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Jerry Lowe — Sport fishermen already getting enough

In 1995 and again in 1999, the voters of Washington state rejected initiatives favoring the sport fishing industry. Now, once again, these same selfish folks are trying to take our salmon away. This time under the veneer of conservation rhetoric and with the support of state Rep. Liz Pike, we now have a bill introduced in the Legislature that would effectively put our salmon into the hands of the privileged few.

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If you haven’t been there, you don’t know

This letter is prompted by hearing local people say, “Not all of the homeless are druggies or alcoholics — they deserve our help.” They imply that addicts do NOT deserve help due to their addictions. Please remember that many of the people on drugs, including those who are addicted to alcohol, are self-medicating because they have no access to real medical help and/or no other source of comfort in their very bleak lives. They may have another condition like PTSD or depression that makes them more likely to reach for these substances than most people would.

Kerry Madden — When drugs conquer all

We just said goodbye to a 26-year-old neighbor, a kid I watched grow up from sandbox to carpool to high school rock band to opera singer to drugs. His name was Noah. He could sing a seamless “Stardust,” and he loved the Italian opera singer Tito Gobbi, because Gobbi was a true character actor too.

Joggers and Trotters thankful

We wish to thank all those who attended and contributed to our recent fundraiser. Along with donations and desserts from team members, we received donations of gift certificates, baskets, merchandise, the ingredients for the chili feed and potato bar and monetary donations from local Montesano and Grays Harbor businesses and individuals. We also would like to thank the radio stations and newspapers for advertising our event.