Dr. Diana Yu is the Health Officer for Thurston County’s Public Health department and Mason County’s as well. She gets paid for both positions, from her salary in Thurston (the amount remains unclear) spending but 1 day/wk in Mason County.
Dr. Yu has given a lackluster performance in protecting the Mason County Public’s health by failing to condemn the impact of Adage and Simpson on the community. Perhaps it’s due to her Mason County position being part-time or because it’s not her home, Thurston is.
Dr. Yu expressed relative indifference to yours truly when queried about her wan expressions regarding BioMassacre proposals in Mason County. Her argument?: That cars were a bigger pollution source, so OH WELL!
Brenda Hirschi, a failed political candidate, made that argument when discussing the filth from Simpson. Brenda’s argument?: It’d be different in a PERFECT world…so OH WELL. (See BRENDA for the story.)
This argument abounds in myriad variations from apologists for the BioMassacre industry as well as those pretenders attempting to gull the air breathing partisans. Tom DuPonte (of Adage) argued it was acceptable to pollute Pacific NorthWest air because it wasn’t as tainted as California’s. Some months later, Simpson reps excused themselves from accountability by pointing out how noxious wood stoves were. Perhaps they’d been counseled by Dr. Yu?
It’s as though one proponent argues in favor of sleeping with our underage daughters because they’re virgins, while Simpson/Dr. Yu make similar conclusions because they aren’t! BOTH attempt to glibly rationalize the rape and are equally despicable. These proponents ignore all efforts by the community to protect itself and our families…a mindset common among rapists…the rape of Mason County in this instance.
The good Dr. Yu admits air pollution isn’t healthy. But she shrugs it off as inevitable because people drive cars, etc. She has family (including her brother) who live in Manilla/Philippines. No doubt the environmental protection mechanism there is even more lacking.
The idea of trusting my health, and the community’s, to someone coming from a poor culture where human life/suffering is considered cheap challenges our priorities. It’s the same reasoning that gives rise to Mason County having a Public Health Officer whose role here is but once a week…or drive by sniff tests ORCAA officials use to determine Air Quality when receiving a complaint.
In fact, Dr. Yu has considerable legal powers to protect the public if she were so inclined. But she isn’t…not for pollution induced illness. See Dept Health Powers for an example. Dr. Yu seems more inclined to pursue microbe based illnesses.
It’s time to clean house…that’s not just about Adage and Simpson. We have a wealth of public officials sucking up the blood of our labor while doing little or nothing to earn their keep or protect the community that pays their salaries.
Dr. Yu did provide one piece of useful information while dodging personal responsibility for failing to discharge her duty to the public. It was the name(s) of the committees and members in our legislature charged with investigating these kinds of Air Quality/Environmental issues.