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Port association criticized for censure letter

It was with dismay that I read of the Washington Public Ports Association letter of “censure” to Olympia Port Commissioners George Barner and Sue Gunn. It is exactly their job to presume to inform another port commission that a grave error in judgment has been made and to urge them to rethink that position in light of the damage that will be done to their own operations and the constituency they represent.

“Harbor needs Vickie Raines”

Wikipedia defines “Lunch-Bucket Democrat” thus: “… a label that connotes an absence of lofty philosophical concerns in favor of a concern for people’s more basic needs.” That’s where I come from. I am a lifelong Liberal, but I live in the real world, where “quality of life” begins with a job. My friend Kellie Daniels, the sister I never had, is a Slade Gorton Republican. Defined by others as, “fiscally conservative with a dedication for hard work, solution focused, passion for public service and a concern for all people, including those without a voice in the process.”

For Spencer

I have made it no secret that I am supporting Mike Spencer for Grays Harbor County Prosecutor in the upcoming election. I have known Mike personally and professionally for over 35 years. The personal attacks that have been leveled against him by the supporters of his opponent are both outrageous and ludicrous to those who know him. They would like uninformed voters to believe that he devalues women, simply because he has called into question the lack of experience and training of his opponent, who happens to be a woman. Apparently, in their world view, no woman may ever be criticized. His opponent’s supporters have also dredged up an incident in which his former wife falsely accused him of domestic violence. For the record, he was never convicted of anything. If I believed that he was guilty of domestic violence, I would not be supporting him.

Vote NO on I-594

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, is funding a ballot measure I-594 which will criminalize most gun owners in Washington State if it passes. Then Bloomberg will use it as a national model to be imposed on gun owners nationwide. Promoted as a “simple measure to ensure that a background check is conducted for every gun purchase,” it is much, much more. And if you fail to comply with the extensive 594 paperwork, the first violation is a gross misdemeanor and if convicted, subsequent violations are a class C felony.

Godfrey not a good judge of candidate’s qualifications

The race for Prosecuting Attorney has apparently gone negative with the publication of former Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey’s recent guest column. The letter demeans Katie Svoboda’s qualification to hold that office by associating her with an office that, in his estimation, has failed to adequately train its deputies and thus lowered the standard to which they were held.

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Better late than never: Expect a high court OK on marriage rights soon

Over the last year, lower federal court judges have removed most of the suspense from the questions of whether and when the Supreme Court might rule marriage equality to be a federal constitutional right. In case after case, in red states and blue, judges have ruled that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. This makes it very likely that the Supreme Court will grant review in such a case this year, and even more likely, assuming it does, that it will rule that the Constitution requires states to extend marriage equality to gay couples.

Great care

I would like to thank all the Grays Harbor Community Hospital staff that took good care of my mom, Bernice Dewey. My family really appreciated the care. She is doing fine.

Stewart Field concession stand

It is with the utmost thanks that we, the members of the Bobcat Music Boosters and the students of the Aberdeen music programs, express our deepest gratitude and appreciation to the following people for their most kind and generous donations of time, effort and money allowing us to buy and install a concession stand at Stewart Field: Jeff Cook, for his generous donation of $1,000, the Aberdeen Rotary for their generous donation of $4,000, Superintendent Dr. Tom Opstad, Financial Officer David Herrington, Maintenance Supervisor Marv Townsend and Mike Pauley.

A whale of a show

The SeaPals Quilt Guild of Ocean Shores would like to thank the North Beach area for their support of the 21st annual Whale of a Quilt Show. We feel that the quilt show and the Quilt Walk that included many local business, banks, and hotels was a success.

Jay Ambrose: Keeping cool about warming

Addressing a United Nations summit on global warming, President Barack Obama said that here was “the one issue that will define the contours of this century.” And, yes, it could, especially if the politicians insist on remedies that aren’t remedies, ignore remedies that actually fix things, confuse speculation with certainty and show the climate a thing or two about ways to hurt people.

Vickie Raines — Public Input Needed on Flood Damage Reduction Proposals

December 2007 and January 2009 brought epic floods to our Chehalis River watershed. Communities throughout the Basin were impacted significantly, many forever. Floods of the scale experienced in 2007 and 2009, do permanent and lasting damage. Floods damage infrastructure. Floods damage homes, schools, communities and families. Floods destroy jobs and businesses. Floods also sear indelible memories into those of us who’ve experienced them, memories we do not want to repeat.