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Concerns over Commissioner's actions


December 24, 2020

Letter to the editor

 My name is Sharon Eaton, and I do not like to cause problems or arguments. However, there was an incident at the Dayton Senior Center on Dec. 15 that has caused me concern. Because of COVID-19, we are not going into the Senior Center Building. We are able to pick up meals safely on Tuesday and Thursday thanks to Orinda Woods and other volunteers. (Most of whom are over 65.) The senior citizens do this by driving up in their cars and are given a meal by volunteers- all wearing masks. When we pulled up, on Dec. 15, we noticed a County Commissioner, Chuck Amerein, going from car to car. He was talking to people in their cars which was a very kind gesture. However, he was not wearing a mask. Chuck also went into the Senior Center and was given a mask. When he came out of the building, he was holding it in his hand. As an elected leader of our community, I was concerned that he didn’t take the health and safety of the seniors seriously. Part of the job description for our commissioners states: to use sound judgment and best practices- I think that that should include wearing a mask around the most vulnerable citizens in our community. Thank you very much.


Sharon Eaton

Dayton, WA


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