Letters to the Editor — Sequim Gazette, Dec. 21, 2016

Letters to the Editor — Sequim Gazette, Dec. 21, 2016

An ‘anachronistic system’ in a ‘dynamic world’

We vote on a Tuesday because Sunday is sacrosanct. On Monday we ride our horse and buggy to our precinct to vote on Tuesday.

The road to the Electoral College was paved with good intentions but, like Orwell’s “Animal Farm” it mutated along the way.

In the beginning, slaves were counted fractionally by southern states, thus giving more numbers to the Electoral College. Of course, they could not vote.

All states, save Maine and Nebraska, are winner-take-all, negating minority votes adding to voter apathy.

Electoral votes are not proportional to state populations. That’s why the Electoral College sometimes trumps the popular vote.

It is an anachronistic system in a dynamic world. Fortuitously, however, we can amend our Constitution.

Roger B. Huntman


Gotta love our police

A handful of years back, I wrote a column in this very “august” literary document. I loved poking fun at any and all of our local agencies, political leaders, friends and even poor “Wife Nancy.” But now? Now, I must commend our outstanding police department.

Recently while we were shopping locally, one of our infamous Sequim residents attempted to park their vehicle in the exact same parking place as our car occupied.

One of our off-duty police officers observed the perpetrating vehicle inflicting damage to our brand new vehicle and alerted an on-duty officer who left a note on our car to call him. He shared the name, insurance carrier and telephone number of the driver.

Knowing how busy those folks are, I’m really impressed! And that’s the kind of police force we are fortunate to have.

Jim and Nancy Follis


Seniors unite, cut your falling potential

Motivate yourself and one another to get stronger and fall less. Simple exercises done daily will help your balance dramatically.

It is up to us as a generation to be a good example and work harder and stay healthier. Don’t be a “frequent faller” that family, friends and the fire department have to help off the floor.

Improve your balance today. Get help from physical therapists and/or personal trainers and go to one of the many balance-oriented classes in town for as little as $2-$4. They can help you stay independent and out of the hospital!

We have been courageous many times in our lives; let’s step up to this challenge. We need to do more exercises that specifically improve balance. Realize that being overweight effects your balance. Less weight = less joint pain = more movement = better balance. We owe it to ourselves, our families and to the community to work diligently on our health everyday.

Barbara Paschal


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