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Grays Harbor mayor’s prayer breakfast

The last two years I have been privileged to serve as the co-chair of the Governor’s prayer breakfast in Olympia. This is an event that has been happening since 1941, when then Gov. Langley instituted the first one. Washington was the first state ever to do this.

Gender pay gap doesn’t hold up under scrutiny

T knew eventually this day would come, a day when a journalist in a mainstream publication would have enough courage to write a piece exposing the wage gap myth for the lie that it is despite the overwhelming de facto left-wing censorship that is political correctness. The piece I’m referring to is, “The persistent myth of the gender wage gap and what’s behind it” written by Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Cynthia M. Allen and appearing in

Thank-you letters

We were shopping at Wal-Mart March 25 for memorial services items, explaining to the cashier that my son-in-law had passed away from brain cancer. A wonderful person behind us named “Chris” offered to pay for our entire purchase!

Hoquiam EMS levy

Each year for the past several years, the Hoquiam Fire Department has experienced a steady increase in emergency calls. 2015 was no exception as we received over 3,000 calls for help. Of these, 2,835 were requests for an ambulance.

Cats in need

Throughout this winter HAVA (Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals) took in many adult and teenage cats that lost their forever home for reasons that had nothing to do with the kitties themselves — whether it was health issues with the owner, owner needing to relocate, elderly owner passed away, etc. These are well-adjusted cats, but moving from a loving home into a shelter can be scary when they don’t understand what’s going on. They struggle to adapt to the shelter, and don’t show well because of that. We are desperately trying to find good homes for these cats. They range in age from one to eight years. We also have a couple of seniors that are more than 10 years old in foster homes.

Zero isn’t sensible

Recently, I attended a meeting in Westport. The Pacific Fishery Management Council — a regional government entity that, in this state, is basically controlled by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife — was seeking public comment on its plans to set salmon-fishing limits for the rest of this year.

Not a Hillary supporter

We all know if you cannot believe what people say, you can have no relationship with them. You never know when they are telling the truth and when you are being lied to. Some people we know prefer to lie when the truth would serve them better. People who lie about inconsequential things are usually not dangerous.

Thank-You Letters

The Solheim family was overwhelmed with your support after the death of Ron (Dad and Papa). We thank each and every person who sent a card, message, food, flowers or donation. It was apparent he was deeply loved and respected. He will be dearly missed.

Risks far outweigh any benefit from proposed oil terminals in Grays Harbor

More than 500 people testified last fall at two public hearings about crude oil terminals proposed at the Port of Grays Harbor. More than 90,000 submitted written comments on a draft environmental study, the vast majority calling on local and state officials to deny permits for the terminals. They pose too many risks and costs to our communities, the health and safety of our families and our regional economy.

Monte Senior Center looking for donations

This is an update on the progress for the new and improved Montesano Senior Center. For those of you who are not aware, we are going into the building between the Beehive and the Organic 101 Store. The Senior Center will be completely new, top to bottom with a brand new kitchen, furnishings, dishes, silverware, you name it!

Pacific County PUD candidate

I am announcing my candidacy for PUD Commissioner District No. 3. I served in the military, retired from Weyerhaeuser after 25 years, and currently own and operate Ken’s Garage in South Bend. My roots and commitment to my neighbors run deep.

Walking the walk

I am a member of Hoquiam First Baptist Church, and our church is currently hosting the River City homeless camp. These folks have been with us since Dec. 1 and were supposed to move on to another church by the first of March.