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Federal regulations: America’s hidden tax

Last year, Americans paid nearly $1.4 trillion in federal individual income taxes _ plus sales taxes, fuel taxes, property taxes, excise taxes, you name it. Yet, there’s another tax that doesn’t show up on any receipt: the cost of federal regulation.

Jay Ambrose — The answer to shooting deaths? It’s not gun control

It loosened them up some last year, but Russia has had strict gun laws for decades and currently boasts as few as 13 million civilian-owned firearms. That compares to something like 300 million in the United States. With attention on gun slayings high again after another mass shooting, should we consider restrictions as tough as the Russian sort?

Just vote

Ocean Shores is at the last of its borrowing power due to the re-financing of the Convention Center. This puts us back in financial trouble again.

Friday night memories in Elma

I’m writing to ardently support the campaign for construction of a new stadium in Elma. While I haven’t received my mail in Grays Harbor County for many years, I carry a deep sense of pride and connection to Elma as my home. Much of that pride comes from the powerful experiences I had playing in front of passionate fans at Davis Field.

HAVA needs help

The Harbor Association of Volunteers for Animals (HAVA) has had an amazing few years. Last year we helped more than 400 animals (and people) in Pacific and Grays Harbor counties — a record. We also spent more than we ever have — more than $104,000, mostly on veterinarian expenses.

The Cornells

A big thank you to Beverly and Joe Cornell, Making a Difference for Grays Harbor Kids. Your generous donations of pencils, crayons, glue sticks and notebooks for our Stevens kids is so appreciated!

What does it mean to be poor in America?

According to the Census Bureau’s new annual poverty report, 46.7 million Americans lived in poverty in 2014. This finding is surprising since government spent more than $1 trillion in 2014 on cash, food, housing, medical care, and targeted social services for poor and low income Americans. (That figure does not include Social Security or Medicare.)

Generous donation

Coastal Harvest would like to thank the Aberdeen Elks Lodge No. 593 BPOE for their generous donation to support our work to feed the hungry. While the food may be delivered in a truck with the Coastal Harvest name on the side, that truck actually belongs to the communities we serve. Without the caring partnership of organizations such as the Elks that truck simply would not exist.