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Federal regulations: America’s hidden tax

Last year, Americans paid nearly $1.4 trillion in federal individual income taxes _ plus sales taxes, fuel taxes, property taxes, excise taxes, you name it. Yet, there’s another tax that doesn’t show up on any receipt: the cost of federal regulation.

Just stop

It was interesting to read the arguments for and against funding abortion. There is a great alternative to saving the millions taxpayers have been giving to Planned Parenthood. A proposal that would end this funding and this debate that is gaining support all around America is the Birth at Conception Act. This law would make every abortion, murder as the child is alive as soon as he or she is conceived. This seems to be so meaningful as it is only stating what has always been true.

Wrong way lanes

There will probably be a worsening of the bottleneck situations on Wishkah and Heron when they are reduced to two lanes each in the future. I base this prediction on my experience as a police administrator in Everett and on similar moves by a small city in California where I lived at the time.

Dedicated service

The Pacific County Fire District No. 5 Commissioners would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to Rick Wilcox and Chief Jim Hart for their dedication and service to the department. Both are retiring after 25 years of unselfish service to the public of Fire District 5.

Good job Scouts

I would like to take this opportunity to give a “Good Job” to the Hoquiam Boy Scouts, troop 100. I hope their car wash on Saturday, July 11 was a great success, rain and all. They did a fantastic job. I felt guilty bringing in my dirty car and would have been very happy with a quick once over. My car had a 20 minute makeover! Can’t remember it being to clean. Thanks guys!! The parents were pretty great too.

Festival a success

We wish to thank The Daily World and their excellent reporter Kellie Benz for the outstanding article announcing Lily Lane Farm’s Daylily Days. The festival was a huge success, due in a great part to the World’s article. Thanks to all the vendors and attendees and we look forward to 2016 and a bigger and better Daylily Days festival.

The Cascadia earthquake and tsunami — what are we to do?

The articles recently presented in “The New Yorker Magazine” by Kathryn Schulz, “The Really Big One,” (July 20, 2015) and “How to Stay Safe When the Big One Comes,” (July 28, 2015), have caused a tremendous amount of discussion throughout the nation. For the most part, her information is right on the mark as to what could occur during a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and resulting tsunami. However, while understanding her wish to channel her article’s “emotion into action,” it is apparent Ms. Schulz neglected to report on specific types of mitigation, prevention and safety plans which are in place in all coastal communities, to provide citizens and visitors the best chance of surviving an earthquake and possible tsunami.

Prosecutor’s Office

As I read the headline and subsequent article on July 29 in The Daily World regarding the rape charges being dismissed against a Lewis-McChord service member due to the inability of the Prosecutor’s Office to provide evidence correctly and in a timely manner, I am reminded of a letter submitted by the Honorable Judge Gordon Godfrey during last year’s election.

A vote for Samuel

I support Vini Samuel for mayor of Montesano. I believe that she is the best qualified candidate because she has a great deal of integrity and maturity. She is a peace maker and will work hard to reconcile the different factions in the city administration, on the City Council and in our town. Vini is a good person and a hard worker who will support our families and local businesses. She will make an excellent mayor of our wonderful city! Fellow citizens of Montesano, please vote for Vini Samuel.

Vote against oil

I would like to express my appreciation to the Aberdeen City Council for its action to pass a temporary moratorium on the development of crude oil storage facilities in Aberdeen. This moratorium will protect the city from applications for inappropriate development along its shorelines while zoning codes are being developed. I am hopeful that the council will make the moratorium permanent during its Aug. 26 public hearing and prevent future oil storage facilities from being located here.

A vote for Micheau

Aberdeen voters have an opportunity to opt for one of two new candidates in the upcoming mayor race. Both are addressing serious issues that have been languishing for years. In my estimation, both candidates, Jack Micheau and Erik Larson care deeply about Aberdeen and are promising to reverse the rudderless drift of the town.

Don’t take your voter registration status for granted

I received a ballot today — my wife did not, even after years of voting in every election possible on Grays Harbor. She called the county Auditor’s Office to find out why and was told she had been removed from the voter rolls “by the computer” because her name was a duplicate. The individual at the Auditor’s Office checked and could not find a “duplicate.” My wife drove to Montesano today to re-register and obtain a ballot.

Concerned for kids

It makes me sad to see the Lutheran church has allowed a homeless camp to set up in close proximity to the Raindrop Preschool at the other end of the block. My daughter taught there for many years, and she had the pleasure of working with the parents who thought their children were safe being there. I am concerned that safety no longer exists.