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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:

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.

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Sincere thanks

I wanted to thank Keith Samplawski, Julio Silva, Gabe Dominguez, Eduardo Ochoa, Karen Holland, Ben Strong, Hannah Grobey, Pastor Doug Basler, Dick and Dorothy Crow, Kevin Caskey and his friend Don, and Jeannie and Scott McNeal plus everyone else who helped me with the problems with my house over the past five weeks. I could not have done it without each and every one of you.

A generous couple

At Cosmopolis School, we have been very fortunate to receive the generosity from Joe and Beverly Cornell. This past week, they donated a pair of gloves to every student at our school. With the recent cold snap, our students squealed with delight when they were given a brand new set of brightly colored gloves. Students were eager to show their fellow classmates and the adults which set they were given.

Honoring our mother

The family of Delores Cornwell would like to thank all those who came to help us honor our mother. Thank you to those that brought food, sent flowers and cards. Also thank you to Pastor Marc Rice for a beautiful service and the Montesano Moose Lodge. Thanks to George and Drena Cochrane, Terry and Linda Biggs, and Mary Dierick for a wonderful job of keeping the food and beverages flowing.

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.