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In praise of public servants

The Aug. 18, Daily World carried a story headlined “Organizers question intent of camper’s arrest.” One of our police officers observed a person thought to be a wanted felon in an outdoor place, confirmed that the man was wanted for arrest, and the police department arrested the man. There was no evil plot here, it was professional policing. This is what we want our police officers to do; to protect and serve. They do it very well and we should thank them for their service. When I say thank them for their service, I don’t mean just pertaining to one arrest that was illustrated in a newspaper article, but for all of the selfless and professional service they give to our communities, seen and unseen.

History we don’t want to repeat

In the mid 1970s, due to the initiative of a city official, the City of Aberdeen changed the three-lane configuration on Wishkah Street to two lanes. Needless to say, chaos and congestion ensued. The three-lane configuration was restored after one week.

Supports Dingler for mayor

Crystal Dingler is my choice for mayor of Ocean Shores. I choose to vote for her because she is capable, committed, connected, and has demonstrated that she can do the job well, plus she has the desire to “re-up” for another four-year term.

Margin of safety is thin

I am new to this area, so at the risk of sounding redundant, I’d like to address the problem with railroad tankers in general that are carrying crude oil every day and will be here unless we do more to stop it.

Visitor center

Recently in The Daily World there were pros and cons concerning the location of a tourist center in Aberdeen. It was suggested to be at the now vacant Pourhouse Tavern, and I think it should.

Support the D&R

I have never been much of a concertgoer because they are typically too loud, too crowded and too much hassle. However, I love going to the D&R Theatre in Aberdeen. Recently, at the America concert, we got to see internationally famous talent up close and personal. Awesome show!

Food Ball 2.0

Coastal Harvest would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Hoquiam and Aberdeen graduating classes of 1995 for their outstanding support via Food Ball 2.0! Their challenge brought in much needed funds so that we could continue our work in feeding the hungry.

Just stop

It was interesting to read the arguments for and against funding abortion. There is a great alternative to saving the millions taxpayers have been giving to Planned Parenthood. A proposal that would end this funding and this debate that is gaining support all around America is the Birth at Conception Act. This law would make every abortion, murder as the child is alive as soon as he or she is conceived. This seems to be so meaningful as it is only stating what has always been true.

Wrong way lanes

There will probably be a worsening of the bottleneck situations on Wishkah and Heron when they are reduced to two lanes each in the future. I base this prediction on my experience as a police administrator in Everett and on similar moves by a small city in California where I lived at the time.

Dedicated service

The Pacific County Fire District No. 5 Commissioners would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to Rick Wilcox and Chief Jim Hart for their dedication and service to the department. Both are retiring after 25 years of unselfish service to the public of Fire District 5.

Good job Scouts

I would like to take this opportunity to give a “Good Job” to the Hoquiam Boy Scouts, troop 100. I hope their car wash on Saturday, July 11 was a great success, rain and all. They did a fantastic job. I felt guilty bringing in my dirty car and would have been very happy with a quick once over. My car had a 20 minute makeover! Can’t remember it being to clean. Thanks guys!! The parents were pretty great too.

Festival a success

We wish to thank The Daily World and their excellent reporter Kellie Benz for the outstanding article announcing Lily Lane Farm’s Daylily Days. The festival was a huge success, due in a great part to the World’s article. Thanks to all the vendors and attendees and we look forward to 2016 and a bigger and better Daylily Days festival.

Prosecutor’s Office

As I read the headline and subsequent article on July 29 in The Daily World regarding the rape charges being dismissed against a Lewis-McChord service member due to the inability of the Prosecutor’s Office to provide evidence correctly and in a timely manner, I am reminded of a letter submitted by the Honorable Judge Gordon Godfrey during last year’s election.

A vote for Samuel

I support Vini Samuel for mayor of Montesano. I believe that she is the best qualified candidate because she has a great deal of integrity and maturity. She is a peace maker and will work hard to reconcile the different factions in the city administration, on the City Council and in our town. Vini is a good person and a hard worker who will support our families and local businesses. She will make an excellent mayor of our wonderful city! Fellow citizens of Montesano, please vote for Vini Samuel.

Vote against oil

I would like to express my appreciation to the Aberdeen City Council for its action to pass a temporary moratorium on the development of crude oil storage facilities in Aberdeen. This moratorium will protect the city from applications for inappropriate development along its shorelines while zoning codes are being developed. I am hopeful that the council will make the moratorium permanent during its Aug. 26 public hearing and prevent future oil storage facilities from being located here.

A vote for Micheau

Aberdeen voters have an opportunity to opt for one of two new candidates in the upcoming mayor race. Both are addressing serious issues that have been languishing for years. In my estimation, both candidates, Jack Micheau and Erik Larson care deeply about Aberdeen and are promising to reverse the rudderless drift of the town.