Letters to the editor — Jan. 29, 2020

Move the MAT?

The proposed medicine-assisted-treatment (MAT) Healing Campus has brought quite a bit of dissension to our little community. Driving past the new resort hotel under construction next to the casino, I realized that it could provide a solution which would please everyone.

The tribe should devote one floor of the hotel to the MAT clinic. Since they have already figured out how to keep the patients from having any ill-effects on downtown Sequim, they could apply the same measures to insure that the patients — our brothers and sisters — do not bring crime to the hotel or to the casino parking lot.

The hotel will be finished years before the proposed Healing Campus can be completed, bringing help that much sooner. What better and more compassionate way could there be for the tribe to demonstrate that the opponents of locating the campus in Sequim were badly mistaken?

Patients who have car trouble can even be put up at the hotel until the wraparound care provided by the program can replace their transmission or whatever.

Robert Falk

Sequim

MAT, grownup time

My wife and I attended the Jan. 21 Sequim City Council executive session. The results, moderated by the mayor, were disappointing, disturbing and disgusting. For three half hour closed door sessions the council members held discussions on the tribe’s recent medication-assisted treatment (MAT) center application, and whether an A-2 or C-2 procedure should be followed during the MAT application review/approval process.

Based on council member comments, one is for the tribe’s drug distribution facility, one member against it. One member was either too cowardly or too smart to say anything. The other four engaged in political double-talk, general waffling and lame excuses.

The worst excuse was that because the facility application was accepted for approval, the council could not change the review/approval procedures. News flash: The council has known about the tribe’s plans for more than two years and had more than enough time to review and change procedure elements.

It’s time for the double-talk and excuses from the council to stop. They need to remember this is their community, too. They and their families live and work in Sequim.

Many of us come from communities with same or similar facilities and are familiar with the problems they cause.

Most of these communities have significant support facilities and agencies available, yet still suffered major quality-of-life issues.

As has been pointed out, we do not have the support structure. It’s high time for the council to do the right thing for our community and stop pandering to the tribe’s special interests.

Bob Travis

Sequim

More in Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor – March 25, 2020

For our safety’s sake, limit visits to peninsula I live on the… Continue reading

Letters to the editor — March 18, 2020

Time to ‘buck up’ Who came up with COVID-19? It originated in… Continue reading

Letters to the editor — March 4, 2020

Kudos to Crecelius I recently read your article about Eric Crecelius retiring… Continue reading

Letters to the editor — Feb. 26, 2020

Thanks for the holiday cheer A quick thank you to the City… Continue reading

Letters to the editor — Feb. 12, 2020

Reconsider location for MAT facility When I first moved to Sequim in… Continue reading

Letters to the editor — Feb. 5, 2020

Clinic suggestion is ‘absurd and silly’ Robert Falk’s “Move the Mat?” (Letters… Continue reading

Letters to the editor — Jan. 29, 2020

Move the MAT? The proposed medicine-assisted-treatment (MAT) Healing Campus has brought quite… Continue reading

Letters to the Editor — Jan. 22, 2020

My Sequim: Imperfect but lovable Last week there was a letter from… Continue reading

Letters to the editor — Jan. 15, 2020

Time remains to ‘Save Our Sequim’ After a long slumber the good… Continue reading

Letters to the editor — Jan. 8, 2020

Ignorance is no excuse No. 2 In these days of modern technology,… Continue reading

Letters to the editor — Dec. 18, 2019

Legislators’ (in)action leaves much to be desired Just finished reading a Sequim… Continue reading

Letters to the editor — Dec. 4, 2019

Thanks for the support A thank you letter to the Sequim community… Continue reading