Letters to the Editor — Dec. 1, 2021

VA day banners a good idea

The City of Wenatchee has banners out for their veterans, both living and deceased, to honor them individually!

I believe this would be a wonderful thing for our veterans here! I do not know how to get this started! Hopefully you know the right people to get the city behind this effort!

Thank you for your considerations!

Sandra Milham

Sequim

Roadway could use safe walking path

I live along West Sequim Bay and would love to walk to the marina from my home but I realize it is unsafe to do so, even though many do walk along this road.

I don’t know how funds are allocated for different road projects but I have noticed in my opinion bad use of funds. There is a road between 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn and the deli/gas station. This road may be used, but a paved biking/hiking trail alongside this road does not look used at all.

Is there anything we can do to see our money spent for the public good?

None of us want to see more deaths because hiking trails are built in unproductive places.

Mary Bland

Sequim

Electric heating costs similar to methane heating

The Sequim Gazette ran an opinion article (“Ban Inslee’s natural gas ban” by Don Brunell, Nov. 3, page A-12 ) with statements which I find incorrect or misleading. For example, in regard to SB 1084, the article states “Prohibiting natural gas is expensive for home and building owners many of whom installed … ” SB 1084 would eliminate on-site fossil fuel combustion for space heating and water heating in new construction in order to reduce climate impacts.

Buildings account for almost 40 percent of U.S. CO2 emissions.

SB 1084 would only affect new construction, not already installed equipment.

But most important, heat pumps benefit both the environment and occupants. Homeguide.com provides comparisons and concludes, “Heat pumps lower electricity bills by $300 to $1,500 annually, saving 30-70% on energy costs. Heat pumps are 2 to 3 times more efficient than furnaces, and pay themselves back in energy savings within 5 to 12 years.”

Heat pumps are inexpensive to run, repairs are cheaper and they typically last longer than methane (natural gas) furnaces. Heat pumps have no threat of methane leaks, explosions or carbon monoxide.

For those wanting air conditioning, heat pumps cost less. For those not wanting air conditioning, any additional initial cost is small especially when part of the home construction cost thus leveraged with the home loan.

SB 1084 would decrease energy demand and greenhouse gas production while slowing the increase in climate disasters. SB 1084 would provide savings for businesses renters and homeowners.

Kristin Edmark

Battle Ground

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