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Home Depot helped

We would like to thank the crew from Home Depot for their help during the flood cleanup. They came to our house on Saturday, Jan. 10, and removed damaged material from our property. We can’t even express our gratitude for their assistance during our time of need. We didn’t get everyone’s name, but to Kevin Finger, Lacy, Jenny from H.R., Doug Remen, Gig Harbor, Chad Hill, Tumwater, and Alan Bowles from Lacey for installing a new hot water tank provided by the Lacey store. Also other crew members that we didn’t get names from. Thank you so much.

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.

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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.

Port association criticized for censure letter

It was with dismay that I read of the Washington Public Ports Association letter of “censure” to Olympia Port Commissioners George Barner and Sue Gunn. It is exactly their job to presume to inform another port commission that a grave error in judgment has been made and to urge them to rethink that position in light of the damage that will be done to their own operations and the constituency they represent.

“Harbor needs Vickie Raines”

Wikipedia defines “Lunch-Bucket Democrat” thus: “… a label that connotes an absence of lofty philosophical concerns in favor of a concern for people’s more basic needs.” That’s where I come from. I am a lifelong Liberal, but I live in the real world, where “quality of life” begins with a job. My friend Kellie Daniels, the sister I never had, is a Slade Gorton Republican. Defined by others as, “fiscally conservative with a dedication for hard work, solution focused, passion for public service and a concern for all people, including those without a voice in the process.”

For Spencer

I have made it no secret that I am supporting Mike Spencer for Grays Harbor County Prosecutor in the upcoming election. I have known Mike personally and professionally for over 35 years. The personal attacks that have been leveled against him by the supporters of his opponent are both outrageous and ludicrous to those who know him. They would like uninformed voters to believe that he devalues women, simply because he has called into question the lack of experience and training of his opponent, who happens to be a woman. Apparently, in their world view, no woman may ever be criticized. His opponent’s supporters have also dredged up an incident in which his former wife falsely accused him of domestic violence. For the record, he was never convicted of anything. If I believed that he was guilty of domestic violence, I would not be supporting him.

Vote NO on I-594

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, is funding a ballot measure I-594 which will criminalize most gun owners in Washington State if it passes. Then Bloomberg will use it as a national model to be imposed on gun owners nationwide. Promoted as a “simple measure to ensure that a background check is conducted for every gun purchase,” it is much, much more. And if you fail to comply with the extensive 594 paperwork, the first violation is a gross misdemeanor and if convicted, subsequent violations are a class C felony.

Breast cancer awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month when we remember the challenges faced by women — and men — who have experienced or will experience breast cancer. Survival rates now are much higher than in past years, and we can be grateful for all the advances that have been made in diagnosis, surgery and treatment.