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Should church leaders shame members to stop sinning?

Rev. Justin Hoye, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Kansas City, North: Much like fire can be either devastating or enriching in its use, so too can shame. While shaming is often not the first tool we use in addressing a person’s sin, it certainly can be employed as a means to invoke healthy change.
 

Inspirations from Master Gardeners on tour

The Master Gardeners are back with a one-day-only tour of Central Park and Montesano gardens on Saturday. Now in its 18th year, the self-guided tour, presented by WSU Master Gardeners of Grays Harbor County, allows horticultural fans to view seven master gardens that each highlight sustainable gardening practices.

Dear Abby — Wife learns man was seeking more than exercise at the gym

D ear Abby: I have been with my husband for 10 years. We were married six months ago. Before the wedding, we had some breakups. During one of them, he dated another woman briefly. The encounter led to her becoming pregnant, and she gave birth to a boy who is now a year old. I learned about her and her pregnancy five months before our wedding, but we have been able to work through it with intense counseling.

Justice in Motion — Rent and habitability issues: Don’t waive your rights

As you drive through Grays Harbor, it is difficult to miss the substandard housing and blight—the blue tarps, sagging/mossy roofs, boarded/broken windows, etc. Sadly, many of these properties are rental properties with absentee or apathetic landlords. Affordable habitable rental properties are seriously lacking in this community and many seem to accept this as the norm. However, and I’m not sure why, we have recently received an uptick in tenant complaints about their rental properties’ conditions. A few of these tenants were in rentals damaged in the January flood; most were not.