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Doyle McManus: Hillary Clinton’s three big convention challenges

Donald Trump made one part of Hillary Clinton’s job easier last week — by making the braggadocios claim that he alone can cure the nation’s ills, a boast that sounded more like a promise of one-man rule. But Clinton faces three other big challenges at her convention in Philadelphia this week, and they won’t be as easy as painting Trump as a dangerous blowhard.

Christine Flowers: I’m a conservative and the RNC was a horror

As Heidi Cruz left Cleveland’s Quicken Loans arena after her husband, Ted, gave his stemwinder at the Republican National Convention, she was escorted by security through a hostile crowd. Apparently, people in the audience were annoyed that Cruz hadn’t endorsed Donald “I Call Him Lyin’ Ted” Trump. They couldn’t believe that the Texan actually gave his national audience permission to vote their conscience. They were in shock he didn’t bring gold, frankincense and myrrh with him to the podium as a gift.

The Tragic Death of Mary La Casse — July 1906

Life in the early day logging camps of Grays Harbor was not only hard on the men who risked injury and death on a daily basis to bring down the big trees but on the resilient and adventurous women who found work in the camps as well. One of these was Mary La Casse, a 36-year old Oregon native, who toiled with her husband in the kitchen at Coates logging camp, only to lose her life in a completely accidental, but entirely avoidable, shooting. It truly was a tragedy for all involved and serves as a stark reminder to all to make absolutely sure you know what you are shooting at before you pull the trigger.

More bravos

Thanks and kudos to Jim Eddy for his July 12 letter encouraging live theater patronage. Jim is right. We have wonderful theater in Grays Harbor and are blessed with an amazing amount of talented people! I have often heard people say that they enjoyed a Harbor performance better than the same show in the big city.

Justice in Motion: Civility — lest we forget?

Last month’s column was about courtroom decorum, however recently, it seems a broader discussion about civility in general may be worth exploring. One impetus to the decline of civility may be due to our communication styles being dramatically abbreviated by texting, emails and all aspects of instant gratification technology. As a result, the most basic levels of treating each other with respect, kindness, generosity and empathy doesn’t fit within 140 characters. I suspect many think civility is over-rated, though where might we be if everyone was a bit more civil to each other in every day interactions?

Aberdeen’s planters perk up city

We would like to thank the City of Aberdeen and especially those who take care of the beautiful planters throughout the city. They are so well-kept and certainly are a wonderful sight as we enter and drive through Aberdeen. They, and the other planters scattered around, make Aberdeen an attractive place that must appeal to residents and visitors alike. We appreciate the “extra mile” the city extends to this project. It is a pleasure for us to come to Aberdeen.

Rekha Basu: Why it’s tricky to count on Pence as Trump’s ‘good cop’

Conventional wisdom has it that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will offer a needed balance to Donald Trump — be the yang to Trump’s yin, the good cop to Trump’s officer-gone-rogue. As the thinking goes, Pence will give the Republican ticket diplomacy and political experience, calming the nerves of jittery voters imagining the combative New Yorker’s finger hovering over the nuclear trigger.

Lignoski supporter

I highly recommend Mike Lignoski for PUD Commissioner Position No. 3 in Pacific County. A life-long resident of Pacific County, Mike graduated from Willapa Valley High School and received an Associate degree from Grays Harbor College. Mike also attended Central Washington University and received a certificate of completion from Cleveland Institute of technology. After numerous college and home courses he also completed the Washington State and Weyerhaeuser electrical apprenticeship program.

Jason Villalba: We all are Dallasites today

The spirit of Dallas imbues my soul and is interwoven into the helix of my DNA. I was born on the muddy banks of the Trinity River at Methodist Hospital, and today, I am broken. At 8:58 p.m. on July 7, during the gentle march of a peaceful people, shots rang out from above to fracture that which we, as the citizens of Big D, have worked so hard for decades to build.

The big tech companies pose a threat to competition

The digital revolution was supposed to create an age of empowered microentrepreneurship, with power devolving to the masses. Instead, we’ve got the new Robber Barons: Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google, with Uber and a few others trying to join this profitable circle of global oligopolies.