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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.

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.

Bravo!

Congratulations to Bill Dyer and the musicians of the Grays Harbor Symphony! The Nov. 23 “Bach to Broadway” concert was entertaining, fun and well done.

Raines supporter

From promoting fiscally responsible budgets, to working with constituents to solve problems, to developing positive relationships that get results our entire county needs, being a county commissioner is a tough job. We believe that Vickie Raines has proven that she has the skills to serve our entire county as commissioner. An independent voice, Vickie is a leader for all of us who listens and recognizes the importance of working together for the success of our rural counties. She understands the need for family wage jobs, economic growth and protection of property owner’s rights. It is refreshing to have a leader who is not concerned about party politics, but rather understands that jobs and economic opportunities are what our communities need.

Oil EIS comments due Nov. 3

On Thursday, Oct.r 16, over 150 people attended the environmental impact statement scoping meetings in Aberdeen and Elma for the US Development (Grays Harbor Rail Terminal, LLC) proposal to build a crude oil storage terminal that would receive 1.89 million gallons of crude oil by rail per day and transfer this oil into ships that would travel through Grays Harbor Estuary and along the coast. The proposed terminal would be located directly adjacent to the Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge. When added to the two other proposed crude oil terminals, the result would be approximately 3 additional trains, each over a mile and a half long traveling through Centralia to Hoquiam per day, carrying 6.8769 million gallons of Bakken crude oil and/or Alberta tar sands into Grays Harbor.

I-594 a precursor to universal registration

It is indeed interesting times that we live. The citizens of Washington state are faced with a choice between voting for Initiative 594, which will place new restrictions on the sale or transfer of firearms, or Initiative 591, which is designed to limit the government’s ability to restrict the terms of the second amendment in any way.

Pourhouse still for sale

The owners of the Pourhouse in Aberdeen wish to clarify the current status of the property known as the Pourhouse on Wishkah Street. Numerous reports and social media postings have indicated that the Pourhouse is sold, off the market; or that there are plans to tear down this historic building; these reports are wholly inaccurate.

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.