Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Thank you

Reader is grateful for support

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following who cared for my beloved husband Sverre Nordnes. Montclair Park staff, Dr. George Kina, Harrison Medical Center, Belmont Terrace, Martha & Mary Nursing Home and Stone Chapel. Without your professional, courteous and loving care we would not have managed alone. You made a very emotional time bearable.

A special, heartfelt thank you goes to First Lutheran Church and Pastor Alison Shane, also our friends, neighbors and acquaintances for the cards, flowers, phone calls and wonderful turnout to Sverre’s service.

Elaine Nordnes and family


Reader feedback

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I was surprised to read the letter Judith Huber wrote the Herald concerning the “extremely narrow and callous reporting,” by staff writer Kelly Joines regarding her Sept. 17 article about the closing of Brazeau Mobile Home Park. Why would she take exception to a simple article about an old lady selling her property is beside me.

Ms. Huber wasn’t a resident of the park that I know of, and it’s obvious from her letter she knows nothing about the decision to close the park. She whines about the hardships, financial and otherwise, faced by the residents of the closing. The park has been in the process of closing for over three years and the residents have known about the closing for just as long. Financial hardship? Let’s talk about the financial hardship faced by the owner of the park. How about property taxes being increased into the ozone layer? How about the residents who didn’t pay rent for years while money was spent for lawyers trying to evict them? How about the cost of dismantling and/or moving mobiles that had been literally trashed by an uncaring renter? Trust me when I tell you that no renter has paid a dime for any unpaid rent or removal cost to date.

Bud and Elaine Brazeau worked their tails off to afford a subsidy to their retirement income. A mobile home park should have been easier than it turned out to be. Check the Kitsap County Sheriff’s office blotter for calls ranging from drug dealing to suicide, as well as domestic disturbances, just to name a few. You tell me how an 80-year-old lady can relax in her golden years with all that going on in her backyard.

A three-year notice would be sufficient for anyone having to change his or her residence I would think. The only possible hardship would be those who needed a reference letter and didn’t get one to move into Ms. Huber’s backyard.

Oh yeah, one other thing that bothered Ms. Huber. About Elaine’s “fancy red Cadillac.”

The car is 12 years old, purchased before retirement and Elaine hasn’t been able to drive for over 10 years.

Jerry Mecham, (the son-in-law)


Decision 2008

McCain campaign protecting Palin

Mr. Tweiten writes in defense of John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin for vice president. He insists that her lack of a passport does not prove she is clueless about the world. What proves she is clueless about the world is the extraordinary lengths the McCain campaign goes to shield her from reporters. What proves she is clueless about the world is her ignorance of the Bush doctrine, even while she insists she is ready to be president and didn’t blink when asked to be McCain’s running mate. Of course, McCain defended his choice of Palin by citing the foreign policy experience she has by virtue of the proximity of Alaska to Russia. When asked what insight that gave her, she revealed her astounding cluelessness by responding that Russia is visible from Little Diomede Island.

No one is doubting her native intelligence, but she does lack significant knowledge and the intellectual/social curiosity to pursue it. It is this truth that worries Democrats and should strike fear in anyone who loves this country. We’ve had enough already. John McCain claims to put Country First, but in reality, his VP choice proves that he puts political ambition first.

David Vold


Is McCain the

right choice?

It is disturbing that we cannot even mention John McCain’s age and health or his running mate’s lack of national and international experience without being slammed by the pit bulls of the GOP and accused of ageism, sexism and disrespect. The world already believes that we are a bunch of dolts for electing George W. Bush to the presidency — not only once but twice — now here we are considering the election to “leader of the free world,” and the most “powerful man on earth,” a man who is 72 years old and in frail health (having endured some five and a half years of cruel treatment while a young man and, in later years, several bouts with the deadly skin cancer melanoma). This also is a man whose selection of Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, and a heartbeat away from the presidency, is a manifestation of his impetuousness and irresponsibility in view of our ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, deteriorating relations with Russia, China’s military buildup, Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons, Kim Jong Il’s illness and other looming international crises. Can we really afford to elect this man to the presidency?

Charles Bickel


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