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Port association criticized for censure letter

It was with dismay that I read of the Washington Public Ports Association letter of “censure” to Olympia Port Commissioners George Barner and Sue Gunn. It is exactly their job to presume to inform another port commission that a grave error in judgment has been made and to urge them to rethink that position in light of the damage that will be done to their own operations and the constituency they represent.

“Harbor needs Vickie Raines”

Wikipedia defines “Lunch-Bucket Democrat” thus: “… a label that connotes an absence of lofty philosophical concerns in favor of a concern for people’s more basic needs.” That’s where I come from. I am a lifelong Liberal, but I live in the real world, where “quality of life” begins with a job. My friend Kellie Daniels, the sister I never had, is a Slade Gorton Republican. Defined by others as, “fiscally conservative with a dedication for hard work, solution focused, passion for public service and a concern for all people, including those without a voice in the process.”

For Spencer

I have made it no secret that I am supporting Mike Spencer for Grays Harbor County Prosecutor in the upcoming election. I have known Mike personally and professionally for over 35 years. The personal attacks that have been leveled against him by the supporters of his opponent are both outrageous and ludicrous to those who know him. They would like uninformed voters to believe that he devalues women, simply because he has called into question the lack of experience and training of his opponent, who happens to be a woman. Apparently, in their world view, no woman may ever be criticized. His opponent’s supporters have also dredged up an incident in which his former wife falsely accused him of domestic violence. For the record, he was never convicted of anything. If I believed that he was guilty of domestic violence, I would not be supporting him.

Vote NO on I-594

Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, is funding a ballot measure I-594 which will criminalize most gun owners in Washington State if it passes. Then Bloomberg will use it as a national model to be imposed on gun owners nationwide. Promoted as a “simple measure to ensure that a background check is conducted for every gun purchase,” it is much, much more. And if you fail to comply with the extensive 594 paperwork, the first violation is a gross misdemeanor and if convicted, subsequent violations are a class C felony.

Godfrey not a good judge of candidate’s qualifications

The race for Prosecuting Attorney has apparently gone negative with the publication of former Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey’s recent guest column. The letter demeans Katie Svoboda’s qualification to hold that office by associating her with an office that, in his estimation, has failed to adequately train its deputies and thus lowered the standard to which they were held.

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Weigh in on fireworks

If you read the Sept. 9 Daily World you are aware that the Hoquiam City Council is discussing a ban on fireworks. Thanks to the foresight of Councilman Ben Winkelman, we will not be voting on it until the last meeting in October.

To fight ebola, create a health workforce reserve force

A recent projection of the West Africa Ebola outbreak is that it now may take 12 to 18 months to control and will infect 100,000 people. President Obama announced the deployment of 3,000 military troops, more than a hundred Centers for Disease Control and Prevention personnel and millions of dollars to help stem the tide.

Doyle McManus — Old echoes in America’s new Middle East policy

Here’s the nightmare scenario that kept Obama administration officials awake at night this summer as they watched the black-masked guerrillas of Islamic State sweep across Iraq: First, the insurgents could invade Baghdad, toppling Iraq’s government and forcing a Saigon-style evacuation of the U.S. Embassy. Then they could move into Jordan, a close U.S. ally that has maintained a peaceful border with Israel for a generation. From there, they could even threaten Saudi Arabia, the linchpin of the world’s oil markets.

Jay Ambrose — Amendment threatens free speech

By recently voicing full-hearted approval of a bill eviscerating the First Amendment guarantee of free speech, Senate Democrats showed themselves to be among the most extreme, irresponsible, self-serving and historically ignorant establishment politicians of this era. If they should actually get their way — and they conceivably could short of voter outrage — we could someday see a once strapping American spirit hopelessly hobbled when imperiousness comes its way.

Christine Flowers — Ray Rice episode being irresponsibly simplified by ratings-hungry media

I’ve never been a victim of domestic violence, but I’ve loved people who have been. I say “people” because some of the victims have been men, despite the general “Burning Bed” stereotype of the muscled brute beating the living daylights out of the 100-pound female. Violence is violence, victims are victims and abusers are abusers regardless of gender, color, religion, and affluence. This is an equal opportunity horror.

Education for everyone

I have been optimistically viewing the State of Washington’s education process. Unfortunately, our tuition rates for higher education have been increasing. The funding process does not meet constitutional standards. The Washington State Supreme Court has now indicated in recent cases that the State of Washington has failed to meet the funding mandate.

Wolf costumes?

Religion has always been an issue in this nation. Some see it as good, some see it as bad. I am a Jesus freak — yes I said it, but I have a few words for the flock that follows the cross, “Quit biting each other!”

Rekha Basu — U.S. grants Guatemalan woman sanctuary … from abusive husband

Five years ago, a federal immigration judge refused to grant political asylum to a Guatemalan woman who had fled to America after years of severe battery by her husband. The judge didn’t doubt her story, but said she couldn’t claim membership in a particular social group that had a well-founded fear of persecution in her homeland, as asylum claims require. The judge deemed the ongoing abuse of Aminta Cifuentes to be arbitrary criminal acts by her husband.