Community Editorials

Letter to the Editor | Sales tax proposal will allow full staffing for police department

Feb 28, 2024 | By: Edward Nadler

By now, all property owners within the City of Gig Harbor should be aware that on February 12, council adopted Resolution 1305 placing a Proposition to increase our property taxes on the upcoming April 23 special ballot. We are told an increase in revenue is needed to cover a $2 million shortfall in the General

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Letter to the Editor | Where’s the restraint on tax proposals?

Feb 28, 2024 | By: Tom Long

We should do this, we should do that. Great idea. Sure we can do it. Just increase the sales tax, only 0.1%. And then there’s the property tax lid lift proposal of more than 50%. That becomes a big number. Where’s the restraint? The property tax increase is an invitation for an action to cap

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Letter to the Editor | More on PenMet’s plans for the DeMolay Sandspit

Feb 27, 2024 | By: Craig McLaughlin

I want to thank Ed (Friedrich) for his excellent summary of PenMet’s developing plans for the DeMolay Sandspit. Background PenMet created an Advisory Committee of stakeholders and has held two public meetings.   I was selected by the FICRA Board to be on the Advisory Committee.  I attended all four Committee meetings, both public meetings, and

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Letter to the Editor: A shout out to the Gig Harbor community, neighbors, and the Pierce County Council

Feb 01, 2024 | By: Thelma Brown

On behalf of the Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition, I would like to thank all those who supported our first annual fundraiser that was held on August 10th, 2023.  Our goal was to raise $2,500, but with the generous donations that we received, the amount came to over $8,000 and with that we give

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Letter to the Editor | Parks commissioner responds to Soundview Forest controversy

Jan 16, 2024 | By: Justin Teerlinck

I am a City of Gig Harbor Parks Commissioner. While I do not claim to represent either the Parks Commission or the City, I wish to correct a misunderstanding regarding the playground proposal pitched by Carrieanne Ekberg, executive director of the Downtown Waterfront Alliance. The content of our meetings has been misrepresented. I therefore have

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Letter to the Editor: Support the Minds Act to address mental health crisis

Jan 15, 2024 | By: Natalie Zorich

I am writing to express my sincere concern and advocacy for mental health in international development and humanitarian settings. Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, I urge you to co-sponsor the Minds Act (The Mental Health in International Development and Humanitarian Settings Act) to address the critical need for mental health support in these challenging

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Letter to the Editor | Interpretive signs about herons better for Soundview

Jan 10, 2024 | By: Patricia Mulligan

I want to discuss the use of the green space by the Tides Tavern we fought so hard several years ago to preserve. I live across from the Tides so I have a good idea of the habits of the wildlife in the harbor. The Herons roost in those trees and are so beautiful to

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Letter to the Editor | Concerns about a possible Soundview playground

Jan 04, 2024 | By: George and Marcia Pollitt

Dear Parks Commission: My wife and I reside at 2808 Harborview Drive, Apt. B, near Ferry Landing Park. We have been very involved in the process of the acquisition of Soundview Forest Park and efforts to retain the beauty of this rural sanctuary since acquisition in 2018. The goal was to retain the natural beauty

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Letter to the Editor: Interact Club members are students of service

Jan 03, 2024 | By: Dan Brown

The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor Midday is both proud and privileged to be able to sponsor three service clubs called Interact, two high school clubs and one middle school club.  Our largest Interact Club is at Gig Harbor High School with over 60 members and the other is at Henderson Bay High School, which

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Letter to the Editor: City council must hear the voices of the people

Dec 18, 2023 | By: Edward Nadler

Why is our city council seeking to silence the voice of the people? Time and again our elected officials have stated the desire to hear from the public, to listen to our concerns. It’s even stated in the Gig Harbor Strategic plan: “Increase city communication effectiveness” and “Listen to community needs and expectations.”  Yet time

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