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Woeful November

November 2014 was a very pivotal point in America! First we had the lowest voter turnout in America in 75 years at only 36 percent of registered voters casting a ballot (according to NBC News). Are we really supporting our troops and freedoms by not voting?

Dikes and dams not always the answer

While working for the Skokomish Tribe, I have been involved with the restoration of the Skokomish River Estuary and flood plain. I was fortunate to work with many good people that made the restoration work a reality. It took a broad array of agencies, the Skokomish Tribe, Tacoma Power and Mason County to make an impact on flooding on the Skokomish while restoring the lower watershed. Taking dikes down, removing culverts, restoring the flood plain were all part of the work.

For better or worse, the labor movement is reinventing itself

Haltingly, with understandable ambivalence, the American labor movement is morphing into something new. Its most prominent organizing campaigns of recent years — of fast-food workers, domestics, taxi drivers and Wal-Mart employees — have prompted states and cities to raise their minimum wage and create more worker-friendly regulations. But what these campaigns haven’t done is create more than a small number of new dues-paying union members. Nor, for the foreseeable future, do unions anticipate that they will.

Jeb Bush’s biggest problem for 2016? Economics

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council this week that if he runs for president in 2016, he’ll avoid courting Republican primary voters in ways that alienate the rest of the electorate, and he’s willing to risk losing the primaries in consequence.

Cathy Young — After Ferguson, can we tone it down?

Reactions to the news that Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges in the death of black teen Michael Brown have once again laid bare America’s enduring racial tensions — but they also have exposed deep and stark political hostilities. We live in a world of two narratives: one left, one right, both polarized and equally simplistic.

Rekha Basu: Godless are among us, even in the heartland

Rory Moe appeared on Simon Conway’s conservative AM talk radio show recently to explain the “Godless? So are we!” billboards recently put up by the Des Moines, Iowa chapter of United Coalition of Reason, for people without a religion. But there was such a painful disconnect between radio host and guest, it was as if they were speaking different languages and someone forgot to hire an interpreter.

Where are the protests?

I am deeply troubled by the fact that our rights, freedom, laws and privileges are steadily disappearing, day by day. Atheistic ideologies rule. And anyone daring to stand up for their Christian values find themselves condemned by the public in general, dragged into courts, fined and some jailed for their efforts.

Bravo!

Congratulations to Bill Dyer and the musicians of the Grays Harbor Symphony! The Nov. 23 “Bach to Broadway” concert was entertaining, fun and well done.

Cornells appreciated

During this of time of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for wonderful people such as Beverly and Joe Cornell. They are so eager to share out of their pockets and their donations from our Harbor businesses to help students with school supplies. Many families are struggling with basic needs and having supplies available for their child is a relief and met with gratitude from the parents and students for these items. This generosity of the Cornell’s time and effort along with donations from our Harbor is far reaching for the greater good.

The kids are all right after all

The news media likes to characterize today’s young people as risk averse, narcissistic, app-dependent, over-scheduled, entitled and “pornified.” Among the culprits are too much praise, not enough challenge, helicopter parents, cellphones and, of course, the Internet.