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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.

Robin Williams, a gift who gave

Recently the nation and the world lost a comic genius — Robin Williams. It seems as word traveled around the globe we all seemed to walk a smaller pace. By that, I mean the news media was not focusing on Gaza, Iran, Iraq or the breakout of ebola. It appeared the television media was covering the life and accomplishments of Robin Williams.

Mayors back Vickie Raines

One of the things we love about Grays Harbor is our small, tight-knit community. We recognize that working together toward our common goals of creating strong, vibrant communities benefits each of our individual cities as well as the county as a whole. We know teamwork makes each community stronger.

Some Harbor help for Miss America candidate?

I would like to thank Grays Harbor for the wonderful support I have received from so many over my years as a contestant in the Miss America Organization. The Miss Grays Harbor Scholarship Program has been an instrumental part of my personal growth, first as Miss Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen 2008, then as Miss Grays Harbor 2013. The director, Sue Drolz, has been supportive of my goals even when it led me to Massachusetts, where I now attend graduate school.

No time for due diligence on hospital decision

I was a participant in the League of Women Voter’s forum the night of July 23 at the Log Pavilion, on the “con” side of the panel discussion. My position was mis-characterized in your article published Thursday, July 24. In fact I suspect your reporter left the event well in advance of its conclusion.

“Yes” on hospital

I was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen and raised in Montesano. I lived most of my life in Grays Harbor County but three years ago moved to Olympia. I have been employed at Grays Harbor Community Hospital for 17 years.

Commission curiosity

I can’t help but wonder what is going on inside the County Commission that is causing the self-proclaimed “fifth candidate” in the County Commissioners race to be so afraid of a new set of eyes.

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A happy ending

My family and I owe a debt of gratitude to all the dedicated personnel involved in the search and rescue of my wife Karen Grygorcewicz, who was lost in the woods in McCleary recently.

Thanks to Comcast

On behalf of the board and staff at Grays Harbor Historical Seaport, we would like to express our gratitude to Comcast, local Comcast employees and their families, and the GHHSA volunteers who turned out for Comcast Cares Day at Seaport Landing on April 26.

High cost of hunting

My husband, Leonard, and I have enjoyed the fishing and hunting here in the state of Washington. We are 73 and 74 years of age and I am disabled. This is an important food source for us.

Not if, but when

I grew up in Aberdeen and Hoquiam and graduated from Hoquiam High School. I now live in Vancouver, Wash. where I am protesting with many other Vancouver residents against a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver.

Grateful family

The family of Kenneth C. Ask would like to take this time to thank you, Dr. Givens, Dr. Troeh, Grays Harbor Community Hospital, the Critical Care Unit, the Hoquiam and Aberdeen fire departments, and friends and family who sent cards, flowers and donations, and those who attended the services for Ken.

Commissioner weights in

On Monday, May 19, I presented to the Board of County Commissioners a resolution on oil safety for transportation and environmental impacts. The resolution did not pass, as the other two commissioners did not agree. I respect their views on this issue but am concerned that if we are not the voice for the people, who is? How are the federal agencies and railroad supposed to know our concerns? Our leaders in Olympia and Washington, D.C. will only know our concerns if we are able to voice them.