Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: A final argument against PenMet’s levy request

Nov 03, 2023 | By: Craig McLaughlin

First, I want to thank everyone who support and oppose PenMet’s Levy Lid Lift.  This is an excellent discussion on a critically important topic. Steve Nixon Steve Nixon, PenMet Commissioner, says PenMet has delivered and writes his letter as if he has no connection to PenMet.  Has he delivered on my request for more detail

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Letter to the editor: PenMet doesn’t need this levy lid lift

Nov 01, 2023 | By: Peggy Power

Appreciating the parks we have now versus what we had before PenMet’s formation twenty years ago has nothing to do with the advisability of this levy lid lift in 2023. The facilities/programs mentioned positively in other letters are included in the proposed $9+ million 2024 budget — without the levy lid lift. As current PenMet

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Letter to the Editor: Sehmel embodies community involvement

Nov 01, 2023 | By: Craig Stokes

Just over two years ago, my wife, our two kids, and I moved to Gig Harbor from California. The honeymoon period for our new home hasn’t ended — we are still astounded by the beauty of the area and how incredible the community is. We got involved in the local community, our kids’ schools, adopt

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Letter to the editor: PenMet’s budget ‘cuts’ if the levy does not pass

Oct 30, 2023 | By: Craig McLaughlin

PenMet is saying that if the levy lid lift doesn’t pass, it will have to make “cuts” to their 2024 budget.  Is that true?  Let’s take a closer look while keeping in mind that PenMet’s 2024 tax levy receipts will be about the same in 2024 as they are this year. Without the levy lid

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Letter to the editor: Candidacy is about opposition to short-term rentals

Oct 30, 2023 | By: Bonnie O'Malley

I read with great amusement Mr. Nadler’s response to the recent letter I submitted to Gig Harbor Now dated 10.20.23.  I guess I must give him 10 credits for his ability to twist the written word to reflect (once again) his own agenda of hammering away on Short-Term Rentals, although I think “vitriolic” and “contemptuous”

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Letter to the editor: PenMet preserves community forests and open spaces

Oct 30, 2023 | By: Hunter Severt

I am writing in support of the PenMet Parks Levy Renewal. Under PenMet’s stewardship, we have stunning Parks and trail systems. My family & I use the trails at McCormick Forest and Sehmel Park on a regular basis. There are trees along these trails that are ancient — breathtaking in their size and presence. How

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Letter to the editor: What constitutes a special interest?

Oct 26, 2023 | By: Edward Nadler

In response to Ms. O’Malley’s vitriolic and contemptuous comments attacking citizens of Gig Harbor I can only say I am sorry to those citizens being slandered and ridiculed for having endorsed me as a Candidate for City Council. It is unfortunate that those with a contrary opinion continue to be demeaned.  Such a mean-spirited assault

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Letter to the editor: Council member defends record

Oct 26, 2023 | By: Jeni Woock

Recently, the cofounder of the Short Term Rental Alliance wrote a letter denigrating “old time” former Council-members and myself. I am proud to have sat with that former (2018-2021) counsel, and here are just a few great things that we did for Gig Harbor citizens: We saved Soundview Forest Park, across from The Tides, and kept

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Letter to the editor: Happy to let PenMet have my tax dollars

Oct 26, 2023 | By: Suzi Loya

Much has changed in Gig Harbor since 1978 when my husband, Joe, and I landed here from California (yes, we were one of those!). We choose Gig Harbor, in part, because we wanted a different environment in which to raise our 5-year old daughter. What we found were excellent schools, good neighbors, and beautiful parks.

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Letter to the editor: Sehmel is best candidate for PenMet board

Oct 24, 2023 | By: Heidi Alessi

The next PenMet Commissioner will not decide whether the levy lift is approved. We, the people, will make that decision. Whether a candidate is for or against this particular levy is a moot point. Once the levy is decided by us, the commissioners will have to determine what to do with our tax dollars, however

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