Letters to the editor

Squabbling hurts the city

I am disappointed by the recent letters to the editor concerning a certain council member. All the letters are inaccurate and filled with half truths.

Regardless of what you may think, good or bad, of this council member, he deserves to have the facts represented accurately and fully. All of us deserve this. When we don't report accurately, or when we exaggerate, what we write loses all credibility.

So write if you will - that is your free speech right - but do your homework first and check your facts and be accurate.

Do you realize that all this squabbling in the media is affecting our recruiting efforts to hire a Public Works director and a city manager? Well it is.

Walt Schubert


Big Mac

pays back

On June 3, between the hours of 6-8 p.m., the Sequim Valley Lions will be at Sequim McDonald's for our annual McTakeover.

We would like to thank McDonald's for allowing us to do this event and raise monies for community service events.

We also have McDonald's coupon books available for $5 each that provide $27-plus in value.

Please contact Lion Jack Napiontek at 683-1622.

Jack Napiontek


What happened to the mowers?

A group of us was wondering what has happened to the lawnmower races at the Irrigation Festival?

Things have changed the last couple years, unfortunately to the worse. The people running the race have no respect for the audience, no time to talk to spectators, plain not social to others, a lot of inappropriate language and drinking, etc.

What happened to the other racers - the ones that took the time for you to talk and explain things - really nice people?

There was Troy and those people with the monster-like lawnmowers, I think his name was Jim, and they had really fast mowers. Troy and Jim both took the time to talk, but not these new guys. I think somebody should get Troy and Jim back, and we sure miss those monster mowers.

To the people who are running the Irrigation Festival, you should get these other people back and get the kind people back, people that has the time for others, please, they're ruining this festival. Our group comes up every year.

Hope Morgan


Irrigation Festival response:

The Sequim Irrigation Festival Logging Show is a very high energy event for the entire family. Since beer is available, we try to control the drinking, language and rowdiness. As with every year, we will monitor the situation and hopefully we will not have any problems.

Many of the participants in the Logging Show events, (including lawnmower races) come as a group from other areas in the region and we don't control who they send. We are sorry that two of your favorite racers have not been there over the past few years.

Joe Borden, festival chairman


CSA is like Christmas every week

Spring is here and for our family that means signing up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share from a local farm. This is our second year participating in Nash's (Organic Produce) weekly Farm Share Program and we are hooked!

The veggies we received last year were amazing. Every week when we picked up our box it was like Christmas - we couldn't wait to see what was inside!

My husband and I were astounded at the colors and flavors that seasonal eating brought to our table and we ate the entire contents of the box nearly every week. From salad greens, to strawberries, string beans and grains, we were thrilled with the variety and diversity of what the farm was producing.

The weekly newsletters that came with the boxes introduced us to veggies we weren't familiar with and connected us to the people that were growing our food. We couldn't have been more pleased with our 25-week experience.

We are fortunate to live in a community where local farmers can grow food year-round, and they need our support. We feel great knowing that our investment in a local CSA program supports local jobs, land stewardship and provides us with healthy nutritious food that you just can't buy anywhere else. It's a win-win for everyone - farmers get support in the spring so they can afford to plant the farm and we get a generous reward on our investment when the harvest rolls in!

I learned recently that there are actually over 10 farms in Clallam and Jefferson counties that offer CSAs in the spring and some through the winter. From Joyce to Chimacum, consumers can support local farms and feel good about not only eating fresh delicious food but keeping their money in our local economy.

We're looking forward to the 2009 program and can't wait to get more of those famously sweet carrots in our box this summer!

Thank you to all the farmers out there who are work so hard to grow food and nourish our community - we will continue to support you!

Ellen and Britt Ransford


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