Kevin Colburn's "rebuttal" to my previous week's Letter To The Editor was as much an ad hominem attack on me as presenting any otherwise factual material. I trust you will give me this opportunity to respond.
After graduating from WVHS in 1960, I earned a BS in Chemistry from WSU and over the ensuing years completed four years total of graduate level study (Duke, UW, U. of British Columbia, The Sorbonne, and the Max-Planck Institute in Germany). I have a work record beginning with East Point Seafoods, South Bend, in 1960, and have held respectable and responsible jobs on the basis of my chemistry (not law, as suggested by Mr. Colburn) degree beginning with the UW Medical School; then in Amsterdam; Copenhagen; Nelson, N. Z.; Plön, Germany; and Vancouver, Canada; finishing up my career with a 24-year stint at the WA DOE - finally retiring at age 66 years and 7 months. And, I have never even once filed a claim for unemployment compensation in this country.
The reason I bring all this up is because I think my so-called "skewed world view", in Mr. Colburn words, is really so much broader and more comprehensive than he could ever imagine. I am nobody's fool, especially not yours, Sir.
To say that I choose to be "retired" because I am "unemployable" is beyond the pale and exhibits an unfathomable ignorance about me, considering my age and educational/work background.
In fact, Mr. Colburn obviously doesn't really know exactly who I am anyway, apparently mistaking me for "Mike Spencer", attorney at law, and currently running for prosecuting attorney in our neighboring county. If this represents Colburn's political acuity, it explains a lot about his current choice of candidate, as well as the validity of his criticisms of my recent factual letter.
To wit: Mr. Colburn has his "facts" mixed up about what he called a "power plant project" and Mark McClain "protecting the environment". McClain and his fellow commissioners filed an appeal to challenge then Governor Christine Gregoire's decision to approve a 65-turbine windmill project for a proposed wind farm 12 miles northwest of Ellensburg, stating "environmental impacts were not adequately mitigated or lessened." Even though the project had full approval from such severe critics, as many Pacific County folks can certainly attest, the Sierra Club and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. (I am thinking the commissioners and some of their development buddies had other ideas for this land?)
What the so-called "disgruntled proponent" filed suit to recall Mr. McClain and the other two commissioners from office was really about (and folks, this should really pique the interest of Pacific County crabbers, fishers, oyster growers and others, especially now that our county shoreline regulations are currently being updated) is this: "That the commissioners knowingly broke state law when they approved on July 19 an update of the county development regulations that contained a new county wind farm zone that takes in part of the U.S. Army's Yakima Training Center lands on the east end of the county", an obviously designated "sensitive environment" for any private development.
There have been many a folk who have dropped their current occupations and taken up studies in becoming a mortician/undertaker so they could claim they were the first person to ever put me down, but I am going to fool them all. I plan to be cremated and my ashes then sown to the winds over the Willapa Hills and Harbor.
Don't quit your day job, Kevin.
MICHAEL J. SPENCER