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Looking for a few good candidates

One very positive attribute of the style of government used by most cities in the Harbor, is that everyday citizens can become elected officials. The mayors and city council members are shopkeepers, woodworkers, students and retirees. Those who run for office must assume a responsibility to be informed about the issues. They must also connect with the residents they serve, asking their opinions on proposed developments.

Public schools are a bargain

In response to James Walsh’s Feb. 19 opinion piece — “What’s paramount is a fresh way to look at funding and conducting education” — stating the tuition at Central Washington University is slightly over $9,000, I think he might want to elaborate honestly on his facts.

Gracious Cornells

I would like to extend a big thank you to Making a Difference for Kids in Grays Harbor operated by Joe and Beverly Cornell. They have been very gracious and donated many needed items such as coats, hats, gloves, toys and numerous school supplies to the students at Lincoln Elementary School. As someone stated they are our earth angels.

Difficult time

I need to say a big thank you to a lot of people during my sad and difficult time. First to my neighbors Brent and Diane Whitmire. Then to Aaron Glanz, Russ Fitts, Dave McManus, Jeremy Towery, Rhonda Minks, plus several I didn’t get their names and Mike MacGregor. A big thank you to Rocky Sage, Chanda Hair, JoAnn Sutter, Patrice Timpson, Angi Schreiber and Scott Sage. Thanks also to Dave and Carol Wayman, Stan and Diane Pinnick, Rhonda and Ken Ham, Rob Schreiber and Brett Mackey. Thank you North Beach Girls basketball team for the flowers and Madi and Emily for delivering them. Thanks to all the people that dropped in, brought food and sent cards. A special thanks to North Beach Printing and the North Beach Schools and staff. In the event that I missed someone please know that I appreciate all this community has done for me and Jaen.

Good old boys club?

The purpose of this letter is to indicate that I recently went to a Grays Harbor Port meeting. I was amazed to find out that they were also having the annual meetings of two other legal corporations owned and operated by who? The Grays Harbor Port Commissioners!

Lake was never given to the tribe

In response to the Quinault Tribe owning Lake Quinault, there needs to be more research done by government entities. I have been researching Native American history for almost 30 years and have been nationally recognized for my research. Thanks to the Internet anyone can access documents pertaining to Lake Quinault and the reservation boundaries. Washington State University early map collections will show you the original agreed-upon allotments and survey from 1911.

Tax help

Those of us who volunteer at the AARP Tax Aide program wish to thank Sarah Glorian for mentioning our services in her column that appeared in The Daily World on Jan. 22. But there is one statement we wish to clarify. Our clients do not need to be age 60 or older. We take all ages and can handle most returns. There are certain uncommon or difficult situations that are beyond our scope.

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Gas prices

Considering that gas stations in larger cites outside Grays Harbor County are charging less that $2 a gallon, isn’t it about time that gas stations in Elma, McCleary, Montesano, Aberdeen and Hoquiam quit gouging their customers 40 cents more per gallon? I find it a shame that these businesses have such a low regard for the people that pay their way.

Brighter bridge

Regarding painting the Simpson Avenue bridge: Why would the city want to paint the bridge gray? Isn’t Hoquiam too gray already? Why not take this opportunity to improve the appearance of at least one aspect of the city.

Love and support

The family of Jack Waite would like to thank all of those who helped with the reception — the Hoquiam Elks and volunteers, Grays Harbor Poggie Club, all friends and family who brought food and desserts, all who donated to the Poggie Club Scholarship and those who sent flowers.

Baun family thankful

The family of Ross Baun would like to thank Sheriff Scott Johnson and the Pacific County Deputies, the kayakers who found him, Stoller’s Mortuary, the search volunteers, the donations from community merchants, the Abundant Life Church and the community itself.

Generosity and kindness

On behalf of my family I wish to thank everyone for their generosity and kindness in this life changing event on Jan. 5. There are not enough words to express our gratitude. For Julia and Lonnie for sharing their home and always being there for us. All the neighbors who came to help us to recover some of our things and a big thank you for all the guys who helped to get the safe off of my husband. He’s back to work. Mr. Dave and his wife for the temporary housing. The United Methodist Church of Montesano and Hoquiam for their contribution in helping us. Also Mike and Alyson Fleary, Rhonda Graves, Todd and Kathy Graeber, Freddy Boy and anyone I may have forgotten their was so many people. We felt a genuine concern from all our family friends, neighbors and even strangers. We thank everyone for their prayers.