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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.

Jeb Bush’s biggest problem for 2016? Economics

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council this week that if he runs for president in 2016, he’ll avoid courting Republican primary voters in ways that alienate the rest of the electorate, and he’s willing to risk losing the primaries in consequence.

Cathy Young — After Ferguson, can we tone it down?

Reactions to the news that Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges in the death of black teen Michael Brown have once again laid bare America’s enduring racial tensions — but they also have exposed deep and stark political hostilities. We live in a world of two narratives: one left, one right, both polarized and equally simplistic.

Rekha Basu: Godless are among us, even in the heartland

Rory Moe appeared on Simon Conway’s conservative AM talk radio show recently to explain the “Godless? So are we!” billboards recently put up by the Des Moines, Iowa chapter of United Coalition of Reason, for people without a religion. But there was such a painful disconnect between radio host and guest, it was as if they were speaking different languages and someone forgot to hire an interpreter.

John M. Crisp: Brother, can you spare a dime?

My neighborhood is natural habitat for beggars and panhandlers. The freeway is only a few blocks away, and its overpasses often harbor bedraggled men with cardboard signs asking for a handout. Garbage cans and recycling bins are regularly gleaned for aluminum and other valuables before the city picks them up.

The climate president?

In his first term, President Obama put his political muscle behind passing health-care reform and financial regulations instead of a global warming bill, missing the best opportunity ever to establish a comprehensive national climate program. Then he hardly mentioned global warming.

Boy Scouts offer thanks

The Aberdeen Boy Scout Troop 4005 would like to send a heartfelt Thank You to all the folks that supported our annual spaghetti feed. It was a huge success! Special thanks to Jay’s Farm Stand, Michael’s Meats, Franz Bakery, Grocery Outlet, and The Daily World for their contributions for this event.

Saginaw Loggers Day a success

Thank you to all those who supported this years Saginaw Logging Day Show. To Port Blakely and the Snell Crane crew for always being there: To the vendors and sponsors, Bob Shulls and those from North River Grange, Sunny Thompson and Jacob Weber for the opening ceremony, Jeff Fetter and those from Buckley who brought their Hot Saws and Lou Parsons and the gang for bringing the Steam Donkey. To all the loggers, to Jim Welch and Terry Edwards, Regi Mayes and Dave Zepp for the preparations and behind the scenes help. To Warren and Ciara Brough, for continuing to keep this great event going. To The Daily World and Vidette for a great job covering this event. To everyone who came to see the show.