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Oil — The risks outweigh the rewards

We are facing economic forces that have the potential to change this community more than at any time since the 1880s, when the Great Lakes region started to run out of timber and it was our turn to be ground zero for wood. Now some think it’s our turn for oil.

Governor’s carbon bill good for environment and business

In Olympia, people speak of “two Washingtons”: the prosperous cities of Puget Sound, home to numerous globally recognized companies, and the rural communities where job recovery is slower and economic development lags behind national averages. Washington needs bold efforts to spur job growth and innovation across all of our communities.

Paul Noe — Governor’s carbon bill would make mills less competitive

Recent news from coastal Washington and the Olympic Peninsula has provided a glimpse into the future of a paper and wood products industry that plays a critical role in the region’s economy. Investments in local facilities are helping them compete in the new efficient manufacturing, carbon neutral energy economy. The question is whether state policies collectively are going to help or hinder that competitiveness.

County facing rising costs, shrinking revenue

The time has come to meet Grays Harbor County’s fiscal problems head on. Your three county commissioners are tasked each year with writing and funding an annual budget, which results in an itemized list of revenue sources (expected income) and expenditures (expected costs) that appear in its General Fund Budget.

Difficult time

I need to say a big thank you to a lot of people during my sad and difficult time. First to my neighbors Brent and Diane Whitmire. Then to Aaron Glanz, Russ Fitts, Dave McManus, Jeremy Towery, Rhonda Minks, plus several I didn’t get their names and Mike MacGregor. A big thank you to Rocky Sage, Chanda Hair, JoAnn Sutter, Patrice Timpson, Angi Schreiber and Scott Sage. Thanks also to Dave and Carol Wayman, Stan and Diane Pinnick, Rhonda and Ken Ham, Rob Schreiber and Brett Mackey. Thank you North Beach Girls basketball team for the flowers and Madi and Emily for delivering them. Thanks to all the people that dropped in, brought food and sent cards. A special thanks to North Beach Printing and the North Beach Schools and staff. In the event that I missed someone please know that I appreciate all this community has done for me and Jaen.

Good old boys club?

The purpose of this letter is to indicate that I recently went to a Grays Harbor Port meeting. I was amazed to find out that they were also having the annual meetings of two other legal corporations owned and operated by who? The Grays Harbor Port Commissioners!

Lake was never given to the tribe

In response to the Quinault Tribe owning Lake Quinault, there needs to be more research done by government entities. I have been researching Native American history for almost 30 years and have been nationally recognized for my research. Thanks to the Internet anyone can access documents pertaining to Lake Quinault and the reservation boundaries. Washington State University early map collections will show you the original agreed-upon allotments and survey from 1911.

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Generosity and kindness

On behalf of my family I wish to thank everyone for their generosity and kindness in this life changing event on Jan. 5. There are not enough words to express our gratitude. For Julia and Lonnie for sharing their home and always being there for us. All the neighbors who came to help us to recover some of our things and a big thank you for all the guys who helped to get the safe off of my husband. He’s back to work. Mr. Dave and his wife for the temporary housing. The United Methodist Church of Montesano and Hoquiam for their contribution in helping us. Also Mike and Alyson Fleary, Rhonda Graves, Todd and Kathy Graeber, Freddy Boy and anyone I may have forgotten their was so many people. We felt a genuine concern from all our family friends, neighbors and even strangers. We thank everyone for their prayers.

Dave Gauger — Law and justice game is rigged

In 1947 the United States charged Japanese Officer Yukio Asano with war crimes. He was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison for torturing American prisoner Morris O. Killough. The method of torture was waterboarding. For more than nine decades waterboarding has been illegal according to U.S. government criminal code.

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: