Letters to the Editor — July 20, 2022

Roadwork timing isn’t great

Driving Old Olympic Highway from downtown Sequim to the Monterra (Agnew) area today (July 14), I was dumbfounded to find two places of the road torn up, covered in loose gravel, and 25 miles-per-hour signs posted.

Unless this is supposed to be a great way to make people drive more slowly during this “Lavender Weekend,” then I have to ask: Does the county talk to the city? The traffic was already backed up with dust everywhere and it’s just Thursday.

I appreciate that the project seems to be on hold for the weekend — thank you — but the gravel, dust, heat and congestion are not a great way to welcome visitors back to the area.

Kimberly Bauer

Port Angeles

Medical ‘insanity’ prevails

Covid vaccinations have recently been approved for children 5-year-old down to infants of just 6 months. This is medical insanity.

On June 17, Dr. Paul Alexander stated, “They (CDC, FDA) are relying on trials and studies that are very sub-optimal and methodologically flawed.”

Dr. Clare Craig said she is amazed at the lack of credible evidence presented by Pfizer to the FDA for 6-month to 5-year-olds, stating, “There’s an awful lot about this trial that has shocked me, and I think will shock you too.”

Do the research: there’s enormous counter testimony from doctors, nurses and data from VAERS, DMED, life insurance companies, embalmers, etc. pointing to this vaccine’s grave dangers that counters what the FDA, CDC and Fauci claim.

I urge all parents to learn the real risks, because this vaccine is exactly the opposite of “safe and effective”; it’s neither. Please don’t gamble with the health and life of your child for no benefit whatsoever.

Greg R. Carroll


It’s the guns

I am a gun owner and support the second amendment but its interpretation of gun rights has gone too far. This mass murder carnage has to stop.

Here are my proposed requirements for firearm ownership and none of these requirements keeps you from possessing a firearm under the second amendment with the exception of assault weapons. You just have to follow the rules.

Reinstate the 1994 law banning assault style weapons, put a 10-round magazine restriction into the bill for semi-automatic hunting rifles and institute a mandatory buy-back program for all assault weapons.

Repeal law that protects gun manufacturers. I don’t care about their business profits or if they go bankrupt. The lives of thousands of children and others are more important than their company.

Enhanced background checks on all weapon purchases including private sales and at gun shows. No three- or seven-day wait period and then get your gun. No gun for you until complete background certification complete. Criminalize straw purchases.

Mandatory firearm safety classes and live fire demonstration of proficiency for anyone purchasing a firearm of any kind. No open carry of firearms anywhere. No firearms allowed to be left unsecured in cars or trucks.

There are other problems associated with gun violence, but as anybody can see it’s the guns. Why do some gun owners not see that?

Stan Riddle


Females: Farm stock?

So now that the government and the legislative systems of the country have declared all American females too stupid to manage their own bodies, medications (that are not just used as birth control) and reproductive systems, how long before they state we’re too stupid to be allowed the right to vote, to work?

How long before it’s declared law that all American females are just breeders and incubators, like farm stock?

Lisa Travis


Market should retain ‘treasure hunt’ feel

I have enjoyed the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market for years with family and friends. This year, the market seems to be shifted away from quirky artisan vendors and is no longer the exciting treasure hunt it has been in the past. Instead of going weekly, I now stop by for the occasional head of lettuce if a farm stand is not nearby.

The local farm stands are less costly and just as fresh as a rule. But, it used to be fun to shop at the Sequim market bazaar and feel connected with the community.

My mother-in-law passed recently in California and we had to clean out her items. The gifts we selected from the market and sent that were obviously dear to her — specialty lavender items, salves, sea glass items, and some whimsical painted stone jewelry. Where have those vendors gone?

I hope our beloved market doesn’t change to be simply a commercial venture without the fun, quirky Sequim adventure of music, artisans, food and community.

Dana Dawson


Editor’s note: We asked the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market for a response to the letter above:

We hear that you are missing some individual vendors who were at the market in years past. Each season, the Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market hosts a unique configuration of vendors. While you may not see each one that you remember from past seasons, there are many new and returning businesses with plenty of treasures to be discovered.

There are various reasons why some vendors choose not to re-apply for the market each season, and we are always happy to try to connect people with the vendors they are seeking, whether they are still at our market or not.

Please contact our executive director if you would like to reach a specific vendor and we will do our best to make that connection for you.

To share a bit more about the Sequim Farmers and Artisans Market this season, we are proud to offer handcrafted and homegrown products, with 20 local farmers, 29 diverse artisans, 10 food and drink vendors, and an 11-week summer concert series.

SFAM is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a focus on creating a viable sales venue for local businesses that meet the demonstrated needs of the Sequim community, and providing a vibrant marketplace where people can gather and engage directly with the growers and makers of the Olympic Peninsula.

Many local growers with farm stands enjoy the direct interaction with customers at SFAM, as well as the unique opportunity to make their fresh produce available to people using SNAP/EBT, WIC, and Senior food assistance in our community.

We welcome you to join us at Civic Center Plaza from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday from May through October!

— Sequim Farmers & Artisans Market