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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.

Gracious Cornells

I would like to extend a big thank you to Making a Difference for Kids in Grays Harbor operated by Joe and Beverly Cornell. They have been very gracious and donated many needed items such as coats, hats, gloves, toys and numerous school supplies to the students at Lincoln Elementary School. As someone stated they are our earth angels.

Difficult time

I need to say a big thank you to a lot of people during my sad and difficult time. First to my neighbors Brent and Diane Whitmire. Then to Aaron Glanz, Russ Fitts, Dave McManus, Jeremy Towery, Rhonda Minks, plus several I didn’t get their names and Mike MacGregor. A big thank you to Rocky Sage, Chanda Hair, JoAnn Sutter, Patrice Timpson, Angi Schreiber and Scott Sage. Thanks also to Dave and Carol Wayman, Stan and Diane Pinnick, Rhonda and Ken Ham, Rob Schreiber and Brett Mackey. Thank you North Beach Girls basketball team for the flowers and Madi and Emily for delivering them. Thanks to all the people that dropped in, brought food and sent cards. A special thanks to North Beach Printing and the North Beach Schools and staff. In the event that I missed someone please know that I appreciate all this community has done for me and Jaen.

Good old boys club?

The purpose of this letter is to indicate that I recently went to a Grays Harbor Port meeting. I was amazed to find out that they were also having the annual meetings of two other legal corporations owned and operated by who? The Grays Harbor Port Commissioners!

Lake was never given to the tribe

In response to the Quinault Tribe owning Lake Quinault, there needs to be more research done by government entities. I have been researching Native American history for almost 30 years and have been nationally recognized for my research. Thanks to the Internet anyone can access documents pertaining to Lake Quinault and the reservation boundaries. Washington State University early map collections will show you the original agreed-upon allotments and survey from 1911.

Tax help

Those of us who volunteer at the AARP Tax Aide program wish to thank Sarah Glorian for mentioning our services in her column that appeared in The Daily World on Jan. 22. But there is one statement we wish to clarify. Our clients do not need to be age 60 or older. We take all ages and can handle most returns. There are certain uncommon or difficult situations that are beyond our scope.

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Compassionate care

Recently our Mother had a massive stroke. She was taken to Gray Harbor Community Hospital. From the time she arrived, they were all so attentive, gentle and took the time to notice they were working on our precious mother. The doctors and the nurses in the ER made sure we had all the information we needed.

Food Bowl a success

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the students and staff of Elma High School for their outstanding performance in Food Bowl 2014. Their hard work and generosity provide the backbone of our fundraising. We are grateful to serve a community who generously supported their efforts and continues to support us in a myriad of ways throughout the year. You are greatly appreciated.

Dinner a success

The Ocean Shores Lions Club Community Thanksgiving Dinner was a success! A room full of people of all ages gathered to give thanks for their blessing and ate delicious turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings. We thank our sponsors the Ocean Shores Elks Club, Emeritus Harbour Point Shores, IGA, the North Beach Senior Center, the Ramada and to the people who came from the community and provided serving assistance, cooking, delivering meals to shut ins and most of all cleaning up.

Sincere thanks

I wanted to thank Keith Samplawski, Julio Silva, Gabe Dominguez, Eduardo Ochoa, Karen Holland, Ben Strong, Hannah Grobey, Pastor Doug Basler, Dick and Dorothy Crow, Kevin Caskey and his friend Don, and Jeannie and Scott McNeal plus everyone else who helped me with the problems with my house over the past five weeks. I could not have done it without each and every one of you.

A generous couple

At Cosmopolis School, we have been very fortunate to receive the generosity from Joe and Beverly Cornell. This past week, they donated a pair of gloves to every student at our school. With the recent cold snap, our students squealed with delight when they were given a brand new set of brightly colored gloves. Students were eager to show their fellow classmates and the adults which set they were given.

Honoring our mother

The family of Delores Cornwell would like to thank all those who came to help us honor our mother. Thank you to those that brought food, sent flowers and cards. Also thank you to Pastor Marc Rice for a beautiful service and the Montesano Moose Lodge. Thanks to George and Drena Cochrane, Terry and Linda Biggs, and Mary Dierick for a wonderful job of keeping the food and beverages flowing.

Woeful November

November 2014 was a very pivotal point in America! First we had the lowest voter turnout in America in 75 years at only 36 percent of registered voters casting a ballot (according to NBC News). Are we really supporting our troops and freedoms by not voting?

Dikes and dams not always the answer

While working for the Skokomish Tribe, I have been involved with the restoration of the Skokomish River Estuary and flood plain. I was fortunate to work with many good people that made the restoration work a reality. It took a broad array of agencies, the Skokomish Tribe, Tacoma Power and Mason County to make an impact on flooding on the Skokomish while restoring the lower watershed. Taking dikes down, removing culverts, restoring the flood plain were all part of the work.

Where are the protests?

I am deeply troubled by the fact that our rights, freedom, laws and privileges are steadily disappearing, day by day. Atheistic ideologies rule. And anyone daring to stand up for their Christian values find themselves condemned by the public in general, dragged into courts, fined and some jailed for their efforts.