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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.

Putting faces to names of fallen veterans

For almost three years I have been involved with program known as “Faces Never Forgotten” for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. The goal is to put a face with every name that is etched on the wall. I have collected over 1,200 photos since May 2013 and with your help it will be more.

Disappointed

I found it a bit un-American that your Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, Veterans Day edition of The Daily World didn’t have room on the front page for a small American flag and a thank you note to the many veterans in your service area.

Boy Scouts offer thanks

The Aberdeen Boy Scout Troop 4005 would like to send a heartfelt Thank You to all the folks that supported our annual spaghetti feed. It was a huge success! Special thanks to Jay’s Farm Stand, Michael’s Meats, Franz Bakery, Grocery Outlet, and The Daily World for their contributions for this event.

Saginaw Loggers Day a success

Thank you to all those who supported this years Saginaw Logging Day Show. To Port Blakely and the Snell Crane crew for always being there: To the vendors and sponsors, Bob Shulls and those from North River Grange, Sunny Thompson and Jacob Weber for the opening ceremony, Jeff Fetter and those from Buckley who brought their Hot Saws and Lou Parsons and the gang for bringing the Steam Donkey. To all the loggers, to Jim Welch and Terry Edwards, Regi Mayes and Dave Zepp for the preparations and behind the scenes help. To Warren and Ciara Brough, for continuing to keep this great event going. To The Daily World and Vidette for a great job covering this event. To everyone who came to see the show.

Weigh in on fireworks

If you read the Sept. 9 Daily World you are aware that the Hoquiam City Council is discussing a ban on fireworks. Thanks to the foresight of Councilman Ben Winkelman, we will not be voting on it until the last meeting in October.

Education for everyone

I have been optimistically viewing the State of Washington’s education process. Unfortunately, our tuition rates for higher education have been increasing. The funding process does not meet constitutional standards. The Washington State Supreme Court has now indicated in recent cases that the State of Washington has failed to meet the funding mandate.

Wolf costumes?

Religion has always been an issue in this nation. Some see it as good, some see it as bad. I am a Jesus freak — yes I said it, but I have a few words for the flock that follows the cross, “Quit biting each other!”

Kuhn needs your help

As a former Miss Grays Harbor, my heart was born and raised in Aberdeen and I’d love to have the support of our area on the way to Miss America. I’d like to let everyone on the Harbor know about a few exciting ways to help me on the road to Miss America.

Amazing people and police

This is a letter for the kind people who came to help after my little dog was viciously attacked by two pitbulls near the Post Office here in Aberdeen in August. I’m sorry to not have gotten your names, but I so appreciate and want to thank them: to the people in a car who called the police; the woman who brought me a clean towel to wrap him in; the woman who came forward as a witness to this; and the man who contacted the vet, drove us to get a ride, and offered us a ride to Olympia if needed.

War is senseless

I am ashamed that our government and news media continue to support Israel in its genocide against the Palestinians. How many bloody civilian women and children does it take to bring shame on Israelis?

Voters, think for yourselves

It has been said that critical thinking by the electorate is dead. People are expected to make their voting choices by colorful signs, slick flyers and name recognition. There is no room for substantive content on a sign. Flyers are most often a collection of empty buzz phrases such as ” Jobs! Leadership! Independent!” And a rose by any other name still needs to be pruned.