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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.

It’s the environmentalists’ fault

I hope the Grays Harbor Commissioners think very carefully before making an agreement with the timber companies because whatever comes out of this will not only impact Grays Harbor County but will probably snowball across the state. Talking with an official of Rayonier timber at last year’s Grays Harbor Sportsman Show, he stated one of the reasons for the access fees was to recoup some of the losses brought on by all the extra expense of environmental rules closing down a lot of production land, I believe that is true with all the large timber companies and even private landowners.

E-Verify

In a time where the political class shies away from controversial decisions and opts for the expedient ones, Hoquiam City Council’s recent vote on E-Verify is a breath of fresh air.

Support schools

Aberdeen voters have an important task at hand, as ballots arrive in the mail for the maintenance and operations levy. There is nothing more important than ensuring that our children receive the best quality education possible. This measure, as in previous years, is a hold-the-line-levy, with no increase over the one approved by voters two years ago.

Support schools

Aberdeen and Hoquiam voters have a tremendous responsibility right now, to mark their ballots in support of the school levies being proposed by both school districts. In my professional and personal life, I see daily how important these levy funds are to our schools and our communities, but most importantly to our kids.

Commentary — Ruling out senility on the bench

In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half a dozen mentally decrepit justices would join “the roster of jurists who harmed their court and hurt their own reputations by remaining on the bench too long.”

Doyle McManus — Donald Trump’s women problem

Improbably but relentlessly, Donald Trump is marching toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Polls suggest that he may pull off a surprise win in the Iowa caucuses on Monday. He’s an even stronger frontrunner in New Hampshire and other primary states. And last week, he showed that it’s possible to win a debate by not showing up.
 

Vote for schools

During my 30 years in education, the citizens of Aberdeen have generously supported the school levies. I appreciated the support from the community knowing the programs in place for the education of our children would continue. As a parent, it was amazing knowing our community believed in our schools and supported the education of my children. Now, my grandchildren are attending schools in Aberdeen at the grade school, junior high and high school levels. The education of our children and the programs that enrich and support their education are more important than ever.

The Bart Simpson Party

This is a sequel to a letter I wrote and The Daily World printed in 1992, an election year in which Bill Clinton defeated incumbent President George H.W. Bush. “I think we should start the BS Party. Bart Simpson of course …” “Why not run Bart against George? That would at least make it entertaining” summarizes my message in that letter.

New breast cancer screening guidelines could be deadly

The American Cancer Society says that about 25 percent of women who die from breast cancer were diagnosed in their 40s. Yet, in an unexpected and unfortunate move, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, or USPSTF, last week finalized its draft breast cancer screening guidelines raising the age women should begin regular screening from 40 to 50. They did this despite the fact that Congress recently passed legislation that prevents these recommendations from being implemented. As a breast surgeon who treats high-risk African-American women with breast cancer every day, I can tell you from experience that the release of these guidelines does a disservice to women everywhere.

Abortion

Once again we are going to Olympia to the largest demonstration of its kind to remind our legislators that many of us out here believe that life is to be valued and that abortion kills children and hurts women! We now have plenty of information about the damage abortion does to women. The research is done, the facts are in. Women are hurt every day by this barbaric practice. Just ask the women of “Silent No More.”

Cosi school votes

Thank you to the City Council of Cosmopolis, the Cosmopolis Lions Club and the Cosmopolis School Board for their resolutions urging the voters of Cosmopolis to support the levy and bond issues on the Feb. 9 ballot.

Budgets and taxes

The county budget for 2016 is causing problems for at least three departments: the Auditor’s, the Assessor’s and the Sheriff’’s offices are all straining to provide mandated services with too few employees and restricted resources.

Revolting

The Trans Pacific Partnership is an attempt to overthrow and make obsolete the nation state itself by relegating the United States government as merely a bystander and making its laws unenforceable.