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November 7, 2016
To the Editor:
As we count down to the final holiday of the year, a couple of thoughts going forward into the New Year. First of all, I would like to personally wish everyone a very “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year”. This Christmas will mark my family’s first full year living in Port Ludlow and we want to convey to everyone that I think it is the most wonderful and awesome place I have ever lived. Secondly, I would like to give a big shout out to ‘The Voice’ staff and especially Bev Browne for allowing me to entertain you, the readers, with my photos and gardening articles. I hope that you all enjoy them as much as I enjoy writing them!
Ken Taylor, Voice Photographer/Writer of Garden Corner and other articles
October 24, 2016
To The Editor:
Though new to Port Ludlow, I have read the Master Plan. I am not an attorney, but spent a number of years in law firms and I would suggest that the document has a number of sufficiently gray areas as to encourage multiple interpretations of the drafters’ intent. I am surprised by the intensity of the protests aimed at Port Ludlow Authority (PLA) over harvesting of the timber on their land. It is unclear what these events can accomplish. No chanting of slogans or waiving of placards will return any of those trees.
Our country has a rich history of protecting the rights of landowners in their pursuit of the highest and best use of their property. That said, PLA did an incredibly poor job of communicating and managing the expectations and outcomes of the initial harvest and I suspect they have learned from the resultant firestorm. We are a nation rooted in the rule of law and the arbitration that PLA is engaged in with JeffersonCounty will likely result in a compromise that will allow PLA to harvest more of their timber. While JeffersonCounty is notoriously bureaucratic, the leadership is pragmatic as well as ideological. The resultant compromise will please no one.
Of greater concern is the downstream impact on our community from these protests. Port Ludlow/Port Hadlock have a distressingly low number of jobs offering a living wage. The people that work for PLA consider themselves fortunate to have those positions and any economic damage done by these protests could result in employees losing their jobs, creating a cascading effect of fewer services and amenities for all of us.
The Port Ludlow Village Council announcement of the protests could, in a charitable interpretation be considered benign and informational. The activities of the South Bay Association are activist and supportive of these protests. It has recently been discovered that SBA member funds have been used to reimburse the protesters for the cost of their banners and placards. Back in the 70’s we at least had the personal integrity to absorb the costs of our signs and banners.
C.E. “Ky” Huggins III, Port Ludlow
Tuesday, June 14
To the Editor:
Above cited editorial is in my opinion, a five star capsule not only of “your dream” . . . but I imagine by an overwhelming number of your readers. Tiz a near clone dream of one that I’ve experienced more often than not in Teal Lake Village specifically . . . and Port Ludlow generally, for fourteen years. As I read, assimilated, analyzed the verbiage of “your dream”, I developed a sense that perhaps an event . . . and/or a series of events in one or more of the “villages” that make up Port Ludlow, motivated you to author this “Feature Article.”
Sadly my dream has . . . in just the past few months, convoluted into a “nightmare” from which my awakening and relief can only come to pass by relocating to an environ encompassing more of the positive aspects of our “shared dream” . . . to that end, I have taken the first exploratory step in the “awakening” sequence! Know that I am not alone.
Again . . . five stars awarded to your “I have a dream” editorial, envisioned in your mind thence shared via your “Keyboard.”
Ciao, Al Preston, Teal Lake Village, Port Ludlow
March 1, 2016
To the Editor:
I just sat down to read the current Voice and started, as one should, at the beginning with your editorial. To which I say Hear! Hear! and three cheers! We have lived through many election cycles and have witnessed some amazing scenarios. But nothing can compare with this year’s brewing catastrophe. Thank you for stating so succinctly the current condition and for inviting your readers to evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If you haven’t done so already, I commend for your reading two pieces in today’s Seattle Times. First is the Danny Westneat column with the headline “Trump connects to our inner 4th-grader” (NW Sunday, page B1) and on the editorial page David Brooks’ op ed piece regarding politics vs. authoritarianism. In England they sing “God Save the Queen”. Perhaps here we should be singing “God Save the Country” (from ourselves?).
Thanks, Dick Grieves
February 28, 2016
To the Editor:
The Bay Club is more than just a building. During the discussions pertaining to the repair issues facing the Bay Club the focus has been on the physical structure and the financial cost associated with this. I want to focus on the importance of what happens inside the Bay Club and the vital role it plays in the health and wellbeing of the entire SBCA community and Port Ludlow as a whole.
The Bay Club functions as the life blood for so many who attend the meetings, social events, exercise glasses, educational classes’ forums and a myriad of other gatherings that the Bay Club hosts. It is a space that helps individuals not feel so lonely, a place of sanctuary from the stresses of the day, a place to pursue their continuing enhancement of knowledge and gain lifesaving information. Many residents belong to cultural or artistic organizations that meet at the Bay Club giving them continuing opportunities to share their life experiences and talents by sharing, performing or instructing.
What other facility can you go to within a mile of your home where you can use a fully equipped woodworking shop, create with clay, attend art classes, improve your understanding of technology, exercise your body and mind? How many clubs and organizations that utilize the Bay Club for its meetings/performances would cease to exist without a central gathering space that can accommodate groups of people from one to in excess of two hundred, without incurring long travel communities and additional facility rental fees?
The Bay Club connects neighbors and fosters friendships. The staff who work at the Bay Club genuinely care for the SBCA community they work for, some have worked at the Bay Club for over 15 years. They have shared in member’s lives, been witness to courtships, marriages and the arrival of grandchildren, been a source of comfort for the bereaved, a friendly hand for the shy, a confidant, a problem solver and above all a friend to all. They are as invested in the Bay Club and it’s continuance as an important entity in the community because they have given their time, sweat and tears over the years and to many members they are as much a part of a residents family as a blood relative. The issue of the preservation of the Bay Club affects them also.
I hope this letter gives you pause for a moment to think of what The Bay Club does actually mean for the majority of SBCA members and residents and what it should mean to you who bought knowingly into the MPR of South Bay and the responsibility that that entails. The Bay Club is as a vital and valuable asset to be nurtured and protected in all kinds of ways and we should all be proud that we have such a wonderful place as an extension of our own homes.
Alan Ahtow, Port Ludlow
February 15, 2016
To the Editor:
This is my take on this. When we were trying to decide where to spend the rest of our lives, we agreed that we wanted a place where we could make new friends and have an opportunity to share common interests.
We fell in love with the Port Ludlow area and, when our realtor told us about the Bay Club; it was like the icing on the cake. It sounded exactly like what we were looking for.
We’ve lived here for about seven months now, and the Bay Club has provided us the opportunity to make several new friends and to get involved in our community. We’ve attended monthly socials, we have season tickets for the Performing Arts shows, we’ve joined groups involved in activities we enjoy, we’ve attended several meetings and been given the opportunity to provide input regarding our community, our grandchildren have been able to enjoy the swimming pool when they visit, and the list goes on and on.
We consider the dues for these opportunities to be money well spent and the money to provide necessary repairs, especially considering it could be paid over five years, to be insignificant compared to the benefits.
Teal Lake, Port Ludlow
To The Editor:
The Bay Club facility is seen as a major benefit by prospective buyers. They like the appearance of the Club and always look forward to utilizing the exercise and pool areas. The also consider the social aspects of the club an important element in their integration into the Port Ludlow community.
Karen Best, Caldwell Banker Best Homes
To The Editor:
For 21 years the Bay Club has been an essential part of life ant that of many friends. We have eaten fantastic diners, danced, schmoozed with friends old and new, attended community-wide meetings and small committee gatherings, celebrated anniversaries, and birthdays, remembered the lives of those who have passed, enjoyed 25 seasons of concerts and entertainment from the PL Arts Council (now Port Ludlow Performing Arts), enjoyed musical productions by the late Peggy Smith, concerts by Bob Van Allsburg’s (now Dave Weakley’s) PL Singers, enjoyed ever-better plays directed first by Peggy Smith and now by Val Durling and the list goes on. If any one of you have attended one of the performances, enjoyed one of the dinners. decided the winning chili in a cook-off, or dressed as a ……… on Halloween, then you should understand the true value of the Bay Club.
February 14, 2016
To the Editor,
I am in support of the needed repairs to the South Bay Club to prevent further damage and deterioration. My husband and I purchased our home in 2004. At the time of our purchase, we were looking for an active retirement community in which to live. We found that the South Bay Club offered enough amenities for us to want to call Port Ludlow home. The Performing Arts, Lifelong Learning and Educational lectures, exercise programs and other community events held at the Bay Club are important to us.
The exterior damage to the building is now causing interior damage. Without the existence of a well maintained Bay Club, home values would be affected as well as future home sales. The repairs are necessary and should be completed before further damage and deterioration takes place. We should expedite the necessary repairs to prevent further cost increases that will result from continued neglect.
To the Editor:
I have lived and sold real estate in Port Ludlow for almost 26 years. I think my husband and I were the same as the potential purchasers that we see today. The idea of the Bay Club (a recreation center) is a very exciting enhancement to lifestyle when you are moving to such an out of the way area. It is a way to meet people immediately if you wish. As we who live here know, after several years some of us do not use it at all. Some of that may be because the Bay Club has helped us find new interests. Not to have it would greatly decrease the numbers of people who purchase here and thus also decrease the value of our property.
Over the years, I have had a number of clients who told me that they had looked at a number of communities in the Northwest and finally decided on Port Ludlow with the Bay Club being the deciding factor. It is the excitement of knowing you have a community center with things to do and people to meet and make new friends rather than “any street USA” in any town USA. We need to remember what initially attracted us to Port Ludlow.
I am surprised that after almost 26 years that we are only faced with a $1,000 assessment. (I also hate paying assessments or higher dues.) Our dues have only gone up from $45 to $66 in 26 years. I do think that shows good management on someone’s part. The $1000 is a small price to pay to keep the value of our homes up. Also, it sounds as if they (sic, the board members) are making the payment of our funds as easy as possible on us. That is important to many of us.
Some say we should sell the club for rehab or assisted living and combine with the Beach Club. That has been brought up before and the North Bay lot owners would have none of it. I also think it would be terrific to be able to belong to both and use each for a different purpose. That might be able to happen in the future but right now, if we sold the Bay Club, good luck on selling your home. I was told when I moved here that the Bay Club was part of my investment in my property. Let us all hope and know that when we sell someday, it helps us get the best dollar out of our homes.
Clydene Lloyd, John L. Scott Realty