Letters to the Editor — Sequim Gazette, March 29, 2017

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Letters to the Editor — Sequim Gazette, March 29, 2017

Save World Heritage Site

Hopefully everyone knows that our Olympic National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the only one in the state of Washington and one of only 23 in the whole country.

This natural site was selected because of its “areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance” and its “outstanding examples representing significant ongoing ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals.”

The U.S. Navy is now turning this world treasure into an Electromagnetic Warfare Range.

No one can disagree that we want a military that is well-trained in this combat methodology. However, the Navy has options where it can do these training exercises.

Most notably is the Mountain Home Air Force Base in southwestern Idaho. It is already an established air training base. It is not part of a treasured national park. It is located in a sparsely populated area without threatened endangered species.

We’ve heard about the dangers to humans, the wildlife, and the Park’s and our area’s tourism business caused by the unhealthy decibel levels of the Growlers, the electromagnetic radiation from the emitters placed on the ground and the CO2 emitting jet fuel. We’ve heard about the dangers to endangered species like the marbled murrelet.

But we haven’t heard much about the Navy’s options to use an alternative location.

Please voice your opinion for the Navy to move their Electromagnetic Warfare Range out of our local natural treasure and World Heritage Site!

Kimberly and David Gonzales

Sequim

Enough is enough

I’d like to preface this letter by saying that I have lived in Sequim for five whole years since moving up from California. I’m not a newcomer and I truly want the best for this community. I want this community to be a place of law and order.

Alas, it pains me to say that this is not currently the case. Specifically, there are those among us who do not heed the “Do not enter” signs at the exit of the Albert Haller Fields at Carrie Blake Park. Earlier today (March 27) I was walking along the trail near the exit when a vehicle full of ne’er-do-wells attempted to enter through the exit.

Holy smokes! They were in direct defiance of the law.

I was not about to let this happen in my community, so I put both of my feet down in the middle of the crosswalk and told them to go in the right way, like the other three cars in the parking lot had done. After I put three dents in their hood with my cane, they finally backed out and went away.

Neighbors and friends, are we to allow this sort of lawless behavior? What will happen next, ignoring stop signs? Polygamy? I say enough is enough.

It is high time the City of Sequim places one-way spikes such as are seen at rental car locations at this exit in order to permanently safeguard Sequim as a lawful community. I will personally contribute up to $5 to fund this project if it is approved by the city.

Doris Johnson

Sequim

Help me learn about your state

Dear people of the great state of Washington:

Hello! I am a fourth-grade student in North Carolina — in fourth grade, we do state reports and I have chosen your state! I am very excited to learn more about the great state of Washington as I work on my report.

Most of the information that we get for our reports will be from books and websites. We also like to get information from people who live in the state, too.

This is why I am writing to you. I was hoping that you would be willing to send me some items to help me learn more about the best things in your state. It could be things like postcards, maps, pictures, souvenirs, general information, this newspaper article or any other items that would be useful. You can mail items to the address below. I really appreciate your help!

Izzy Simmons

Mr. McConaughy’s Class

Charlotte Latin School

9502 Providence Road

Charlotte, NC 28277

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