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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.

Gas prices

Considering that gas stations in larger cites outside Grays Harbor County are charging less that $2 a gallon, isn’t it about time that gas stations in Elma, McCleary, Montesano, Aberdeen and Hoquiam quit gouging their customers 40 cents more per gallon? I find it a shame that these businesses have such a low regard for the people that pay their way.

Brighter bridge

Regarding painting the Simpson Avenue bridge: Why would the city want to paint the bridge gray? Isn’t Hoquiam too gray already? Why not take this opportunity to improve the appearance of at least one aspect of the city.

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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.

Bravo!

Congratulations to Bill Dyer and the musicians of the Grays Harbor Symphony! The Nov. 23 “Bach to Broadway” concert was entertaining, fun and well done.

Cornells appreciated

During this of time of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for wonderful people such as Beverly and Joe Cornell. They are so eager to share out of their pockets and their donations from our Harbor businesses to help students with school supplies. Many families are struggling with basic needs and having supplies available for their child is a relief and met with gratitude from the parents and students for these items. This generosity of the Cornell’s time and effort along with donations from our Harbor is far reaching for the greater good.