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Port association criticized for censure letter

It was with dismay that I read of the Washington Public Ports Association letter of “censure” to Olympia Port Commissioners George Barner and Sue Gunn. It is exactly their job to presume to inform another port commission that a grave error in judgment has been made and to urge them to rethink that position in light of the damage that will be done to their own operations and the constituency they represent.

“Harbor needs Vickie Raines”

Wikipedia defines “Lunch-Bucket Democrat” thus: “… a label that connotes an absence of lofty philosophical concerns in favor of a concern for people’s more basic needs.” That’s where I come from. I am a lifelong Liberal, but I live in the real world, where “quality of life” begins with a job. My friend Kellie Daniels, the sister I never had, is a Slade Gorton Republican. Defined by others as, “fiscally conservative with a dedication for hard work, solution focused, passion for public service and a concern for all people, including those without a voice in the process.”

For Spencer

I have made it no secret that I am supporting Mike Spencer for Grays Harbor County Prosecutor in the upcoming election. I have known Mike personally and professionally for over 35 years. The personal attacks that have been leveled against him by the supporters of his opponent are both outrageous and ludicrous to those who know him. They would like uninformed voters to believe that he devalues women, simply because he has called into question the lack of experience and training of his opponent, who happens to be a woman. Apparently, in their world view, no woman may ever be criticized. His opponent’s supporters have also dredged up an incident in which his former wife falsely accused him of domestic violence. For the record, he was never convicted of anything. If I believed that he was guilty of domestic violence, I would not be supporting him.

Vote NO on I-594

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, is funding a ballot measure I-594 which will criminalize most gun owners in Washington State if it passes. Then Bloomberg will use it as a national model to be imposed on gun owners nationwide. Promoted as a “simple measure to ensure that a background check is conducted for every gun purchase,” it is much, much more. And if you fail to comply with the extensive 594 paperwork, the first violation is a gross misdemeanor and if convicted, subsequent violations are a class C felony.

Godfrey not a good judge of candidate’s qualifications

The race for Prosecuting Attorney has apparently gone negative with the publication of former Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey’s recent guest column. The letter demeans Katie Svoboda’s qualification to hold that office by associating her with an office that, in his estimation, has failed to adequately train its deputies and thus lowered the standard to which they were held.

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Breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month when we remember the challenges faced by women — and men — who have experienced or will experience breast cancer. Survival rates now are much higher than in past years, and we can be grateful for all the advances that have been made in diagnosis, surgery and treatment.

Coroners back Svoboda

We have known Katie Svoboda for many years and know her to be very qualified for this position. Retired Prosecutor Stew Menefee, a well respected prosecuting attorney for over 25 years, supports her. Probably just as important is the local law enforcement support for Katie Svoboda.

Office trainer seeks right way to dress-down code violators

Dear Abby: I am a male in the training department at my office. A lot of times, because the people I train are new hires, there are dress code violations from people who appear to be testing the limits. Most of the violations involve women who wear clothing that’s too revealing, in spite of the fact they receive a document at the start of training explaining what is and is not appropriate attire.

RedBlueAmerica: How important is voting?

The midterm elections are just a few weeks away, and one of the traditional democratic virtues — voting — suddenly seems under fire. “Girls” star Lena Dunham offered a treatise urging voter turnout: “When you vote, you feel so, so good.”