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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.

Coroners back Svoboda

We have known Katie Svoboda for many years and know her to be very qualified for this position. Retired Prosecutor Stew Menefee, a well respected prosecuting attorney for over 25 years, supports her. Probably just as important is the local law enforcement support for Katie Svoboda.

Don’t support Cotton for judge

Just pray Jean Cotton doesn’t become the next judge of Grays Harbor County. As guardian ad litem in my petition for guardianship over my father, Jean Cotton did everything she could to make a difficult situation even worse. Without ever presenting any evidence against me, making scurrilous allegations all the way, she ran up a large bill.

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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.