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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.

Wonderful love and support

The family of Lou McPherson would like to thank all of those who helped our mother and us through her decline and passing. Thank you to the past and present staff at the Karr House who took such good care of her the last six years. Thank you to Dr Troeh and the staff at Pacific Care for their support and care during her last days. We wish to thank all who helped with the reception; Anne Marie and her staff, Courtney Cook, Doug and Roy from the Masonic Temple and to all the friends who brought desserts. Your support and love for our mother is greatly appreciated.

Stockings for Soldiers

We at Harrison Family Mortuary would like to thank the generous people of Grays Harbor for participating in our “Stocking for Soldiers” campaign. This year we sent the stocking to a soldier stationed in South Korea near the North Korea border. This is the email he sent us:

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For better or worse, the labor movement is reinventing itself

Haltingly, with understandable ambivalence, the American labor movement is morphing into something new. Its most prominent organizing campaigns of recent years — of fast-food workers, domestics, taxi drivers and Wal-Mart employees — have prompted states and cities to raise their minimum wage and create more worker-friendly regulations. But what these campaigns haven’t done is create more than a small number of new dues-paying union members. Nor, for the foreseeable future, do unions anticipate that they will.

Jeb Bush’s biggest problem for 2016? Economics

Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, told the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council this week that if he runs for president in 2016, he’ll avoid courting Republican primary voters in ways that alienate the rest of the electorate, and he’s willing to risk losing the primaries in consequence.

Cathy Young — After Ferguson, can we tone it down?

Reactions to the news that Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges in the death of black teen Michael Brown have once again laid bare America’s enduring racial tensions — but they also have exposed deep and stark political hostilities. We live in a world of two narratives: one left, one right, both polarized and equally simplistic.

Rekha Basu: Godless are among us, even in the heartland

Rory Moe appeared on Simon Conway’s conservative AM talk radio show recently to explain the “Godless? So are we!” billboards recently put up by the Des Moines, Iowa chapter of United Coalition of Reason, for people without a religion. But there was such a painful disconnect between radio host and guest, it was as if they were speaking different languages and someone forgot to hire an interpreter.

Where are the protests?

I am deeply troubled by the fact that our rights, freedom, laws and privileges are steadily disappearing, day by day. Atheistic ideologies rule. And anyone daring to stand up for their Christian values find themselves condemned by the public in general, dragged into courts, fined and some jailed for their efforts.