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Letters to the editor: Aug. 1-7

 

Thank you, OMCC

I have been fighting Stage 3 and now Stage 4 lung cancer for the past year and a half. I thank God and the "powers that be" for the Cancer Center here in Sequim.

Not only is it so convenient to have the center here due to the time, travel and money saved, but more important is STAFF! They all, from the volunteers, office personnel, technicians/specialists, nurses and doctors are the most professional, kind and caring personnel that I have ever encountered in all of my 70 years and many medical problems over these years. 

As a cancer patient, you are not a number, Medicare or Tricare patient; you are, as in my case, Dori and have cancer. Everyone associated with this center is so very knowledgeable, gracious, kind, caring and cannot do enough to help you through these treatments.

May God bless them all and we, as residents of Sequim and the surrounding areas are so fortunate to have this center in "our very own backyard."

No matter what the outcome may be for me; again, I just want to say a very big THANK YOU to the staff of this great center.

Dori Matzkiw
Sequim


A pleasure to serve

I want to thank everyone who supported my business, Sequim Vehicle/Vessel Licensing, over the past 12 years. It was my honor and pleasure to serve you.

Unfortunately, the cards were stacked against me in the June 2012 appeal hearing which caused me to lose the appeal even the public records and evidence of my case tell another story. I have not given up the fight for truth and justice for me and my family and for the citizens of Clallam County.

A hearfelt "Thank You" to all of you.

Karen Shewbert
Sequim


Nash's a treat for Canadian

I managed to slip away from Victoria for a couple days last week and wound up at Nash’s organic market in downtown Dungeness. It is always a treat for a foodie to find such an unexpected gem and I pretty well rushed from aisle to aisle looking at all the goodies unavailable to me in Canada.

I wanted to fill up my basket and get right back on the Coho, but settled for some fantastic raw milk products and carried on to Port Townsend. Too bad we don’t have a shop like this in our area, you guys are indeed fortunate to have these sorts of choices.

Mike Doehnel
Victoria, British Columbia


Who's who?

We happily live in the wonderful area of Sequim-Port Angeles. Because we are a small community, we know many of our neighbors and get to know our local businesses pretty well. But sometimes things happen that can cause real confusion.

Recently I received a flier that Dr. Jensen (a well-known and highly respected veterinarian) was opening an office in Sequim. I have been going to Dr. Jensen for years and so I made arrangements to go to the new open house in Sequim.

It turns out the open house was for a young new Dr. (Toni) Jensen and she is no relation to the well-established Dr. (Sharon) Jensen.

My wife and I felt foolish, but we could not help but wonder how many of the established Dr. Jensen's customers were also confused.

The good news is my Dr. Jensen is still with the Blue Mountain Animal Clinic on Old Olympic Highway.

Walter Snelling
Sequim


Agenda 21 a negative for Sequim

Sequim has been No. 1 on our list for retirement, which is just a couple years away. My husband and I have visited many times as my mother has lived in Sequim for about 20 years. She loves it and is very active in the community. We all appreciate the exceptional beauty and kind and friendly people. 

It was No. 1 until we received information on Sequim 120. Sequim, by way of Clallam County, is presently a member of the ICLEI, which is the leading organization to promote Agenda 21. I wonder if those in the town government are even aware of this membership; perhaps they truly want to make the town a better place. Agenda 21 is not the way.

The ultimate goal of Agenda 21 is for the federal government to take back the majority of land throughout the U.S. More wildlands. Mass housing. No private property. No access to the waterways. Global redistribution of all resources. Complete control of the citizens by the government. 

Take a look at each point that is made under the Vision Statement for Sequim 120 and just simply ask yourself, or even better yet ask those in charge of this ... exactly HOW do they intend to implement each action? Then look at the facts on Agenda 21 and the ICLEI. It’s all readily available. 

This is a NON-PARTISAN issue and these days that is rare, but it’s true. If you do the research, you will find that strong Conservatives and very Liberal Democrats alike are aligning against this Agenda 21. They have discovered the facts and hopefully everyone else will and stop this. 
Deborah Campbell
Hamburg, N.J.

Editor's note: We asked the City of Sequim for a response:

Sequim 120 is the citizen-participation program that invites public involvement early, continuously, and openly throughout the preparation of the City’s new Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is the set of policies, maps and other directions that guide the community’s growth and development for up to 20 years. The Plan is created through broad community input and formally adopted by the City Council. 

The draft Vision Statement of the Comprehensive Plan was recently distributed to over 5,500 addresses in and around Sequim and was generated from the participation of over 150 citizens in the planning program that took place this spring. 

The Vision Statement is set for review by the Planning Commission and City Council over the next several weeks and, if approved, will guide the preparation of the more detailed Comprehensive Plan in the months to come. 

There are public hearings on the Sequim 120 Draft Vision Statement scheduled for the Aug. 21 Sequim Planning Commission and Aug. 27 Sequim City Council meetings at which public comments can be given. 

To date, the community response to the draft Vision Statement has been overwhelmingly positive. Many citizens have conveyed their support, some have offered constructive comments, and a few have expressed objections. All respondents are added to the participation list to be notified of involvement activities in the next step of the Plan development.

The Sequim 120 draft vision is strictly locally generated and uninfluenced by any outside organization or agenda. The vision is a guide to shape the growth and development of the community, and it will be realized as determined only by our elected officials and the citizens of Sequim they serve. 

The City of Sequim is not a member of ICLEI and there is no relationship between the Sequim 120 Draft Vision Statement and Agenda 21.
 
Chris Hugo, Director — Community Development
City of Sequim

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