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Grassroots effort

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.

Amazing community

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.

Relay event a success

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.

Recreational weed and medicinal weed are apples and oranges

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.

U.S. taking the wrong path with Russians

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.

Wake up!

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.

Missing in action: The Fourth Estate

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.

Thank you, socialism

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.

New pastor at United Christian Church

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.

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She was embraced

The family of Arlene Hergenrether would like to extend a huge thank you to all of Grays Harbor for embracing our mother and making her last four years here remarkable. Hallak Medical Group for providing her medical care. Catholic Community Services for providing the girls who came into her home. Senior Companions, your staff enriched her life. Arlene lived at Emerson Manor, you made us feel welcomed and at home. Hoquiam Senior Center everyone from the kitchen staff to the volunteers went above and beyond providing her with love, hugs and cheer. She always let us know how great all of you are. Grays Harbor Community Hospital from the time we enter your doors in the ER everyone’s care, respect, kindness and compassion touch us all. We knew she was receiving the best care. Thank you sister Sara.

Family thankful

The family of Teresa Cugal would like to thank everyone at Harrison Family Mortuary and Flowers by Pollen for doing such a beautiful heart-felt job on Teresa’s service and flowers. We would also like to extend a special thanks to Pastor Bob Hoem for officiating and helping us through one of the most difficult times of our lives. Thanks also go to the men and women of the Aberdeen Fire Department for their many trips to and from the hospital, Teresa’s personal care providers, Barbara Whitney and Marion Krasowski, and all of the staff in ICU at Grays Harbor Community Hospital who took such wonderful care of our mother.

Human shields

Government by the people and for the people is a fantasy. We are locked into a trickle-down system that leaves most of us in a struggle. Governments should protect its citizens not jeopardize them. We have allowed money to control our actions, crippling our humanity.