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Not Simpson

Based on the responses in the recent Daily World article (Candidates Tackle Aberdeen’s Business Climate, June 25) it’s abundantly clear Bill Simpson is not the person to lead Aberdeen.

Support appreciated

The family of Mary Jo Bohren would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for the support during the passing of our Mom. We really appreciated all of the cards, flowers, phone calls, visits and the donations made in Mom’s name. We would like to thank the Satsop United Methodist Church for the wonderful celebration of life and K Bramstedt for speaking and for visiting Mom in the hospital. Also a special thank you to Tiffany Kelly for the programs and helping prepare and show the slide presentation.

One man’s plan

Daily I hear the citizens of Grays Harbor, and especially of Aberdeen, whine, cry and wring their hands about how bad the economy is, no jobs for them or their children, no money to run the city/county, and on and on. And then I read The Daily World (no I don’t do on-line) and wonder why? You are getting exactly what you ask for, vote for, and/or allow to happen due to your apathy.

Why not own up to a mistake?

I have been wondering lately what the ramifications would be if the City of Hoquiam just issued a press release saying that, in granting the permission to site the oil storage facilities in Hoquiam, it made an error in judgment.

An issue with Walsh

Jim Walsh’s June 25 guest opinion column in The Daily World is very good. However, Mr. Walsh fails to include himself in his list of Saul Alinsky’s followers — he has learned from Mr. Alinsky as well.

Teens warn against drinking and driving

I am part of the Wishkah Valley cheerleading team. One of our squad’s objectives for this year has been to bring more awareness to the dangers of teenage drinking and driving. We feel this is too important not to address. We have been raising awareness for the last few years and feel it has really benefited our school and students. We have painted banners, made fliers, designed a memory board at our school of those who have been affected by drunk driving and made a commitment poster for students to sign.

Supporting Micheau

I have multiple concerns about the City of Aberdeen. We have a serious drug problem! A needle exchange program with over 650,000 a year — we have a problem. Those are the ones exchanged not the ones left in the parks, school grounds and streets. The Thunderbird Hotel is another example of the problems we have here in Aberdeen related to drugs. The drug problem brings with it other side effects, such as robbery, theft and prostitution. I hope the citizens of this community are committed to solving our problems. We can only increase our chances of success if we take this election season seriously.
 

If you haven’t been there, you don’t know

This letter is prompted by hearing local people say, “Not all of the homeless are druggies or alcoholics — they deserve our help.” They imply that addicts do NOT deserve help due to their addictions. Please remember that many of the people on drugs, including those who are addicted to alcohol, are self-medicating because they have no access to real medical help and/or no other source of comfort in their very bleak lives. They may have another condition like PTSD or depression that makes them more likely to reach for these substances than most people would.

Joggers and Trotters thankful

We wish to thank all those who attended and contributed to our recent fundraiser. Along with donations and desserts from team members, we received donations of gift certificates, baskets, merchandise, the ingredients for the chili feed and potato bar and monetary donations from local Montesano and Grays Harbor businesses and individuals. We also would like to thank the radio stations and newspapers for advertising our event.

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.