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Putting faces to names of fallen veterans

For almost three years I have been involved with program known as “Faces Never Forgotten” for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. The goal is to put a face with every name that is etched on the wall. I have collected over 1,200 photos since May 2013 and with your help it will be more.

Disappointed

I found it a bit un-American that your Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, Veterans Day edition of The Daily World didn’t have room on the front page for a small American flag and a thank you note to the many veterans in your service area.

Boy Scouts offer thanks

The Aberdeen Boy Scout Troop 4005 would like to send a heartfelt Thank You to all the folks that supported our annual spaghetti feed. It was a huge success! Special thanks to Jay’s Farm Stand, Michael’s Meats, Franz Bakery, Grocery Outlet, and The Daily World for their contributions for this event.

Saginaw Loggers Day a success

Thank you to all those who supported this years Saginaw Logging Day Show. To Port Blakely and the Snell Crane crew for always being there: To the vendors and sponsors, Bob Shulls and those from North River Grange, Sunny Thompson and Jacob Weber for the opening ceremony, Jeff Fetter and those from Buckley who brought their Hot Saws and Lou Parsons and the gang for bringing the Steam Donkey. To all the loggers, to Jim Welch and Terry Edwards, Regi Mayes and Dave Zepp for the preparations and behind the scenes help. To Warren and Ciara Brough, for continuing to keep this great event going. To The Daily World and Vidette for a great job covering this event. To everyone who came to see the show.

Raines supporter

From promoting fiscally responsible budgets, to working with constituents to solve problems, to developing positive relationships that get results our entire county needs, being a county commissioner is a tough job. We believe that Vickie Raines has proven that she has the skills to serve our entire county as commissioner. An independent voice, Vickie is a leader for all of us who listens and recognizes the importance of working together for the success of our rural counties. She understands the need for family wage jobs, economic growth and protection of property owner’s rights. It is refreshing to have a leader who is not concerned about party politics, but rather understands that jobs and economic opportunities are what our communities need.

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.

Weigh in on fireworks

If you read the Sept. 9 Daily World you are aware that the Hoquiam City Council is discussing a ban on fireworks. Thanks to the foresight of Councilman Ben Winkelman, we will not be voting on it until the last meeting in October.

Education for everyone

I have been optimistically viewing the State of Washington’s education process. Unfortunately, our tuition rates for higher education have been increasing. The funding process does not meet constitutional standards. The Washington State Supreme Court has now indicated in recent cases that the State of Washington has failed to meet the funding mandate.

Wolf costumes?

Religion has always been an issue in this nation. Some see it as good, some see it as bad. I am a Jesus freak — yes I said it, but I have a few words for the flock that follows the cross, “Quit biting each other!”

Kuhn needs your help

As a former Miss Grays Harbor, my heart was born and raised in Aberdeen and I’d love to have the support of our area on the way to Miss America. I’d like to let everyone on the Harbor know about a few exciting ways to help me on the road to Miss America.

Amazing people and police

This is a letter for the kind people who came to help after my little dog was viciously attacked by two pitbulls near the Post Office here in Aberdeen in August. I’m sorry to not have gotten your names, but I so appreciate and want to thank them: to the people in a car who called the police; the woman who brought me a clean towel to wrap him in; the woman who came forward as a witness to this; and the man who contacted the vet, drove us to get a ride, and offered us a ride to Olympia if needed.

War is senseless

I am ashamed that our government and news media continue to support Israel in its genocide against the Palestinians. How many bloody civilian women and children does it take to bring shame on Israelis?

Voters, think for yourselves

It has been said that critical thinking by the electorate is dead. People are expected to make their voting choices by colorful signs, slick flyers and name recognition. There is no room for substantive content on a sign. Flyers are most often a collection of empty buzz phrases such as ” Jobs! Leadership! Independent!” And a rose by any other name still needs to be pruned.