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Erik Larson — The Gateway to future growth

The Gateway Center feasibility study was recently completed by ECONorthwest and based on the comments I have been receiving, there appears to be some confusion as to what the project is and why it is important to Grays Harbor. I am going to try to provide an answer to those questions and explain why I support the project, and you should too.

Bus service to Pacific County

It is now out in the open that Grays Harbor Transit is thinking about providing service to Raymond via Tokeland. This would be done with no compensation from Pacific County for the service. When the voters passed the additional 1/10 of 1 percent sales tax to fund transit with the anticipation of getting all weekend service restored, not to benefit Pacific County.

Governments turn blind eye on cheap labor

I am happy that Hoquiam has decided to continue asking contractors to use the E-Verify system to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S., but I wonder what system Aberdeen, Montesano and Grays Harbor County use to determine that their contractors are not using undocumented immigrant workers.

Abortion

I stand in firm agreement with Edith Higginbotham in her Jan. 21 letter stating numerous after-effects of abortion. However, one very important element was omitted from her timely discussion — or have individual rights encompassed all.

Support spay/neuter programs

Those of us involved with animal rescue and adoption in Grays Harbor, Mason, and Pacific counties know that it truly takes a village to work toward our common goal of “No More Homeless Pets!” February is National Spay-Neuter Awareness Month and a perfect time to showcase the statistics of how many pets and free-roaming animals were altered in 2015 and give thanks for the tireless efforts of these groups and volunteers.

It’s the environmentalists’ fault

I hope the Grays Harbor Commissioners think very carefully before making an agreement with the timber companies because whatever comes out of this will not only impact Grays Harbor County but will probably snowball across the state. Talking with an official of Rayonier timber at last year’s Grays Harbor Sportsman Show, he stated one of the reasons for the access fees was to recoup some of the losses brought on by all the extra expense of environmental rules closing down a lot of production land, I believe that is true with all the large timber companies and even private landowners.

E-Verify

In a time where the political class shies away from controversial decisions and opts for the expedient ones, Hoquiam City Council’s recent vote on E-Verify is a breath of fresh air.

Support schools

Aberdeen voters have an important task at hand, as ballots arrive in the mail for the maintenance and operations levy. There is nothing more important than ensuring that our children receive the best quality education possible. This measure, as in previous years, is a hold-the-line-levy, with no increase over the one approved by voters two years ago.
 

Loving the hard to love

At the meeting, the subject was not roses but the homeless. Basic causes were given, along with a list of helpful agencies and possible solutions. Most are in desperate situations through no fault of their own. And yes, a few could do better but won’t.

Feeling burned

In response to Aaron Hamm’s Dec. 1 letter to the editor, “Feeling lied to,” I agree with Mr. Hamm completely — the voters were lied to by the Grays Harbor Transit Board regarding the restoration of weekend bus service.