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Locals again being shut out of environmental plans

In a recent guest column, County Commissioner Frank Gordon was singing the praises of the Washington Coastal Restoration Initiative (WCRI). It was a “warm and fuzzy” letter about saving salmon and creating jobs here in Grays Harbor County. Please don’t get me wrong; I am all for saving and actually increasing the salmon and steelhead runs in Grays Harbor County. And jobs — of course Grays Harbor County needs jobs!

Usurious banks

The state now has a tax crisis because the state Supreme Court has ruled that the state must comply with the constitutional mandate to properly fund our schools. The Legislature is now considering raising the gas tax to meet this crisis. This would unfairly impact the middle class and the poor. It is time to make the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, so we should reinstate the inheritance tax with proper exemptions. We need this money to properly educate our children and maintain a fairer tax burden.

Drivers don’t keep their distance

In reference to the March 3 Daily World story, ” Aberdeen police stop cars not yielding to pedestrians” — wonderful to see the police protecting the pedestrian. But there’s a problem. Many drivers fail to keep the three-second distance from the car in front.

No endeavor is without risk

Apparently I am in the minority of those whose letters you’ve printed about shipping oil through the port. The majority that I have read seem to have what I refer to as “Doomsday negativism.” They only seem to look at the worst possible outcome no matter how remote it may be. The oil train fires and explosions that have been abundantly referred to are few and far between and the conditions that caused them are not present on the Harbor. The major safety problem that I perceive is the rail and trains that are moving relatively slow. The railroad company has been upgrading its rail system recently and I don’t believe that the company wants to have accidents anymore than we do.

Oil — Make no mistake, it is about climate change

The state Department of Ecology has just released its study on rail safety. As expected, the risk associated with Climate Change is dismissed in a few words, on page 74: “The extent to which the burning of fossil fuels affects climate is well understood by Ecology. This issue is not within the scope of this study, which does not lessen the importance of the concerns.”

Just budget responsibly

Frank Gordon’s guest opinion dated Feb. 24 is self-serving and does not represent the taxpayers and the other county commissioners. He correctly outlined the budget issues and the reckless spending over the years that he was part of.

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.

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.

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.