Students at Grays Harbor College who are feeling a bit fluffed over final exams have a new way to cope: a Stress Less Fest. An “opportunity for students to relax before finals,” the November 29 event will include:
“bunnies to pet, adult coloring, hot chocolate and apple cider, and so much more!”
Anyway, given the current political landscape, I have a few questions about this Stress Less Fest and its use of bunnies. In a day in which “higher education” has too often become little more than a Petri dish for Lefty lunacy, I’m wondering if the college has really thought this thing through? Just think of what could be in play when Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail come hoppin’ down the GHC bunny trail. Like:
Flannel-gray clouds piled up against the Grays Harbor horizon like pachyderms on parade. Rain sluiced out of the sky in sheets. Night quickly swaddled the 8th Street Ale House in sable. Inside, a select group of friends raised their glasses to Ray Brown, political activist, veteran, flier, and friend.
The November 15 Remembering Ray gathering was bittersweet. It included the shock and sadness of his November 4 passing. Also upbeat reminiscences of Ray’s wry wit, astute political observations and engagement, his naval service and love of aviation and good food. Memories wound around the table like bunting on a band stand. One attendee recalled his last lunch with Ray – spaghetti and garlic bread at the Montesano Senior Center last spring. Others recalled Ray’s support for numerous campaigns, candidates, and causes.
Ray was born in Corvallis, Oregon.* His family moved to the Seattle area in 1962, settling in Des Moines, Washington. Music was a big part of his early life. He played drums in elementary school and was in a stage band at Pacific Junior High School. Ray was also active in stage, jazz, and marching bands at Mount Rainier High School. He participated in a drum and bugle baton corps marching band called the Seattle Ettes.
Ray joined the Navy after graduating from high school. He attended nuclear power school in Idaho. He later served as an electrician on the USS Oriskany, an aircraft carrier. (Known as the Mighty O, the Oriskany was a Vietnam-era super carrier. It was decommissioned in 1976 and sunk off Pensacola, becoming the world’s largest artificial reef.)
Following his naval service, Ray worked at the Lockheed and Todd shipyards on Harbour Island in Seattle. He later moved to Grays Harbor to work at the Westport shipyard.
Additional interests and activities included competing on a practical pistol team, crewing on a rowing team, and aviation. Ray was a private pilot and owned several airplanes.
Ray was also active in the Grays Harbor Republican Party. He attended his first GHRP meeting in 2006. He became a party stalwart, serving in a variety of capacities including Precinct Committee Officer, delegate to the WSRP state convention, and more recently, State Committeeman. Ray was a frequent, perceptive presence at numerous meetings for a wide variety of civic and governmental functions.
D’Souza round-files that horse hooey faster than you can say “Yvette Felacra.” (But really. Why would you? Side note: The Screeching Gnome of Berkeley has no idea what “fascist” even means. Not that that really matters…)
Money, money, money, money was a recurring theme at this afternoon’s Legislative Summit in Montesano. The 90-minute discussion touched on a wide range of local issues from capital budget requests (hi, third courtroom project) to “vexacious” public record requestors to unfunded mandates coming down from the state and smacking the stuffing out of small rural counties like Grays Harbor.
The meeting, which was cordial, included state legislators from the 19th and 24th legislative districts and Grays Harbor County Commissioners Wes Cormier, Vickie Raines, and Randy Ross. Legislators in attendance were Sen. Kevin Van de Wege(D-19), Reps. Brian Blake (D-19), Mike Chapman (D-24), and Jim Walsh (R-19). Sen. Dean Takko and Rep. Steve Tharinger were not present.
Commissioner Cormier opened the discussion with introductions. He asked each legislator to give a quick one to two minute round up of their expectations for the next legislative session which begins in January.
Ballots are out. They’re hitting mail boxes countywide. Got mine today.
It’s a pretty short ballot. Several Advisory Votes. My rule of thumb on these puppies is two-fold:
If said advisory vote includes the words “without a vote of the people” and it relates to a tax hike, I vote to Repeal.
If the advisory vote has the words “for government spending,” I vote to Repeal.
So basically, my ballot looks like:
Other items include lots of candidates running unopposed. If said candidate is a Democrat, I either go write-in or leave it blank.
Also on my ballot: Port commish (unopposed), hospital district commissioners, one city council position (unopposed), and two school board slots.
Regarding the hospital district: I’m voting incumbents out. You can find out who they are here.
Aberdeen school board: Devin Backholm is the only solid candidate.
The other races remaining on my ballot are for Hoquiam School District 28, Positions 4 and 5. Chris Eide is running unopposed. The other race I don’t have any strong feeling either way. Holler if you do.
Btw, what’s up with all these one-horse unopposed races?
State legislators from the 19th and 24th legislative districts will be in Grays Harbor next week to discuss local issues. Initiated by the commissioners’ office, the October 26 ‘Legislative Summit’ offers Harborites a rare opportunity to interface with these state legislators at the same time, in the same place.
State senator Dean Takko (D-Longview) and state representatives Jim Walsh (pos. 1, R-Aberdeen) and Brian Blake (pos. 2, D-Aberdeen), represent the 19th legislative district.
A phone call to the county commission office this morning indicated that all legislators from the 19th and 24th legislative districts have confirmed their attendance as of today, with the exception of Steve Tharinger. (That’s pretty much par for the course. In case you’re wondering.)
The Legislative Summit is set for October 26 at 2:00 p.m. in the large commissioners meeting room in Montesano.
I’ve noticed that some of you poor oppressed multimillionaires are still suffering from delusions of grandeur. You seem to think the gridiron is a political bully pulpit. That fans cough up absurd amounts of dough so you can you diss our flag, national anthem, military, veterans, law enforcement, the country that blessed your socks off, and pretty much anyone who graduated from third grade because you’re *protesting*…. something.
Fine. I just thought I’d respond with a few reasons why I stand for the flag and the Star Spangled Banner. Among other things, I stand for:
Those who fought, bled, and died for the freedoms I enjoy (including your right to disagree and act like a jerk.)
2,402 Americans who died at Pearl in ’41.
412 emergency responders and 2,977 total lives lost on one Tuesday morning in September. For the passengers of Flight 93 who refused to be cowed by evil on 9/11.
Those who run toward the sound of gunfire, putting themselves in harm’s way to protect and preserve others.
Friends and relatives who were and are law enforcement officers, fire fighters, EMTs, and members of all five service branches, both active duty and retired.
I stand because:
Mom and Dad taught me manners.
Respect and honor are more than words on a page.
Dad flew in B-17s with the Army Air Corps in WWII as a bombardier/navigator in the European Theatre. He was part of the Ploesti air raid (three-quarters of those guys never came home).
My father in law served with MacArthur’s forces in the Philippines, Leyte Gulf, and the jungles of New Guinea. He watched the Japanese surrender aboard the U.S.S. Missouri from a troop ship anchored in Tokyo Bay.
My husband served as an officer of Marines, Infantry.
I remember “One small step for man.” Reagan, Gorbachev, and “tear down this wall.” Also the 1980 U.S. men’s hockey team and the Lake Placid Olympics.
I’ve read the founding documents. Ditto Twelve Years a Slave. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Ayn Rand. Moses. Jefferson, Hamilton, and Madison. Pasternak, Kafka, Solzhenitsyn, and Bastiat.
I stand not because America is perfect or hasn’t made mistakes. I stand because on balance, America and American principles of individual rights, personal liberty and responsibility, free market capitalism, and limited government are great forces for good worldwide.
I stand because even with its flaws and foibles, America is still the noblest, freest, most generous and greatest nation on God’s green earth.
So why don’t you all – oh, I dunno – stow your on-field whining and belly-aching? Man up. Get off your sorry keisters, grow up and stand up!