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Home Depot helped

We would like to thank the crew from Home Depot for their help during the flood cleanup. They came to our house on Saturday, Jan. 10, and removed damaged material from our property. We can’t even express our gratitude for their assistance during our time of need. We didn’t get everyone’s name, but to Kevin Finger, Lacy, Jenny from H.R., Doug Remen, Gig Harbor, Chad Hill, Tumwater, and Alan Bowles from Lacey for installing a new hot water tank provided by the Lacey store. Also other crew members that we didn’t get names from. Thank you so much.

Torture

Responding to the latest torture report and calls for accountability, President Obama says that “we must look forward not backward.” As a test of how broadly he is willing to apply his “forward looking,” will he not look forward and dismiss charges against Edward Snowden and allow him to return from exile in Russia, or does his looking forward vision only apply to presidents and other public officials?

Why not you?

The 2015 election season is nearing, I don’t know about anybody else, but I’m not completely satisfied with the entire group of current office holders.

Christine M. Flowers: Patriots’ antics a disgrace

My favorite Martin Scorsese film happens to be one of the few that doesn’t revolve around Italians from New York: “The Departed.” Instead of paisanos we have Paddys, and instead of the Big Apple we have the Big Baked Bean. Boston and the Irish mob got Scorsese his long-deserved Oscar for Best Director, but it also gave me the name for what just happened in Foxborough last Sunday:

Unmarked cars

I recently noticed that law enforcement officers in Central Park are using unmarked cars or police cars that are difficult to tell whether or not they are police cars.

QMart construction followed stringent permit process

When citizens of the Grays Harbor area consider the future, we hope they will see it in the same light we do at the Quinault Indian Nation. We live in a region that has struggled with more than its share of economic challenges. But the good people of Grays Harbor region who have chosen to work with us have found, time and again, that when we work together we find solutions and we all make strides toward a brighter, more sustainable future.

Wonderful love and support

The family of Lou McPherson would like to thank all of those who helped our mother and us through her decline and passing. Thank you to the past and present staff at the Karr House who took such good care of her the last six years. Thank you to Dr Troeh and the staff at Pacific Care for their support and care during her last days. We wish to thank all who helped with the reception; Anne Marie and her staff, Courtney Cook, Doug and Roy from the Masonic Temple and to all the friends who brought desserts. Your support and love for our mother is greatly appreciated.

Stockings for Soldiers

We at Harrison Family Mortuary would like to thank the generous people of Grays Harbor for participating in our “Stocking for Soldiers” campaign. This year we sent the stocking to a soldier stationed in South Korea near the North Korea border. This is the email he sent us:

Those who helped

Thank you to all of the first responders from the Hoquiam Police Department, the Hoquiam Fire Department, the YMCA, Pastor Gordon and Elaine Schnee and Steve and Kathy Beck for your prompt response to my flooded house the morning of Jan. 5.

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Woeful November

November 2014 was a very pivotal point in America! First we had the lowest voter turnout in America in 75 years at only 36 percent of registered voters casting a ballot (according to NBC News). Are we really supporting our troops and freedoms by not voting?

Dikes and dams not always the answer

While working for the Skokomish Tribe, I have been involved with the restoration of the Skokomish River Estuary and flood plain. I was fortunate to work with many good people that made the restoration work a reality. It took a broad array of agencies, the Skokomish Tribe, Tacoma Power and Mason County to make an impact on flooding on the Skokomish while restoring the lower watershed. Taking dikes down, removing culverts, restoring the flood plain were all part of the work.

For better or worse, the labor movement is reinventing itself

Haltingly, with understandable ambivalence, the American labor movement is morphing into something new. Its most prominent organizing campaigns of recent years — of fast-food workers, domestics, taxi drivers and Wal-Mart employees — have prompted states and cities to raise their minimum wage and create more worker-friendly regulations. But what these campaigns haven’t done is create more than a small number of new dues-paying union members. Nor, for the foreseeable future, do unions anticipate that they will.