Ho Ho Ho Grays Harbor, once again it is time to post our Montesano Today yearly Naughty or Nice list. Who will Santa be bringing a new red wagon or Pretty Princess doll to this year? Then again….there are always lumps of coal in the bag too!
NICE- topping our list this year on the Nice list is Grays Harbor County Commissioner Wes Cormier. Wes is one of those rare politicians that when he says something….he means it. Walking the talk isn’t as always as easy as it seems. His steadfast refusal to raise the taxes of the people of the county was his main campaign pledge. He instead is working on making the county more efficient via doing away with excess regulation and looking for waste.
NAUGHTY – Grays Harbor County Commissioner Herb Welch. As the only Republican Montesano Today has ever seen that just can’t help himself voting to raise taxes, on a consistent basis…..we will be filling his stocking with lumps of coal. Considering his stand on coal and oil trains coming into the harbor….it seems appropriate.
NICE – County Commissioner Frank Gordon. As the only elected official in the county who stood up to the oil train Railroad Company this past year and demanding that the tracks be safe……the biggest candy cane we have goes into his pile of presents.
NICE – Montesano Mayor Ken Estes. For being the only Mayor in memory to actually ask the city employees to stop watching porn on the job. For being the only Mayor in memory to not put up with ignoring improper behavior and looking out for the taxpayers and the city checkbook. Two candy canes Mr. Mayor for showing that indeed honesty and principal actually counts for something.
NAUGHTY – The entire Montesano City Council. We were going to single out councilman Pat Harrington for a candy cane – being the only one on the Council to ask questions concerning the 40 acres of our waterfront property sold for $23,000 to a wealthy developer. However, he lost his candy cane when he voted to start charging people for water leaks. The entire council was basically mute during the last year and the employee problems with the city, leaving the Mayor to twist in the wind publically. Coal all around. In the case of some of them, a potted plant.
NICE – Vidette Editor Steven Friederich. They say the job of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted – and afflict the comfortable. That is Steven Friederich in a nutshell. Steven took over the paper in January this year. No one…and I mean no one …in the public arena could disagree that his hand has not transformed the paper. Transformed into what I believe, well it isn’t just me the paper was singled out this year by the WNPA, as the best weekly in the state. He is an old school fact based reporter. He doesn’t care which way the story goes, he follows the facts. The citizens and subscriber base is better for him.
NAUGHTY -– County Prosecutor Faux Candidate Vini Samuel. For wasting the time of everyone by dragging out her…..thanks but no thanks…..for the job dance. No candy cane for you Vini.
NAUGHTY – Grays Harbor Port Commissioners. All of them. Two lumps of coal for recently re-elected Commissioner Chuck Caldwell who ran for re election on the issue of bringing in the oil trains. His seeming ignorance of the danger the aging DOT-111 rail cars pose, in the wake of several deaths and explosions during the campaign, is troubling. For his refusal to acknowledge the safety concerns of the people of Grays Harbor in a dismissive manner – over the business interests of the port – he receives the coal dust from the bag. It just seems appropriate.
NICE – The entire staff at Thriftway. All through the year, rain or shine, they allow community groups to set up in front of the store to do…..what ever it is they do. It’s not just a grocery store, it is the heart of the town and we all appreciate them.
NAUGHTY – That construction group that took what seemed like forever to do the downtown this summer.
NICE – Montesano School Superintendent Dan Winter. For keeping everything together this year with the delay on the stadium construction. No small task! Although we have not been able to uncover hard evidence, we here at MT believe firmly that he indeed has a background in herding cats.
NICE – The entire Montesano 2013 Bulldog Football players and organization. An entire year on the road – and still made it to state. You made the city proud. That’ll do. That’ll do.