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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.
 

Erik Larson — The Gateway to future growth

The Gateway Center feasibility study was recently completed by ECONorthwest and based on the comments I have been receiving, there appears to be some confusion as to what the project is and why it is important to Grays Harbor. I am going to try to provide an answer to those questions and explain why I support the project, and you should too.

Bus service to Pacific County

It is now out in the open that Grays Harbor Transit is thinking about providing service to Raymond via Tokeland. This would be done with no compensation from Pacific County for the service. When the voters passed the additional 1/10 of 1 percent sales tax to fund transit with the anticipation of getting all weekend service restored, not to benefit Pacific County.

Governments turn blind eye on cheap labor

I am happy that Hoquiam has decided to continue asking contractors to use the E-Verify system to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S., but I wonder what system Aberdeen, Montesano and Grays Harbor County use to determine that their contractors are not using undocumented immigrant workers.

Abortion

I stand in firm agreement with Edith Higginbotham in her Jan. 21 letter stating numerous after-effects of abortion. However, one very important element was omitted from her timely discussion — or have individual rights encompassed all.

Support spay/neuter programs

Those of us involved with animal rescue and adoption in Grays Harbor, Mason, and Pacific counties know that it truly takes a village to work toward our common goal of “No More Homeless Pets!” February is National Spay-Neuter Awareness Month and a perfect time to showcase the statistics of how many pets and free-roaming animals were altered in 2015 and give thanks for the tireless efforts of these groups and volunteers.