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Paul Noe — Governor’s carbon bill would make mills less competitive

Recent news from coastal Washington and the Olympic Peninsula has provided a glimpse into the future of a paper and wood products industry that plays a critical role in the region’s economy. Investments in local facilities are helping them compete in the new efficient manufacturing, carbon neutral energy economy. The question is whether state policies collectively are going to help or hinder that competitiveness.

County facing rising costs, shrinking revenue

The time has come to meet Grays Harbor County’s fiscal problems head on. Your three county commissioners are tasked each year with writing and funding an annual budget, which results in an itemized list of revenue sources (expected income) and expenditures (expected costs) that appear in its General Fund Budget.

Difficult time

I need to say a big thank you to a lot of people during my sad and difficult time. First to my neighbors Brent and Diane Whitmire. Then to Aaron Glanz, Russ Fitts, Dave McManus, Jeremy Towery, Rhonda Minks, plus several I didn’t get their names and Mike MacGregor. A big thank you to Rocky Sage, Chanda Hair, JoAnn Sutter, Patrice Timpson, Angi Schreiber and Scott Sage. Thanks also to Dave and Carol Wayman, Stan and Diane Pinnick, Rhonda and Ken Ham, Rob Schreiber and Brett Mackey. Thank you North Beach Girls basketball team for the flowers and Madi and Emily for delivering them. Thanks to all the people that dropped in, brought food and sent cards. A special thanks to North Beach Printing and the North Beach Schools and staff. In the event that I missed someone please know that I appreciate all this community has done for me and Jaen.

Good old boys club?

The purpose of this letter is to indicate that I recently went to a Grays Harbor Port meeting. I was amazed to find out that they were also having the annual meetings of two other legal corporations owned and operated by who? The Grays Harbor Port Commissioners!

Lake was never given to the tribe

In response to the Quinault Tribe owning Lake Quinault, there needs to be more research done by government entities. I have been researching Native American history for almost 30 years and have been nationally recognized for my research. Thanks to the Internet anyone can access documents pertaining to Lake Quinault and the reservation boundaries. Washington State University early map collections will show you the original agreed-upon allotments and survey from 1911.

Jay Ambrose: Overregulation could ruin the Internet

It is in constant, energetic motion, an endlessly useful marvel of ingenuity, a source of billions of pages of data and, if you want it, of depth and scholarly papers. It is perhaps the foremost differentiating symbol of our era. It is the Internet, described by one student of communications as a development right up there with language itself, writing, the alphabet and the moveable-type printing press.

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Brighter bridge

Regarding painting the Simpson Avenue bridge: Why would the city want to paint the bridge gray? Isn’t Hoquiam too gray already? Why not take this opportunity to improve the appearance of at least one aspect of the city.

Jim Walsh — We have met the solution and it is us

Editor’s note: Today is the debut of a column by Jim Walsh, who lives in Aberdeen, owns a publishing company and is vice chairman of the state Republican Party. Walsh and Vini Samuel, a Montesano based attorney who is active in the Democratic Party, will be writing columns on alternate weeks. Samuel’s first column appeared last week.

Vini Samuel — The true heart of politics

Editor’s note: Today is the debut of a column by Vini Samuel, a Montesano based attorney who is also active in the Democratic Party. She’ll be writing every other week, alternating with Jim Walsh, who’s first column runs next week. Walsh lives in Aberdeen, owns a publishing company and is vice chairman of the state Republican Party.

Creating a world-class sport fishing industry in Washington

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) is funded by the state Legislature every two years to manage, among other things, our state’s fisheries. In the last budget cycle, DFW received nearly $376 million in federal, state and local funding. Nearly $71 million came from the sale of recreational fishing licenses and excise taxes on fishing tackle, or about 19 percent of DFW’s total budget. The smallest contribution – $1.5 million – or less than one-half of one percent of DFW’s budget came from commercial fishing interests.

Love and support

The family of Jack Waite would like to thank all of those who helped with the reception — the Hoquiam Elks and volunteers, Grays Harbor Poggie Club, all friends and family who brought food and desserts, all who donated to the Poggie Club Scholarship and those who sent flowers.

Baun family thankful

The family of Ross Baun would like to thank Sheriff Scott Johnson and the Pacific County Deputies, the kayakers who found him, Stoller’s Mortuary, the search volunteers, the donations from community merchants, the Abundant Life Church and the community itself.

Generosity and kindness

On behalf of my family I wish to thank everyone for their generosity and kindness in this life changing event on Jan. 5. There are not enough words to express our gratitude. For Julia and Lonnie for sharing their home and always being there for us. All the neighbors who came to help us to recover some of our things and a big thank you for all the guys who helped to get the safe off of my husband. He’s back to work. Mr. Dave and his wife for the temporary housing. The United Methodist Church of Montesano and Hoquiam for their contribution in helping us. Also Mike and Alyson Fleary, Rhonda Graves, Todd and Kathy Graeber, Freddy Boy and anyone I may have forgotten their was so many people. We felt a genuine concern from all our family friends, neighbors and even strangers. We thank everyone for their prayers.