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Federal regulations: America’s hidden tax

Last year, Americans paid nearly $1.4 trillion in federal individual income taxes _ plus sales taxes, fuel taxes, property taxes, excise taxes, you name it. Yet, there’s another tax that doesn’t show up on any receipt: the cost of federal regulation.

Not Simpson

Based on the responses in the recent Daily World article (Candidates Tackle Aberdeen’s Business Climate, June 25) it’s abundantly clear Bill Simpson is not the person to lead Aberdeen.

Jen Gillies — Supreme Court ruling just one piece of the puzzle

On June 26, 2015, millions of Americans celebrated as the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. I walked into work that morning and a student ran up to me, jumping up and down and asked if I was as excited as she was. I was confused until she told me the news; we hugged and cried a little. I had co-workers asking me all day about how excited I must be, as they were telling about how they felt when they heard the news. I saw in my Facebook feed many posts of support of the ruling from friends and family members, as well as twice as many re-posts of pictures and articles throughout the past few days.

Support appreciated

The family of Mary Jo Bohren would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for the support during the passing of our Mom. We really appreciated all of the cards, flowers, phone calls, visits and the donations made in Mom’s name. We would like to thank the Satsop United Methodist Church for the wonderful celebration of life and K Bramstedt for speaking and for visiting Mom in the hospital. Also a special thank you to Tiffany Kelly for the programs and helping prepare and show the slide presentation.

Climate change and our air-conditioned lives

Pope Francis has proclaimed climate change a fact, stressing our moral duty to correct it. The pontiff titled his encyclical “Laudato Si,” or “Be Praised,” a phrase taken from “Canticle of the Sun,” composed by the wandering naturalist and pioneering ecologist, St. Francis of Assisi.

One man’s plan

Daily I hear the citizens of Grays Harbor, and especially of Aberdeen, whine, cry and wring their hands about how bad the economy is, no jobs for them or their children, no money to run the city/county, and on and on. And then I read The Daily World (no I don’t do on-line) and wonder why? You are getting exactly what you ask for, vote for, and/or allow to happen due to your apathy.
 

Not-so-social media

April 1 reflections: So, did you see the cartoon where St. Peter’s looking at a couple of newbies wiggling their thumbs and says, “Most of the new arrivals seem incapable of conversation. They just stare at their hands in despair.”

How higher education gets lower all the time

We’ve been going through graduation season, that time of year when students at colleges and universities are finally saying goodbye to all of that — the crushing tuition costs, too many courses of ever less value, curbs on publicly expressed views and professors whose political diversity is next to nil.

We’re going to owe a lot to Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner — who purposely did not spell her new name with a K — is going to absorb an unimaginable amount of attention for the rest of her life. Whatever is not emotionally draining is going to be bruising. I do not envy her, but we owe her our gratitude.