The following letter from Randolph Peck of Ocean Shores was sent to Grays Harbor County Commissioners last week.
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McCleary is fortunate to have access to the VFW hall for its community events. Regrettably over the years, the post has lost many of its members. Presently a new group of veterans is trying to restore the building and need the community’s help.
I didn’t lose everything from the water damage at Emerson Manor but being displaced showed me some amazing things. I was able to see the community act so quickly to come to our aid — all of the agencies and people from all over who so generously gave of their funds and time and reached out with compassion. It made a real difference. I discovered renewed hope and faith in a world that seemed uncaring. There is good in this world.
We would like to thank all those who attended and contributed to our recent fundraiser. Along with donations from team members, we received gift certificates, baskets, merchandise and desserts for the auction, plus ingredients for the chili and potato bar. Also we received some monetary donations from local businesses and individuals.
This is astounding! Let’s take a closer look at what is now called “recreational” marijuana. It is more than interesting and infuriating, raising questions of an ethical and hypocritical nature. Not so long ago the “powers that be” were spreading the word to all, across the land, including our youth … that marijuana was a “gateway drug.” Meaning — you beware! If you try this, you will naturally graduate to the harder drugs: heroin, cocaine, speed, meth. etc. Also, if you smoke marijuana, it just might deform your future children. Make you go crazy. Apparently all that information on the harmful effects of marijuana has gone away and all is good to “recreate,” now. Because our state passed I-502.
When the Ukraine/Crimea situation erupted, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry hypocritically became interested in international law. To the Russians, this collective jaw flapping about international law was disingenuous given that every day, Obama violates international law by infringing upon national sovereignties with deadly drones and secret forays by U.S. military. Moreover, the executive branch’s war on Libya was neither constitutionally declared or authorized by Congress.
If, in the bigger picture here on Earth, we are faced with economic collapse based on oil dependency and water shortage, maybe the Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and others of the 1 percent could start using their funds to encourage food production on a local level, start converting saltwater to drinking water and energizing our lives with wind and sun power. Oil, coal and nuclear are polluters.
The ship of state is floundering in troubled waters and you and I are on board. Congress doesn’t bat an eye at sending 4,400 young Americans to their death, killing 500,000 Iraqis and spending two trillion dollars on an illegal invasion of Iraq. The lapel pin patriots, with their American flag pins fixed to their suit lapels will look straight into the camera and tell you we need to cut (name your social program) to trim the deficit and right the ship.
Last week the Grays Harbor County Commissioners voted to approve zoning for marijuana production and sales. Their justification for this centered on the following two points.
Obamacare, AKA the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is supposed to be the saving grace for all of America. States like Washington that opt into the exchanges of the ACA get five years of federal funds before the money goes away and the states are left to flounder until they surrender sovereignty to the federal government.
A retirement dinner was held at the United Christian Church for Pastor John A. Fischer and his wife, Sue, recently. John completed 14 years of service at United Christian which is longer than any minister we have had. John and Sue will be doing more traveling in their retirement.
A recent statement made by a Vietnam veteran brought me to tears.
On behalf of the 3,000 members of Back Country Horsemen of Washington, I am writing in support of the preservation of Enchanted Valley Chalet within Olympic National Park.
I was reading my recent letter to the editor when I realized in abject horror that a one letter typo on my part had given the oil industry a much undeserved break.
While everyone’s attention has recently been focused on Malaysia 370, we in Washington State have our own missing flight mystery, and I am wondering why no one — no one! — is paying the slightest attention to it, even though there are eerie parallels between it and 370.