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Raymond Theater appreciated

On behalf of the citizens of South Bend, I would like to say thank you Raymond Theatre for hanging on as a building through good times and bad from your first performance of the silent movie “The Jazz Singer” in 1928 to this year’s performance by the anything but silent Gypsy Jazz group Pearl Django.

God bless every one

On behalf of Jeannie Lindstrom’s family and myself, I would like to thank all of our friends and family for their love and support. Words cannot express how much we appreciate each and every one of you. The food was wonderful and all the cards. Donations for Feed the Hungry, flowers, helping out in the kitchen and clean-up, and just being there meant the world to us. Thank you again and God bless each and every one.

Hard-working group

Thank you to all who joined together for the Comcast Clean Up Day in downtown Aberdeen. As a downtown business we appreciate the work that went into planting flowers and general clean up that was accomplished by a well-organized, hard working group.

Wrong question

I enjoyed reading The Best of the Twin Harbors results for 2015. This recognition encourages the good work of many businesses, organizations and individuals. But, when it comes to judging support for oil trains (volume 2), I think you missed the mark for how the question was asked and your interpretation of the responses.

Don’t let our potential for a shipyard sail

I felt compelled to write today as I thought about this community that became my home when I married a hometown boy 34 years ago. All those years ago, I made the move from Cannon Beach, Ore., a tourist town. Prior to that, I lived in nearby Seaside and I grew up in Wonder Lake, Ill., another tourist town. All those places are beautiful to look at but making a living is tough. Tourist towns do not support a lot of family-wage jobs. Shop owners may do alright, usually on a very seasonal basis. Everyone else works at or just above minimum wage, seasonally.

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.