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Locals again being shut out of environmental plans

In a recent guest column, County Commissioner Frank Gordon was singing the praises of the Washington Coastal Restoration Initiative (WCRI). It was a “warm and fuzzy” letter about saving salmon and creating jobs here in Grays Harbor County. Please don’t get me wrong; I am all for saving and actually increasing the salmon and steelhead runs in Grays Harbor County. And jobs — of course Grays Harbor County needs jobs!

Usurious banks

The state now has a tax crisis because the state Supreme Court has ruled that the state must comply with the constitutional mandate to properly fund our schools. The Legislature is now considering raising the gas tax to meet this crisis. This would unfairly impact the middle class and the poor. It is time to make the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, so we should reinstate the inheritance tax with proper exemptions. We need this money to properly educate our children and maintain a fairer tax burden.

Drivers don’t keep their distance

In reference to the March 3 Daily World story, ” Aberdeen police stop cars not yielding to pedestrians” — wonderful to see the police protecting the pedestrian. But there’s a problem. Many drivers fail to keep the three-second distance from the car in front.

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.

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.