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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.

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Jim Walsh — We have met the solution and it is us

Editor’s note: Today is the debut of a column by Jim Walsh, who lives in Aberdeen, owns a publishing company and is vice chairman of the state Republican Party. Walsh and Vini Samuel, a Montesano based attorney who is active in the Democratic Party, will be writing columns on alternate weeks. Samuel’s first column appeared last week.

Vini Samuel — The true heart of politics

Editor’s note: Today is the debut of a column by Vini Samuel, a Montesano based attorney who is also active in the Democratic Party. She’ll be writing every other week, alternating with Jim Walsh, who’s first column runs next week. Walsh lives in Aberdeen, owns a publishing company and is vice chairman of the state Republican Party.

Creating a world-class sport fishing industry in Washington

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is funded by the state Legislature every two years to manage, among other things, our state’s fisheries. In the last budget cycle, DFW received nearly $376 million in federal, state and local funding. Nearly $71 million came from the sale of recreational fishing licenses and excise taxes on fishing tackle, or about 19 percent of DFW’s total budget. The smallest contribution – $1.5 million – or less than one-half of one percent of DFW’s budget came from commercial fishing interests.

Dave Gauger — Law and justice game is rigged

In 1947 the United States charged Japanese Officer Yukio Asano with war crimes. He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for torturing American prisoner Morris O. Killough. The method of torture was waterboarding. For more than nine decades waterboarding has been illegal according to U.S. government criminal code.

Christine M. Flowers: Patriots’ antics a disgrace

My favorite Martin Scorsese film happens to be one of the few that doesn’t revolve around Italians from New York: “The Departed.” Instead of paisanos we have Paddys, and instead of the Big Apple we have the Big Baked Bean. Boston and the Irish mob got Scorsese his long-deserved Oscar for Best Director, but it also gave me the name for what just happened in Foxborough last Sunday: