Thanks, Bernie! Your campaign was a long shot from the beginning, but, as many have noted, your more-than-respectable showing in the primary season has pulled the conversation and the political center a little to the left.
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The Republican Party was seriously wounded Thursday night by an orange-hued heathen who, after months of battering conservatives with divisive, xenophobic and often nonsensical rhetoric, dropped the once-proud party of Lincoln to its knees by accepting its nomination for president.
As Heidi Cruz left Cleveland’s Quicken Loans arena after her husband, Ted, gave his stemwinder at the Republican National Convention, she was escorted by security through a hostile crowd. Apparently, people in the audience were annoyed that Cruz hadn’t endorsed Donald “I Call Him Lyin’ Ted” Trump. They couldn’t believe that the Texan actually gave his national audience permission to vote their conscience. They were in shock he didn’t bring gold, frankincense and myrrh with him to the podium as a gift.
Life in the early day logging camps of Grays Harbor was not only hard on the men who risked injury and death on a daily basis to bring down the big trees but on the resilient and adventurous women who found work in the camps as well. One of these was Mary La Casse, a 36-year old Oregon native, who toiled with her husband in the kitchen at Coates logging camp, only to lose her life in a completely accidental, but entirely avoidable, shooting. It truly was a tragedy for all involved and serves as a stark reminder to all to make absolutely sure you know what you are shooting at before you pull the trigger.
Thanks and kudos to Jim Eddy for his July 12 letter encouraging live theater patronage. Jim is right. We have wonderful theater in Grays Harbor and are blessed with an amazing amount of talented people! I have often heard people say that they enjoyed a Harbor performance better than the same show in the big city.
Last month’s column was about courtroom decorum, however recently, it seems a broader discussion about civility in general may be worth exploring. One impetus to the decline of civility may be due to our communication styles being dramatically abbreviated by texting, emails and all aspects of instant gratification technology. As a result, the most basic levels of treating each other with respect, kindness, generosity and empathy doesn’t fit within 140 characters. I suspect many think civility is over-rated, though where might we be if everyone was a bit more civil to each other in every day interactions?
We would like to thank the City of Aberdeen and especially those who take care of the beautiful planters throughout the city. They are so well-kept and certainly are a wonderful sight as we enter and drive through Aberdeen. They, and the other planters scattered around, make Aberdeen an attractive place that must appeal to residents and visitors alike. We appreciate the “extra mile” the city extends to this project. It is a pleasure for us to come to Aberdeen.
Conventional wisdom has it that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will offer a needed balance to Donald Trump — be the yang to Trump’s yin, the good cop to Trump’s officer-gone-rogue. As the thinking goes, Pence will give the Republican ticket diplomacy and political experience, calming the nerves of jittery voters imagining the combative New Yorker’s finger hovering over the nuclear trigger.
If there’s one thing we learned from the first day of the Republican National Convention it’s that we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
When I learned that Teresa Purcell was running for Washington State Representative I felt a rush of excitement. At last, a well qualified, strong and dynamic person to represent us!
After reading the four PUD No. 3 candidate interviews in the local paper it seems like only two of the candidates have taken a position on the Tokeland extension project. This project is funded and has been hanging fire for many years.