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Christine Flowers: I’m a conservative and the RNC was a horror

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.

The Tragic Death of Mary La Casse — July 1906

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.

More bravos

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.

Justice in Motion: Civility — lest we forget?

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?

Aberdeen’s planters perk up city

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.

Rekha Basu: Why it’s tricky to count on Pence as Trump’s ‘good cop’

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.

Purcell supporter

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!

Supporting Lignoski

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.

Guest opinion: Clinton will weaken military

Before considering Hillary Clinton as president, look first at the last Clinton military. In the 1990s, the Bill Clinton Administration damaged the U.S military with a dangerous combination of reduced budgets, diminished forces and increased missions. As a military officer I witnessed first-hand the result of a steep decline in readiness, morale and military strength. Perhaps more telling was the scandal that broke in 1998 that his Defense Secretary ordered the military service chiefs to lie to Congress about military readiness and claim they didn’t need more resources. To his credit, the Commandant of the Marine Corps refused, and, as a result, Congress held an investigation as to the scandal.

Gordon and Smith

Local politics, indeed all politics, is a lot like Game of Thrones, the long-running TV series that never fails to reflect the best and the worst in those who would be leaders of their people. Personality, style, transparency of motives and methods, become as evident in real life politics as they do in the make-believe world.

Doyle McManus — After Nice, it’s official: The campaign’s about fear

Last week’s terrorist attack in Nice, after similar tragedies in Paris, San Bernardino, Brussels, Orlando and Istanbul, made two things painfully clear. Western societies, including the United States, have failed to blunt the growing threat of Islamist terrorism. And that means the 2016 presidential campaign will be fought under a shadow of fear. There will be more attacks between now and November; the only questions are when and where.

Christine Flowers: Ryan offers hope for future of once-great Grand Old Party

I watched Paul Ryan’s town hall on CNN this week for a number of reasons, not the least of which is my slight (OK, significant) crush on the House speaker. He is a decade younger than I am, and more geek chic than GQ, but I still have a button that says, “I Heart Paul” from his ill-fated run as Mitt Romney’s vice president, which I wear when I want to annoy the liberals at Starbucks.

Jay Ambrose: Stopping the war on cops

There’s a virtual war on cops. It has been ginned up by grotesquely distorted accusations of anti-black police racism, and the tragic irony is that a thoroughly denounced, less proactively aggressive police force has resulted in more murderous misery in already beaten-up black neighborhoods.

After Dallas, tribal politics as usual

A white cop shoots and kills an unthreatening black man at point-blank range during a traffic stop, and liberal activists demonize law enforcement. A black sniper executes five officers from one of the most reform-minded police departments in the country, and conservative commentators demonize the Black Lives Matter movement.