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Commentary — Ruling out senility on the bench

In a law review article I wrote 15 years ago about cognitive decline on the U.S. Supreme Court, I predicted that, in the coming years, no one would take action to mitigate the problem. Instead, another half a dozen mentally decrepit justices would join “the roster of jurists who harmed their court and hurt their own reputations by remaining on the bench too long.”

Doyle McManus — Donald Trump’s women problem

Improbably but relentlessly, Donald Trump is marching toward the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Polls suggest that he may pull off a surprise win in the Iowa caucuses on Monday. He’s an even stronger frontrunner in New Hampshire and other primary states. And last week, he showed that it’s possible to win a debate by not showing up.

The ‘hothouse’ economy

This year is starting off with the worst performance of stocks in decades. It has many analysts wondering exactly what’s driving it and, more importantly, whether there’s an end in sight.

Vote “yes” for schools

Nothing is more important for our community than quality schools. On behalf of the businesses and organizations represented by Greater Grays Harbor Inc., we want to encourage voters to mark and mail ballots by Feb. 9.

Jay Ambrose — GOP dropouts needed

If you look at America and what it needs and doesn’t need in its next president and you see Donald Trump standing there, suggest his deportation. If you see Ted Cruz, convince him his Texas values should be honored by never leaving the state. And Bernie Sanders? Give him a ticket to Venezuela so he can discover what socialism really does to a society.

The meaning of life

We talk much in medicine about the end of life. We try to predict when it will end (prognosis). We explore ways to prevent death (treatment). We look to comfort those in their last days (palliation).

Are the Oregon occupiers ‘terrorists’?

After an armed group drew attention to an Oregon land-use dispute by seizing a building in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge onSaturday, the government’s reaction seemed almost low-key. The White House called the protest “a local law enforcement matter” andsaid the Federal Bureau of Investigation was merely “monitoring the situation and offering support.” Although the police haven’trevealed much about their plans, it looks as though they’re willing to wait out the occupiers rather than charge in with guns blazing.


I would like to agree with Mr. Fred Thurman on the points he made in his Jan. 6 letter to the editor, “Where’s the Lumber?”

Lumber memories

I gather that Fred Thurman who wrote asking “Where’s all the lumber?” in the Jan. 6 newspaper hasn’t lived on the Harbor for very long. I worked in the timber industry — log accounting — for West Coast Orient Co. (log exporters) and for Rayonier Timber Division from 1965 until I retired in 2000.

Jay Ambrose — Media mistakes that need correcting

Get over your horse-race obsession, mass media, and focus more on policy proposals, character and competence in covering the presidential campaigns. Don’t call it fact-checking when you’re writing opinions. If you’re asking questions at a debate, don’t assume it’s the same thing as a one-on-one interview. Aim for objectivity, eschew bias and don’t suppose your own views always equal the truth.

Who buys the next round?

We all scratch our heads. Is Donald Trump just a showman? Is all his braggadocio, swagger and folderol just a blip in time? Is he an enigma, an anomaly, a flash in the pan or the new political reality?

Problem not with Cosmo

On Dec. 21, I shared my concerns at the Grays Harbor County Commissioners meeting that the county Assessor’s Office has continued to not distribute the final assessed valuations of property in a timely manner.