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Locals again being shut out of environmental plans

In a recent guest column, County Commissioner Frank Gordon was singing the praises of the Washington Coastal Restoration Initiative (WCRI). It was a “warm and fuzzy” letter about saving salmon and creating jobs here in Grays Harbor County. Please don’t get me wrong; I am all for saving and actually increasing the salmon and steelhead runs in Grays Harbor County. And jobs — of course Grays Harbor County needs jobs!

Usurious banks

The state now has a tax crisis because the state Supreme Court has ruled that the state must comply with the constitutional mandate to properly fund our schools. The Legislature is now considering raising the gas tax to meet this crisis. This would unfairly impact the middle class and the poor. It is time to make the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, so we should reinstate the inheritance tax with proper exemptions. We need this money to properly educate our children and maintain a fairer tax burden.

Drivers don’t keep their distance

In reference to the March 3 Daily World story, ” Aberdeen police stop cars not yielding to pedestrians” — wonderful to see the police protecting the pedestrian. But there’s a problem. Many drivers fail to keep the three-second distance from the car in front.

No endeavor is without risk

Apparently I am in the minority of those whose letters you’ve printed about shipping oil through the port. The majority that I have read seem to have what I refer to as “Doomsday negativism.” They only seem to look at the worst possible outcome no matter how remote it may be. The oil train fires and explosions that have been abundantly referred to are few and far between and the conditions that caused them are not present on the Harbor. The major safety problem that I perceive is the rail and trains that are moving relatively slow. The railroad company has been upgrading its rail system recently and I don’t believe that the company wants to have accidents anymore than we do.

Oil — Make no mistake, it is about climate change

The state Department of Ecology has just released its study on rail safety. As expected, the risk associated with Climate Change is dismissed in a few words, on page 74: “The extent to which the burning of fossil fuels affects climate is well understood by Ecology. This issue is not within the scope of this study, which does not lessen the importance of the concerns.”

Just budget responsibly

Frank Gordon’s guest opinion dated Feb. 24 is self-serving and does not represent the taxpayers and the other county commissioners. He correctly outlined the budget issues and the reckless spending over the years that he was part of.

Looking for a few good candidates

One very positive attribute of the style of government used by most cities in the Harbor, is that everyday citizens can become elected officials. The mayors and city council members are shopkeepers, woodworkers, students and retirees. Those who run for office must assume a responsibility to be informed about the issues. They must also connect with the residents they serve, asking their opinions on proposed developments.

Public schools are a bargain

In response to James Walsh’s Feb. 19 opinion piece — “What’s paramount is a fresh way to look at funding and conducting education” — stating the tuition at Central Washington University is slightly over $9,000, I think he might want to elaborate honestly on his facts.

Generosity and kindness

On behalf of my family I wish to thank everyone for their generosity and kindness in this life changing event on Jan. 5. There are not enough words to express our gratitude. For Julia and Lonnie for sharing their home and always being there for us. All the neighbors who came to help us to recover some of our things and a big thank you for all the guys who helped to get the safe off of my husband. He’s back to work. Mr. Dave and his wife for the temporary housing. The United Methodist Church of Montesano and Hoquiam for their contribution in helping us. Also Mike and Alyson Fleary, Rhonda Graves, Todd and Kathy Graeber, Freddy Boy and anyone I may have forgotten their was so many people. We felt a genuine concern from all our family friends, neighbors and even strangers. We thank everyone for their prayers.

Home Depot helped

We would like to thank the crew from Home Depot for their help during the flood cleanup. They came to our house on Saturday, Jan. 10, and removed damaged material from our property. We can’t even express our gratitude for their assistance during our time of need. We didn’t get everyone’s name, but to Kevin Finger, Lacy, Jenny from H.R., Doug Remen, Gig Harbor, Chad Hill, Tumwater, and Alan Bowles from Lacey for installing a new hot water tank provided by the Lacey store. Also other crew members that we didn’t get names from. Thank you so much.

Torture

Responding to the latest torture report and calls for accountability, President Obama says that “we must look forward not backward.” As a test of how broadly he is willing to apply his “forward looking,” will he not look forward and dismiss charges against Edward Snowden and allow him to return from exile in Russia, or does his looking forward vision only apply to presidents and other public officials?

Why not you?

The 2015 election season is nearing, I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m not completely satisfied with the entire group of current office holders.

Unmarked cars

I recently noticed that law enforcement officers in Central Park are using unmarked cars or police cars that are difficult to tell whether or not they are police cars.

Wonderful love and support

The family of Lou McPherson would like to thank all of those who helped our mother and us through her decline and passing. Thank you to the past and present staff at the Karr House who took such good care of her the last six years. Thank you to Dr Troeh and the staff at Pacific Care for their support and care during her last days. We wish to thank all who helped with the reception; Anne Marie and her staff, Courtney Cook, Doug and Roy from the Masonic Temple and to all the friends who brought desserts. Your support and love for our mother is greatly appreciated.

Stockings for Soldiers

We at Harrison Family Mortuary would like to thank the generous people of Grays Harbor for participating in our “Stocking for Soldiers” campaign. This year we sent the stocking to a soldier stationed in South Korea near the North Korea border. This is the email he sent us:

Those who helped

Thank you to all of the first responders from the Hoquiam Police Department, the Hoquiam Fire Department, the YMCA, Pastor Gordon and Elaine Schnee and Steve and Kathy Beck for your prompt response to my flooded house the morning of Jan. 5.