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Looking for a few good candidates

One very positive attribute of the style of government used by most cities in the Harbor, is that everyday citizens can become elected officials. The mayors and city council members are shopkeepers, woodworkers, students and retirees. Those who run for office must assume a responsibility to be informed about the issues. They must also connect with the residents they serve, asking their opinions on proposed developments.

Public schools are a bargain

In response to James Walsh’s Feb. 19 opinion piece — “What’s paramount is a fresh way to look at funding and conducting education” — stating the tuition at Central Washington University is slightly over $9,000, I think he might want to elaborate honestly on his facts.

Gracious Cornells

I would like to extend a big thank you to Making a Difference for Kids in Grays Harbor operated by Joe and Beverly Cornell. They have been very gracious and donated many needed items such as coats, hats, gloves, toys and numerous school supplies to the students at Lincoln Elementary School. As someone stated they are our earth angels.

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.

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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.