One day as I was out door belling I met an 86 year old woman who wanted to talk about smokestacks in Shelton. Here's what she shared with me. She said when she was younger Shelton smokestacks polluted the air. She stated with such passion that she didn't want to see Shelton go back to that period. Clean Shelton air was a precious gift in her opinion.
Our county and port commissioners say they are powerless and just can't do anything to stop ADAGE from coming to Mason County. They tell us they don't want to show a judgement for any one company out of fear of a lawsuit. We hear our elected officials telling us that their hands are tied and that we should trust the "process". The "process" will take care of us. We hear them tell us how they work so hard to learn more about this topic but that they must remain neutral.
What some of them aren't telling us is that bringing this large multinational corporation to Mason County was planned - for years. For example lifting the height restriction was planned to allow for this facility. As some of our elected officials celebrated this ordinance change, which I'm calling premeditated permitting, the citizens of Mason County were unaware of what this would ultimately mean to their lives.
Too bad the elderly woman that I mentioned above was not consulted, she could have told our elected officials what it was like to live in a town with smokestacks. Had we known what the impact would be, many citizens would have probably shown up for the public hearing to change the height restriction that will now allow ADAGE to build their facility.
The take away lesson for me is that citizens to the best of their ability must pay attention to what's happening with their government. My mom always told us, "Even the King had to check to make sure his horses were fed." This was the reason she used to give me when she'd inspect the dishes that I washed. Knowing that she might be coming to check made me a lot more careful when I did the dishes.