Letters to the editor — Feb. 5, 2020

Clinic suggestion is ‘absurd and silly’

Robert Falk’s “Move the Mat?” (Letters to the editor, Sequim Gazette, Jan. 29, page A-12) goes from the absurd to the silly when he suggests moving the Healing Campus to the ground floor of the hotel, since it is totally clueless about how healthcare is delivered. I’m going to assume he knows that the notion is both absurd and silly.

The snarky comment that “people with car trouble can be put up at the hotel until the wrap-around care provided by the program can replace their transmission or whatever” stigmatizes people struggling with addiction (substance abuse disorder) and/or economic insecurity.

Of course, the truth is that the opioid epidemic has not discriminated when it comes to one’s economic status. As has been said, the person sitting next to you in the pew or at the café could easily be struggling with opioid abuse disorder.

Stigmatizing substance abuse disorder feeds the epidemic. As for people struggling with economic insecurity, the phrase “There but for the grace of God go I” comes to mind.

So why the insistence on putting the clinic in Blyn, where the tribe has created such an aesthetically pleasing setting? I think it reflects resentment of the tribe’s history of success, which includes providing health care to 17,000 residents.

Why would anyone resent their success?

Karen Hogan


MAT clinic perspective

I am a retired oncology RN (registered nurse) who is for the medicine-assisted treatment (MAT) clinic. I have an interesting perspective because my father was the director of alcoholism and cocaine addiction programs for the City of Akron, Ohio, for 25 years. I also have a niece who was addicted to heroin that successfully got treatment using methadone and Suboxone and has not had a relapse in eight years.

I think it is generous of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and the City of Sequim to provide this necessary service. I think the site location is good.

When people dissent about the clinic, I always try to pose a question on a personal level: If it was your child, would you let them overdose and die or would you seek treatment?

I think having this treatment in Sequim will potentially decrease crime because the addicts will not be breaking into homes for the money they need to feed their addiction.

In closing, I think the MAT clinic will give many people hope for a brighter future. I am grateful they are bringing this treatment option to Sequim.

Mark McCormick, RN-BSN


Vote for Warren I

As someone with a family member who is a Type 1 diabetic, whose insulin cost has doubled in five years, and another family member who needs an Epipen, which now costs more than seven times it did in 2007, I think we desperately need to change our medical system.

Thesetwo medicines haven’t changed, only their cost. The pharmaceutical companies charge as much as they can get away with, and profit is their only motivation.

Elizabeth Warren has vowed to address corruption in drug companies and in the health insurers who work so hard to avoid paying claims. These reforms are essential to addressing the corrupt health care system Americans face.

Her commitment to a Medicare for All Option for people under 18, over 50, or at or below 200 percent of the poverty level is why she’s my preferred candidate for president. In no other industrialized nation do people go bankrupt because they get sick!

We need a leader who will put an end to bankruptcies caused by one diagnosis. Anyone with questions can find answers at www.elizabethwarren.com. All her plans — and she has a lot of them — are laid out clearly. Please join me in supporting this outstanding candidate!

LC Marley

Port Townsend

Vote for Warren II

We need a change in Washington more than ever. That is why I am supporting Elizabeth Warren for President of the United States. It’s easy to despair with the ongoing lies and evasions of the president and his lawyers during this impeachment process.

The Republicans are unable to admit Trump committed a crime and needs to be removed, in spite of damning evidence. They can’t admit it because they will lose their funding to stay in office, and their plummy lobbying jobs once they retire or are booted out of office.

But Elizabeth Warren plans to end the corruption. She proposes the most ambitious set of anti-corruption reforms since Watergate to fundamentally change the way Washington does business, ending the dark money stream that only seeks to despoil our environment, squeeze more money out of working people and set up sweetheart deals for corporate backers.

The Republicans are ready to trash our constitution and our rule of law out of greed and short term gain. We need help out of this mess and Elizabeth Warren is the solution.

Susan Uballe

Port Townsend

Vote for Warren III

For years I have been preaching to my family how important it is not only to vote but to be informed on who they are voting for. I got a lot of excuses of why not to do either of those things: “My vote doesn’t count,” “They are all crooks” or “One or another, it makes no difference they are all the same,” or my personal favorite was from my husband’s cousin: “What if they turned out bad, it would be my fault.”

These past three years has made some of my family sit up and take notice. Yes, your vote does count, yes some of them are crooks, and yes it surly does make a difference who you vote for. Who would have known what a crazy ride we would be on today?

We have a great choice this time around with Elizabeth Warren. When she says she has a plan for that, she means it. So different from who we have in the oval office today who doesn’t have a plan about anything. His policy seems to be if-Obama-did-it-lets-get-rid-of-it. This has caused a lot of confusion at home as well as abroad. We need leadership.

So please join me in supporting Elizabeth Warren.

HJ Adkins

Port Townsend