Letters to the Editor — Jan. 18, 2023

Area needs corridors for ‘alternative use vehicles’

Having read the Dec. 28 Sequim Gazette article about the new bicycle lanes on Prairie Street between Fifth and Seventh (“City to stripe street section for bikes only, seek to curtail RV parking,” page A-1), I feel compelled to counter the implication that the primary reason for them was to restrict parking along the street.

Our community is in need of corridors which will allow “alternative use vehicles” such as bicycles, skate boards, wheelchairs and other diverse types of mechanized modes to more safely navigate and connect with other existing bicycle lanes. These eventually could tie together with the Olympic Discovery Trail and beyond.

These improvements, to provide diverse user-friendly corridors within the city, is not unduly restrictive to parking as might be inferred from the article, but are part of a comprehensive longer term goal stated within the community’s planned development.

It is true though, our neighborhood has had issues with transient campers intrusively “homesteading” on Prairie Street, thus impeding safe traffic flow and dangerously blocking visibility at school bus stops.

And so I would congratulate our local government for being proactive while maximizing our tax dollars and helping to keep our city safe as well as livable for its residents.

Gary Miller


The ‘Perfect Sycophant’

All sane, objective people KNOW who is responsible for the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection. And all sane, objective people know U.S. Vice President Mike Pence did his sworn duty in counting the Electoral College votes for the transfer of power from Trump to new President Joe Biden on Jan. 6, 2021.

So who is the “perfect sycophant”? Even though many aspirants compete for that dubious description honoring Trump and his big lie every day for two years after Jan. 7, 2021, it actually belongs to self-avowed Christian, former Vice President Mike Pence.

One might wonder if Trump had insisted Pence sign a non-disclosure agreement before naming him to be his presidential running mate in 2015? Pence’s public statement late in the year 2022 that private citizen Trump should not be prosecuted, well after the insurrection, after Trump’s Mar-a Lago classified documents fiasco, after Trump’s company’s trial conviction, during Trump’s criminal investigation in Georgia, and the release of Trump’s six years of bogus income tax records.

If I and all Gazette readers had done all that private citizen Trump has done since leaving office, we’d all be in prison serving long sentences, according to our rules of law.

In my opinion, Mike Pence has earned the “national title of the perfect sycophant!”

Richard Hahn