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Editor, Recently there was a community forum in Clinton regarding drug use and crime. The Langley Seawall Park now has hours limiting night use because of crime, vandalism and drugs. I found a used needle at the park this spring, but threw it away before I realized there was a growing issue. At a vacant property that I have listed for sale, I have had someone sleep in the yard this summer, something I’ve never seen before, even during the recession years.
Community Events, October 2016
Editor, It’s the political season and, in America, isn’t it always? I just had to chime in re: a County Commissioner, Jill Johnson. When asked by Steve Erickson who she was supporting in the national campaigns for president she said, “None of your damn business, Steve.” I happen to believe it is all of our business to know where a local candidate stands philosophically. I suspect that Jill will vote for Trump and follow the “party line” with an answer like that to a constituent’s question, very Trumpian.
Editor, Lest anyone feels sorry for the Archbishop Murphy football team, which has now had five consecutive forfeits, here are the facts about private schools like ATM competing in sports versus small, rural public schools. For the past seven years in the Cascade Conference, in the major team sports Archbishop Murphy and King’s have combined to win 90 percent of the Conference Championships.
Editor, The Trump campaign has now gone largely non-partisan with the abandonment of many of the GOP leadership. As such any normative constraints of civility on his campaign are lost and the Republican party has been dangerously, morally compromised. And most tragically, the self respect of our entire nation, both internally and abroad, is ever more dishonored and ashamed. We can expect political discourse to stretch truth in favor of a candidate’s position, but stretching the truth is quite different from mostly outright lies for the purpose of self promotion and fear mongering. The country is not in dire crisis. The government is nowhere near a disaster. We still hold to a resilient constitutional process, albeit challenged by political and cultural divisions.
Editor, Thank God for Donald Trump. He stands up for the true values that have brought freedom to all Americans. He believes in the Bremerton football coach who kneels and prays on the field. From 1964 to 1967, I attended a public school in Santa Ana, Calif. Our Christian football coach and entire team knelt and prayed in the center of the football field at our stadium before the crowds and before every game. I never heard anyone complain about Santa Ana High School.