This is the final week before the elections are settled. This is something I really feel strongly about. I can't understand why such a large percentage of the registered voters don't use this right and vote. I guess, if people don't think their vote matters, it is something they just don't want to take time for.
In McCleary several years ago, there was an election for mayor. It was between Ellsworth Curran and Gary Dent. It was a tie. After a recount it was still tied. The decision had to be decided by flipping a coin. Four years later the same thing happened and again it had to be decided by a flip of a coin.
In my opinion, if you don't vote you have no right to complain about anything the governing body does, how much they raise taxes and how they spend your tax dollars. In Washington State we were sold a bill of goods about mail in ballots would improve the percentage of people who vote. If it did any good, it was marginal. The ballots were mailed out on the 16th of October and we have until the 3rd of November to read the issues and make our decision. If some of the issues are confusing, we are not forced to vote on every issue, just do not vote twice for any of them.
We have many very important leaders that will be selected and will serve for four years. Besides the mayor races, we have candidates for Superior Court, Port of Grays Harbor Port Commissioner, Fire Districts, School Districts and Hospital Board positions. Also City Council members who are important to each one of us in the next four years. In humor, I have told many people that if they are confused, they can just sign their ballot and give it to me and I would be sure it is voted right!!
Our friend, Allisa Shay delivered last Thursday. She is the Marketing Manager at the Satsop Business Park. I hear he was a big baby. His name is Bradley Thomas. At 8 #s it won't be long until he is managing the household for Allisa and Brian. Congratulations!
The East County Rotary has a great speaker last Thursday. Larry Hull has headed up an international Rotary supported program for clean Water, Sanitation and protecting the lives of the people in Papua New Guinea. Besides this Rotary project, he is developing new methods at the Hospital in PNG. He and his wife, Aarlie, are working with the coffee plantations workers to subdue Domestic Violence among the families. Aarlie has helped the coffee plantation owners in getting a much more for their beans. In November our Rotary Club helps many non-profit agencies in Grays Harbor. We primarily help such groups as Shop with a Cop. Christmas for Kids, etc. Gary Rowell gave a great report for the Union Gospel Mission. We are happy to help them too. Have a great Daylight Savings Time. We were supposed to fall back on Sunday.