New Medic One Director Hired

Kurt Hardin, has been hired as the new Thurston County Emergency Services Director to replace Steve Romines who retired in May of this year. His job is to oversee emergency operations in the county including the Medic One program.
Hardin will begin work on September 26.
He previously worked for the Washington Emergency Management Division at Camp Murray, a job he held since 2005. He managed small to large disaster response and recovery operations in the state.

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About Ken Balsley

For more than 20 years I was a Democratic Precinct Committeeman. One day I looked up from trying to make a living and saw that my party had deserted me. I was standing in the middle and my party was heading towards the left. I took a look at the Republican party and found that it was too far to the right. What could I do? I was stuck in the middle.
Since that time my political bent has stabilized. It contains some elements of the old Democratic party. It contains some elements of populism and it contains some elements of libertarianism. When it comes to national defense it can also contain some elements of nationalism.
My political philosophy can be sumed up with the comment “I’m against the Big Five.” The Big Five are Big Business, Big Labor, Big Media, Big Religion and Big Government. As long as these five bigs are in relative strength against each other, then everything is generally alright with the country. But when one of them gains too much power and begins to overwhelm the others, then we have problems.
My goal is to point out when one or the other of the big five has increased its power and explain how that affects those of us just trying to eke out a living.
I have a secondary goal. I also like to educate and inform, particularly as it relates to the history of our community.

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