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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.

Is it Raines’ gender Gordon objects to?

I truly will never lose my faith, hope and charity in The Daily World . You have been my guiding light for too many years, but I was extremely embarrassed and disappointed in the interview published in the July 22 edition with Frank Gordon, written by Steven Friederich, indeed one of my favorite writers.

Coming of age in 1944

The 70-year class reunion of the Weatherwax High School Class of 1944 was celebrated with a luncheon July 24, at the Aberdeen Elks with 17 classmates and 17 guests. The tables were decorated with blue and gold with Flowers by Pollen.

No on hospital

The Grays Harbor Community Hospital levy proposal is so poorly written that for the first time in 30 years as a registered voter I am voting against a vital services levy.

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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.

Speak up

Driving down I-5 recently, I saw miles and miles of railroad cars parked on tracks bordering the highway. They appeared to be empty, maybe lumber cars, but my mind jumped to the indelible, horrific picture of a town destroyed by exploding, fiery crude-oil tank-cars! Since that event in Lake Megantic, when a crude oil train rolled into town and wiped out its center, it has become nearly impossible to see a tank-car and not remember. Nearly 50 of its citizens died that night, incinerated by the blast.


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Fire district commissioners tell their side of things

Recently, there have been a couple of front page articles in The Daily World that question the honesty and integrity of Grays Harbor Fire District No. 8. Claims were made by the City of Hoquiam administrators and the articles in question arose from aggressively-worded interviews with those administrators. These claims are unprofessional and untrue. Certain statements were made regarding comments allegedly made by GH Fire District No. 8 Chief John Collum. These statements are also unprofessional and untrue.

Still time to block oil

I spent three days meeting people on their way to the Grays Harbor Wildlife Refuge during the Shorebird Festival. From across the country and the world they stopped to see the nesting Great Horned Owls. Most stayed to hear about the crude oil facilities proposed to be constructed in the midst of this natural wonder. The majority could not find a reason, other than money lust, that this folly would be allowed. For some, the outrage then turned to submission. “We can’t stop them. It’s a done deal.”