of local residents and they (and YOU) owe it no ‘loyalty’ for the years it has remained to devastate the local environment. It is a rapacious corporation with holdings in other areas of the nation who can attest to this fact. But you’re so busy
getting elected you won’t take the time to address these issues in a meaningful way. I doubt you’ll find time after getting elected either.
So while Jerry Lingle is clueless about standing with the community on this point, you’re not exactly on the side of the angels either. I’m very tired of having to decide between the lessor of two evils when you have the education and ability to grasp this if only you’d quit being all about Brenda Hirschi for even a small while.
You’ve repeatedly called this (BREATHING!) *my* issue. Yes, I admit being fond of it. But so are almost all of my neighbors. Just when did it become ‘incidental’ to you? Do you think the ‘budget’ trumps it? I’d like to see you hold your breath for 1.5 minutes and then see how quick you are to rattle on about the ‘budget’? Once our right to BREATHE is secured, we can take the leisure to discuss important budget issues.
But the budget hardly matters to those who cannot breathe or must move to do so. And if you don’t GET the importance of BREATHING coming before all else, then you’ve got no business representing the people.
And what’s this CRAP about, “Well, it’d be different if we lived in a *perfect* world”? -B. Hirschi- Does the fact the world isn’t ‘perfect’ justify murder and mayhem? What’s the difference between shooting someone and poisoning the air they breathe except the length of time to kill the victim? This isn’t about the world being ‘perfect’, it’s about stopping criminally minded corporations from destroying residents and their children’s health, our forests, our air quality, our streams, forest based cottage industries, bays, estuaries, aquatic species, biodiversity, forest soils, homes, our future, our quality of life.
Much of what forest based material we have left is on steep slopes vulnerable to erosion and flooding when stripped bare of their last vestige of organic material.
Again, a bullet fired from public or private property is just as deadly. Acknowledge that fact and accept your responsibility to protect the community. Remember, like money, air is fungible. It belongs to all of us and you are justly criticized/condemned for turning a blind eye to this fact based on a bias in favor of Simpson.
Sincerely, -John Smith- (goatherd, paralegal, collections)
ps: Tim Sheldon, Jay Hupp, and Tom Wallitner will forever be personas non grata for betraying the community that elected them in the belief they would protect the people. Ross Gallagher foolishly developed a tin ear, following Tim Sheldon’s lead before being voted out of office. Representative Kathy Haigh got it wrong and stated the e-mail
her office has been getting regarding these bioincinerators was running about 100:1 against it. What do you need to understand how affected residents feel about Simpson? Is it simply that you live outside of town that makes the issue incidental or allows you to be biased in favor of Simpson?
pps: This open letter was censored by Shawnie Whelan/Vedder responding to pressure from supporters of Ms. Hirschi. Shawnie wimped out and squelched this viewpoint because she feared it would “hurt the cause”. My own view is censorship always hurts the greater cause of transparency in government and open discussion of ideas: critical elements in a true functioning democracy. Discussion of the issues is MORE vital than any single candidate including (and perhaps especially) Ms. Hirschi.
Shawnie’s take?: “While I agree with you, just don’t put it on *my* blog, so I don’t get ‘blamed’ for it!”
My take?: I concur with Laura Lewis who refused to endorse Brenda Hirschi (after losing in the primary) because Brenda was not resolute in condemning Simpson’s plans to poison the community via its toxic air pollutants/emissions.
Brenda’s take? Well, take a look at what Brenda posted on her own blog some while back and then removed…but not before some of us copied and archived it. Read the following, courtesy of Brenda herself:
She deleted this and it is no longer in the google cache.. This link
is not good.. –Shawnie Vedder–
It is no longer in the google cache but I have an email copy of it.
This was posted to Brenda’s blog on July 2010.. but we don’t want to
publicize this unless we want Jerry to win and we don’t want Jerry to
win… –Shawnie Vedder–
ADAGE versus Simpson
Some are saying it’s inconsistent to be for the Simpson facility while
being against ADAGE coming to John’s Prairie. Here are my reasons for
taking this position.
Simpson has been in Mason County for decades and currently provides
employment for hundreds of our family, friends and neighbors. ADAGE is
a multinational corporation with no ties to this community and claims
that it will bring 24 permanent jobs.
Simpson already has the infrastructure in place. Conversely, ADAGE
will require major infrastructure improvements which must be paid for
by our tax dollars. Some of our elected officials consider federal and
state tax dollars as other than our money. But we know regardless of
the funding source, in the end the taxes come from the taxpayers –
that would be you and me, unfortunately.
If Simpson installs modern air control technology then we could
actually see an improvement in our air quality here in Shelton and
Mason County. The proposed ADAGE facility is merely a computer model
having never actually been built.
Simpson owns two thirds of the designated forest land in Mason County
and will be able to supply it’s own fuel keeping the revenue within
the county. ADAGE doesn’t have this advantage and will be forced to go
outside the county for their fuel supply.
Consequently, Simpson will more likely hire truckers within Mason
County while ADAGE will be hiring truckers from Grays Harbor and
As I’ve knocked on doors and visited with District 3 voters, I’ve
repeatedly been told that people don’t want ADAGE in Shelton and Mason
County. I wish our elected representatives could hear what the voters
are saying as I go around door belling. The voters desperately want to
be heard on this topic. We need elected officials representing the
Mason County deserves competent and informed elected officials working
in an open and transparent manner.
So there you have it, direct, from Brenda’s own hand. It’s Still ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! Brenda is running on a basic platform that she’s a better money (budget) manager than Jerry Lingle, which is probably true. Never mind that she’s more difficult to talk to. She SAYS citizens don’t want Adage. But she won’t listen when they tell her they don’t want Simpson polluting the air either. Not only won’t she listen, but then her supporters try to squelch the inconvenient truth of the matter or insist that the issues not be discussed until AFTER the election!
Well, I was born in this country on the 4th of July and I’m a Yankee Doodle through and through. I believe in America, its Constitution and ESPECIALLY the 1st Amendment. You should too. Shame on you who don’t…not really. When you try to silence your neighbor from speaking the truth, even when you find it inconvenient, you undermine the principles upon which this nation was founded and for which it stands. When you salute the flag, what do you believe you’re honoring–a piece of cloth? No! It’s the principles for which our fathers fought and died.
My liberty to speak does not begin and end with Brenda Hirschi. Nor will I allow her supporters to quash that inalienable right. For to do so would be to repudiate life and it’s very meaning. Our fight to BREATHE is so fundamental, no other issue is greater. But we will prevail in that fight WITH or WITHOUT Brenda Hirschi! And so, too, with or without Jerry Lingle, make no mistake. I will not compromise my principles, especially these, for Brenda Hirschi or ANY OTHER CANDIDATE! Don’t even *think* of asking. The answer will always be NO!
Asking a politician, AFTER they’re elected, what they’ll do is a fool’s errand. Mark my words: In the end, Brenda Hirschi will stab you in the back just as Linda Ring Erickson has done, Ross Gallagher, Jay Hupp, and Tom Wallitner…yes, and Tim Sheldon too. Why? Because officials like Tim no longer NEED community support. Look at who his contributors are–4 times as many wealthy corporate contributors as real people. Now that’s appalling but offers an explanation of why he and the Port of Shelton Commissioners feel free to insult their constituents, stone wall, marginalize, and conspire against them. Again, why?…BECAUSE WE LET THEM by not holding them accountable early on just as some of you aren’t holding Brenda accountable NOW! Try doing it later and she’ll laugh at you as easily as Tim Sheldon (see the pics, folks) sneers at residents now.
Brenda isn’t alone. I’ve seen this pattern so often, it’s predictable. But voters seem to have short memories. For your own sakes, for all our sakes, HOLD HER ACCOUNTABLE NOW. Don’t let her weasel (or Jerry either) out of or put it off until later.
BRENDA…why are you willing to let Simpson poison the community? Because they’re already here? Because you think ‘jobs’ are worth the sickness and death that comes with perennial poisoning? Because it isn’t a *perfect’ world?? Because you live further away from the incinerator than many others? Because the poisons will be disseminated from private property? This kind of thinking would justify child molesters being given the key to the city so long as they’ve resided here a long time. Tell me yet again how you distinguish between what Adage plans and Simpson wants? And then tell me how you sleep at night?