Letters to the Editor – April 20, 2022

We have a winner!

Olympic Theater Arts is currently presenting a show not to be missed.

“Bingo, the winning musical” has a cast of six women and one man. Each actor showcases musical talent as well as a comedic and dramatic performance that will keep your eyes and ears glued to the constantly moving performance on stage. But wait! The action also moves into the audience. And that’s a lot of fun!

The laughs keep coming, but there’s also pathos, and so real life is portrayed with genuineness…and tenderness.

Usually, I can spot the “show stealer”. Not this time. Everyone on stage is a thief.

Thank you cast, thank you pianists, thank you production team. Thank you David Herbelin.

George Will


Healing Campus a necessary community asset

Thanks to Matthew Nash for his detailed report on the Jamestown Opioid Healing Campus opening in a few days (“Recovery Clinic Opening Near,” Sequim Gazette, April 13, Page A -1). It’s a beautiful building like the Jamestown Family Clinic and the OMC health facilities on Fifth Avenue. It brings many good paying jobs to Clallam County.

We are celebrating a hard-won victory in the opening of this urgently needed clinic for the treatment of family members, neighbors and friends addicted to Oxycontin and other prescription drugs through no fault of their own. Perdue and other big pharma flooded the market with these drugs assuring us that they are not addictive. They lied while they collected the profits. Millions across the country were hooked, many dying of overdoses. Where was the Food and Drug Administration?

Clallam County was one of the hardest hit. The S’Klallam tribe of Jamestown, with the healing spirit, stepped forward to provide a clinic to treat the sick and injured. They are now moving to build a small hospital next to the clinic for those in acute crisis who need overnight care.

We went through agony to win this victory: QAnon lies, white supremacy, hate, intimidation, bogus lawsuits. In the name of “saving Sequim” they tried to get rid of us. The Jamestown tribe stood tall through it all. So did voters in Sequim and Clallam County.

We also stood tall – and united – on November 2. We thank you all.

Tim Wheeler


Wheeler is acting president of Voices for Health & Healing.

Injured neighbors need our support

If you were crossing the street and were unlucky enough to be hit by a car, would you have to convince someone that accident injuries are real just because they are rare, or that seeking treatment is not “anti-car” or “anti-pedestrian”? Would there be any dispute that no matter how good the driver’s driving record was, he was obligated to help?

This is the position in which people injured by the COVID-19 vaccine find themselves. Silence, censure, and often financial ruin are their lot rather than sound treatment, study, and assistance.

I am writing to my community because I have a vaccine injured friend who needs help and it seems the only way politicians will care is if a large number of their constituents speak up.

Historically, the few people injured by routine vaccinations find help through the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. However, injuries from the COVID vaccine are included in a separate program that has not yet processed any claims.

Glimpses of hope have flickered with lawmakers proposing S.3810 and HR 3655, but that legislation is stalled by a lack of political will to recognize vaccine injury.

We have all experienced a profound loss these past two years; I hope that a way forward will see grief bring us together as a community rather than deepening divisions.

I hope we can agree that those who stepped up to get vaccinated and came away injured deserve recognition and support. This is not a vax/anti-vax debate. It is not acceptable to leave injured people alone as collateral damage.

Please consider becoming an ally for those with serious adverse reactions by writing or calling your congressional representatives.

Kathy Zelenka

Port Angeles

The “grey areas” of Ukraine

Why did Russia invade Ukraine? If you saw Vladimir Putin’s speech, he tells us that one of the reasons is the biolabs in Ukraine. These biolabs are supported by the US Department of Defense through funding acquired by Hunter Biden at Metabiota.

We say that these labs are not bioweapons labs, but we also say that if they fell into Putin’s hands, they would give him access to bioweapons. huh?

Another reason given by Putin is Nazi proliferation in Ukraine. Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t we support the chaos spread by the Nazis there to overthrow the legitimate leader so we could help install what Obama wanted?

We support the Nazi party that commits genocide against Ukrainians who support Russians.

There are many gray areas in the situations in Ukraine. Atrocities are definitely being committed, but the reasons for many of them go back to the Obama and Biden crime families.

Please continue to pray for the victims and remember where the root causes are when it comes time to vote.

Mark A. White

Port Angeles

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