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Grassroots effort

McCleary is fortunate to have access to the VFW hall for its community events. Regrettably over the years, the post has lost many of its members. Presently a new group of veterans is trying to restore the building and need the community’s help.

Amazing community

I didn’t lose everything from the water damage at Emerson Manor but being displaced showed me some amazing things. I was able to see the community act so quickly to come to our aid — all of the agencies and people from all over who so generously gave of their funds and time and reached out with compassion. It made a real difference. I discovered renewed hope and faith in a world that seemed uncaring. There is good in this world.

Relay event a success

We would like to thank all those who attended and contributed to our recent fundraiser. Along with donations from team members, we received gift certificates, baskets, merchandise and desserts for the auction, plus ingredients for the chili and potato bar. Also we received some monetary donations from local businesses and individuals.

Recreational weed and medicinal weed are apples and oranges

This is astounding! Let’s take a closer look at what is now called “recreational” marijuana. It is more than interesting and infuriating, raising questions of an ethical and hypocritical nature. Not so long ago the “powers that be” were spreading the word to all, across the land, including our youth … that marijuana was a “gateway drug.” Meaning — you beware! If you try this, you will naturally graduate to the harder drugs: heroin, cocaine, speed, meth. etc. Also, if you smoke marijuana, it just might deform your future children. Make you go crazy. Apparently all that information on the harmful effects of marijuana has gone away and all is good to “recreate,” now. Because our state passed I-502.

U.S. taking the wrong path with Russians

When the Ukraine/Crimea situation erupted, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry hypocritically became interested in international law. To the Russians, this collective jaw flapping about international law was disingenuous given that every day, Obama violates international law by infringing upon national sovereignties with deadly drones and secret forays by U.S. military. Moreover, the executive branch’s war on Libya was neither constitutionally declared or authorized by Congress.

Wake up!

If, in the bigger picture here on Earth, we are faced with economic collapse based on oil dependency and water shortage, maybe the Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and others of the 1 percent could start using their funds to encourage food production on a local level, start converting saltwater to drinking water and energizing our lives with wind and sun power. Oil, coal and nuclear are polluters.

Missing in action: The Fourth Estate

The ship of state is floundering in troubled waters and you and I are on board. Congress doesn’t bat an eye at sending 4,400 young Americans to their death, killing 500,000 Iraqis and spending two trillion dollars on an illegal invasion of Iraq. The lapel pin patriots, with their American flag pins fixed to their suit lapels will look straight into the camera and tell you we need to cut (name your social program) to trim the deficit and right the ship.

Thank you, socialism

Obamacare, AKA the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is supposed to be the saving grace for all of America. States like Washington that opt into the exchanges of the ACA get five years of federal funds before the money goes away and the states are left to flounder until they surrender sovereignty to the federal government.

New pastor at United Christian Church

A retirement dinner was held at the United Christian Church for Pastor John A. Fischer and his wife, Sue, recently. John completed 14 years of service at United Christian which is longer than any minister we have had. John and Sue will be doing more traveling in their retirement.

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Enchanted Valley Chalet

I am very concerned that nothing is being done to rescue the Enchanted Valley Chalet. I have received e-mail updates from friends in the Olympians Hiking Club as well as other concerned citizens about the plight of the chalet. The National Park Service has known for months that the river changed coarse and has been moving ever closer to the chalet. The e-mails I received yesterday showed pictures of the damage that the river has already done to the chalet.

Somebody will have to pay

If the silent majority loses the railcar debacle, and transportation of crude oil is allowed to cross the inland Northwest then I propose a mandate on financial restitution in case of spills, explosions, injury and deaths, property damage and loss.

Slush fund for war

I was disturbed to learn that, in his budget request of March 4, President Obama asked Congress for $80 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations that is in addition to core Pentagon spending of about $500

Another successful crab feed at Ocosta

The Ocosta Booster Club would like to say thank you for supporting our 17th annual crab feed fundraiser on March 1. Hosting a crowd of just over 800 people, patrons greeted us with wonderful comments about delicious crab, good fun, and how much they look forward to our event each year. From our local communities to those who traveled from afar, thank you for your appreciation and support of this event. It’s great to see our usual friends, and all the new faces, as well.

Singer had some help

Thank you so much to all who supported our daughter Kelly Barr and her participation in the All-National Honors Choir in Nashville, Tenn., this past October. It was an opportunity that she will remember for the rest of her life. A special thanks to Timberland Bank and the Lions Club for their financial donations and to Carolyn Greer for her help with the audition process. It is a blessing to be a part of such a supportive community.