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More bravos

Thanks and kudos to Jim Eddy for his July 12 letter encouraging live theater patronage. Jim is right. We have wonderful theater in Grays Harbor and are blessed with an amazing amount of talented people! I have often heard people say that they enjoyed a Harbor performance better than the same show in the big city.

Aberdeen’s planters perk up city

We would like to thank the City of Aberdeen and especially those who take care of the beautiful planters throughout the city. They are so well-kept and certainly are a wonderful sight as we enter and drive through Aberdeen. They, and the other planters scattered around, make Aberdeen an attractive place that must appeal to residents and visitors alike. We appreciate the “extra mile” the city extends to this project. It is a pleasure for us to come to Aberdeen.

Purcell supporter

When I learned that Teresa Purcell was running for Washington State Representative I felt a rush of excitement. At last, a well qualified, strong and dynamic person to represent us!

Supporting Lignoski

After reading the four PUD No. 3 candidate interviews in the local paper it seems like only two of the candidates have taken a position on the Tokeland extension project. This project is funded and has been hanging fire for many years.

Guest opinion: Clinton will weaken military

Before considering Hillary Clinton as president, look first at the last Clinton military. In the 1990s, the Bill Clinton Administration damaged the U.S military with a dangerous combination of reduced budgets, diminished forces and increased missions. As a military officer I witnessed first-hand the result of a steep decline in readiness, morale and military strength. Perhaps more telling was the scandal that broke in 1998 that his Defense Secretary ordered the military service chiefs to lie to Congress about military readiness and claim they didn’t need more resources. To his credit, the Commandant of the Marine Corps refused, and, as a result, Congress held an investigation as to the scandal.

Gordon and Smith

Local politics, indeed all politics, is a lot like Game of Thrones, the long-running TV series that never fails to reflect the best and the worst in those who would be leaders of their people. Personality, style, transparency of motives and methods, become as evident in real life politics as they do in the make-believe world.

Supporting Steve Rogers

After a successful professional career as a teacher and administrator, Steve Rogers entered public service in local government. He is running for re-election as a county commissioner and I would encourage Pacific County voters to support him. Mr. Rogers encourages job growth in the area by work with canneries, mills and ports. An important aspect of the work is also coordinating with regional agencies to provide services to Pacific County residents.

Live theater needs you

Live theater on the Harbor struggles for patrons. A common lament heard here is, “There’s nothing to do on the Harbor” or its sidekick, “If you want to see the good stuff, you’ve got to go to Seattle.”

Lignoski supporter

I highly recommend Mike Lignoski for PUD Commissioner Position No. 3 in Pacific County. A life-long resident of Pacific County, Mike graduated from Willapa Valley High School and received an Associate degree from Grays Harbor College. Mike also attended Central Washington University and received a certificate of completion from Cleveland Institute of technology. After numerous college and home courses he also completed the Washington State and Weyerhaeuser electrical apprenticeship program.
 

Part-time commissioners?

I was glad to read in the paper that the county now has enough money to pay some property owner at least $70,000 more than his property was worth. Eminent domain laws were written just to protect taxpayers from this sort of huge over payment.

Your primary vote is important

Please vote in the May 24 presidential primary. It will cost you mere pennies and take mere minutes away from your busy life. Even though individual political parties may use a caucus to choose their candidate, The Revised Code of Washington Chapter 29A.56.010 addresses the reason to have a statewide primary.

Supporting Ayers

Ken Ayers has been purchasing auto parts from my business, Borden’s Auto Parts, for the past three years. In this time I have developed a great working relationship with Ken. He has always treated me honestly, fair and ethically.

PUD rates

In case you haven’t noticed, we got ourselves three wily PUD commissioners. Using the numbers from my March 2016 bill, their proposed straight-line 7.5 cents per kilowatt hour rate system would have raised my bill by 14.66 percent. It’s a good thing that they agreed to raise it only 11.46 percent!

Grays Harbor mayor’s prayer breakfast

The last two years I have been privileged to serve as the co-chair of the Governor’s prayer breakfast in Olympia. This is an event that has been happening since 1941, when then Gov. Langley instituted the first one. Washington was the first state ever to do this.