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Response to a response

It turns out that Mayor Vini Samuel did respond to my Letter to the Editor dated 4/28/16. However, she posted it to her personal Facebook page for only her friends to see. A friend of mine found it and forwarded it to me. Here is her letter:


In thinking about the Bengazi murder of four Americans, I thought about King David, Bathsheba and Uriah. I still don’t understand way the requests for additional security by our Ambassador in August before Sept. 11 was turned down all three times.

Lauding Gordon

Many residents on the lower Wishkah Road have worked diligently, patiently and with firm hope that the Wishkah Road, from milepost 2.2 to 2.7 would have flood mitigation through the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority.

Part-time commissioners?

I was glad to read in the paper that the county now has enough money to pay some property owner at least $70,000 more than his property was worth. Eminent domain laws were written just to protect taxpayers from this sort of huge over payment.

Your primary vote is important

Please vote in the May 24 presidential primary. It will cost you mere pennies and take mere minutes away from your busy life. Even though individual political parties may use a caucus to choose their candidate, The Revised Code of Washington Chapter 29A.56.010 addresses the reason to have a statewide primary.

Heads in the sand

Once again, the Hoquiam City Council is taking up the issue of E-Verify in regard to the letting of contracts to do thinning and planting in the Hoquiam Watershed. At present, there is only one contractor willing to comply and, of course, is demanding a premium price.

Principle vs. risk

I agree with County Commissioner Wes Cormier that the timber companies should not get tax breaks if they don’t share the forest. I voted with Wes to implement the ordinance with the hope that the timber companies would come to the table and agree to fees similar to a Discovery Pass for state parks. They did not and filed a lawsuit against Grays Harbor County.

Hiding behind bureaucrats

The state’s Human Rights Commission (HRC) has made an administrative rule that opens public bathrooms and locker rooms to people of either gender. Reaction has been intense. Some Washingtonians consider the rule a critical victory for transgender people. Others consider it radical social engineering that’s already produced unintended consequences.

Check the Constitution

Concerning the recent comments, by the Republican Party hierarchy, it only makes sense that the public and voters should know what the Constitution of the United States says about the nomination and appointment of a Supreme Court Judge.

Thanks from St. Mary’s School

St. Mary’s School would like to extend a deep and sincere “thank you” to the Grays Harbor community and beyond, for the prayers, donations, thoughts and support that they have received after the catastrophic flood displaced them in late January.

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.