Monday, 15 October 2012 10:47
Mason County is sinking like the Titanic with Commissioner Lynda Ring Erickson at the helm . Lawsuits and judgements totalling over half a million dollars have put our County deep in debt with more rulings pending.
For eight years the citizens of Mason County have voted Lynda Ring Erickson into office based on name recognition, association, misinformation or just plain lack of interest in researching the candidates. Many brave citizens have reported known facts that have exposed a less than stellar Commissioner. Lawsuits and judgements, wrongful terminations, contract awards to special interests, overbuilt projects costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands, are just a few common themes reported. Seeing the whole picture is like collecting every small tile and piecing together a mosaic picture of a women, who has poorly represented the citizens who voted her into office.
Politics plays a very small role in the average person's life until it's time to vote. If you have not attended commission meetings, followed local news stories or got to personally know the candidates, you may rely on whatever information (or misinformation) is readily available: mailers promising the most popular "theme of the day," a barrage of campaign signs, gut feelings and yes, even who takes the best picture.
In the hectic world we live in, it is difficult to take the time to really look into the background of the candidates running for office. Most people do the best they can with the time and information available. Then we hope to God that the horror stories we hear about every level of politics are exaggerated. If we don't take the time to really know who we are putting into office, then who do we blame?
Lynda Ring Erickson is depending on your vote to win the 35th District. This time let's all step back and review her past eight years in office. We, as human beings, make honest mistakes, it's when we refuse to correct our mistakes or ask the hard questions, that we fail as a country. Mason County is small in population but gigantic in spirit. Right now we have the opportunity to take Lynda Ring Erickson out of the race for State Legislature and send a message that her kind of politics is not welcome at the County or State level.
Nancy Knox, Shelton, WA