Letters to the editor — March 6, 2019

  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 1:30am
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Kilmer shows his colors

With reference to “Power circuits interrupt us” (commentary by Bertha Cooper, Sequim Gazette, Feb. 27, page A-10):


May I remind Ms. Cooper that using a plethora of words does not necessarily get one’s point across. Indeed, she reminds me of the biblical story of the Tower of Babel. Spelled “babble,” in Ms. Cooper’s case.

I did glean one piece of useful information out of her diatribe and that is how Rep. Derek Kilmer voted on the U.S. House of Representatives’ (futile) attempt to deny the President his right to declare a national emergency at our southern border. When Rep. Kilmer comes up for re-election, I will be certain to vote for his opponent.

Ethan Harris


‘Death of a Salesman’ a treat on OTA stage

Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Death of a Salesman” has come to Sequim and currently on stage at Olympic Theater Arts.

A star is born, and his name is Joel Hoffman. This new and very talented gentleman plays the lead character, Willy Loman. Jennifer Horton, always the exceptional actress, is cast as Linda, Willy’s loving and loyal wife. Their sons, Biff and Happy, round out the immediate family. Randy Powell and Michael Sickles deserve credit for their portrayals of the arduous and intricate family dynamics that are much of the real and delusional thoughts and hallucinations of Willy’s tormented mind.

This play is a psychological case study exposing the full range of emotions depicting family dysfunction and the descent of the former bread-winner into desperate and fateful madness.

I applaud director Merv Wingard for perfect casting and true ability in bringing this complex story together for audience comprehension.

I also need to reiterate the gifted Joel Hoffman in his portrayal of Willy. Hopefully, he will be a continued presence on the OTA stage.

George Will


Kudos for OTA production

My wife Sharon and I want to thank Olympic Theatre Arts for its courage and persistence in bringing to life on stage the classic play “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller. We attended the opening night performance which was weather delayed by three weeks … that in itself is remarkable.

It is a difficult and delicate play to produce one couched more tragedy than humor so it is not always guaranteed that audiences will respond positively. Credit has to go to Merv Wingard its director for pulling it off. Beyond that the performances were amazing. This is a rare community theatre event not to be missed.

Roger Briggs


Kindness during Snowmaggedon

This is a letter about loving kindness … the act that happens out of love of neighbor, expecting nothing in return.

This (snowstorm) event has been hard for everyone but I think the delivery of the mail has been especially challenging. I know I’ve seen trucks from Fed Ex, UPS and US Mail stuck over the week.

I went to the Post Office to see if I could help by picking up my own mail. I couldn’t find a place to park, so that wasn’t going too happen. Before trying again, I decided to shovel snow away from my mailbox. Then I realized how practical snowmen are in using excess snow, since there was nowhere to put the stuff.

It took me a couple of hours to clear my mailbox and create a couple of snow people to welcome the mail woman when she came. I was just putting the finishing touches on my snow couple (a fork and broom and apple smiles) and wondering how much of the road I should attempt to clear when two snow management trucks started up my street. Yay, just in time!

And after they went by one time, a 2-foot wall of snow was placed across my driveway and mailbox. But my snow people were still intact and smiling.

After I watched the plows go down the road and turn the corner to free up the rest of the neighborhood, I thought, well it’s not as much as I had to shovel before and the road is now passable.

And then I heard back up beeping and two trucks turned up my street to take another swipe. They cleared my driveway and one of them stopped. The driver got out and approached me. He told me how bad he felt about clogging it after I had just cleared it. I thanked him of course, and told him I was happy they cleared the road and how thoughtful he came back out of concern for me … and how nice it was he missed my snow couple.

That extra effort was special and touched my heart … Thank you Adam and Ed!

During this week my car was stuck in the snow overnight and I have had help from many directions. I know you have your own stories to tell too. I just want to express my heart felt thanks to the strangers, store people, super friends and wonderful husband for their help with nothing expected in return.

May Jehovah bless you for your loving kindness!

Barbara Scott


Democrats’ abortion vote ‘extreme, barbaric’

In February, 44 Democratic senators — including Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell — voted down the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have required that infants born alive after an abortion attempt be given medical care and treated as a patient. Yes, you read that correctly.

Democrats are relentlessly committed to ensuring every woman in the U.S. has the right to kill her newborn child.

Scientific evidence confirming that child’s life and humanity from conception doesn’t matter (American College of Pediatricians, March 2017).

Whether the child is minutes from being born naturally after nine months gestation doesn’t matter.

The child’s location — inside the womb, or out – doesn’t matter.

Why haven’t you heard this reported in the news? Because the Democrats’ praetorian guard media – CNN, ABC News, NBC News, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Seattle Times, et al. – all ignored the born-alive bill almost entirely.

This vote is extreme, barbaric and unacceptable, and Democrats must pay a political price for it.

Until they come to their senses, it is time to vomit this brave new party out of our political mouths.

Jerry Ludke

Port Angeles

Blessings shine through snowfall

The winter of 2019 has given most residents bragging rights plus memories to last a lifetime. It brought out the best of the best with neighbors helping neighbors, friends helping friends and community networking. As the storm headed and settled in the “Blue Hole,” neighborhoods and homeowner associations began a vigil. Sunland’s “Let’s Communicate” began publishing information related to “What To Prepare Before A Snowstorm, What To Do During A Snowstorm, and What To Do After A Snowstorm.”

This communique was written by Richi Bele, the Sunland Office Administrator. Highland Hills Maintenance Commission (Bell Hill) had email contact with many of the residents as Don and Susan Baron, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) captains, also posted updates and reminders related to road safety and plowing updates.

The old fashioned telephone “tree” was in place as people called each other to offer assistance (if possible), a word of comfort and encouragement plus a friendly reminder that nobody is alone at a time like this. Wayne Pederson, MYR (Map Your Neighborhood) volunteer, sent multiple notices for people to ask for help if their food supplies were running low or if transportation was needed to get to doctor appointments.

As it continued to snow after the first glimpse of our winter wonderland onFebruary 3, the impact began to take on a new life one week later. Initially, many residents were able to shovel and clear a path. By the time we had 16 inches of powder, it was apparent that the arctic storm created complicated strategies. Many of the plowing contracts could not be honored as the priorities shifted to maintaining mobility for emergency vehicles and traveling on our main roads.

By day seven (Feb. 10) of the storm, many subdivisions were unreachable as the snow accumulated and the bitter temperatures prevented it from melting. It became nearly impossible for most people to shovel the two+ feet of snow. Plexiglass roofs on carports and sun rooms began to collapse. The weight of the snow plus the 18-inch icicles became dangerous.

Once again networking brought out volunteers and help that nobody expected. Several young Sequim High School students began shoveling snow on Bell Hill. A special thank you to: Mike McAleer, Damien Cundiff, Devin Anderson, Ryan Tolberd, Angel Servin, Keith Wilwert, Erik Christensen, James (last name unavailable) and former SHS student Jake Armstrong.

They were energetic and dedicated to freeing people that had become trapped inside. The mail and newspaper delivery stopped because of the impassable/impossible road conditions. Safeway was unable to deliver food. The UPS and FEDEX trucks couldn’t deliver orders. Our primary glimmer of hope was that the electricity was working and the temperature reached 33 degrees on Feb. 15.

On a personal note, I was blessed with guardian angels after two weeks of confinement. My driveway was cleared and it took several hours to determine who had come to my rescue to plow almost three feet of snow. I will never forget or begin to repay Pat and Forrest Frantz. They live in Bellcrest Estates and actually navigated a torturous Carriage Drive to get to me. I was finally able to get to the store to replenish supplies.

As I came home on Feb. 16, it started to snow but with a refreshed spirit, I could see the beauty of this imposed situation. It brought out the best of the best in us. There are many lessons learned and I know we can survive with the help of our friendly neighbors. There are blessings in friendship.

Colleen Blazier


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