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TEACHERS: Docking pay goes for legislators, too

State Sen. Tim Sheldon recently stated that teachers who walk out on strike should not be paid for the time they are out (TNT, 4-25). Isn’t that like the pot calling the kettle black?

Sheldon is also a Mason County commissioner. He misses commission meetings while serving in the Legislature, yet continues to receive full pay as commissioner. Shouldn’t he be docked his pay for not fulfilling his duties as commissioner?

Many of us in Mason County believe he should either be docked or give up his commission seat. This double dipping is costing residents of Mason County two times in

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ENERGY: Do we really want more nuclear reactors?

According to The Capitol Record: “Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, supported SB 5991 and said Washington is missing out on money the federal government has been investing in nuclear power in other states.

Senate Bill 5991 passed 34-15. It would have to be approved by the House of Representatives and signed by the governor before becoming law.

Nobody can convince me that nuclear anything is safe. We can’t even handle the Fukushima disaster, which is contaminating the world right now. Nor can we handle the Hanford disaster in this state. When scientists figure out how to stop this continuing disaster and

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POLITICS: Voters know what party vote means

Re: “No violence in state Senate, and voters likely unperturbed” (Peter Callaghan column, 1-15).

Callaghan’s column about the Senate Democrats who have thwarted the will of voters was an aberration from his usually fine work. He claims that many voters “voted for the winning (candidate) because they like him or her.”

If a person’s vote were simply for swell men and women, then kindly Democrats in Okanogan County and genial Republicans in Seattle would get elected. But that’s not the case, and Callaghan knows it.

Callaghan has spilled barrels of ink onto the pages of The News Tribune

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TNT: Disappointed in newspaper’s right turn

Re: “Two Democrats thwart will of Washington voters” (letter, 12-15).

The letter expresses my feelings about state Sens. Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon. In the old days they would be labeled “turncoats.” And I am still in shock that The News Tribune supported Rob McKenna for governor considering the Associated Press reported his association with radical elements in the Tea Party and his meetings with and support from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

ALEC is an organization composed of tobacco, oil, NRA and big drug companies whose goal is to have many public services, such as schools, prisons,

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TNT: Two Democrats thwart will of state’s voters

Re: “A healthy check on Democratic power in Olympia” (editorial, 12-11).

It must be a constant source of annoyance for The News Tribune that all elections aren’t decided by newspaper editorial boards. That way Rob McKenna would be our next governor, Reagan Dunn would be our next attorney general, and the state Legislature would be full of Rodney Toms and Tim Sheldons – people who quicken the pulse of no one but elites who quest for “centrist politicians” – i.e., social libertarians and fiscal scolds.

Their necks must be sore from nodding in approval as Tom and Sheldon thwarted

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