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Torture

Responding to the latest torture report and calls for accountability, President Obama says that “we must look forward not backward.” As a test of how broadly he is willing to apply his “forward looking,” will he not look forward and dismiss charges against Edward Snowden and allow him to return from exile in Russia, or does his looking forward vision only apply to presidents and other public officials?

Why not you?

The 2015 election season is nearing, I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m not completely satisfied with the entire group of current office holders.

Unmarked cars

I recently noticed that law enforcement officers in Central Park are using unmarked cars or police cars that are difficult to tell whether or not they are police cars.

Wonderful love and support

The family of Lou McPherson would like to thank all of those who helped our mother and us through her decline and passing. Thank you to the past and present staff at the Karr House who took such good care of her the last six years. Thank you to Dr Troeh and the staff at Pacific Care for their support and care during her last days. We wish to thank all who helped with the reception; Anne Marie and her staff, Courtney Cook, Doug and Roy from the Masonic Temple and to all the friends who brought desserts. Your support and love for our mother is greatly appreciated.

Stockings for Soldiers

We at Harrison Family Mortuary would like to thank the generous people of Grays Harbor for participating in our “Stocking for Soldiers” campaign. This year we sent the stocking to a soldier stationed in South Korea near the North Korea border. This is the email he sent us:

Those who helped

Thank you to all of the first responders from the Hoquiam Police Department, the Hoquiam Fire Department, the YMCA, Pastor Gordon and Elaine Schnee and Steve and Kathy Beck for your prompt response to my flooded house the morning of Jan. 5.

Compassionate care

Recently our Mother had a massive stroke. She was taken to Gray Harbor Community Hospital. From the time she arrived, they were all so attentive, gentle and took the time to notice they were working on our precious mother. The doctors and the nurses in the ER made sure we had all the information we needed.

Food Bowl a success

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the students and staff of Elma High School for their outstanding performance in Food Bowl 2014. Their hard work and generosity provide the backbone of our fundraising. We are grateful to serve a community who generously supported their efforts and continues to support us in a myriad of ways throughout the year. You are greatly appreciated.

Dinner a success

The Ocean Shores Lions Club Community Thanksgiving Dinner was a success! A room full of people of all ages gathered to give thanks for their blessing and ate delicious turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings. We thank our sponsors the Ocean Shores Elks Club, Emeritus Harbour Point Shores, IGA, the North Beach Senior Center, the Ramada and to the people who came from the community and provided serving assistance, cooking, delivering meals to shut ins and most of all cleaning up.

Sincere thanks

I wanted to thank Keith Samplawski, Julio Silva, Gabe Dominguez, Eduardo Ochoa, Karen Holland, Ben Strong, Hannah Grobey, Pastor Doug Basler, Dick and Dorothy Crow, Kevin Caskey and his friend Don, and Jeannie and Scott McNeal plus everyone else who helped me with the problems with my house over the past five weeks. I could not have done it without each and every one of you.

A generous couple

At Cosmopolis School, we have been very fortunate to receive the generosity from Joe and Beverly Cornell. This past week, they donated a pair of gloves to every student at our school. With the recent cold snap, our students squealed with delight when they were given a brand new set of brightly colored gloves. Students were eager to show their fellow classmates and the adults which set they were given.

Honoring our mother

The family of Delores Cornwell would like to thank all those who came to help us honor our mother. Thank you to those that brought food, sent flowers and cards. Also thank you to Pastor Marc Rice for a beautiful service and the Montesano Moose Lodge. Thanks to George and Drena Cochrane, Terry and Linda Biggs, and Mary Dierick for a wonderful job of keeping the food and beverages flowing.

Contests and Promotions

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Putting faces to names of fallen veterans

For almost three years I have been involved with program known as “Faces Never Forgotten” for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. The goal is to put a face with every name that is etched on the wall. I have collected over 1,200 photos since May 2013 and with your help it will be more.

Disappointed

I found it a bit un-American that your Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, Veterans Day edition of The Daily World didn’t have room on the front page for a small American flag and a thank you note to the many veterans in your service area.

Boy Scouts offer thanks

The Aberdeen Boy Scout Troop 4005 would like to send a heartfelt Thank You to all the folks that supported our annual spaghetti feed. It was a huge success! Special thanks to Jay’s Farm Stand, Michael’s Meats, Franz Bakery, Grocery Outlet, and The Daily World for their contributions for this event.

Saginaw Loggers Day a success

Thank you to all those who supported this years Saginaw Logging Day Show. To Port Blakely and the Snell Crane crew for always being there: To the vendors and sponsors, Bob Shulls and those from North River Grange, Sunny Thompson and Jacob Weber for the opening ceremony, Jeff Fetter and those from Buckley who brought their Hot Saws and Lou Parsons and the gang for bringing the Steam Donkey. To all the loggers, to Jim Welch and Terry Edwards, Regi Mayes and Dave Zepp for the preparations and behind the scenes help. To Warren and Ciara Brough, for continuing to keep this great event going. To The Daily World and Vidette for a great job covering this event. To everyone who came to see the show.

Raines supporter

From promoting fiscally responsible budgets, to working with constituents to solve problems, to developing positive relationships that get results our entire county needs, being a county commissioner is a tough job. We believe that Vickie Raines has proven that she has the skills to serve our entire county as commissioner. An independent voice, Vickie is a leader for all of us who listens and recognizes the importance of working together for the success of our rural counties. She understands the need for family wage jobs, economic growth and protection of property owner’s rights. It is refreshing to have a leader who is not concerned about party politics, but rather understands that jobs and economic opportunities are what our communities need.

Oil EIS comments due Nov. 3

On Thursday, Oct.r 16, over 150 people attended the environmental impact statement scoping meetings in Aberdeen and Elma for the US Development (Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, LLC) proposal to build a crude oil storage terminal that would receive 1.89 million gallons of crude oil by rail per day and transfer this oil into ships that would travel through Grays Harbor Estuary and along the coast. The proposed terminal would be located directly adjacent to the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. When added to the two other proposed crude oil terminals, the result would be approximately 3 additional trains, each over a mile and a half long traveling through Centralia to Hoquiam per day, carrying 6.8769 million gallons of Bakken crude oil and/or Alberta tar sands into Grays Harbor.

Pourhouse still for sale

The owners of the Pourhouse in Aberdeen wish to clarify the current status of the property known as the Pourhouse on Wishkah Street. Numerous reports and social media postings have indicated that the Pourhouse is sold, off the market; or that there are plans to tear down this historic building; these reports are wholly inaccurate.