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In a time where the political class shies away from controversial decisions and opts for the expedient ones, Hoquiam City Council’s recent vote on E-Verify is a breath of fresh air.

Support schools

Aberdeen voters have an important task at hand, as ballots arrive in the mail for the maintenance and operations levy. There is nothing more important than ensuring that our children receive the best quality education possible. This measure, as in previous years, is a hold-the-line-levy, with no increase over the one approved by voters two years ago.

Support schools

Aberdeen and Hoquiam voters have a tremendous responsibility right now, to mark their ballots in support of the school levies being proposed by both school districts. In my professional and personal life, I see daily how important these levy funds are to our schools and our communities, but most importantly to our kids.

Vote “yes” for schools

Nothing is more important for our community than quality schools. On behalf of the businesses and organizations represented by Greater Grays Harbor Inc., we want to encourage voters to mark and mail ballots by Feb. 9.

The meaning of life

We talk much in medicine about the end of life. We try to predict when it will end (prognosis). We explore ways to prevent death (treatment). We look to comfort those in their last days (palliation).

Vote for schools

During my 30 years in education, the citizens of Aberdeen have generously supported the school levies. I appreciated the support from the community knowing the programs in place for the education of our children would continue. As a parent, it was amazing knowing our community believed in our schools and supported the education of my children. Now, my grandchildren are attending schools in Aberdeen at the grade school, junior high and high school levels. The education of our children and the programs that enrich and support their education are more important than ever.

The Bart Simpson Party

This is a sequel to a letter I wrote and The Daily World printed in 1992, an election year in which Bill Clinton defeated incumbent President George H.W. Bush. “I think we should start the BS Party. Bart Simpson of course …” “Why not run Bart against George? That would at least make it entertaining” summarizes my message in that letter.


Once again we are going to Olympia to the largest demonstration of its kind to remind our legislators that many of us out here believe that life is to be valued and that abortion kills children and hurts women! We now have plenty of information about the damage abortion does to women. The research is done, the facts are in. Women are hurt every day by this barbaric practice. Just ask the women of “Silent No More.”

Cosi school votes

Thank you to the City Council of Cosmopolis, the Cosmopolis Lions Club and the Cosmopolis School Board for their resolutions urging the voters of Cosmopolis to support the levy and bond issues on the Feb. 9 ballot.

Budgets and taxes

The county budget for 2016 is causing problems for at least three departments: the Auditor’s, the Assessor’s and the Sheriff’’s offices are all straining to provide mandated services with too few employees and restricted resources.


The Trans Pacific Partnership is an attempt to overthrow and make obsolete the nation state itself by relegating the United States government as merely a bystander and making its laws unenforceable.


With the information we have it looks like now the homeless are going to be getting new homes. This is all well and good but where are these containers going to be placed? Where are they going to use the generators? How are they going to be getting the power and money to run them?


I would like to agree with Mr. Fred Thurman on the points he made in his Jan. 6 letter to the editor, “Where’s the Lumber?”

Lumber memories

I gather that Fred Thurman who wrote asking “Where’s all the lumber?” in the Jan. 6 newspaper hasn’t lived on the Harbor for very long. I worked in the timber industry — log accounting — for West Coast Orient Co. (log exporters) and for Rayonier Timber Division from 1965 until I retired in 2000.

Who buys the next round?

We all scratch our heads. Is Donald Trump just a showman? Is all his braggadocio, swagger and folderol just a blip in time? Is he an enigma, an anomaly, a flash in the pan or the new political reality?

Problem not with Cosmo

On Dec. 21, I shared my concerns at the Grays Harbor County Commissioners meeting that the county Assessor’s Office has continued to not distribute the final assessed valuations of property in a timely manner.

Carson voter

Ben Carson is the most believable candidate for the President of the United States of America. He is not only a very smart surgeon but he understands delegation of duties. A president who does not have intelligent advisers around him is an ineffective leader. I believe Ben would probably use virtually all the other candidates now running because every one has something to contribute.