Ok….so this Sheriff Deputy, off duty no less, gets up at the last Montesano City Council Meeting and blasts away at our public works director and city administrator for not following traffic laws. With me so far? Soooooo these two city employees decide to find out the home address of the County Sheriff and write him a letter complaining about it….at home. Pay attention now because here it gets interesting. The Sheriff releases the letter to the Vidette and the Vidette goes to the Mayor, and the Mayor goes to the city employees…..oh forget it.
INCOMING - Commissioner Candidate Vickie Raines got into it with sitting Commissioner Frank Gordon this week on the radio. “Did to….did not.” I swear I am going to vote for Vickie just to see the sparks fly up at the Commissioner meetings. This site thrives on drama. There is a bigger issue here. Raines is in nobody’s pocket. Candidate Al Smith (D) needs to come clean on his relationship with Gordon. There are rumors that one of the other candidates was “encouraged” to run for no other reason than to syphon votes away from Raines. I don’t like sneaky stuff. We the voters need to know if we are voting for a Frank Gordon clone….or an independent voice on that dias. So far, you couldn’t slide a piece of paper between Gordon and Smith. A thin piece of paper. Score one – Raines.
OH NO….THE SUN IS OUT….RUN!
If you have suffered through listening to the audio of the recent Port Commissioner meeting last week you share my pain. It was like sticking pins into your head listening to the representatives from the train companies spin their way quickly in and out of the harbor. Genesee and Wyoming itself decided to show up! Get this, the G&W guy was looking for sympathy from us for the recent rail disasters here in the harbor. They didn’t “kick the tires” enough when they bought the tracks from Rail America 18 months ago. Gee, I don’t know. I think you would run a guy down them prior to writing the check. Anybody buying this? Didn’t think so. The highlight was the G&W guy claiming the big derailment and grain spill outside Montesano was caused due to a “thermal kink”. Let me translate. The sun heated the tracks and threw it out of alignment. THE SUNSHINE. You can’t make this stuff up kids. You just can’t. Remember, you are trusting the lives of your children to these people and the port commissioners, not to mention the entire eco system of this county to these people.
I wish I could give you all an update report for the current Waterfront issue that has the potential to tear the town apart. However, the city council decided last meeting that there wasn’t enough going on here to have twice a month meetings.
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Hey, the only reason I am even writing about this is that the publisher of the Daily World and Vidette, Bill Crawford, resigned and a new one came in as reported in the papers. Well, I can only speak to my personal interactions with Crawford (don’t worry this won’t take long) as to if this is a good or bad thing for us Montesano residents. I have written about 200,000 words for the paper via my About Town column since 2011. Had countless photographs printed in the paper. Even had the chance to work with two Vidette editors on a few feature stories. Here and there I have had stories cross posted along with many photographs into the other paper he is publisher of, The Daily World. There is one in both newspapers that came out recently, which I find somewhat amusing as I write this. In addition, I had the honor to receive a state wide cartoonist award for my cartoons in the Vidette, and up for another one this year, bringing an award home to the paper. I am in and out of the Vidette offices constantly with this or that. I’ve never seen Crawford. Anywhere. And he lived in Montesano. The newspaper offices, any city / county meeting…nothing. Don’t have a clue what he even looks like. Hey, If I had someone providing that much content for my paper, I would have at least sent him an email and said “hey”. Miss him? Hell, I never even met him. So to the new guy coming in, Sean McDonald, welcome. I hope I see you around sometime.
OH NO HE DIDN’T
Vidette Editor Stephen Friedrich exposed his flaw this week. Yes he does have one. Let me elaborate. He is too fair. I’ve tried everything to break him of it and short of aversion therapy (think Clockwork Orange), I don’t think it is possible. In a desperate attempt to find someone….anyone…not connected directly with the port to speak in favor of the coming oil trains, he was forced to rely upon “anonymous” supporters. These supporters are apparently afraid of the evil people wanting the oil train companies to actually make the tracks safe. I was curious about these dangerous people that frightened the oil train supporters so much and traveled this week to one of their meetings. I have to report they were right! Why, these crazed dangerous people actually bake cookies to bring to their meetings. The horror! No, our good editor was hoodwinked by port employees and their friends masquerading as concerned citizens. And I stand by that. One more thing on the subject, a few weeks ago I was standing next to the KIRO TV reporter that came down to cover the Montesano train derailment. He asked me if I could point him in the direction of someone around here in support of these trains for his piece he was filming. I stood there and thought…and thought….I thought really hard. I couldn’t think of where to send him other than the port offices. Kudos to Carol Seaman for her letter to the editor that appeared in the Vidette this week countering Freidrich’s editorial. Golf Clap.
I will close this wrap up with re posting the video of these fanatic monsters ….I think after viewing the video you too will be frightened. Good grief.
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