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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.
 

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.

Gender pay gap doesn’t hold up under scrutiny

T knew eventually this day would come, a day when a journalist in a mainstream publication would have enough courage to write a piece exposing the wage gap myth for the lie that it is despite the overwhelming de facto left-wing censorship that is political correctness. The piece I’m referring to is, “The persistent myth of the gender wage gap and what’s behind it” written by Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Cynthia M. Allen and appearing in

Thank-you letters

We were shopping at Wal-Mart March 25 for memorial services items, explaining to the cashier that my son-in-law had passed away from brain cancer. A wonderful person behind us named “Chris” offered to pay for our entire purchase!

Hoquiam EMS levy

Each year for the past several years, the Hoquiam Fire Department has experienced a steady increase in emergency calls. 2015 was no exception as we received over 3,000 calls for help. Of these, 2,835 were requests for an ambulance.