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Federal regulations: America’s hidden tax

Last year, Americans paid nearly $1.4 trillion in federal individual income taxes _ plus sales taxes, fuel taxes, property taxes, excise taxes, you name it. Yet, there’s another tax that doesn’t show up on any receipt: the cost of federal regulation.

In praise of public servants

The Aug. 18, Daily World carried a story headlined “Organizers question intent of camper’s arrest.” One of our police officers observed a person thought to be a wanted felon in an outdoor place, confirmed that the man was wanted for arrest, and the police department arrested the man. There was no evil plot here, it was professional policing. This is what we want our police officers to do; to protect and serve. They do it very well and we should thank them for their service. When I say thank them for their service, I don’t mean just pertaining to one arrest that was illustrated in a newspaper article, but for all of the selfless and professional service they give to our communities, seen and unseen.

History we don’t want to repeat

In the mid 1970s, due to the initiative of a city official, the City of Aberdeen changed the three-lane configuration on Wishkah Street to two lanes. Needless to say, chaos and congestion ensued. The three-lane configuration was restored after one week.

Supports Dingler for mayor

Crystal Dingler is my choice for mayor of Ocean Shores. I choose to vote for her because she is capable, committed, connected, and has demonstrated that she can do the job well, plus she has the desire to “re-up” for another four-year term.

Rekha Basu — What Trump’s success says about us

Last month, after Donald Trump had called undocumented immigrants drug smugglers and rapists, tweeted that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush likes “Mexican illegals because of his wife,” who was born in Mexico, declared Arizona Sen. John McCain was no war hero because he was captured, and said former Texas Gov. Rick Perry wore glasses to appear smart, Trump addressed an overflow crowd in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He derided rivals Perry and Lindsey Graham — “the senator from South Carolina, who South Carolina doesn’t even like” — for criticizing him. And, the New York businessman noted gleefully, after criticizing him, both slid in the polls.

Jim Walsh — Democrats’ stance on early primary was less than democratic

During the recent Grays Harbor County Fair, the local GOP ran a presidential straw poll. In a bit of a surprise, Dr. Ben Carson won. He was followed — in order of support — by Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker. Interest was very strong; the number of votes cast was far larger than for similar polls in years past. There were even a few write-in votes for Bernie Sanders.

How dry, how long?

California in the Great Drought is a living diorama of how the future is going to look across much of the United States as climate change sets in. Like hippies and “dude,” wine bars and hot tubs, mega-churches and gay rights, what gets big in California goes national soon enough. Now, the large dark bruise spreading across the state on the U.S. Drought Monitor map is a preview of a bone-dry world to come.

Margin of safety is thin

I am new to this area, so at the risk of sounding redundant, I’d like to address the problem with railroad tankers in general that are carrying crude oil every day and will be here unless we do more to stop it.

Visitor center

Recently in The Daily World there were pros and cons concerning the location of a tourist center in Aberdeen. It was suggested to be at the now vacant Pourhouse Tavern, and I think it should.

Doyle McManus — Can Hillary Clinton win the angry voters?

While Donald Trump has kept the political world transfixed, Hillary Rodham Clinton has spent her summer methodically rolling out a long list of policy proposals. They add up to a platform you might call “soft populism.” It’s not the insurrectionist socialism of Bernie Sanders but still progressive enough to keep most Democratic primary voters on her side.
 

Prosecutor’s Office

As I read the headline and subsequent article on July 29 in The Daily World regarding the rape charges being dismissed against a Lewis-McChord service member due to the inability of the Prosecutor’s Office to provide evidence correctly and in a timely manner, I am reminded of a letter submitted by the Honorable Judge Gordon Godfrey during last year’s election.

A vote for Samuel

I support Vini Samuel for mayor of Montesano. I believe that she is the best qualified candidate because she has a great deal of integrity and maturity. She is a peace maker and will work hard to reconcile the different factions in the city administration, on the City Council and in our town. Vini is a good person and a hard worker who will support our families and local businesses. She will make an excellent mayor of our wonderful city! Fellow citizens of Montesano, please vote for Vini Samuel.

Vote against oil

I would like to express my appreciation to the Aberdeen City Council for its action to pass a temporary moratorium on the development of crude oil storage facilities in Aberdeen. This moratorium will protect the city from applications for inappropriate development along its shorelines while zoning codes are being developed. I am hopeful that the council will make the moratorium permanent during its Aug. 26 public hearing and prevent future oil storage facilities from being located here.

A vote for Micheau

Aberdeen voters have an opportunity to opt for one of two new candidates in the upcoming mayor race. Both are addressing serious issues that have been languishing for years. In my estimation, both candidates, Jack Micheau and Erik Larson care deeply about Aberdeen and are promising to reverse the rudderless drift of the town.

Don’t take your voter registration status for granted

I received a ballot today — my wife did not, even after years of voting in every election possible on Grays Harbor. She called the county Auditor’s Office to find out why and was told she had been removed from the voter rolls “by the computer” because her name was a duplicate. The individual at the Auditor’s Office checked and could not find a “duplicate.” My wife drove to Montesano today to re-register and obtain a ballot.