Opinion

The real story behind recent job changers

ITEM: Darryl Piercy has left his job as assistant director of community development for Kitsap County after 13 years at DCD and gone to work for Kitsap Transit as a planner.

Another job changer is Dean Logan, who left his post as Kitsap County Clerk to become the state director of elections in Olympia a year or so ago and has moved on to become head of the King County Elections Department.

COMMENT: The why’s may be different in these two cases. It may be inferred that the much-liked and exceptionally qualified Mr. Piercy left DCD because he and the new DCD director Kamuron Gurol didn’t hit if off.

Perhaps director Gurol has someone he wants to put in Piercy’s spot.

Question: if Piercy is so good at his job, why wasn’t he made the director? As for why Logan would leave a prestigious spot and title to get into the mess that is King County elections, that’s easy. Money.

You’ll note that salaries are not mentioned in the item above, just as they were not mentioned in the news stories that ran in The Sun and the Kitsap News Group newspapers, for which I fault them.

What we pay public servants is the public’s business. Logan made $85,000 in Olympia, and got a $30,000 raise to $115,000 to move to Seattle.

Piercy made $74,630 at DCD. The pay range for his new job is $51,814 to $69,685.

ITEM: Puget Sound Energy wants to locate temporary emergency diesel generators in Hansville to be used during extreme weather conditions or some unforeseen event such as cable failure that may threaten a widespread loss of power to residents. At community meetings so far, most residents opposed the idea in their neighborhood, expressing concerns about environmental and health impacts.

They were concerned about the noise and possibility of noxious fumes, not to mention the effect on the birds at the Nature Conservancy preserve. Unless the community is totally against it, PSE spokesman Tim Bader said, the generators will be installed.

COMMENT: What is wrong with these people? They ought to be tickled to death. Noisy? Smelly? Who cares, so long as the furnace comes on, and the lights and the television. Hansville is at the northernmost tip of Kitsap County where the power goes out frequently. When it’s out all over, we’re among the last to get it back because they start work in the most populated areas.

My husband and I bought our house after the owners sat in the cold and dark for two weeks following a storm and when the power came back on, moved to Winslow and put the Hansville house on the market.

Bring on the generators, PSE, you can put one in my yard if need be.

ITEM: Nine peace activists from the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo were arrested at Subase Bangor last month in their latest foray to block traffic in and out. Protesters have not been prosecuted, however, for the last three years, because it doesn’t do any good. Juries turn them loose because they are, to quote Kitsap Prosecutor Russell Hauge, "nice, polite, intelligent, dedicated people who at most held up a few cars for a few minutes." The protestors were observing the Nagasaki atom bomb drop and are planning their next action for Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday in January.

COMMENT: I’ll give them dedicated. They may even be nice, but intelligent? They might as well be standing out on the beach trying to hold the tide back for all the good they do. And what does Dr. King have to do with an anti-Trident campaign? Or have these old geezers lost track of what it is they’re protesting?

ITEM: The fight against Wal-Mart goes on both in the north and south.

COMMENT: I understand the need to protect established businesses from being wiped out by giants like Wal-Mart, but the big ones have their uses too. After weeks of looking in store after store for scrapbooks, I finally found them at Wal-Mart. Now, if I could just find freezer bags that are not the snap-top type, I’d be clam happy.

Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, Wa., 98340.

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