Letters to the Editor — Dec. 29, 2021

Sincere thanks to Sequim voters

This is a sincere thank you to the Sequim voters, and to The Sequim Good Governance League, who recommended our newly elected city Council members Vicki Lowe, Lowell Rathbun, Brandon Janisse, Kathy Downer and Rachel Anderson to improve the image and governing functions of our city government.

Next steps might be to have our next mayor elected by the Sequim voters to assure she/he serve at the pleasure of the people of Sequim; to improve true representation of the voters rather than just of the appointing city council.

If these newly named city council members are as good as we are told they are, then my suggestion is to pass a new city ordinance to have the mayor elected by the people of Sequim, which should not be a surprise.

I would also ask our new city council, when they are seated, to evaluate the “worth” of our new city manager, with a salary of $180,000/year plus other perks. This remuneration seems a bit extreme for a Sequim City population of 7,248 (as of 2019) in an area of 6.4 square miles, when Port Angeles has a population of 19,832 and an area of 14.5 square miles, with a city manager’s annual salary of $145,000.

Best wishes to all Sequim voters for happy holidays!

Richard Hahn


Build Back Better Acts comes with unaffordable price tag

Congressman Derek Kilmer’s vote for President Joe Biden’s sweeping spending bill, the Build Back Better Act, would cost $4.73 trillion and add $3 trillion to the national debt over 10 years if made permanent, according to a new Congressional Budget Office cost analysis (crfb.org).

If you think our current 6.8 percent inflation rate is bad – the worst in almost 40 years – wait until nearly $5 trillion in additional fiat money floods the marketplace.

Since last October, the cost of gasoline is up 57 percent. Beef up 15 percent. Bacon up 28 percent. Eggs up 29 percent. Orange juice up 14 percent. Sugar up 13 percent. The list goes on and on. (cbsnews.com)

What’s worse, Kilmer’s proposed spending is a socialist’s dream: $555 billion for climate change; $18 billion for universal prekindergarten; $100 billion for child care; $200 billion for paid-leave; $150 billion for affordable housing; $100 billion for immigration-related provisions; and a tax break for the wealthy by raising the state and local tax deduction from $10,000 to $80,000. (wsj.com)

Do you want this? Do you honestly think we can afford it?

These programs are not only wildly expensive, they are a trap to make people more dependent on the government from cradle to grave.

Next November, tell Derek “Thanks, but no thanks” and vote for Dr. Elizabeth Kreiselmaier for Congress.

We need fiscal sanity before it is too late, and it ain’t happenin’ with the democrats.

Jerry Ludke

Port Angeles

Magical dirt

Multilevel marketing companies spoof millions of Americans each year. Black Oxygen Organics (#BOO), selling a few ounces of black soil in baggies for $100 each to scores of pandemic deniers, mainly women consuming the mud for nutritional health miracles, was recently exposed for its filthy, dirty fraud.

A Federal Way man bewitched crowds, attended heavily by women, in Dallas with tall tales of JFK Jr. to appear there, later to run on the Republican ticket in 2024. Drenched in pouring rain, minions “felt” their belief, though seeing John remained impossible. Magical thinking churned in delusional fog.

Historical Salem witch hunts come to mind, when church and family animosities, and overwrought teenage girls’ belief in supernatural powers, reduced neighbors literally to ash. Severe judgmentalism, and a self-absorbed false sense of superiority, drove the politics and used the young pawns to sacrifice innocent people, mainly women.

Five Supreme Court Justices, swishing sorcerers’ robes, masquerading as God, may end women’s legal, necessary abortion access. Multitudes of women solicit for this outcome, ready to hold their sisters’ heads under foul water, not baptizing, but drowning any semblance of liberty, individuality or well-being. Futile attempts to mold into uniform, subdued, always-pregnant women and girls, reflect like ghouls from these multitudes’ vainglorious magic mirrors.

Will scheming, prickly women and repressive Justices dig emotional/physical graves, shoveling muck onto the aghast faces of our betrayed women and girls?

Steer clear of erosive magical dirt.

Gayle Brauner

Port Angeles