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 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 30, 2022 

Let's take a moment to remember George

“Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to 9 months. After that, they don’t wanna know about you. They don’t wanna hear from you. No nothing! No neonatal care, no day...

 

Journal Letter Policy

The Journal encourages original letters to the editor of local interest. Diverse and varied opinions are welcomed. We will not publish letters that are deemed libelous or scurrilous in nature. All letters must be signed and include the writer’s... Full story

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 16, 2022

Thoughts for an almost summer day in June

I don’t own a gun. It would just be one more thing I’d have to clean. The rhododendrons and dogwood trees are in their fullest bloom and the sun is high and bright. What a wonderful day it must...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Three moments, featuring 2 people and 1 cat

“Socks!” I couldn’t remember the woman’s name who was walking toward me last week in the hall of the gym I go to. She worked in a drive-through coffee shop I frequented before the plague...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    June 2, 2022

The imaginary violence that resides inside

I’m not a violent person. I’m a flighter, not a fighter. I don’t like to be intimately involved in the slaying of anything, even vermin in our home. I’ll escort spiders and moths to the door....

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    May 26, 2022

Western Washington's payoff months

"Summer, summer, summer, It's like a merry-go-round - Magic." -The Cars Summer is the season we residents west of the Cascades have earned. Winter is the slog. Summer is the song. The sun shines and...

 

Letters to the Editor

Editor’s Note: The following letter was co-authored by three Cedar High School students. To protect student privacy, only their first name is being used for publication....

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    May 19, 2022

Damon Point, home of the streaked homed lady

I spent the summer of my 19th year working outside the northern Washington town of Republic on a cattle and alfalfa ranch along the Sanpoil River, a river that drains into the Columbia. It was there...

 

How about we give some thoughts to Togo?

Togo is a long, rectangular-ish country with a 31-mile-long coastline in western Africa along the Gulf of Guinea. Its economy relies on commercial and subsistence agriculture. I learned that from typing “Togo” into Google. I also learned Togo...

 

Letters to the Editor

League responds Editor, the Journal, For more than a century, The League of Women Voters has been an organization in which members have had the opportunity to learn, communicate and provide community leadership. The League takes pride in being...

 
 By Justin Johnson    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Knowing when to own up to a mistake

As the editor of the Shelton-Mason County Journal, with the knowledge that 2022 was a major local election year - nearly all countywide offices will be on the ballot - I made a decision at the start... Full story

 

From the Publisher

We here at the Shelton-Mason County Journal and Belfair Herald are very thankful for readers, both those who subscribe and those purchase a single newspaper. Without you, we wouldn’t be able to publish the newspaper each week.  As you have seen...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    May 5, 2022

Random thoughts for this day in May

Kangaroo Court and Star Court would be good road names in a housing development. Here are other possibilities: Hula Loop, Hard Road, Rue Avenue, Lame Lane, Broken Dreams Boulevard, No Way, Miss Place...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    April 28, 2022

There will be blood: Me vs. me (and Jason)

Every couple of months, I go to the Bloodworks Northwest office in Olympia to get a vein tapped. I enjoy these visits. I get to check the “no” box to the extensive list of circumstances that can...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    April 21, 2022

The trouble with titles. A personal history.

I worked for a state representative at the Capitol in Olympia for three months during the 1988 legislative session. I sat at a desk, behind a plastic rectangle that displayed my name. I smiled when...

 
 By Kirk Ericson    Opinion    April 14, 2022

Having historical figures over for dinner

If you could have four dead people of historical importance to dinner, who would you invite? The rules are they wouldn’t be dead at dinner, you can’t invite Hitler (who wants to hear...

 

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