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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.

In praise of public servants

The Aug. 18, Daily World carried a story headlined “Organizers question intent of camper’s arrest.” One of our police officers observed a person thought to be a wanted felon in an outdoor place, confirmed that the man was wanted for arrest, and the police department arrested the man. There was no evil plot here, it was professional policing. This is what we want our police officers to do; to protect and serve. They do it very well and we should thank them for their service. When I say thank them for their service, I don’t mean just pertaining to one arrest that was illustrated in a newspaper article, but for all of the selfless and professional service they give to our communities, seen and unseen.

History we don’t want to repeat

In the mid 1970s, due to the initiative of a city official, the City of Aberdeen changed the three-lane configuration on Wishkah Street to two lanes. Needless to say, chaos and congestion ensued. The three-lane configuration was restored after one week.

Supports Dingler for mayor

Crystal Dingler is my choice for mayor of Ocean Shores. I choose to vote for her because she is capable, committed, connected, and has demonstrated that she can do the job well, plus she has the desire to “re-up” for another four-year term.

Rekha Basu — What Trump’s success says about us

Last month, after Donald Trump had called undocumented immigrants drug smugglers and rapists, tweeted that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush likes “Mexican illegals because of his wife,” who was born in Mexico, declared Arizona Sen. John McCain was no war hero because he was captured, and said former Texas Gov. Rick Perry wore glasses to appear smart, Trump addressed an overflow crowd in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He derided rivals Perry and Lindsey Graham — “the senator from South Carolina, who South Carolina doesn’t even like” — for criticizing him. And, the New York businessman noted gleefully, after criticizing him, both slid in the polls.

Jim Walsh — Democrats’ stance on early primary was less than democratic

During the recent Grays Harbor County Fair, the local GOP ran a presidential straw poll. In a bit of a surprise, Dr. Ben Carson won. He was followed — in order of support — by Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Scott Walker. Interest was very strong; the number of votes cast was far larger than for similar polls in years past. There were even a few write-in votes for Bernie Sanders.

How dry, how long?

California in the Great Drought is a living diorama of how the future is going to look across much of the United States as climate change sets in. Like hippies and “dude,” wine bars and hot tubs, mega-churches and gay rights, what gets big in California goes national soon enough. Now, the large dark bruise spreading across the state on the U.S. Drought Monitor map is a preview of a bone-dry world to come.

Margin of safety is thin

I am new to this area, so at the risk of sounding redundant, I’d like to address the problem with railroad tankers in general that are carrying crude oil every day and will be here unless we do more to stop it.
 

Don’t take your voter registration status for granted

I received a ballot today — my wife did not, even after years of voting in every election possible on Grays Harbor. She called the county Auditor’s Office to find out why and was told she had been removed from the voter rolls “by the computer” because her name was a duplicate. The individual at the Auditor’s Office checked and could not find a “duplicate.” My wife drove to Montesano today to re-register and obtain a ballot.

Concerned for kids

It makes me sad to see the Lutheran church has allowed a homeless camp to set up in close proximity to the Raindrop Preschool at the other end of the block. My daughter taught there for many years, and she had the pleasure of working with the parents who thought their children were safe being there. I am concerned that safety no longer exists.