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Grays Harbor mayor’s prayer breakfast

The last two years I have been privileged to serve as the co-chair of the Governor’s prayer breakfast in Olympia. This is an event that has been happening since 1941, when then Gov. Langley instituted the first one. Washington was the first state ever to do this.

Gender pay gap doesn’t hold up under scrutiny

T knew eventually this day would come, a day when a journalist in a mainstream publication would have enough courage to write a piece exposing the wage gap myth for the lie that it is despite the overwhelming de facto left-wing censorship that is political correctness. The piece I’m referring to is, “The persistent myth of the gender wage gap and what’s behind it” written by Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Cynthia M. Allen and appearing in

Thank-you letters

We were shopping at Wal-Mart March 25 for memorial services items, explaining to the cashier that my son-in-law had passed away from brain cancer. A wonderful person behind us named “Chris” offered to pay for our entire purchase!

Hoquiam EMS levy

Each year for the past several years, the Hoquiam Fire Department has experienced a steady increase in emergency calls. 2015 was no exception as we received over 3,000 calls for help. Of these, 2,835 were requests for an ambulance.

Cats in need

Throughout this winter HAVA (Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals) took in many adult and teenage cats that lost their forever home for reasons that had nothing to do with the kitties themselves — whether it was health issues with the owner, owner needing to relocate, elderly owner passed away, etc. These are well-adjusted cats, but moving from a loving home into a shelter can be scary when they don’t understand what’s going on. They struggle to adapt to the shelter, and don’t show well because of that. We are desperately trying to find good homes for these cats. They range in age from one to eight years. We also have a couple of seniors that are more than 10 years old in foster homes.

Zero isn’t sensible

Recently, I attended a meeting in Westport. The Pacific Fishery Management Council — a regional government entity that, in this state, is basically controlled by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife — was seeking public comment on its plans to set salmon-fishing limits for the rest of this year.

Who’s minding the store?

The incompetence of the leadership in this county’s Auditor’s Office continues to amaze me. As I write this, no one can purchase license tabs or license plates or transfer a vehicle title at our courthouse in Montesano.

No need for visitor center

In response to Aberdeen Mayor Erik Larson’s sales pitch for future growth: A visitor center – good thought, especially the restroom idea. After what I just witnessed over Valentine’s Day weekend, with the new traffic lane constriction coming into town, summer vacationers will be urinating in their pants, just to get here — because you’ll have traffic backed up to Junction City or beyond. Not to mention the litter that will undoubtedly collect along the roadside.

Thank-You Letters

Lincoln Elementary School, in the Hoquiam School District, would like to extend a huge thank you to the Making A Difference For Grays Harbor Kids for their support of our students. Spearheaded by Joe and Beverly Cornell, this foundation has provided coats, hats, gloves, toys and many school supplies to our students for a generation.