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To the Editor:
Thank you for writing your March article for the Voice. It is refreshing and renewing to read your points- Direct, practical and inclusive. I hope you continue as a contributor to the Voice. I always read your column first thing every month.
Sincerely, Joan Owen (Port Ludlow)
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