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George Will — A counter for hysterics in Michigan

Robert Griffin, now 90, who rose to be second in the Republican U.S. Senate leadership, was defeated in 1978. Since then, only one Michigan Republican, Spencer Abraham in 1994, has been elected to the Senate and for only one term. Evidence that former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land might end this GOP drought is that Democrats are attacking her for opposing “preventive health care.”

Grassroots effort

McCleary is fortunate to have access to the VFW hall for its community events. Regrettably over the years, the post has lost many of its members. Presently a new group of veterans is trying to restore the building and need the community’s help.

Amazing community

I didn’t lose everything from the water damage at Emerson Manor but being displaced showed me some amazing things. I was able to see the community act so quickly to come to our aid — all of the agencies and people from all over who so generously gave of their funds and time and reached out with compassion. It made a real difference. I discovered renewed hope and faith in a world that seemed uncaring. There is good in this world.

Relay event a success

We would like to thank all those who attended and contributed to our recent fundraiser. Along with donations from team members, we received gift certificates, baskets, merchandise and desserts for the auction, plus ingredients for the chili and potato bar. Also we received some monetary donations from local businesses and individuals.

Doing something about ocean acidification

A 2010 Yale University poll found that 1 percent of Americans knew a lot about ocean acidification (OA), 6 percent knew something and the rest of us knew little or nothing at all. Had that poll focused exclusively on Washingtonians, I believe we would have scored much higher. We were the first state to understand that it was the arrival of acidic, or low-pH, seawater along our coast that devastated our shellfish industry starting in 2005. We were the first state to take action against OA. And importantly, this threat to our state’s economy, culture and way of life has generated strong reporting and statewide media coverage.

Recreational weed and medicinal weed are apples and oranges

This is astounding! Let’s take a closer look at what is now called “recreational” marijuana. It is more than interesting and infuriating, raising questions of an ethical and hypocritical nature. Not so long ago the “powers that be” were spreading the word to all, across the land, including our youth … that marijuana was a “gateway drug.” Meaning — you beware! If you try this, you will naturally graduate to the harder drugs: heroin, cocaine, speed, meth. etc. Also, if you smoke marijuana, it just might deform your future children. Make you go crazy. Apparently all that information on the harmful effects of marijuana has gone away and all is good to “recreate,” now. Because our state passed I-502.

U.S. taking the wrong path with Russians

When the Ukraine/Crimea situation erupted, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry hypocritically became interested in international law. To the Russians, this collective jaw flapping about international law was disingenuous given that every day, Obama violates international law by infringing upon national sovereignties with deadly drones and secret forays by U.S. military. Moreover, the executive branch’s war on Libya was neither constitutionally declared or authorized by Congress.

George Will — Jeb Bush’s challenge

The human kindling that makes up the flammable Republican base may soon burst into flames, again. Portions of that excitable cohort are looking — some with fawn-like eyes filled with hurt, others with sparks shooting from eyes narrowed like gun slits — askance at other Republicans urging Jeb Bush to seek the 2016 presidential nomination.

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Enchanted Valley Chalet

I am very concerned that nothing is being done to rescue the Enchanted Valley Chalet. I have received e-mail updates from friends in the Olympians Hiking Club as well as other concerned citizens about the plight of the chalet. The National Park Service has known for months that the river changed coarse and has been moving ever closer to the chalet. The e-mails I received yesterday showed pictures of the damage that the river has already done to the chalet.

Somebody will have to pay

If the silent majority loses the railcar debacle, and transportation of crude oil is allowed to cross the inland Northwest then I propose a mandate on financial restitution in case of spills, explosions, injury and deaths, property damage and loss.

Slush fund for war

I was disturbed to learn that, in his budget request of March 4, President Obama asked Congress for $80 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations that is in addition to core Pentagon spending of about $500

Another successful crab feed at Ocosta

The Ocosta Booster Club would like to say thank you for supporting our 17th annual crab feed fundraiser on March 1. Hosting a crowd of just over 800 people, patrons greeted us with wonderful comments about delicious crab, good fun, and how much they look forward to our event each year. From our local communities to those who traveled from afar, thank you for your appreciation and support of this event. It’s great to see our usual friends, and all the new faces, as well.

Singer had some help

Thank you so much to all who supported our daughter Kelly Barr and her participation in the All-National Honors Choir in Nashville, Tenn., this past October. It was an opportunity that she will remember for the rest of her life. A special thanks to Timberland Bank and the Lions Club for their financial donations and to Carolyn Greer for her help with the audition process. It is a blessing to be a part of such a supportive community.